What Happens When…..?

Hi everyone!

Sorry I’ve been away for so long! To be honest, as much as I want to write, my life has been incredibly busy and I find that, at least over the past month, there have been enough work and life-related changes that I find my writing to be sporadic at best and nonexistent at worst. I know I have posted about this before and I have the feeling this may not be the last time I will do so. What’s more, I find I have had trouble organizing my ideas because I have so many about which to write that I don’t know where to start.

As you can imagine, since God made me a creative person who enjoys writing, art, languages, history, music, etc., this is frustrating for me. I imagine I am not alone, so that leads me to the ultimate questions I have here.

Fellow creative people of WordPress, what happens when you find you’re having trouble finding time or inspiration to write, make something (jewelry, food, paintings, poems, name it), or do something else creative for God’s glory, the good of others, and that of yourself as He allows ? Additionally, what helps you to refresh your creative mind and get organized during your slumps? Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks!

God Bless,
Michelle
Michelle

Happy New Year! Well, Almost….

Hi friends!

As we go into this New Year, how do you think your year went and why? What was the best part? What was the worst? (Yes, more than one of both is acceptable to write here, for those wondering.) Also, what are your resolutions for 2017? Mine are as follows, as I have the feeling some may ask:

1) Get closer to God by reading Scripture, journaling, and sharing in community with fellow believers every day.

2) Make more time for family and friends however that may be, including my furbabies.

3) Save more of my money. I have a set amount going into my savings account with every paycheck and resolve not to touch it save for emergencies or other unexpected expenses.

4) Exercise daily, even if that is just some light stretching or a one-hour walk with my mom, my sister, the pups, or some combination of the specified groupings.

5) Be more efficient at work and have no fear about seeking feedback especially.

6) If I can, do a random act of kindness for someone daily. If not, do so as much as possible this coming year.

7) Write more poetry and songs, also taking the time to repair my guitar and violin in between all of the writing!

Finally, above all, how may I pray for you and yours as we enter the New Year? God Bless!

God Bless,

Michelle

It’s Been A While

Hi everyone,

 

It’s been a while and I am sorry I have not been blogging at all recently. Work has been really busy, among other things, but getting all of said tasks within and without the context of work for now helps! I resolve, thus, to blog more regularly and hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas! So long as we don’t forget the Reason for the Season, all should be well. Truthfully, the month or so that I ended up taking off from blogging and such has changed much, but I am back now and a more mature person for it, I think.

That said, how were your Christmas Days and how will you celebrate the remaining eleven days of the season? Let me know! Thanks!

God Bless, like always, everyone,

Michelle

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Happy Bastille Day!/Joyeux Jour de la Bastille!

Courtesy of Google.fr. Courtoisie de Google.fr.

Hi everyone,

Today’s first of two blog entries is a simple wish of happiness to my French followers and viewers! Happy Bastile Day! How will you be celebrating? Additionally, to those who are not French or do not otherwise commemorate the French Day of Independence, what do you know about Bastille Day and what do you think we as the rest of the world can learn from the French? All told, I will do more writing tonight as well. God Bless and thanks, y’all!

God Bless, like always

Michelle

Bonjour tout le monde,

Le premier des deux articles du blog concerne des vœux ‘a mes amis français! Alors, Joyeux Jour de la Bastille! Comment est-ce que vous commémorerez la fête nationale? Pour ceux qui ne sont pas français ou ceux qui ne célèbrent pas la fête,  qu’est-ce que vous savez du jour et qu’est-ce que c’est que le reste du monde apprennent des Français? En conclusion, j’écrirai plus des paroles des chansons ou un poème court ce soir. Merci et Dieu vous bénisse!

Dieu vous bénisse, comme toujours,

Michelle

The Spirit of Baltimore, or Reflections on My Native Region (English Version)/ L’Esprit de la Baltimore, ou des Refléxions de Ma Ville Natale (Version Anglaise)

Note: This post is in English only presently, since I am not sure when I will have the presence of mind or time to sit down and write out this full post in French. Saturday evening, perhaps. Thank you!

Note: Cet article de blog est en anglais seulement, au moment, comme je ne suis pas sure quand j’aurai la tranquillité de l’esprit ou le temps ‘a écrire le meme texte en francais. Le soir du samedi, peut-être. Merci!

Hi everyone,

Having lived in the Baltimore-DC area all my life and having had a long familial history here, I find this crisis, frankly, devestating and confusing. Basically, to give you an idea of how long we’ve been here, it’s been since the time of Edgar Allan Poe, truly; his adoptive father is my 4x-great-grandfather since he had his delegitimized son Charles Allen with an unknown mistress. Thereby, Mr. Poe is my 3x-great-uncle via adoption/legal guardianship.) Yes, so we are established here. In fact, my entire maternal family grew up in or around the area and some of us still live within the region.

That said, I can vouch for it 100% that what you are seeing now is not, nor has ever been, what Charm City is; at least, that was never the case for me. Has Baltimore had a violent reputation? Yes. However, from what I understand from others who grew up in the area, Baltimore was a peaceful, diverse, and friendly community until after the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior, in 1968. What my loved one described like Baltimore was as I remembered growing up. The violence I’m seeing today, I can promise, is nothing like what I ever experienced as a child. In fact, I remember frequenting the city with my family and even went to a famed restaurant in Little Italy for Easter dinner with my extended family this year, in keeping with our tradition for many years.

Therefore, I promise what you see here is not what the majority wants. We want peace, reconciliation, healing- not violence. Many have lost loved ones, lost homes,their livelihoods, access to basic needs such as food, water, and clothing….the list goes on. We’re already sick of this crisis and want nothing more than healing and to see the Baltimore many call home, regardless of what living here was like for any one of us,

All things considered, please pray for Baltimore and, if you live in the area, do what you are able to help bring peace and reconciliation to the area. That’s all I believe most of us would ask. I do. Thanks.

God Bless,

Michelle

A Bit of Writing: Part 11: Trusting You (Part 1)

Hi everyone,

As promised, here’s the writing I managed to come up with presently. Sorry if it’s a bit disorganized, as I ocassionally write here when the thought of what to write about just….comes to me. Here it is so far and I hope you like it! Thanks!

God Bless, as always,

Michelle

Bonjour tout le monde,

J’écrirai un nouveau poème maintenant, comme je promis. Je suis désolée si le poème est un peu désorganisé, ‘a cause de l’inspiration soudaine.    C;est en bas et j’espere que vous l’aimez. Merci!

Dieu vous bénisse, comme toujours,

Michelle

Trusting You

God, I’m afraid for the next phase of my life

I find my heart divided and it’s causing me strife/

So I can’t be decided without second guesses

Rather than letting go and surrending to You instead/

So I don’t worry for myself about what comes for me next.

After all, You say “seek first the Kingdom and its righteousness”/

But so often I get caught up in distraction and deception

That I find my attempts to resolve my tensions become ineffective…..

To be continued/Plus bientôt.

A Creative Breakthough- Really, A Boost of Self-Confidence/ Une Épiphanie Créative, ou, Une Augmentation de la Confiance en moi-même

Note: I will include the French tomorrow, since I’m not thinking in French at all right now save for a few words!

Hi everyone,

Wow, I’m surprised. I admit I ocassionally check my stats to see what engages people on my blog and I am surprised to discover that my poetry is quite engaging. Wow! Maybe I should keep writing? My photography has also gained some notice, which, again, surprises me. Finally, I notice my reflections on Christ have gained notice (which I like the most because that keeps me humble and, more importantly, gives us all cause to look at God!) That said, of course I will keep blogging/publishing my writings here since I enjoy what was originally a return to a habit that a friend inspired since, for many reasons, I stopped practicing online years ago.

At the same time, it’s daunting because I want God to use me and yet I’m afraid of becoming, eh, puff-headed. That said, I take it that’s what y’all want to see more of from me: photography, poetry, and other digital, written, and related artwork? Given that God can use anything to glorify Himself and show us He loves us all, I’m in!!!

Specifically, would you expect people from all over the world to read your blog and look to God through that?? I sure didn’t and I am thankful I did this now because of Him and because I enjoy blogging for many other reasons. After all, the aim of my blog was really just for fun and to see what God would allow it to become. Yep, I thank God it all goes back to Him!!!

So, there’s that! I’ll be publishing more writing when the time is right, at least! Look out for writing later this week, in other words- most likely later today (Thursday, April 16, 2015, EDST). Thanks!

God Bless, as always,

Michelle