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Girl Trek-Reflection on Walking


So far, I have not walked today. It is 9:20 pm. I have foot cramps and I am very tired. It has been a long hot, humid and on again off again rainy day.  I sent out the website link for  Theresa Tapp’s T-Tapp website to my GirlTrek team members. I discovered T-Tapp about 5 years ago and I swear by it for indoor walking. I am not an affiliate and I do not make any money off of recommending T-Tapp. At one time I desired to become a T-Tapp Instructor. As the years have gone by and my interest in other things became more prominent, I put that desire aside. Yet I still T-Tapp and will do the same this evening, if I do not walk outdoors, before turning in. I am determined to log my 30 minutes before the clock strikes midnight.

Hooray! I was able to take a break and walk my 30 minute commitment. I would have really felt badly if I missed walking today.

Commitment and focus allows us to succeed in achieving our goals; no matter how challenging they are. I have to tell you if you do not already know, I do not rely on my own strength or wisdom. One of my scriptures I follow is “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:6 NLT)

Tank ready for his walk.

Tank ready for his walk.

 

I walked 10 minutes with my companion, Tank, our 5 year old pit bull (it’s late). Then 15 minutes without the pit bull but with pepper spray (it’s late) and the final 5 minutes walking around my house (it’s late).

 

 

 

Yesterday my sidekick, Shanice, and I walked at Lt. Col. Samuel M. Siler Veterans Memorial Park on Chews Landing in Gloucester Township.

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Walking is the best choice for me at 64 (June 24th). I enjoy the energy I feel in my legs as my feet hit the ground. I love the fact I can still breath through my nose and occasionally carry on a conversation with my friend as we fellowship and share a prayer.

I am thoroughly enjoying my commitment to walking. I feel better during the day and have more energy. I sleep better at night. Well tomorrow morning we’re off in search of a new park to walk in. Good night.

 

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Girl Treking: Joy the Fuel That Motivates


On Day 2 of the 9 Day Prayer – Observing the Fruit of the Spirit. Our prayer focus is JOY! 20140602_084854We (Shanice and I) met Yvette who inspired us to walk beyond the 30 minutes and walk 4 miles. Yvette was in a car accident 12/2012 and is now up to four miles a day. She sparked such joy in our hearts, we were committed to do no less.

Joy comes without fanfare or pronouncement. When it does, it makes me feel wonderfully alive. My joy begins by acknowledging God’s beauty and handiwork. His precious gift of mercy and compassion. I know for some it may seem that he does not answer prayer, nevertheless, I can assure you he does. Yvette found herself in a position December, 2012 that changed her life. I do not know the whole story behind her car accident, yet I know other stories to understand the difficulty it takes to learn to walk again. I am now thinking about a dear friend, Donald who was in a car accident in the beginning of April. On Thursday, April 20th, I received a telephone call from Donald. I returned his call the next day. Donald had been in a car accident on April 4th and just woke from a coma. He now has to learn how to walk again. He is a gifted artist and God spared his life. We are working on a book project together, and that was one of the first words out of his mouth. “Mrs. Smart, we have to get my project done.”

Yvette gives me encouragement that Donald will walk again. I will be meeting with a videographer to put together a fundraising campaign for Donald. He is out of work now and will need help financing his project. I will do what I can do. I just know that during and at the end of the project, there will be exceeding Joy. The Lord gives us challenges so we can grow. My heart is continually fueled by the joy of the people and projects he delivers to my door step.

Tomorrow’s walk focuses on PEACE. Peace is one of the most challenging Fruit of the Spirit, because our days are filled with negative interactions in our home, our jobs and in the world. 2 Corinthians 10:30 says, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.” God’s will is for us to address our issues through Love, the first Fruit of the Spirit; and Peace. Unfortunately, we are disobedient most times and wage war using our own understanding.

Tomorrow we walk praying for the knowledge of how to grow in the spirit of Peace. I hope you join in the movement to walk for your health; spiritually, as well as, physically.

Sign up: www.girltrek.org  Team Leader: Deborah Smart  Team: Smart By Choice  Location: Clementon, NJ

P.S. My walking partner is 40 years younger,
and a blessing to fellowship with on our walk.

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It’s About to be Birthed!


It's About to be Birthed!

Pearl, The Little Light that Shines

“Inspirational book for the young readers, as well as, appealing cross-generational readers.”

Even as we grow older, our memories keep drawing us back to the past. Some memories bring smiles, and some overwhelm us with sadness. Despite some of the sad memories, P. J. “Pearl” Richardson, at age 60, decides to write about both the good and bad memories to illustrate how one does not have to be victim of their past.

In her first book, “Pearl, The Little Light that Shines”, she tells of her various relationships and adventures, and how she allows the light of Jesus to shine through the hurt, pain and disappointments in life. Her light inspires others to gain a positive outlook on their lives. Her stories bridge across all age groups as she begins telling her story at age 10. Each of her stories has a message each age group can learn a little more about living a fulfilling life by rejecting the negative memories.

Visit Pearl J. Richardson’s blog – http://thepearlineoyster.com as she reveals some of the stories behind the stories and the characters.

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Writing Brings Joy


In March, I decided to give up my hours reading posts on my personal Facebook page for Lent. I know what most would say, “That is not a sacrifice.” For me it is. I work on manuscripts, blogs and websites in the privacy of my home. Facebook offers me a chance to socialize with the outside world. In bible study, my Pastor taught us about the true meaning of the Lenten season, and how it was not just to give up something to eat, but to really sacrifice something that is pleasurable and replace it with something that is holy or meaningful.

I have many client projects that are keeping me busy, but I wanted to do something for myself that would be dedicated to the Lord and my family.  Finances are always an issue and I wantHadana-FCed to focus on bringing a steady sustaining income into the household, not just money from projects as I complete them.  So in addition to spending a great deal of my time studying “The Lord’s Prayer” for which I am writing a reflection paper; I also decided to publish a couple of my own manuscripts. Of course the big one is my collaboration with P. J. Richardson on “The String of Pearl” series, but I also had a gem that I collaborated with my young niece, Hadana Trinity Smart. At the time, Hadana was seven years old. She is now eleven and still just as gifted and wise as can be.  “Hadana and the Skating Club” will be released in the next couple of weeks. I am putting the finishing touches on it.

I was also blessed to work with a young teenager, a senior in high school, Joy R. Brooks who did a wonderful job designing and illustrating the book cover. I gave her a photo of Hadana and described a scene from the story. What you see is exactly how I described it to her.

I pray that the Lord will bless these two young ladies with a life that will allow them to grow with their gifts.

I pray that you will support us when the book is published and share it with your friends and family. The book is written with young folk from ages 8-10 in mine, but can be enjoyed by all.

“Pearl, The Little Light that Shines” will soon follow.

 

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Saturday Morning Post


Good Saturday Morning,

I share this story from a facebook post. This event happened over three years ago, yet it stirred my spirit and brought me a moment of joy. I hope it does the same for you.

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A front page story in the San Francisco Chronicle told the story of a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. The whale also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth.

A fisherman spotted the whale just east of the Farallon Islands (beyond the Golden Gate bridge) and radioed an environmental group for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived. They determined that the whale was so bad off that the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her. The team worked for hours, carefully slashing through the labyrinth of lines with curved knives. Eventually, they freed her.

The divers say that once the female humpback was free to move, she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. The whale then came back to each diver, one at a time, and gave each a nudge, pushing her rescuers gently around as she was thanking them. Some divers said it was the most beautiful experience of their lives.

The diver who cut the rope out of the whale’s mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time. And he will never be the same.

Life Goes On After Loss of a Spouse or Loved One


As I woke this morning I instantly felt Joy in my heart.  I had a great night’s rest.  I woke up chatty as my husband, Willie dressed for work.  Joy is a feeling that permeates my whole being…my body, my heart, my mind and my spirit.  Joy allows my smile to come to me as I remember certain people in my life.

This morning my mind is on my late husband, Donald.  December is the anniversary of his passing.  Although I currently share my life with a new husband and a new family, I cannot erase the 31 years that Don and I spent together as friends and adversaries.  Yes adversaries.  We had our ups and downs, but mostly ups. Especially during the last two years when he was fighting cancer.

For those who are widowed (male and female) its alright to celebrate your loved one even if you are in a relationship today.   Hindu women as a tradition in the past jumped on their husband’s funeral pryor (fire).  We do not have to celebrate ‘spiritual sati’.  We do not have to die and give up on life because our loved one has died.  We can carry their memory with us until we are laid to rest.

Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

Be joyful in hope

At this moment you may not know if your life will improve as you go through the dark hours of grief.  But as a follower of “The Way” – the way to the throne of Heaven, you know that you are not alone and you have the opportunity to have joy and peace because of the grace and mercy of God.  Remove the negative thoughts that hold your heart captive.  Lean on the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to carry you through your day.  Listen to uplifting music.  It is at your fingertips.  Go to YouTube for Take Me To the King by Tamela Mann...set up a Pandora.com account.  You can even listen to it on your smartphone.  There is no reason to totally isolate yourself from the blessings that are within your reach.

Be patient in affliction

Be patient as you grieve and wait on the Lord.  He will give you the tools and the way out of the darkness.  He will lift the burden from your heart even as the tears continue to flow when you reminisce.   “For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.” 2 Corinthians 1:5 (NIV).  Prior to my Dedication page in “Joy Comes Through the Mourning” I have 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 written to set the tone of my book.  Our source of comfort comes through Jesus Christ.  Be patient as he works in you through the Holy Spirit.

Be Faithful in Prayer

Prayer changes things are not empty words.  If you dedicate your life to seeking what God wants for you, you will find yourself moving out of darkness and into the light.  If you use this time of pain and loneliness to seek God, you will lead a very productive and joy-filled life.  Through consistent prayer and meditation, you will become a stronger person spiritually and emotionally.  As we heal our spirits our bodies will follow.

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:12 NIV  Living outside of God’s will is living in sin.  It is God’s will for you to lead a healthy and joy-filled life.  When your life is in line with His Word, working through grief is much easier.  You realize that you have a purpose to your life and it matters that you are engaged in the world around you.

My prayer for you is that you will reach out to the only one who can help guide you through this period.  Call on the Holy Spirit who dwells within you.  He’s just that close. There is no time limit for the veil to lift, but there is a time for you to start seeking God and that time is now.

Oh I realized one more thing as I proofread this message.  This message is not only for the widowed.  It is also applicable for those who have suffered a lost of any kind through death, divorce or separation.

Be kind to yourself and choose Joy.

Deborah Wilson Smart
Author and Independent Publishing Consultant
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Experience My First Book Launch Celebration


Yesterday I had the pleasure to experience my first book launch celebration as an Author. I preface “as an Author” because I have done book launches many times for individuals who I have helped get their book published. I know there may be some people who may be wondering what made me write a book and why would anyone want to read it? After all I’m not famous and haven’t done anything spectacular in my life. My answer to is, God gifted me with the ability to record my feelings and things that I’ve observed as I went through different seasons in my life. Knowledge, Faith and Helps are among my spiritual gifts. I am living and operating in my gifts so it was easy for me to make the decision to write about and publish my experience.

One of the statements that my pastor, George Holland, tells us is “What you are going through is not for you.” I know that is a hard statement to understand. Why would God put me through so much pain and heartache if it’s not for me? It is for you to experience the situation and grow stronger in your Christian journey. It is for you to share your experience with those who have yet to experience the situation or to share with those who have already experienced it.

“Joy Comes Through The Mourning” is my recorded story of death, mourning and resurrection in a new life. I recorded my experience as I went through the death of my late husband, Donald Karper; my attempts to cope and get through the grief cycle and how the different tools and individuals that the Lord sent into my life helped bring me through the darkness. Out of this experience my current husband also widowed, Willie Smart and I have become facilitators of a new ministry called “Crossroads”. During Fulfillment Hour we meet with the widowed community to scriptually focus on our collective experience. Our prayer is once we have established a strong structure we will move on to others who have suffered a loss of a loved one through other circumstances other than death. The deep void that a loss in a relationship sometimes causes God’s people to walk away from fellowship. Crossroads gives them a place to come where they can rebuild their faith and begin a stronger relationship with God.

I truly enjoyed myself yesterday and I want to thank the folk that came out to share that experience. I pray that I have more opportunities to share my story and to testify how God has given me a series of experiences that has brought me closer to HIM.

I encourage you to buy the book and read my story. Death comes to us all. As a survivor, death is something that we must be able to accept and work through. You can order “Joy” directly from my website-http://www.gladstonepublishing.com/JCTTM/Joy-1.htm.

Yesterday I had the pleasure to experience my first book launch celebration as an Author. I preface “as an Author” because I have done book launches many times for individuals who I have helped get their book published. I know there may be some people who may be wondering what made me write a book and why would anyone want to read it? After all I’m not famous and haven’t done anything spectacular in my life. My answer to is, God gifted me with the ability to record my feelings and things that I’ve observed as I went through different seasons in my life. Knowledge, Faith and Helps are among my spiritual gifts. I am living and operating in my gifts so it was easy for me to make the decision to write about and publish my experience.

One of the statements that my pastor, George Holland, tells us is “What you are going through is not for you.” I know that is a hard statement to understand. Why would God put me through so much pain and heartache if it’s not for me? It is for you to experience the situation and grow stronger in your Christian journey. It is for you to share your experience with those who have yet to experience the situation or to share with those who have already experienced it.

“Joy Comes Through The Mourning” is my recorded story of death, mourning and resurrection in a new life. I recorded my experience as I went through the death of my late husband, Donald Karper; my attempts to cope and get through the grief cycle and how the different tools and individuals that the Lord sent into my life helped bring me through the darkness. Out of this experience my current husband also widowed, Willie Smart and I have become facilitators of a new ministry called “Crossroads”. During Fulfillment Hour we meet with the widowed community to scriptually focus on our collective experience. Our prayer is once we have established a strong structure we will move on to others who have suffered a loss of a loved one through other circumstances other than death. The deep void that a loss in a relationship sometimes causes God’s people to walk away from fellowship. Crossroads gives them a place to come where they can rebuild their faith and begin a stronger relationship with God.

I truly enjoyed myself yesterday and I want to thank the folk that came out to share that experience. I pray that I have more opportunities to share my story and to testify how God has given me a series of experiences that has brought me closer to HIM.

I encourage you to buy the book and read my story. Death comes to us all. As a survivor, death is something that we must be able to accept and work through. You can order “Joy” directly from my website-http://www.gladstonepublishing.com/JCTTM/Joy-1.htm.

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