Is it coincidence or God speaking through nature?

Do you believe in coincidence? Does God speak to us through signs and symbols in nature? How does God speak to us? If God is speaking and we don’t listen, how does he get through to us?

I don’t believe in coincidence and think that everything happens for a reason. Over and over our higher power, whom I choose to call God, is constantly trying to communicate through any method available.



Is it a coincidence when animals appear?

Native Americans believe that animal spirits or totems appear in our lives to give us messages, and in my opinion it is God trying to get through because we aren’t listening to his voice.

I recently began trying to walk 10,000 steps a day to counteract the midlife bulge developing around my waist. This puts me out into nature a lot more since my home is tucked into the Central Florida Wetlands.

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I nearly stepped on this rattle snakes tail while on my morning walk. (Photo taken by Bead Lovers Korner in Central Florida)

Last week I nearly stepped on the tail of a huge rattle snake, it never saw me, but seeing the snake had me shaken!! The rattle was the first thing I saw, not a footstep away – eek!!

Then two days later the sunlight was shining at just the right moment for me to see a beautiful spider web in the trees.

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Spider web seen in the rays of sunlight. (Photo taken by Bead Lovers Korner in Central Florida)

I tried looking for the web again the next day, and could not find it. It seemed as though God was shining the light directly at the web at just the right moment for me to see it.

Were these two random sightings connected? Was it odd that after seeing the scary rattle snake I was allowed to see the delicate web?

Does this have meaning?

You might be laughing right now, but I began to think this was no coincidence and that this might have meaning. So I decided to look up the snake and spider and see what their appearance might mean and how it relates to my life.

Here is what I found:

Snake key meanings are transmutation, change and to be reminded to stay connected to the self and my surroundings to continue on the path of growth.

Spider and it’s web is bringing attention to my creativity and asking if I am ignoring my ideas and dreams. Go figure!

My inner spirit has been nagging at me to get back to making rosaries, prayer beads, meaningful jewelry and to practice wire wrapping and wire weaving. I have not been making time for that, and have just pushed those thoughts and ideas aside.

Knowing when God speaks

Was God speaking and I wasn’t listening? Did he use the symbols of his creation to tell me in another way? I believe it’s true: when I ignore my inner Good Orderly Direction (GOD), nature takes over to tell me again!

What are your thoughts on how God speaks to you? Have you had any strange encounters in nature like that? How did you use that experience?

Read any good books lately?

I love to read thanks to my parents and their example, do you love to read a good book? I wonder how many still like the feel of a book in their hands and not some electronic device?



Do you read for fun?

My Mom and Dad were always reading for fun and through books I was able to expand my imagination and sometimes escape to magical lands.

We had a large bookcase with many books, including an old Encyclopedia Set – remember those? I did many a school report using those Encyclopedias!

Now you can read books online, purchase ebooks and download them to whatever media device you like, but for me there is just nothing like holding a physical book and turning each page. I can see how much of the book I have read, and how much of the story is left by viewing where the bookmark is located.

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Memento Mori book thong shown with the best-selling book “The Shack”.

Some of my favorites

There are so many great books, and over the years I have gone through many different authors and subjects like:

  • Stephen King Books
  • Science Fictions Books
  • Ghost Stories
  • Spirituality
  • Great Love Stories
  • Mystery Novels
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Unique Egyptian style sterling silver scarab book thong with “evil eye” and crystal beads

Bookmark your place

I started making beaded bookmarks a few years ago, using art beads and charms that were left over after a project.

These bookmarks or book thongs add a little personality and decoration to books and also mark your place.

Bookmarks also can be a great small gift idea for readers at just about anytime of the year. My Mom loved them and became my best customer! In todays electronic age they are a unique gift and perfect for:

  • Gifts for children
  • Friends at work or church
  • A small thank you to someone who has helped you out
  • Stocking Stuffer ideas
  • and many more…..
Do you still read books?

I would love to know how many people still love to read books. What are your favorite types of books to read and how do you keep your place?  Leave a comment and let me know!

David Bowie: “Fill Your Heart” and you’ll be free

I have always been a David Bowie fan, since the early 1970’s, and I am compelled to share a not so well-known song of his to honor his passing. “Fill Your Heart” on the Hunky Dory album is light, loving and wise.

David Bowie’s Hunky Dory album and I became quite close one fateful night in Virginia a long time ago. Without going into details let me just say that it is forever melded with my soul.

While there really isn’t anything too unique about this blog post, it’s all information you can easily find anywhere online. However I do believe the message in this song is pure and worth pointing out at this time of his death, January 10, 2016.

David Bowie filled the world with his music and talent, but now he is free!

“Fill Your Heart” by David Bowie

Lyrics:

Fill your heart with love today
Don’t play the game of time
Things that happened in the past
Only happened in your Mind
Only in your Mind-Forget your Mind
And you’ll be free-yea’
The writing’s on the wall
Free-yea’. And you can know it all
If you choose. Just remember
Lovers never lose
‘Cause they are Free of thoughts unpure [sic]
And of thoughts unkind
Gentleness clears the soul
Love cleans the mind
And makes it Free.

Happiness is happening
The dragons have been bled
Gentleness is everywhere
Fear’s just in your Head
Only in your Head
Fear is in your Head
Only in your Head
So Forget your Head
And you’ll be free
The writing’s on the wall
Free-yea’. And you can know it all
If you choose. Just remember
Lovers never lose
‘Cause they are free of thoughts unpure
And of thoughts unkind
Gentleness clears the soul
Love cleans the mind
And makes it Free!!

Last minute gift ideas you can buy online

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you make a purchase using these links.

Looking for last minute gift ideas can be so stressful, but did you know you can give the gift of an online craft class? All classes are discounted now through Saturday, 12/26/2015, so shop NOW!

Craftsy has hundreds of online classes that you can purchase and give as gifts for mom or anyone interested in learning a something new!

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Give the gift of a learning a new beading or jewelry making technique!

Last minute gift ideas at Craftsy Online Classes

My favorite, of course are the jewelry classes! You can learn all the basics of jewelry making in the Jewelry Workshop class or select a more focussed skill from one of the 35 jewelry classes and it will be delivered right to your in box!

These online classes are so cool, you can learn at home and at your own pace by taking craft classes on a computer or mobile device.

Easy to follow HD video lessons give step by step instructions, materials needed and more.

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Learn wire wrapping, metalsmithing and so much more!

There are 35 different jewelry classes that will improve your skills and expand your abilities in the beading and jewelry craft. Learn how to:

  • Wire wrap stones
  • Soldering
  • Wire weaving
  • Silversmithing
  • Bezel setting
  • and so much more!!!

Not clear on one of the lessons? No problem, you can leave a question for the instructor and receive personalized instructions.

Learn something totally new from the convenience of home!
Learn something totally new from the convenience of home!

Learn a brand new craft or skill

In addition to jewelry classes there are thousands of different types of classes offered by the worlds best instructors. Learn about:

  • Photography & Art
  • Quilting & Sewing
  • Fiber Arts
  • Cake Decorating & Cooking
  • Home & Garden

The best thing of all is that these classes are there for you forever! You can access them anytime or anywhere if you need to refresh your memory on a certain technique.

Are you a geek?

Are you a geek or have you been called a geek or a nerd? I decided several years back to embrace the Geek within and accept my inner geekiness. But what is a Geek, really?? Well I looked up the definition.

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Dexter Inspired Ice truck killer nails (Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner)

Geek (noun) \ˈgēk\

1. : a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake
2. : a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked
3. : an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity geek

  • I am not a carnival performer, and I have never bit the head off of a chicken or snake, but I did have a snake wrapped around my neck once.
  • In school I always made really good grades, not too sure why, school was just easy. Most people didn’t like me much, but I thought it was because I was always the new kid in school.
  • I am an enthusiast in many types of things and activities: Star Trek, Star Wars, Reading, Halloween, Dexter, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, et cetera.

So I qualify for all three! I have always liked things that most people do not, and have usually become enthusiastic about them, but if you look at that last definition in general… Everyone has some level of Geek inside of them!

How geeky are you?

So I was tweaking this blog post to get better SEO (isn’t that kind of geeky?) and found this cool online test. I scored 23.43173% which is somewhere in between Geek and Total Geek.

Find out your score, take the test: Geek Test: the original test from innergeek 

The Urban Dictionary definition

Lastly, I really like the Urban Dictionary’s definition:

 The people you pick on in high school and wind up working for as an adult!

Embrace your inner geek and become the boss! 

Where were you on September 11 2001?

September 11 2001 is a day that changed everything, not just in the United States of America but in the entire world. The Twin Towers attack on 9-11-2001, followed by the Pentagon and United 93 is something we must NEVER FORGET!

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World Trade Center Twin Towers Landmark Bead

Where were you on September 11 2001?

I was working at Creative Catalog Concepts, a publishing company in Orange City, Florida. I was on the phone with Bobby Susser from New Hope Records, discussing a custom job we were doing for him.

As I sat there on the phone, one of our Graphic Artists went into our “Break Area” and turned on the TV. I could see this from my desk and thought it was unusual since it was so early in the day.

Then several other employees gathered and sounded alarmed so I asked Bobby to hold while I went to see what happened. The first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, had crashed into the North Tower.

I got back on the phone with Bobby and told him what had happened and we ended the call. Then I stood there with the others and we watched in horror as the second plane, United Airlines Flight 175, crashed into the South Tower on live TV. Stunned and shocked we could not believe our eyes, panic was setting in as we knew that this was not an accident.

Shortly after that I called my husband, who works for an airline, and that was when he told me of the unprecedented grounding of all flights in the United States of America!

Then we heard about the other two flights – American Airlines Flight 77 and United 93. The knowledge that this was an attack on the USA was prevalent in our minds and we all could not believe this was happening!!

The rest of the day was spent not doing a whole lot of anything except crying, watching the news and wondering what was next. No one wanted to work, the whole day was surreal and the skies were eerily silent.

Always remember 9/11

I will never forget what happened on September 11th. My heart still aches for those who perished, those who lost loved ones and the brave Americans who dealt with this in their personal lives.

Each story, each thought and memory of the 9/11 attacks will keep those who perished and those who suffered alive in our hearts and minds.

Please share your story and NEVER FORGET September 11 2001!

Autism and ADHD Awareness

I didn’t plan on writing about Autism and ADHD until I learned about World Autism Awareness Day and ADHD Awareness Month. The whole subject brings up years of memories and personal experience raising children with ADHD, a developmental disorder that people do not understand.

While I didn’t raise Autistic children, I know the hardship of fitting the pieces together to get through life with ADHD. Support groups and awareness days were non-existent at that time.

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Austism Puzzle Piece Charm with Swarovski Crystal

 

Autism and ADHD Awareness

Autism and ADHD or any sort of “developmental disorder” awareness is not just for parents but also for educators and other people in society.

Speaking from the viewpoint of the parent I can tell you that if you suspect your child is different, learn all you can about the disorder. Doctors have a lot of knowledge, but in many cases they don’t know anymore than you do. So educate yourself on everything.

The same goes for teachers. Regular education teachers are not as well equipped to deal with Autistic children or children with ADHD. Teachers are people just like anyone else and can become annoyed or judge a child without getting to the root of the problem.

The sobering fact is that most people don’t know a thing about any of these developmental disorders and are highly judgmental toward the child and the parents.

The next time you see a child throwing a fit in public, running around in circles or knocking things over, don’t judge the parent or the child, say a prayer for them instead because you don’t know what they might be going through.

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ADHD Awareness Ribbon Charm with Swarovski Crystal

Struggling through daily life

If you are struggling through daily life with a child who is Autistic, ADHD, etc. let me tell you that the road is rough. Sometimes it is hard to fit all the pieces together, but you will get through it.

Always remind yourself of these few things:

  1. God gave you this child because you are strong enough to handle it
  2. Take it one day at a time
  3. Stay in the present. Don’t look too far ahead or too far back, it is all overwhelming
  4. Try to find a support group or someone to confide in and bounce off your frustrations
  5. Take time for yourself whenever you can, you need renewal of energy
  6. Get out of the house. It is very easy to become secluded and home-bound because simply going to dinner or to the grocery store is a traumatic event. Try not to let that happen, and also realize that the child, even with his or her disorder, still needs to learn to behave in public.

To medicate or not to medicate

The most common and widely used solution is to medicate the child (which is kind of scary). For some cases this may be a life saver and for others it might cause even more problems.

Once again, you should educate yourself and not blindly follow physicians orders – because this is YOUR child. There are many natural remedies that might work in your situation. Each child is different, which means there are a myriad of different solutions.

Keeping in focus

Parents and educators (both the regular and the special education teacher) need to always keep in focus: to love and educate the child. I know it’s hard sometimes, but the reward at the end is truly immense!

The most rewarding day of my life was seeing my sons graduate from High School, absolutely no one knew how hard it was to get to that moment. But I did.