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Lord as Provider, Faith for Finances

 

Dear friends, welcome!

Proud to share with you a guest post by my daughter Kathy. Her life in Greece has been full of challenges. The last years, however, have been extremely hard, as she had to bear the entire responsibility of running her household on limited founds, time and again feeling hopeless. Her diplomas in Emotional Intelligence and Life Coaching were powerless in providing for her family.

God’s angels came from everywhere and pulled her up when she was drowning. They handed her a piece of thrift wood and showed her the way to the shore!  

Oh, she is grateful! And so am I!

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Image by Katina Vaselopulos

Through it all she has grown to a strong, wise, and spirited woman, who by God’s grace is able to see the bigger picture behind her struggles. Her hardships not only did not defeat her but opened her eyes to “see” and trust God and the goodness in people. Furthermore, she realized her own strength not to give up when things got difficult and, more than anything, not to be bitter and angry but rather find faith, compassion, and forgiveness in her heart.

Here is what she shares:

Lord as Provider, Faith for Finances

While we celebrate significant events on specifically set holidays, we often fail to realize that each day is a celebration in and of itself. Thanksgiving, is a case in point. Why be thankful for all our blessings JUST that one day?

Counting them daily, we grow to accept difficulties as opportunities to cultivate patience, trust, compassion, and humility and learn to trust that reasons beyond our understanding are at work.

Yesterday, I committed to sharing my story. When I woke up this morning and my alarm went off, the melodies of Christmas music playing for the first time this season reminded me of the beautiful holiday and the miraculous birth of Jesus our Lord and filled my heart with peace. As I am still listening right now, I feel grateful for the many miracles that keep me going through all the adversities of my life. A coincidence, you say?

We know there are no coincidences. Just incidents that fit together to reinforce God’s presence everywhere. Just as long as we are open and willing to listen, see, feel, and accept these wonders, in whatever form they come!

 God has always been a part of my life, more like a distant cousin though, you don’t see very often or truly know. How can one have a relationship with someone if only meeting each other around holidays?  I realize that for years, I was short of the most basic ingredient in life ….FAITH. I remember asking myself: How do you get faith? Where do you go? What does it look like? My thirst however, for knowing and living through this so called “faith” in God, was only quenched during the most difficult and trying period of my life.

Throughout the past two years, this distant “cousin” has become more like a member of the family; a dear friend, if I might say, who pays us frequent visits, since  I have been calling upon Him daily, inviting Him into my life, celebrating and giving thanks every moment.  The Lord has carried me when I was too tired and could no longer walk. He has provided for my family and me financial aid that was so desperately needed. 

Just when I had no more money to pay my bills, often not even enough for the next meal, and didn’t know where to turn or what to do, the Lord as Provider came through. Not once, not twice, but repeatedly over this difficult period!

 I have finally come to acquire faith in our Lord and trust that He will always be there for me. And it’s not only about the financial relief. I believe this was His way of getting my attention, because that’s where I felt the hurt more.

For me it has been faith in the whole process of life, the universe… Trusting in what is and having blind faith that God has already taken care of everything.

My heart is filled with gratitude as I give thanks every day for all the blessings in my life, for the “safety net” of family, friends, and strangers that God has laid out for me, in my leap of blind faith. 

 THANK YOU GOD!!! 

 God Bless!!

 Kathy Vaselopulos, Athens, Greece    

 

We have been in the eye of the storm for so long. Yet, with God’s Grace, we haven’t been wrecked by it. We haven’t lost hope and rely on Him and His great plan, handling everything with patience and dignify, trusting Him to bring solutions to hopeless situations.

I am grateful that I can count on my husband Spyros to take care of our family. I am appreciative to my friends for their comforting words and prayers. I am deeply indebted to all who have supported my Kathy with love and prayers, but mainly with generous financial backing.

My gratitude to God is immense! I believe the Universe recognizes our needs and resourcefully brings solutions either through stumbling blocks or gifts thrown at our way, both of which occur every day, whether we notice or not.

What is the gift you are mostly grateful for?

Please, share in the comments.

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My love and appreciation to you!

Happy and blessed Thanksgiving every day of the year!

 Katina Vaselopulos

Eleven Gone! Twenty more Coming!

Eleven gone! Twenty more to come!

Days in November, that is, as November has been declared the National Novel Writing Month!

 

Did you ever say “Yes” to something without thinking about it?

 

Well, I did! To NaNoWriMo! Don’t ask me why. I said a loud “NO” last year and never planned to do it this year. When however my friend and TW Kath Unsworth invited me to participate, I said “YES” without taking into consideration all that goes on in my life right now.

 

For the last two weeks in October I was angry with myself for making such a decision without thinking about it. I was also scared because I cannot write novels and had no other plan either.

 

Numb from fear and embarrassed to give up before I began, I was working overtime to persuade myself that I am not a quitter and once I commit to something, I stay with it until I do …or die.

 

One day, as I was busying myself so as not to work on ideas for the NaNo challenge, I came across a Bottom Line periodical, dated back in February. It was open to page 11 where an article by Denis Ledoux was posted:

 

“How to Write Your Memoirs So that Everyone Will Want to Read Them.”

 

That did it! The title of the post was the spark that ignited a fire in my heart and made my mind spin backwards. My life’s images kept coming at me, asking me to collect and share them. At that moment, I realized that the reason I had said “yes” to NaNo was because my soul knew I had a story to tell, even if only to my children and grandchildren.  I knew that I was the one to write that story.

 

Years back I had jutted down some notes about my life. Never did anything with them. I could use them now to begin my challenge.

 

First of November came and I began at the beginning; no plan, no outline. I just kept typing everything that came to mind without discrimination.

 

These eleven days of writing have been some experience!

 

Not only forgotten details come forth pouring onto the computer screen, but I also have access to my mother’s memories, many of which stored deep inside, spring out as we get deeper into the past.

 

Writing each day, I saw a pattern emerge that helped me understand more about my perspective on life.

 

I remembered details which reinforced my belief that I became who I am because of the way my parents and grandparents taught me  lessons through specific examples and attitudes on handling life.

 

Reminded of old victories, I recognize that they were essential in helping me deal with my life’s tribulations and hardships and responsible for making me stronger and better at handling crises.

 

Looking back into failures, I understand why they happened and what I learned from them.

 

All these reasons give me the incentive to keep coming daily to my NaNo date. Before the week was over, I knew that I could not stop searching back to memories for meaning of what has taken place, yet, never loosing time to place them into the right sequence.  Remembering a jewel of a memory or a scene that is important to me, I put it down knowing that later they’ll find their right place.

 

 At the end of November, I will have a first draft of what will be, in the future, my legacy and contribution to the next generations of my family; not only connecting them to their ancestors but also sharing with them lessons which could be teaching tools for them to apply to their own lives.

 

OH, those synchronicities and how meant things fall into place!

 

For those who would like to leave their legacy to their children and grandchildren, Denis Ledoux offers a few great pointers on how to plan memoirs. Finding them helpful, I include them below:

  • Instead of writing every detail  of your life that comes to mind, “Choose only stories about a single aspect of your life…particularly if it holds important lessons.”
  • “You may share humorous anecdotes from your life.”

When you commit your memories to writing:

  • “Show, don’t tell.”
  • “Be honest.”
  • “Set a specific time to write each day.”
  • “After you’ve written a story, go back and shorten it by 10% to 20%.”
  • “Write an introduction after you have written all your stories.”

If you are interested at learning more about writing your memoirs, among other sites that must exist, you may want to visit Denis Ledoux at: www.TurningMemories.com

 

Are you writing or have you written you memoirs already?

Love to read anything you want to share with me and others on this topic.

 

Thank you for coming over!

Wishing you God’s blessings in all you do!

 

 

Katina

Email address:  katiakantzia@msn.com