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A BARK COLLAR

“But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion. For the living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten” (Eccl 9:4-5 Gideon Bible).

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I perk up when there are dog references, especially when the bible features canines. Ecclesiastes 9:4 grabbed my attention by the collar when I read, “for a living dog is better than a dead lion.”

Solomon wrote about wisdom from people who are alive in Christ. Like Jesus, I know my body will expire but I have immortal redemption if I keep my hope in Him. When I wonder, “What if this is it? What if everything I represent really ends when I die? What happens if I devote my mortal mission toward eternal life, only to discover that there is no heaven?

When I temporarily turn skeptic, I remember to live for the greater good now. Fortunately, logic eventually kicks in: “Christina, if you’re fully dead, how will you know? How will your misgivings matter?” I won’t be alive to discover cultural doubts.

If the world’s objections to heaven’s existence reign true, my qualms become silenced. John 14:2 provides sound truth in quoting Jesus, “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.”

Philippians 3:20 teaches, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

When I see creation’s intricacies, I believe that Someone cherished who and what He created. I serve a Creator who handcrafts everything, everyone. I want to be like that living dog that Solomon wrote about, working my earth assignments with purpose.

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Just as a canine eagerly awaits his owner, I anticipate my Master’s return. My heavenly Father adopted me, and I trust that He’s preparing my place in heaven. I live to be like a hopeful dog, not a dead lion.

Wagging my tail, no lyin’😉

Christina

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CAUTION UP AHEAD

They landed in the country of the Gadarenes and were met by two mad victims of demons, coming out of the cemetery. The men had terrorized the region for so long that no one considered it safe to walk down that road anymore” (Matthew 8:28-30 The Message).

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What are the odds? Two against ten? Against hundreds? Perhaps thousands?

I have read countless stories about individuals, groups and countries fighting. Fighting for something. Fighting against something. I read about a terrorist attack in Matthew 8 (vs. 28-30).

In this passage, two demon-possessed men were coming out of the cemetery to terrorize roadway travelers. Two men. They came from tombs, not even from highly regarded offices. Two no-names with a background of bullying.

What about this region’s response? I appears that they’d become accustomed to a history of these men’s scare tactics that they allowed the past to shape their future.

Matthew doesn’t offer details about how or what these grave dwellers did to terrorize people, yet their legend lived on. I’m shocked that nobody called a strategic planning meeting to consider retaliation. Who was going to finally revolt and fight back?

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We fight cancer, abuses, poverty, homelessness. We have spiritual warfare, nuclear warfare, germ warfare. Individuals are called to action. In my own responsibility, where have I allowed myself to lie down and take unnecessary lumps?

I’m not referring to surrendering my will or facing trials and tribulations. I’m speaking about suffering simply from a place of apathy. Where have I grown uncomfortably miserable, or perhaps miserably comfortable?  

I’m jumping off this lily pad of life to answer my call-to-action. Armored under God’s guardianship, I crawl out of my inner grave to fight injustice.

Digging my way out of a tomb to get into the Light,

Christina

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POWER SURGE!

We’ve had intermittent power outages over the past week for various reasons. During one of these darkened moments, I sat by candlelight to discover a brighter light.

I utilized the lack of lights, heat, machines, etc. to practice my word of the year 2021: abundance. I willed myself to focus on abundant gratitude. I realized that in the “less,” I have more than I acknowledge.

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What if today I woke up with only what I said thank you for what I got (or didn’t get) yesterday? I recognized that this power outage happened after I had showered, after I had coffee, after I got ready for work, after the sun had risen. I imagined how my morning would have materialized if the power had gone down before my electric bedside clock alarm had sounded. Instead of abundant grace, I pictured abundant gross! 😉

I chose to use the downtime to write everything that I appreciated. I vowed myself to sit through however long it took to say thank you until the power was restored. Wait! Who said anything about the power returning? Who was I to presume that electricity would be restored? It was another lesson about what I’ve come to expect and rely on.

This is an abbreviated list from that January day’s gratitude:

*candles (more than one)

*blankets (again, more than one)

*clean sweaters

*comfy chair and couch

*washer & dryer (I visualized washing and hanging laundry outside in 20’ weather)

*hot coffee

*microwave

*wool-blend socks

*soft neck scarf

*flashlight with working batteries

*many windows

Thank you, Jesus for generating your powerful provision!

Much to ponder so I’m signing off with abundant simplicity,

Christina

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BREATHING COURAGE!

Rita Reali, JC and his layout/publishing team are finishing my most vulnerable writing assignment, Knee Deep. Red Paint Spilman is busy in his art studio creating this cover while Dottie Justice, Peaches and a small circle of others are part of my advisory team. They allow me to brainstorm my diverse project ideas and offer wise input. I’m eternally grateful for them!

Knee Deep is a collection of letters to my Creator from October 20, 2019-July 16, 2020. I intended Knee Deep to be the final book in this 5-book FROG Blog series. Instead, I was thrown a curve ball and it will become third of the five.

The books I’ve published so far have required bravery, tenacity, tough lessons in the publishing world., etc. In no way was I prepared to open myself up to share some of these vulnerable letters that I write as part of my daily routine. However, in my spirit, I know I am acting on obedience that surpasses my understanding.

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Typically, when I launch a new book, I offer news about what’s to come. I post excerpts from each book and give updates as we near publishing. I admit that I’ve kept a low profile about Knee Deep.  I’m feverishly working to move from shaking knees into trust that overpowers my qualms.

Knee Deep isn’t a trashy piece. Nobody is getting exposed or injured (other than my honest heart). There is no PG-13 material or graphic details. Knee Deep is “simply” a collection of Creator chats over a nine-month span. (For this full story, go to www.gueststarcoaching.com under FROG Blog and see March 2020’s posts titled, “Zowie”).

Our team is deciding on the subtitle for Knee Deep. When Red Paint has finished crafting another of his spectacular book covers in this FROG Blog series, I will post that. I anticipate that posting at the end of January or beginning of February. Yes, of this year. Promise. Gulp. 😊).

Until then, I will write bi-weekly FROG Blogs. I also use my Facebook site to feature authors and resources that feature writing and creativity. You can find me on Facebook at Christina M. Eder-Author. I support positive, life giving writing, so please share only caring, kind and family-friendly material!

Thank you for continuing to cheer me forward on a FROG’s lily pad of life,

Christina

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ABUNDANCE

I announce my 2021 Word of the Year! ABUNDANCE.

Last year, I chose DECIPHER to practice inner growth. The decipher premise stemmed from a need to check motive: my use of time, personal connections, spending and saving money, energy output etc. What motive manifested my habits?

This year’s word is ABUNDANCE. I’m challenging myself to become more open to giving and receiving abundance. To offer abundant forgiveness, abundant gentleness, abundant kindness. Giving comes naturally to me.

However, receiving has always been extraordinarily difficult. I have sometimes been teased or labeled as somewhat of a simpleton. I become giddy over what some people consider ordinary (a voice mail, a handwritten note, a food-for-thought question, a spirit-led conversation).  When I receive gifts, I feel indebted.

I embrace minimalism. Fortunately, not living simplicity out of a need, but from wanting to show up for life with less “stuff.” Thankfully, my close circle respects this guideline by giving consumable or usable gifts: anything to keep me warm (wool-blend socks, fleece, thick sweaters, flannel pj’s). I appreciate candles, outings, trips, fun print stationery, colorful envelopes, and stamps. Basically, gifts that don’t require shelves, dusting, hanging or hanging.

I’m heading into this day, this year eagerly offering and learning to receive abundance. I anticipate lessons and blessin’s on the lily pad of life.

Readers! Your turn. Have you chosen a word for the year? How will you practice your word?

With abundance,

Christina

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LIBRARY CHALLENGE

I’m working on next week’s FROG blog about my 2021 Word of the Year to Practice: Abundance.

The next 3 books in the FROG Blog series are in various pieces, with intent to publish them this year: Knee Deep, Tadpoles and Poetry Pod.

I ask for your help in one of my challenges this year! Ask friends, family and others from different states, cities, countries to call their closest library to request a copy of my published books so far. I’ve listed the link below so you can see the covers and titles.

Books by Christina M. Eder – G.U.E.S.T. Star Life Coaching (gueststarcoaching.com)

Thank you for joining me in this 2021 library adventure! I’m excited to see the abundance of locations around the world carry my books.

Anticipating an abundance of lessons and blessin’s on the lily pad of life,

Christina

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UNIVERSAL TRANQUILITY

Joyful Christmas to all! Believing in new birth for your upcoming days and year!

In reading Psalms 15, I believe if we continually responded this way, our world would look much different. (Even when I practice any one of the guidelines from Ps. 15:2-5 that becomes my daily challenge)!

1 LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? 

2 The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; 

3 whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; 

4 who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the LORD; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; 

5 who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me!

Celebrating fresh birth on the lily pad of life,

Christina

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3 Wise Gifts

As you are doing your Christmas shopping, I suggest this trinity of gifts.

Just as the Magi brought 3 gifts, I hope these will be your earthly gold, frankincense and myrrh for people’s literary collection.

Books by Christina M. Eder

Life’s Too Short for Dull Razors, Cheap Pens, and Worn Out Underwear

Christina’s first book Life’s Too Short for Dull Razors, Cheap Pens, and Worn Out Underwear is her response to a double-dog dare to write a book about what she thinks about while she runs. Written with courage, humor, inspiration, and unashamed personality, she requested her book’s publishing date to be (appropriately) April 1st. Available on Amazon and Kindle.

FROG Blog, Life on a Lily Pad

FROG Blog, Life on a Lily Pad is the first of the FROG blog anthology series. This book includes 77 one page stories from Christina plus 23 authors’ stories who uniquely describe their delicate slice-of-life experiences. Available on Amazon and Kindle

Unthawed: Lessons from a Frozen Lily Pad

Just published! Unthawed: Lessons from a Frozen Lily Pad is the latest release in the FROG Blog series. It is a book of stand alone chapters that include courageously unique perspectives about personal experiences in 500 words or less. Full of honesty, variety and adventure!
12 authors join me on this lily pad of life lessons and blessin’s to share their (sometimes raw) insights from what they’ve gained through “creative adaptation.” We openly (sometimes painfully), tell how we’ve been invited to change course and recover from our original expectations. Available on Amazon, Kindle, and through Barnes and Noble

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GIFT GIVING IDEAS FOR A MINIMALIST

I approach life with a “less is more and even less is even more” practice. I prefer gifting someone with generosity, kindness, gentleness, time, listening-to-understand…

Christmas and birthdays can become difficult for my circle who love gifting with material tokens of love. People ask, “If you don’t like extra material possessions, what am I supposed to get you?” My answer? Consumables and outings!

A friend challenged me to publicly post an idea list to help her understand my appreciation for minimal inventory. I rise to the challenge!

My favorite things

*Donations to inner-city schools and youth centers

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*Donations to animal rescues and humane societies

*Gift certificates to retreat centers

*Tickets to live theatre

*Cabin/Bed & Breakfast stays

*A dream chasing/travel partner. I have at least 200 places and experiences I want to explore. So far, I’ve gotten 67 of those dreams realized.

*Workshops, classes, seminars to satisfy my insatiable curiosity to learn

*One-on-one walks and phone dates with an occasional coffee or lunch date.

There ARE some material gifts I do enjoy:

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*Candles with citrus or bakery scents (no rose, lavender or patchouli!)

*Any flavor of Dunkin Donut coffee

*Wal-Mart and JC Penney gift cards (the only two places I shop for clothes and essentials)

*Grocery gift cards (I love to cook and bake)

*Turtlenecks in every color (the kind that go all the way up the neck)

*Thick white or black socks

*Double-sized bed flannel sheets (I can never be too warm!)

*Fun print postage stamps (the FROG ones from last year are still my favorite)

*Dark chocolate (bonus if it includes mint or nuts…so the chocolate doesn’t get lonely)

*Note and thank you cards that are blank inside

*FROG stickers and stationery (FROGS have animated fun expressions)

*Orchid, turquoise and lime green are my happy colors

Readers, your turn! What gifts do you give to a “non-materially driven minimalist”? What “less material” gifts do you love to receive?

Leaping into the holiday lily pad of life from the FROG Blog,

Christina

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SELECTIVE TENDERING

Cain and Abel. Can and able.

I see my nature in Adam and Eve’s sons, Cain and Abel. Cain worked the land. Abel tended the flocks. When offering time came to present their God-given harvest, Cain brought a seedy portion of his produce. Abel stocked a butcher block full of his animals’ first born.

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Scripture isn’t detailed, but I visualize Cain wheeling in his overripe fruit and shriveled veggies. The offering plate comes to Cain and his “fresh picked daily” looks like it was yesterday’s fresh pick. Meanwhile, Abel steps up to the plate and presents this morning’s meaty cuts from prime stock (hopefully not from Adam’s rib selection that was used to make Eve).  

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I don’t know the natural abilities of Cain and Abel but in this text, they display their heart. One son can. One son does. The fruit of their spirit is marketed by their action.

Sometimes I resemble Cain. I’ve been given what is necessary to complete my mission yet hold back from giving my best. In a soul search, I’d glean fear, stemming from concern for lack. What if I don’t have enough energy? What if I don’t have money, time, knowledge, exposure, experience,…?

I’m unable to do many things. My creator designed me that way so I could learn to rely on him. Sometimes in my self-reliance, I think I can, but choose to be unwilling.

Frighteningly, the flip side of lack is also fear. Fear of success. What happens if I achieve a goal? Then what? What if I complete an assignment? Will I be able to keep up? Can I meet the next challenge? How will I maintain what I create…?

I’m a blend Cain’s action with an Abel heart. By offering his firstborn, Abel shows how he trusts that God can and will make a way. When he is loyal, Abel sacrifices his fear for faith. God could and did. He still can and does!

Because God can, I will.

Offering my spirit so I can willingly plant good hearted seeds,  

Christina

“…The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast (Gn. 4:4-5).