Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Thank You.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU. THAT WAS SO THOUGHTFUL, THANK YOU. GOD BLESS YOU HEART; THANK YOU. THAT WAS O KIND OF YOU; THANK YOU. THANK YOU AGAIN. YOU REALLY BLESSED MY SOUL; THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR CARING.

I am a follower of  Jesus Christ; this is no secret. I'm not perfect or even near perfect. When God sees me; He sees me through the perfect blood for my savior Jesus Christ. For that, I say thank you Jesus.

I have not always been thankful. When I was a child; I was very thankful for everything; because we had lack. My mom made sure that we had most of our needs met; but wants came twice a year.  But still I was thankful.

When my teen years came; I was not very thankful; I had a sense of entitlement. I was very selfish and it was very evident in my atttitude and appearance. The same could be said of my late teens and early 20's. Hon-eey, I was cute, had my own car and money, caramel colored skin, long hair, and a size 2! I was the ___.

By my mid 20's I had moved out, married, had 2 children and divorced; all within 3 years. Boom, Boom, Boom; I became a struggling single mom. Then I discovered God for myself. I have never been out of the physical church and I always had God in mind (somewhere). But,  I was not Souled Out. By the time I had got to 30, I got my life together, went back to college and began to rely fully on the Holy Spirit. Now that I'm on my road to 50, I see life in a totally new light. I have 2 children in college (Thank you Jesus) I own my own Businesses (Thank you Jesus), and I have purposefully surrounded myself with positive saved people (You know exactly who you are);  Drama is Optional.  I am truly thankful.

God blessed me to be a crafty person; from sewing, to decorating cakes, to planning events, and now scrapbooking and custom invitations.  My hobbies all grew into viable home based businesses, of them all, scrapbooking has been the best. As you may have read in my bio, I taught myself to scrapbook by accident. As far as I knew, I was the only African American woman (AAW) scrapbooking! Later, I came in contact with a few others. Much, much later I was turned on to a community that featured AAW scrapbooking. It has been great and I've learned so much. I wish I had discovered them years ago when they first came into existence. I've now become a part of many other online scrapbooking/paper crafting communities and a have met dozens of women (and a few males)  from different ethnic groups. Thank you Lord for these connections.

Now that I've become a part of several crafting circles; I'm beginning to see the ugly crafting wars.  I don't like your site, so I'm going to create my own site. You RAK was jacked up, so, I'm going to create a youtube video about it. You stole my idea, so I'm going to create a FB page and tell everybody.  You need to decide who's group you are going to support.  Your project looked awful, so I'm going to talk about you to my click.  The  mats on my card were not straight; I'm making a video about that too. Get active or get deleted. If you post personal pictures, they will be deleted...on and on. Where did all of this crafting competition come for?  This is not middle school and we are all adults. When did it become acceptable to publicly and harshly criticize someone else's creativity. What ever happen to Thank you for participating? Thank you for donating what you could to help pay for our site? Thank you for being a part of our community? Thank you for that Tag; it was thoughtful. Thank you for creating that sympathy card for my mom. Thank you for liking my page. Thank you. Two little words.

We need to get back to being thankful and thoughtful. Consider the feelings of others. Thankful for each other. Most of all, Thankful to God who gave us our talents and gifts of creation.

**I'm not singling out any particular community or person.  But if you are doing any of the previously mentioned things; you should rethink you actions. Drama is optional and unnecessary. Thank you for reading.


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