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3 Things Thursday – April 16 Devotions

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I remembered: It’s 3 Things Thursday! So today I’ll share 2 other things in addition to the usual daily devotions (now that I’m caught up and will hopefully keep them as DAILY devotions!)

 

Thursday Thing #1.

Etsy went public – as in public option on NASDAQ today. As an Etsy seller, I find this an intriguing and exciting event and opportunity. I would love to buy a few shares, if I get an expected payment SOON, since I missed out on the early options before today’s IPO opening on NASDAQ. They already more than doubled their opening share price of $16/share to around $34/share before noon today. WOW! Here’s a little snippet from the linked article:

 

The company began as a tiny project out of an apartment in 2005. By the end of 2014, Etsy had 685 employees, 51% of whom were women.

Its ambitions are no longer small. Much of the $267 million raised in the IPO by Etsy is expected to go toward marketing the company and expanding its audience of about 20 million buyers. About $53 million will go to Etsy’s early shareholders.

 

As a long-time quilter and fabric “artisan,” working on expanding my K-Lee’s Kreations business (see my video in the sidebar), this is such an amazing event in history for all of us “little people” who create handmade items!

 

Thursday Thing #2.

Pain. An inevitable part of life, physically and emotionally. I’ve endured a lot of physical pain in my life, including a broken neck, skull fracture, and lacerated scalp–all of which nearly killed me. Lesser pains as I get older, but constant and frustrating, are arthritic joints; most recently, arthritis and bone spurs in the base of my right thumb. Makes daily typing and just about any grasping/pinching task painful (and of course, I’m right-handed!) My orthopedic doctor wants to do surgery; I’m hesitant because of a previous bad experience with anesthesia–because of the out-of-pocket costs not covered by our health insurance–and because of the rather lengthy recovery period, which I know will interfere with daily life as we know it around here!

 

Emotional pain–well, without going into a lot personal details, I’ll just say a family situation right now is heartbreaking. Not to the point of being hopeless, as there are some glimmers on the horizon of relationships being healed and restored. But as with many things in life, there is pain before the healing, including the pain of dealing with unpleasant things about yourself that contributed quite unintentionally to the damaged relationship.

 

Thursday Thing #3. Devotions. Now onto today’s belated devotional shares. Remember, as always, you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings.

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“Galatians 6:10 says, ‘Be mindful to be a blessing…’ and 2 Corinthians 10:5 speaks of casting down imaginations and every high and lofty thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. In other words, keep (set) your mind on God’s promises and on what is relevant to His plan for your life.

 

Decide to be a blessing to everyone you meet today. Forgive anyone who has hurt you, and leave unresolved circumstances in God’s hands. Don’t use today to relive yesterday. Say, ‘I am moving forward today, in Jesus’ Name.’ ”

 

–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”

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“One of the invariable facts about relationships is that when it comes to wounds of the soul inflicted by friends or family members, the closer they are, the more damage they do. That is what tears deeply into our souls, the fabric of who we are. These wounds can scar our souls. Even if the wounds are accidental and inadvertent, they often leave us filled with discouragement and confusion.

 

And so we respond. Without even becoming aware of it, we unintentionally sever our emotional ties to those who could most easily mend our thoughts and feelings of being alone.

 

People who love much, grieve much. I firmly believe that the more you love, the deeper the sorrow in your heart when you lose your loved ones, or experience a broken or severed relationship. That is because love is painful.  It is only natural that your spirit cries out for something else. God made you for wholeness.

 

We find our healing in our Healer. We recover our joy in Him who IS joy incarnate. We recover our broken lives in the One who is the way, the truth, and the life. It is time to open our hearts to Him and believe in the transforming power of Jesus Christ.” 

 

–Dr. Tim Clinton in “Turn Your Life Around”

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-1- I like the idea of striving to “be a blessing” to people I meet everyday–for me, that means all my online contacts, because with only one car, I rarely go anywhere outside the home during the week while hubby uses the car for work! So that’s why I try to post helpful or uplifting things on my Facebook timeline, as well as in my blogs.

 

-2- These passages from psychologist and Christian counselor Dr. Clinton’s book really spoke to me today with what I described in my “Thursday Thing #2” above. As I said, I don’t really want to go into it, but yeah…a lot of emotional pain, dealing with old wounds, and hoping/praying for a healed and restored relationship.

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So what are YOUR thoughts? Do you endeavor to be a “blessing bearer” to those you come into contact with everyday? How do you handle this idea of being a blessing to those you only know online?

 

Without divulging details (unless you choose to), are you enduring some pain of one kind or another in your life today? What do you think of Dr. Clinton’s comments and suggestions?

 

3 Comments

  1. Jonathan

    That’s interesting about Etsy. I’m interested in startups so I wonder how it will compete with ecommerce options like Shopify and Squarespace in the future.

    17 . Apr . 2015
  2. Francene Stanley

    I think pain is a part of life–the growth process that forces you to see things you’d rather not face in yourself. Pain increases with age, pushing slowing bodies and minds out of their comfort zone. I tell myself, it’s all for the greater good, and hope I’m right.

    19 . Apr . 2015
  3. Amy

    Your posts, Karen, are always quite interesting and very encouraging at the same time. I didn’t realize that about Etsy, and I certainly never would have guessed that you had so many brushes with death* *hugs*

    19 . Apr . 2015

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