Spreading Good News (Post 670 – BLAST FROM THE PAST: Thump-Thud, Thump-Thud)

The goal of Spreading Good News is for readers to:

GET INSPIRED and/or GET MOTIVATED and/or GET INFORMED and/or GET AWE-STRUCK and/or GET A BREAK FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS and to tell readers about our good, short books and our online store.

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CONSTANT QUOTE

 

 

IT’S BETTER TO DIE CHASING A DREAM NEVER CAUGHT THAN TO DIE NEVER HAVING CHASED THE DREAM.  ~ Joyce Fields

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IF YOU WERE ON YOUR DEATHBED, WHAT WOULD YOU WISH YOU HAD/HAD NOT DONE?  DO IT OR STOP IT NOW.  ~ Joyce Fields

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ANNOUNCING MY NEWEST NEW BOOK!!  My Simple Quotes to Live By.  Many have asked me to put together a book of my quotes that I post here on my blog and on social media.  This book contains 169 of them on 90 pages.  

It’s available through http://www.GoodShortBooks.com

My “Constant Quote” (above) was chosen to appear in the 2013 Women’s Advantage Shared Wisdom Calendar that is available at http://www.womansadvantage.biz/prod_cat.php 

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ANNOUNCING MY NEW BOOK!!  Dear Bully:  A Collection of Poems about Bullying.  I’m reading six poems from the book at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3sdKM-yl2M

I love to read your comments!!

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TODAY’S BLOG

I have over 700 posts on this blog—going all the way back to July 2010.  “BLAST FROM THE PAST” gives me an opportunity to re-post some excellent pieces that many of my readers haven’t read.  And it’s a chance for regular readers to re-read and refresh!!

 

Max Lucado is one of my favorite inspirational writers.  I have kept this “UpWords by Max Lucado” piece since May 2008!  I hope you enjoy it and share it with those you know.  And tell them about this blog!

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Thump-Thud, Thump-Thud

When a potter bakes a pot, he checks its solidity by pulling it out of the oven and thumping it.  If it “sings,” it’s ready.  If it “thuds,” it’s placed back in the oven.

The character of a person is also checked by thumping.

Been thumped lately?

Late-night phone calls.  Grouchy teacher.  Grumpy moms.  Burnt meals.  Flat tires. You’ve-got-to-be-kidding deadlines.  Those are thumps.  Thumps are those irritating inconveniences that trigger the worst in us.  They catch us off guard.  Flat-footed.  They aren’t big enough to be crises, but if you get enough of them, watch out!  Traffic jams.  Long lines.  Empty mailboxes.  Dirty clothes on the floor.  Even as I write this, I’m being thumped.  Because of interruptions, it has taken me almost two hours to write these two paragraphs.  Thump.  Thump.  Thump.

How do I respond?  Do I sing, or do I thud?

Jesus said that out of the nature of the heart a man speaks (Luke 6:45).  There’s nothing like a good thump to reveal the nature of a heart.  The true character of a person is seen not in momentary heroics but in the thump-packed humdrum of day-to-day living.

If you have a tendency to thud more than you sing, take heart.

There is hope for us “thudders”:

Begin by thanking God for thumps.  I don’t mean a half-hearted thank-you.  I mean a rejoicing, jumping-for-joy thank-you from the bottom of your heart (James 1:2).  Chances are that God is doing the thumping.  And he’s doing it for your own good.  So every thump is a reminder that God is molding you (Hebrews 12:5-8).

Learn from each thump.  Face up to the fact that you are not “thump-proof.”  You are going to be tested from now on.  You might as well learn from the thumps—you can’t avoid them.  Look upon each inconvenience as an opportunity to develop patience and persistence.  Each thump will help you or hurt you, depending on how you use it.

Be aware of “thump-slump” times.  Know your pressure periods.  For me, Mondays are infamous for causing thump-slumps.  Fridays can be just as bad.  For all of us, there are times during the week when we can anticipate an unusual amount of thumping.  The best way to handle thump-slump times?  Head on.  Bolster yourself with extra prayer, and don’t give up.

Remember no thump is disastrous.  All thumps work for good if we are loving and obeying God.

 

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NOTE FROM JOYCEIf you enjoyed and/or learned from this blog, please leave a comment and send the link to others.  Thanks!!

If you’re interested in reading all about “My Breast Cancer Journey,” those posts start with post #334.

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~ Joyce Fields

 

ADDITIONAL OFFERINGS FROM JOYCE FIELDS

Joyce is an author who has written eight books.  If you enjoy this blog, you will, undoubtedly, enjoy all her books.  Her sister, Anita, is also an author.

BE INSPIRED!  You can read about and order their books AND order merchandise from their online store at this link (or click the “BE INSPIRED!” button above):

https://lineofserenity.wordpress.com/get-more-inspiration/

Thanks for your interest AND support!!

Contact Joyce at goodshortbooks@yahoo.com.

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SOME OF JOYCE’S FAVORITE BLOGS

I visit these blogs and leave comments regularly.  I think you will enjoy them all!

http://www.lenasledgeblog.com  Books, reviews, give-aways, interviews.

http://living4bliss.com  Believing Life Is Set up for Success (BLISS)

http://goss-coaching.com/author/gosscoaching  A professional writer and wellness coach helping people connect thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and action to create optimal health and a vibrant life.

http://www.thebirkineffect.com  Musings of a “want it all” 21st century woman

http://www.thesweetsensations.com  A baking, entertainment, and lifestyle blog.  Fantastic recipes and food photography, too!

http://www.pennilessparenting.com  A rich life on minimum wage.  Plus fabulous, healthful recipes!

http://www.rumpydog.com  I’m a dog with a unique perspective on human life.

http://www.davidkanigan.com/  Lead.Learn.Live.  David Kanigan:  Inspiration, Ideas & Information.

http://callingoftheheart.wordpress.com  Spirituality, Psychology, and Political.

http://www.petedenton.wordpress.com  Writer of short stories, Flash fiction, and some scripts.

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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2 Responses to Spreading Good News (Post 670 – BLAST FROM THE PAST: Thump-Thud, Thump-Thud)

  1. This last month has been an ongong series of thumps and I’m truly paying attention!

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