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About Me

Linda Bartosik...
First steps of a beginning writer/artist/illustrator. Follow me on my journey. Read More...

My newest book now available on Amazon!

My newest book now available on Amazon!

Many treasures lie under the sea, but will Alistar find the one that will make ‘The Perfect Birthday Present’ for his mom? Join this adventurous little sea star and his best buddy Barnaby (a blob fish) as they travel through the beautiful deep blue sea, meeting many other creatures of the deep. When the two friends finally stumble upon the perfect present, Alistar needs to make a difficult decision, which only he can make. When he does, the little sea star learns that there are times when it is not the present that is important, but the thought behind it.

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

For Linda Crowley, the first day of the year had always been set aside to work on new, positive beginnings and 1970 was no different. Her husband and children were by all accounts healthy and no one even considered the terrible thought that tragedy would strike before the day was over, and life as she had known it was gone.

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My first illustrating project available on Amazon

My first illustrating project available on Amazon

Haley doesn't have a normal pet she has a goat, Ralph. He thinks he's having fun but he's causing untold trouble for Haley. Trouble seems to follow Ralph everywhere he goes only he doesn't know it. Haley's father says Ralph has to be sold!

Manna + Trappings = Peace

I’m making my way, one more time, through Melody Beattie’s “More…The Language of Letting Go”. At least this time I understand the concept. At least this time I have made huge progress in that elusive, but necessary, part of life.

The arrangement of the topics over the last three days caught my interest. March 22 was “Let Go of the Future”. It cited the Moses story of him leading a group of slaves out of Israel while their daily manna was provided by God when crossing a barren desert. The most important thing about the manna was it couldn’t be saved or hoarded. It had to be consumed that day or it would quickly spoil. The people were learning to trust God that what they needed for the day would be there. They didn’t have to save or hoard for the future. Once again the ancient story speaks to us:

“Look around at what you have available, this moment, this hour. Use the resources and gifts you’ve been given. Tomorrow’s manna will come at its appointed hour.” ~Melody Beattie

March 23 was “Let Go of the Trappings”. Beattie cites the old adage of “keeping up with the Jonses”:

“While it (material things) helps to identify with each other, we are all different. So why compare ourselves on the basis of material things?” ~ Melody Beattie

March 24 brings us to “Cultivate Inner Peace”. She touched on a concept so familiar to me. I’m always saying, “Let me get past this one thing and I will have peace.” Or “I will be happy when I solve this one problem.” It took me twice through this book to finally learn that peace and happiness are something I always have because it comes from within and there will ALWAYS be problems and situations coming at me from outside of myself. There will never be a time that simply solving the present crisis will bring peace or happiness.

These three readings are summed up in my title. If we master the art of not worrying that we’ll have enough money, time, strength, etc. and trust God to “give us out daily bread” daily, and if we get ourselves straight on the place of material things in our life, we will go a long way toward cultivating that inner peace we all seek. It was a nice arrangement of the readings over the past three days and it translated, for me, into that simple equation that makes so much sense and is easy to remember.

And so, as another day goes by, I’m seriously (and I find myself mentioning this a lot lately) thinking of attacking those “trappings” trapped in my basement, and…I have written.

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