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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!

Once We Choose…

Today I read a friend’s blogpost The Salve of Heaven. It was about actively, consistently seeking peace. She reiterated how all of our days should be peaceful, even in the face of storm. I know. I said “how?” too. Her answer was simple. So simple I would’ve never thought of it. You choose peace – choose being the key word here.

How many times have all of us reacted to the latest storm with kicking and screaming? How many times have we grabbed that phone or keyboard and unleashed a tirade that left us exhausted and upset? For me? Too many times. During my three year pursuit of peace and healing I’ve shut down that kind of behavior. In disagreements with my husband and kids, when I feel that angry response to something I deem unjust, I stop. I have learned to become sensitive to that “incensed” feeling and when it strikes, I immediately stop. I don’t give in to the person. I don’t back down if I feel I have a legitimate point to make. I just stop. Stopping has saved me from slinging out that cutting or hurtful comment that would just deepen the altercation. Stopping enables me to proceed in a calmer, more rational manner. Stopping has kept me from jumping in and solving a problem my child has, when they are more than capable of solving it themselves because I stopped and listened. Both of my daughters will call me and rant for thirty or more minutes, and then just say thanks for listening and hang up.

My friend, in her blog, put it very simply:

For once we have tasted the heart benefits of peaceful response to any and every situation we might encounter, once we choose peace rather than agitating passions, once we step out on the authority and absolute reliability of God’s word and surrender to trusting in Him unconditionally – we have placed ourselves on the path of eagerly pursuing that continuous state of peace that will nurture us, sustain us, and utterly defeat any attempt by “the world, the flesh, and the devil” to shatter that “heart calm”! ~ Merrilyn Grodecki

The part of this quote that resonated with me was: “choose peace, rather than agitating passions.” When I read that I thought “Yes, yes! That’s it exactly!” Stop, and CHOOSE peace instead of partaking in incensed agitation, leaving you stressed, and in most cases, so sorry you said what you said.

And so, as another day goes by, let us learn to exercise our option to “choose peace, rather than agitating passions,” and…I have written.

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1 comment to Once We Choose…

  • Linda,
    Feedback is so wonderful!! And what you wrote about your own experiences and discoveries so beautifuuly speaks to the heart stand we are all to situate ourselves in. Very nicely explained – very nicely written. And thank you so much for acknowledging the post. Merri

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