Blogging 101 – Good Neighbor Inspiration

Assignment for Blogging 101: Visit and comment on four other blogs and then write a post about one of the comments you made.

One of the aspects of blogging I am enjoying very much is reading and connecting with other blogger’s out there.  There seems to be a blog for any topic and category you can imagine and many are very creative.  For this assignment I decided I would visit blogs I had not visited before.  Here is a list of my four favorites from this “expedition” and I enjoyed each one of these for different reasons:

Life in the Boomer Lane had a very humorous piece on the “Booty Pop”.  Never heard of it?  I hadn’t either!  Now, let me warn you this is not a “usual” topic for my blog and I fully intend to rant a bit here.

For those of us living in ignorance, Booty Pop’s web site claims, “Now you too can have a Hollywood backside that turns heads!  No expensive surgery or overpriced trainer required.”  “A booty-licious booty in an instant!”

Ladies, why are we never satisfied to just look like ourselves?  What is our crazy obsession with looking like someone else?   Especially when one of those someone’s admits she spends 2 hours a day – 2 HOURS A DAY – to look absolutely perfect.  Please read that again, 2 HOURS A DAY!!!  First, who has that kinda time and second, how self-absorbed can you possibly be?  Oh wait, I guess I just answered that question, 2 hours a day is pretty self-obsessed!  I confess I have my own image issues, I dye my hair and rarely leave my house without make-up.  I would not say I am a slave to fashion but I like to think I keep up with styles a bit.

In a world full of women struggling with body image issues and eating disorders do we really need to convince women that our booty’s or any other body parts must “pop”?  I don’t think so!  And here is the part that makes me craziest.  On one hand, we all applaud strong and independent women who celebrate their advancing age with grace (think Helen Mirren or Judi Dench) and women who are confident in their own skin ( like Gabourey Sidibe or Rebel Wilson).  But when we talk about ourselves, most women I know say they want to change something about their appearance and they are not totally content with themselves.   We believe the lie that we are not good enough, not slim enough, not tall enough, not booty-licious enough or we go the opposite direction and complain we have too much belly, arms that flap or muffin tops!  We convince ourselves that we are simply not enough, ever!  Why?  Any one who really loves me, any one who really loves you, accepts and loves us just as we are and we ARE good enough!

I’ll repeat the tongue in cheek comment I made on Life in the Boomer Lane, “In my case FBS (Flat Booty Syndrome) is genetic but still no less shameful or embarrassing.”  Well, the truth is that yes, I have a flat booty and I formally and officially reject all types of booty enhancement!  Yes, you can find me at Steak and Shake suckin’ down a few burgers and Egg Nog shakes!  Yes, I’m flat and I’m proud – deal with it!!

Blogging 101 – Dear Dream Reader

Today’s assignment – create a post that addresses your “Dream Reader”, the person who hope to reach through your blog and do something different.

Dear Dream Reader,

Be encouraged, be inspired…

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:37 – 39

With a prayer for you…

Blogging 101 – Introducing…ME!

For the next few weeks many of my blog posts will be assignments for Blogging 101. The goal is to improve my blogging skills – you be the judge!

Todays Assignment: Who I Am and Why I’m Here.

I have always enjoyed writing and have learned to appreciate how difficult it is to really write well and to express yourself clearly.   Many years ago God gave me a love of the His Word, the Bible. I love reading, studying and teaching the Bible and I was able to do that in different settings and ways. Along the way my husband and I were given the opportunity to fulfill one of our dreams – living in Florida. So about 18 months ago we made our final decision and started the process of relocating from Northeast Pennsylvania to the Gulf Coast of Florida. We arrived at our new home in January of 2014.

Condensing the past 18 tumultuous months into three sentences make it sound so easy – it has not been; we greatly underestimated the impact of this decision. A big change for me was relinquishing my teaching and ministry leadership positions, something I dearly loved. God replaced this work with time; lots of time, a rare commodity that I had not had too much of for years. God and a few dear ones, encouraged me to write. My blog, State of My Heart, is the result.

My goal for State of My Heart is in the tagline, encouragement and lessons from The Word of God. I believe that God speaks through The Bible and His Word is the source of all wisdom and encouragement. The Bible is the primary way to get to know God, who He is and His character and to know His will for my life. The Word of God is the only mirror that shows me as I really am, sometimes weak, sinful and foolish but also dearly loved and clothed in Christ’s righteous; I am a princess, the adopted daughter of My King. The Bible reveals the true State of My Heart!

I am convinced the Bible is for everyone and is relevant for today. I know many will not agree. My blog is not an attempt to persuade or convince anyone to believe as I do; that’s God’s work not mine.  I write what God has shown and taught me and how His truth applies to my life; my hope is to inspire the reader to read and apply God’s Word to their own life and:

  • Be Encouraged – I am not as bad as I thought I was,
  • Be Inspired – I can do it,
  • Learn Something – I didn’t know or never thought that way, or
  • Be Challenged – I am worse than I thought I was!

Over the next year I would like to continue to improve my writing skill and improve the look and navigation on my blog. I would love to publish a book. Because I have many other interests some of those may also make “guest appearances” here – I love movies, reading, traveling, the beach, time with friends and family, eating, the beach, crafting and the beach – and that’s the short list!

Hope you will read, enjoy, and taste and see that the Lord is good!

Enjoy the Son-shine! Fantastic Betty

PS – the “Fantastic” part is a nickname given by a friend many years ago!  Topic for another post 😉