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In December 2011 my husband and I made a cross-country drive from Seattle to Southern Illinois to be of support to my Mom during a very difficult time. Having grown up in Chicago, my family spent many a summer in Southern Illinois where my Mom grew up, my Aunt’s & cousins lived, yada, yada.. 🙂

I remembered those summers with fondness, though there were many other aspects of my childhood I did not remember fondly at all. Can you relate?

During that trip, Art & I began dreaming… “Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to move here”. Traffic, was a breeze, the area had a country feel, someone asked for my autograph at Walgreens… (REALLY! It was cool!) It felt homey.

We made another cross-country drive the next year, just because it felt right & we had the time available. Not long after our return to Washington, Art came home from work one day and said…. There’s talk of people possibly getting transferred to Charleston, South Carolina”. I thought COOL! That would be closer anyhow! I started looking online at homes in that area. Despite the continued talk, Art believed it “was just a rumor”. I kept dreaming.

In May of 2013, I attended a celebration at Art’s work for his 25 year anniversary with the company. His supervisor who I’d met during our last trip was in attendance. He said something to the effect of, “I don’t think South Carolina’s going to happen”. I expressed my disappointment while he went on to say, “but I would love to have Art in Saint Louis.” I was overjoyed! If that happened, we COULD live in Southern Illinois! Once again I began searching the internet for houses in our hopeful new area.

I love how Facebook has the “on this day” feature, keeping memories for you. I was scrolling through today’s & came upon the following that I’d written 2 years ago.

“Had way too much fun today dreaming and drooling over houses that have room for dreams to happen… with especially roomy kitchens & stuff.

Will likely have LOTS more time to dream & drool before anything official happens, so for the moment, I’ma gonna close my eyes & dream with my eyes closed cause its way past my bedtime!! G’nite!! 🙂 “

In March 2014, Art’s supervisor officially asked him to consider a relocation to St. Louis. We talked, I squealed, we waited for the red tape to clear & oddly enough almost a year later to the day of the aforementioned Facebook post we were in the midst our Home-Finding trip.

Looking back I know that God led us on an incredible journey. We did relocate and find a home in Southern Illinois that is to us, dream worthy. There are so many amazing things that have happened since we’ve been here. Even dreams come with obstacles, but who says dreams don’t come true?!! Obviously they do. They really, really do! So keep dreamin, if it’s meant to be, it most assuredly will.

Who Says Dreams Don’t Come True?
©Sue Anderson, 2015
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!

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To Bloom or Not to Bloom

 …and the flower thought, “Today is a GREAT day to BLOOM!” …seedlings dropped and bloomed from that flower, brightening hearts & all the earth with lovely blossoms.   ~Sue Anderson

Like the flower, we have the power within us to “BLOOM”, or remain stagnant.  Choose today to brighten hearts & all you meet throughout the earth.

Sue Anderson, I.T.E.
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!
Certified Peer Specialist, Certified WRAP Facilitator
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter & Love™
“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” ~C.H. Spurgeon

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Oh to Scatter Joy!

  • What does that mean to you?
  • How might you apply it in the area you live in?
  • Who’s life might you touch in an incredible way?

These are just a few questions I asked myself when I created the above poster.  I hope they are questions you might embrace each day as you go about your errands, work, commute, etc.

The world needs more joy…

Honestly speaking I try, sometimes even without giving it a second thought, to scatter joy in the lives of those I encounter.  Some days are easier than others, but think about it…  How many people do you know, or are acquainted with, who struggle.

Many, do not share their struggles.  It would seem that their lives are perfectly a.o.k…, on the surface.  But scatter a little joy into it, and you will ease their struggle.

So how might YOU, make a difference?

Scatter joy throughout the world…  in doing so, you will likely scatter joy on yourself, and THAT would be FUN!

©Sue Anderson, I.T.E.
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!
Certified Peer Specialist, Certified WRAP Facilitator
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter & Love™
“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” ~C.H. Spurgeon

Often times, with the weight of the world on our shoulders, we feel stuck, trapped, like giving up, like no matter which way we turn, it’s going to be the wrong way. We feel like tossing in the proverbial towel.

So many roadblocks, So many obstacles to overcome, and daily life becomes such a struggle. Who to talk to, Who to trust, is there anyone who will understand in such a way they can help us over to the other side? Is there anyone like that out there?

Sometimes it feels like there isn’t one such person, that there is no way out, and then before you know it your thoughts are going down a path that would lead to certain destruction.

Such was the case for me the last several days and without going into all the details of what led my thoughts there, I’ll just say that once again I managed to give myself just the boost I needed, without even so much as a plan other than to have something inspiring to wake up to.

I just downloaded a new app for my iPhone last night. It was an alarm clock with an option to choose a playlist. As my thoughts were reaching the ‘tipping point’, “I Believe” started to play, followed by “You are Love (Don’t Give Up), followed by India Arie’s “Beautiful Day”, followed by “Footloose”, and then my other alarm went off, with “I will lift my voice”….

The combination, the unique lifting of the storm clouds, gets me out of bed, dancing along. When the song is over and the morning D.J.’s start talking about having a need for inspiration and ‘tipping points’ I sit back on my bed in awe. “Better than a Halleluiah” starts to play on the play-listed alarm, followed by “Just Dance”. I couldn’t agree more!! lol

Coincidentally, the playlist was set to shuffle mode so the songs that I first heard this morning were not in the order I had chosen them.

Smiling internally and externally, my thoughts now on a brighter path…. “You’ll Never Let Me Go – Don’t Let me Lose my way” are the words to the song on the second alarm….. I’m no longer in that dark space I was moments ago.

My faith or spiritual path, often coupled with music is a shelter from many of the storms of my life. Today it managed to “Tip the Proverbial Towel Outta the Way”

As I end this “The Warrior” begins to play on my snoozed first play list alarm… I chuckle as I remember the picture of a Warrior I once wrote about after a lengthier though similar dark time.

What is it that provides shelter from the storms of your life? Be prepared to open your ears and hear the answers that are sure to come to a willing listener.

Tipping the Proverbial Towel Outta the Way
©Sue Anderson – (An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends & Laughter)™
All Rights Reserved
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. Ps.18:32

On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” “I will remove from you all who mourn over the loss of your appointed festivals, which is a burden and reproach for you.” ~Zephaniah 3:16-18 (NIV)

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This Is My God’s World
Sing to the tune of “It’s a Small, Small World”
Words Revised by Sue Anderson – 2011
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter, & Love™

It’s a World of Triumph
A World of Blame
It’s a World Where There’s No Need
To Stay Bound In Shame
For His Blood Has Been Shed
He Hath Risen From the Dead
This is My God’s World

(Chorus)
This is God’s World After All
In His Arms Is THE Place to Fall
This is God’s World After All
This is My God’s World

It’s a World of Laughter
A World of Cheer
So Then Where Do I Go
When I am Stricken With Fear?
In His Name I Shall Hide
Till My Fears All Subside
This is My God’s World

(Repeat Chorus)

It’s a World of Right Foots
A World of Lefts
With the Hokey Pokey
There Are No Sure Bets
Then God Turns Me Around
Takes My Eyes Off the Ground
This is My God’s World

(Repeat Chorus)

It’s a World of Singing
A World of Fun
There are Things to Do
When There Are Weeks With No Sun
In the Rain I Will Dance
And Perhaps Take a Chance
This is My God’s World

(Repeat Chorus)

It’s a World of Triumph
A World of Blame
It’s a World Where There’s No Need
To Stay Bound In Shame
For His Blood Has Been Shed
He Hath Risen From the Dead
This is My God’s World

(Repeat Chorus x2)

(Enthusiastically End With)
This is God’s World After All!!!

For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe, I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. For you, God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. ~Psalm 61:3-5 (NIV)

You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He causes me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great. You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way. ~Psalm 18:28-36 (NIV)

I love you, LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise and I have been saved from my enemies. ~Psalm 18:1-3 (NIV)

This Is My God’s World
©Sue Anderson, All Rights Reserved 2011
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter, & Love™
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. Ps.18:32

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Held Fast, Cradled In The Palm of His Hand

I’m not a regular watcher of “The Ellen Degeneres show”.  I do however admire her humor, spunk, and zest for life, as well as the sensitivity and compassion she shows as she addresses the tough issues. I would not be one to live the life that is under attack in this video. There is NO excuse for such cruelty on another person. Not one!!

An Important Message from Ellen Degeneres

I can’t begin to describe how I felt when I saw this,…. Shocked, Saddened, Humbled, Alarmed & Compassionate, are a few words that spring to mind. As I wrestled with the emotions that surfaced, I thought of my own children, my grandchildren, and those who are near and dear to me, and found myself writing as I picture each victim of such cruelty Held Fast, Cradled in the Mighty Hand of God, Safe, Secure, and Free at last!

Senseless bullying resulting in death is no laughing matter. Each person on this earth is different in some way shape or form. It’s best, in my opinion, to embrace our differences, as well as our similarities, and to recognize the contributions we ALL have the ability to make in society. Ultimately, rather than tearing one another down, we ought to encourage and empower one another to be all we were each meant and designed to be.

Mark 12:30-31
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
‘The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Exodus 20:13
“Thou shalt not kill.”

Luke 6:37 -38
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged.
Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.
Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Give, and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.
For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

To those who have nearly lost their lives to senseless acts of brutality of any type and to the families of those who have nearly lost a loved one to such acts, I pray that you find peace and comfort in the words below:

Psalm 56
“Be merciful to me, O God, for men hotly pursue me;
all day long they press their attack.

My slanderers pursue me all day long;
many are attacking me in their pride.

When I am afraid, I will trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust;
I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?

All day long they twist my words;
they are always plotting to harm me.

They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, eager to take my life.
On no account let them escape; in your anger, O God, bring down the nations.

Record my lament; list my tears on your scroll – are they not in your record?
Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help.

By this I will know that God is for me.
In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise-
in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

I am under vows to you, O God;
I will present my thank offerings to you.
For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God in the light of life.”

ESPECIALLY for those who have lost a loved one, know that God, and God alone judges those who have acted so brutally. I pray you find comfort and healing in the words of Isaiah 49 as written in “The Message” version of the Bible;

“I’d never forget you—never.

Look, I’ve written your names on the backs of my hands.
The walls you’re rebuilding are never out of my sight.

Your builders are faster than your wreckers.
The demolition crews are gone for good.

Look up, look around, look well!”

Wishing each of you peace in the days ahead,

Held Fast, Cradled in the Palm of His Hand
©Sue Anderson, All Rights Reserved 2010 – 2011
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter, & Love™
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. Ps.18:32

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Hello Friends,

At church this morning, our Pastor spoke about the movie “A Brilliant Mind” – It was a great sermon, and afterwards I shared with him about Mental Health Awareness Month, and about this article I’d just read which I think challenges churches to look for ways to reach out and accept those with a mental illness. My intention was just to send him the link to the article as promised, but I found myself writing more, which prompted me to to reach out… and share it with each of you as well. Feel free to share with others as you feel led.

The above link will take you to a story I personally found very touching. You may, or may not be aware that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Most people today know someone who’s been diagnosed with a mental illness. This could be anything ranging from depression, to schizophrenia and variations of many other disorders as well. Because of the stigma associated with having a mental illness, many do not seek help, or are afraid to share such a diagnosis with others.

There are many organizations today working to wipe out the stigma associated with having a mental illness. Glenn Close and Ron Howard have developed a series of Public Service Announcements which can be viewed at http://www.bringchange2mind.org Each one of them tell a different story. Perhaps one of those stories strike a chord within regarding that of a person you know. Perhaps that person described is yourself.

As a person who has been diagnosed with a mental illness, I found only one problem with the videos. The T-shirts worn by those who suffer bear only the name of their diagnosis. I once had a therapist who gave me a different viewpoint. One that made perfect sense…

If a person is diagnosed with cancer, are they labeled as cancer? Of course not. Many persons today who are diagnosed with a mental illness on the other hand, are labeled as their illness. This is where the stigma starts. By seeing those diagnosed with a mental illness as their diagnosis rather than as a person first. I then was able to see myself in a different light.

I truly believe God designed our bodies in such a way that he knew what he was doing. I also believe that there is no part of the body which is exempt from some form of illness, including the brain.

Years ago I belonged to a Christian blogging community. I read several things on some of the blogs regarding psychology as a practice that was not something God would approve of. In response to these I found myself writing a poem titled “May I Have an Exemption Please?” The comments that I received though well intended questioned who I was praying to? who I was putting my faith in? and if I was praying correctly. The poem and my response are attached for your enjoyment.

I consider myself blessed to be able to encourage and inspire others in my present job because of what I’ve experienced, and because of the things I have learned along the way. I’m excited at the doors that have been opened to me because of my willingness to share those pieces of my life.

This Thursday May 6th the company I work for is having it’s annual fundraising gala. It’s a night to celebrate the milestones that our mental health community has made, and to raise funds to support more programs, reach more people, impact more lives, etc….. You can find out more information on this event by going to http://www.smh.org

On May 15, 2010 NAMI will be having it’s annual walk… I would love it if you participated in whatever way you feel comfortable…. See the following for info on the NAMI Walk!
www.nami.org/namiwalks10/SEA/suebsingin

Have a Fantastic Day!
Hugs,
©Sue Anderson, All Rights Reserved 2010 – 2011
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter, & Love™
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. Ps.18:32

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