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Back when I was in Navy boot camp, one of the things that we had to do was watch a disaster that happened on the USS Forrestal  back in 1967. Many seemingly “unimportant” missteps, the disaster on the aircraft carrier killed 134 and injured another 161 sailors. The damage exceeded $72 million dollars or $509 million in today’s dollars. The reason we watched this video was to learn what not to do if there is a fire aboard ship. The disaster also changed a lot of general operating procedures making the formerly lax crews aboard ship more regulated. The reason we watched this video was to learn what not to do if there is a fire aboard ship. The disaster also changed a lot of general operating procedures making the formerly lax crews aboard ship more regulated. The lessons learned from that disaster helped in preventing disasters in the future.

Personal Disasters

The same is true with personal or natural disasters that happen to us. A few years ago, we had an ice storm and we were without electricity for ten days. Although I had been somewhat prepared for the event, it went on longer than I had anticipated so I learned what I needed to do in the event that such a disaster happened again. This happened in winter. If this had happened during the summer, I would have had to adjust my plans to the season.

We don’t have to personally face disasters before we start preparing to lessen a disaster’s effects. We can prepare for disasters ahead of time by imagining what could happen and begin to prepare for them. About a year ago I was talking with my husband about something that we didn’t quite agree on. I really don’t remember the topic of conversation, but the next thing I knew, he had me up against the wall and he was choking me. As I stood there praying for my next breath, I realized that I had to get away from him permanently. If I didn’t, I would be dead. He would be in jail, and our daughter would be in foster care. Not what I wanted for any of us. Therefore, I had to make plans for myself and quickly.

Protecting Myself Against Potential Disasters

Since that personal disaster, my personal life has changed for the better. I am independent and working on providing a more secure life for myself.

For instance,  I did was that I determined that I had to have a regular form of cash flow for living expenses. I have a regular job that I work for twelve hours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays so that I have four days off during the week. This prevents the disaster of not having any cash flow and it allows me time to write all day for four days a week if I want. I am also working on my writing business and developing that so that if something were to happen to the regular job, I would still have writing to fall back on.

I now own a travel trailer and a small truck (outright). Rather than getting excessive amounts of comprehensive insurance, I am going to put more money into savings. If I have to, I want to be able to replace either with what I currently have in the bank. If the forest near the trailer catch fire, The trailer is on wheels so I can move it if I have to.

If for some reason I need more money than what I currently have in the bank, I am working on building my credit. I have a credit card and if I have an emergency in which I need a larger amount of cash, I will have money available. I am not however allowing myself the luxury of keeping a balance on my card. i pay it off every month. If for some reason I am not able to do that, I will focus on paying it off as quickly as humanly possible.

These are just a few ways that I am preparing for potential disasters that I might face. Other disasters I am not likely to have to deal with. For instance, because my home is up on a hill, I will not be facing the possibility that in that location, my home will be flooded out. Nor is it on a hillside (It is at the top) so my home will not be subject to landslide either. Because the house can be moved, I am not likely to lose it to forest fire, but a house fire is still currently a possibility that I will probably have to further minimize.

Continuing Effort

During the next few months, I will  continue to examine the possibilities of disasters happening as I prepare to move further on my life’s journey. In the process, I will work to figure out how I can lessen their effects.

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


“We Wrestle Not Against Flesh And Blood” Ephesians 6:12.

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Many Christians think that their enemy is other people, but as Ephesians 6:12 explains, they are not. In. Our enemies are not homosexuals, nor are they the members of ISIS. They are not drug dealers, nor are they gang members. They are not prostitutes or pimps. They are not abusive spouses, nor are they pedophiles.

People are our territory to reclaim. The word says that Jesus did not come to destroy the world but that the world would have life. His mission was loving others, and our mission is to do the same. We reclaim these people through God’s love radiating through us.

I bet that now you are wondering how I could say this. You are thinking that I am crazy and that I don’t know what I am talking about. You are thinking about all the bad things that people do and how evil the people that I mentioned above really are.

Our Enemies Are Spiritual Beings

Our enemies are spiritual beings that influence people. It is important that we learn that people are not the problem, but the spirits that influence those people are the problem. Once we learn to separate the people from the spiritual influence, we are in a position to fight the good fight. We learn who to cast out and who to love. We can learn to love the person and hate the sin. As the Bible says, we separate the marrow from the bone.

When I was in the Navy, I was a hospital corpsman with the specialty of neuro-psychiatric technician. My job for over five years was to take care of acutely ill psychiatric patients. Many of these patients told me about some occult spiritual experiences that they had. Others told me about the voices in their heads and how they would talk them into believing certain things.

Because I understood that what these people were experiencing was a spiritual attack rather than from that person’s character, I was never afraid of the person. (Nor was I afraid of the spiritual influence because  greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world.) I had this uncanny ability to go up to a frantic confused, combative psychotically influenced individual and calm him down. I did it numerous times.

Other people that I worked with thought that I was foolish and flirting with danger, but I knew I was not in danger and I cared about the person that I was confronting. The most important thing was that the person that I confronted knew it too. The psychotics  knew that I not only wanted them to be safe and that I would help them be safe.

Relearning How To Love

Our greatest weapon against our real enemy is to love the people around us. good-and-evil-light-dark-angels-demons-desktop-1024x768-wanted-wallpaperI am not as loving a person as I would like to be, like the Ephesians of Revelation 2, I have left my first love. When I was at my Dad’s funeral almost a year and a half ago, I started awakening to this fact. Fortunately, we have a God who is forgiving and wants to lead us in the right direction. All we need to do is turn back toward him.

This learning to love taught me that I needed to first learn to love myself and see myself and God sees me. Then I needed to realize that I am not alone in needing love. Everyone needs to know that they are loved, and that leads me to where I am right now. God loves us. He wants to bless us with his love. All we have to do is ask. If we want more, we must give what we have been given.

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.

 


Today I continue applying into my own life the 50 Lessons I Learned From the World’s # 1 Achiever by Vic Johnson.

Making New Friends Everywhere

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Helping others is a way of enjoying the journey as go. A few days ago I started a conversation with a guy who as knowledgeable and interested in gardening as I was. The conversation was refreshing for both of us. I even shared with him my secret for preventing blossom end rot in tomatoes. I always dust dried powdered kelp in the planting holes before I plant the tomatoes. He said that he would help me with work on my trailer if I need it.

Another thing that I am doing this month in this department is (I alluded to it earlier in this post) is that I am moving out of my current living situation. My roommate and I decided that this was not the best situation for either of us. In order to keep our friendship, both of us agree that it is best that I leave. The trailer out in the country is so much better for me because I can garden and care for animals which something that I have not done for several years now.

In addition, by moving into my new place, I will be able to help my friends with some issues that they are not able to do themselves and they will be able to help me in other ways. It will be a win-win for us.

Sharing What I Have With Others With The Same Goal

One way that I have been sharing with individuals  with the same goal is helping others with their writing projects. I have done is that I have been writing on Bubblews different aspects and definitions used in self-publishing. I am amazed at how much I already know about this subject and that helps build my confidence as well as helping others.

Another way that I share with others who Have the same goal is that I share my gardening experiences with people who are interested in learning about gardening without using insecticides or chemical fertilizers. My gardens get better and better. Unlike chemically treated gardens, my soil always increases in earthworms and gets deeper and darker every year.

Visualization

I have started visualizing that everything is panning out. This one involves developing visualization techniques related to success. This month I have been visualizing what I envision my trailer will look like when I am done fixing it up. I am visualizing what my book covers will look like when I am done re-creating them.  I am visualizing how things will look in more distant future. I see myself traveling around the country, and speaking at churches, doing book signings, and helping others. I will be discussing more of this on a future post.

Doing Not Just Dreaming

What we dream will never materialize unless we do something about it. Taking action takes time, so it is important to examine how we spend our time to help us get the time we need to do the things that we really value in life. Back in January,  I determined what I am doing that is valuable and what I have been doing that is a waste of time. I am sure that on my death bed I will never say, “I should have spent more time vegging in front of the television or aimlessly surfing the internet”. I am currently working on finding two hours of wasted time per day that I can eliminate. I have started a daily log to determine every waking hour for two full days during the week and one day on the weekend.

Over the weekend I was trying to figure out how I could find another two hours per day that I could better utilize. Usually I read a book on my kindle at work and sometimes will write down a few things. This last weekend, I helped paint the kitchen at work and I wrote down how I was going to spend my week and didn’t do any writing or reading while at work. However, I did write a bubblew on Saturday for Sunday after work.

Book writing  has been taking a back seat lately to doing other things. I seem to take barely any time right now to work on them. Last week I added a Bible Study blog post on  Wednesdays. The rest of my writing is going pretty well. I think it would benefit me if I would take a few minutes every day to determine what I need to do next in each area and then outline that idea.

I think that the most time wasting things that I do is that I am watching old television shows at the same time that I write so my focus is not, well, focused. I like background noise, but perhaps it would behoove me if I listened to music rather than watching television.

What My Accountability Partner Is To Do

To help me keep on track, I will hold myself accountable by asking a friend to be my accountability partner.  My friend will help me stay accountable for staying on track and completing  my planned actions. I plan to ask my friend to meet me for coffee or lunch one day per month. When we get together, I will tell my friend about what  I have finished during the month since I saw her and then tell her what I intend to do during the next month. If my friend has any suggestions, I will listen, but she doesn’t have to provide any added benefits. She just needs to listen and hold me accountable to my own goals. Just the fact that I have to explain myself to someone else will provide me with incentive to follow through with my monthly plans.

 

 

 

 

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


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Create your own destiny and learn how to fly!

 

A few weeks ago, I saw the movie the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and I have also seen the movie The Bucket List. What is it that both of these movies have in common? In both of these movies, the men realized that life is a journey and in due time, it comes to an end.  The most important thing we discover at the end concerns whether we really lived our lives or if we simply go through the motions of living.

Creating My Bucket List

The first lesson in the book 50 Lessons I Learned From The World’s Greatest Achiever by Vic Johnson is to create a list of life goals that we want to accomplish over the course of our lifetime that if you complete the list at the end of your life you feel as though you had a complete and wonderful life.. I have already done a lot of the things that I always wanted to do in my life. I have traveled to most of the United States. I was in the military (all state side), I had three wonderful children, and so far I have written and published 3 books with the fourth one almost ready to publish as well. I wrote my list as so far, my list consists goals related to being an author including writing, marketing, and speaking, and goals related to traveling (including learning languages). Still other goals are related to living healthy including exercise, proper diet, and living a simple life. My ultimate goal is to travel the world at leisure, writing, marketing, and speaking along the way. It also includes what could be the opposite, a simple home where I can live off what I grow as a person.

 

Thinking Outside The Box

The second lesson in the book relates to thinking outside of the box. The idea here relates to the idea presented in the book Acre of Diamonds where a man sold everything he had, including his farm in South Africa to search for diamonds. He died broke. Several years after his death, the largest diamond field in the world was discovered right on the farm that he had sold years earlier. This story relates to the premise that what we want in life is usually right in our own backyard. In other words, look around you and looking at your surroundings with a different viewpoint.

This step involves a radical step of identifying a goal and taking massive action to begin accomplishing that goal.

I am taking two massive goals this month. First  Goal I am: “Developing a simple lifestyle so that I can focus my resources toward traveling, writing, and speaking in different locals”.To start going in this direction, at the end of April, I bought a used travel trailer that I am moving out onto my friends’ place at the edge of a national park to live in and to fix up. I plan to later this month that begin doing a little gardening. Maybe next month I will be able to get a few chickens and a goat.

The second Goal that I am taking Massive action on is: “Become a best-selling author.” A step that I have taken this month is that yesterday I had a session with a professional photographer for my author photograph on my books. In addition, I have updated my bio and the cover descriptions on all of my books. I intend to have help coordinating the covers of The Locket Saga so that they don’t just look like individual books, but that they look like books in a series. I will put all of these aspects together and update my books by the end of the month. Then I will update my website and include these new looks to my books on my site.

Creating A Dream Board

This lesson involves identifying who you want to be and create a dream board.

In this exercise, I created a dream board with the words Speaking, Ministering, Author as the center. Then I used mind mapping to create words that describe that sort of person.

Words that I used to describe this person that I want to become would include radio blog, Bible courses, speak at churches, Youtube videos, visit women’s groups, helping people, sharing what I know with others, traveling around the country, and visiting book stores,  festivals, meeting many different people, It involves living in peace, living healthy, and living simply.

 

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


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This month, I am developing my ministerial vision as part of my creation of my own destiny. Last month my affirmation concerned the fact that I am a spiritual being on a physical journey. During the month I wrote several articles about women of the Bible. As a result of doing the research for this study as well as starting to attend a Bible study on Wednesday night, I realized that I needed to focus more on this aspect of my life.

After studying about the women, I realized that a lot of the ideas that I personally had about women in the ministry were wrong. In addition, during one of the Bible study sessions one of the leaders there said that I knew more about the Bible than she did. She asked if I had gone to Bible school.

Spiritual Wisdom and Knowledgeable-Gifts From God

A lot of people that I have known in ministry are either spiritual or knowledgeable. Either the person is spiritual but ignorant about what the Bible really says, or a person is knowledgeable and analytical and out of touch with spiritual things.

As i am putting myself out there, and expressing my spiritual understanding, I realize that I am both. I am knowledgeable without being overly analytical, and yet, I sense things in my spirit. There are times when I know things that I cannot explain logically. I have an intuition that often defies logic and yet whether I follow the intuitive feeling or not, afterwards, I realize that I was right.

I am able to retain many concepts from the Bible, and. I can sense things in other people. The Bible calls the gift of knowledge and the gift of wisdom. The Bible says that gifts are given without repentance, in other words, what I have are God given gifts.I didn’t earn them, but I am responsible for the gifts I have been given.

The Parable of the Talents

Matthew 25:15-28 tells about how the master gave talents to his servants and what those servants had done with them. One didn’t do much with what he was given and it was taken away and given to the one who had much. Right now, I feel as though I am that unfaithful servant who buried his talent. I think it is time that I started using my talents of knowledge and wisdom and sharing them with others. I think that it is time that I step out from behind the computer and share what God has given me. I want to help others in The Body of Christ.  I need to step out of my comfort zone.

Do Not Despise Small Beginnings

My intentions are to begin more intense focus on my ministry by giving weekly Bible Studies on this blog every week on Wednesdays. In addition, I intend to create Bible Study booklets to help others with their own Bible Study. I have several ideas in the works in which to develop from there, but right now, today, I don’t want to go too far into the details.

I hope that my studies bless you as much as they bless me as I prepare them.

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.

 


50 lessons

Here we are in a new month. Last month I read a book by Vic Johnson twice. It was called 50 lessons I Learned From The World’s #1 Goal Achiever. In this book, Vic shares the life lessons from John Goddard the adventurer, explorer, author and lecturer. In 50 lessons, he teaches about how each of us can create our own success.

John Goddard had an experience when he was fifteen years old that changed his life. He was in his family kitchen when he heard one of his parents’ friends that he wished he was “John’s age again” and that he wished he could start over. This inspired John to write down 127 specific life goals. He accomplished most of these goals along with another 400 that he set through his life’s journey. The fact that he had a rare form of cancer did not keep him from his goals.

Vic tells how he met John. In 2006, Vic cold-called Goddard and was shocked when the famous man agreed to meet with Vic and his wife Lisa for dinner at his home. They met again numerous times over the next several years.

The book’s message is this

” Live your life as You see fit, not to listen to what the naysayers and even your own fears would have you believe is possible.”

 

This month I intend to use the lessons that I have learned to guide the affirmation that I am focusing on this month. That affirmation is

: I create my own destiny.”

God’s Will Is That We Live Our Lives

This may seem to some people like the opposite of my focus last month which had to do with my spirituality as a Christian. Doesn’t God determine our destiny? Well, the truth is, God gave us a will to do with as we wish. He gave us creative ability to spend our time on this earth either to his glory or to our own. Take my novels, for example. My novels are my own creation, but at the same time i believe that it is my destiny to write them. I believe that someone somewhere will be blessed through my work.

This Month’s Project

Every blog post this month on Mondays and Fridays, I am going to go through the lessons from the book and apply them to my own life. I am not certain how far I will get through the fifty lessions this month, but the goal is to get as far as possible at applying the action steps that are part of this book. I hope that it blesses you, my blog readers as much as it blesses me.

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.

 

 

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