Mary Jane’s Tearoom Giveaway

Hello friends,

While I’m busy doing other things, I thought I’d let you know that Susan at  Mary Jane’s Tea Room is having a very nice giveaway you may want to check out.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Leisure Lane Book Store

Kare and Mare 38 detailGood day to all,

I’ve been reorganizing, reconsidering, and reconstructing things in my life.  Part of this organizing is a new blog, which will solely feature my writings, called Leisure Lane Book Store.  If you’re interested, pop over to see the layout.

After I recover completely from this cold, I intend to begin illustrations for the first of the Penelope Pumperschnook book/paper doll series.  So wish me God-speed  :)

I hope as I reorganize I’ll begin to, once again, feel more balanced.  May your day be blessed with joy and purpose.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Note:  The above image is a detail from the Kare and Mare comic panels created by Marianne Coyne ©.

God’s Amazing Grace

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God’s Amazing Grace
by Marianne Coyne

Grace is amazing favor given to us by God purely out of His unconditional love for us.  It is not based on our merit or the things we do, but rather based on his love alone.  This is true.  However, when we live by the advice of God, and our thoughts, words, and actions are in the same rightness as His, then we remove obstacles, and have greater access to His grace or favor.

If I want to show my love for you, but you are in a room with the door closed, and you will not open the door to me, I can still speak out my love for you through the closed door, but the fullness of my love cannot be received or experienced.  But when you open the door, I can come in and embrace you, kiss you, give you the gifts I have for you, and shine my smile upon you.  You can experience the fullness of my love for you because you’ve removed the obstacle which separated you from my love.

It is the same when we choose to either live from the rightness of God through his advice and the acceptance of His love for us, which will open us to greater access of His grace, or choose to live without his advice, and the unacceptance or doubt of His love for us, which will separate us more from his grace; either way, his grace is always available and existent for us to receive regardless of what we do.  How much of it we receive has to do with our ‘merit’-our thoughts, words, and actions; not because He is keeping it from us, but rather because we are keeping it from fully flowing to us.

God is always giving us grace.  What are the obstacles in your life which may be hindering the flow of His divine abundance for you?  Is it unbelief, taking and holding on to offenses, guilt, worry, fear, or seeing God in the image of man?  Let us choose to remove the obstacles, by being conscientious in our choices to be loving toward ourselves and others, to have happy thoughts, to be thankful receivers and joyful givers, and to keep our minds peaceful.  Then, the showers of blessings can reach us unfettered, swirl around and through us, delighting and giving life to our spirit, soul, and body.  And then, oh, how then, we can be the blessing we wish to be to the world around us.

Note:  The above article, “God’s Amazing Grace”, is written by Marianne Coyne.  Copyrighted©2013.  The above image a photograph by Marianne Coyne. 

 

Dear friends,

Thank you for visiting Leisure Lane.  If you’d like to read other related articles, click on “Life in the Spirit”.  May your day be full of sunshine no matter the weather.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

A Step Closer

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by Marianne Coyne

Countless times we’ve all heard that walking is great exercise.  It’s low impact, yet beneficial for the heart and lungs. It improves circulation, muscle tone, stamina, brain function, and posture.  For those of us who consider the word “exercise” synonymous with “excruciating” walking definitely is a “can do”, because we can do it anytime, at any pace, and just about anywhere.

Walking gives us a chance to clear our minds, commune with nature, and pray. A wise, seasoned woman once gave me some wonderful advice.  She told me that whenever I was confronted with a less than desirable situation, or felt depressed, I should give it over to God and go for a walk. “Don’t even verbalize the problem to Him,” she said, “Talking about it, even to God, will dredge up ill emotions. He already knows.  Simply give it to Him and go for a walk.”  I have used her suggestion many times since then, and the result has always been a changed outlook and calmer perspective. Walking is the multivitamin of exercise.  It certainly does keep us healthy in body, mind, and soul.

But its benefits go beyond our own being.  It can be a tool which gives us a perfect chance to offer our family relationships a healthy boost. Walking is an excellent opportunity to bond and communicate with our loved ones – especially our children, and particularly our adolescent children with whom communication becomes increasingly more difficult. Taking a walk together offers a calm and safe environment for you and your child to catch up on the latest goings-on in their lives, such as friends, school, and activities.  It can be a great way to enjoy each others company away from the television, computer, telephone, and any other clatter that may be a distraction from quality “one-on-one” time.

Of course getting your older child to take a walk with you may take a bit of time and patience. When our children are little being with mommy is natural and fun. They couldn’t be happier in our presence, making them more than willing to participate in almost any activity mom suggests – even taking a walk.  In fact, the younger they are, getting them out of the house is the easy part; the struggle may be getting them back in.  But as our children grow into their teen years, doing things with mom is not as high on their “to-do” list; so if you’re waiting for them to make the first move, you may be waiting for a long time.

What’s the answer? Don’t wait. The next time you are going out for a walk, ask your child if he would like to come along.  He may say “no thanks”, but don’t despair, simply try again the next time.  Eventually he will say “yes”, and if he doesn’t, it won’t hurt to assert the situation by letting him know, in your own loving way, that his company would be appreciated.  Patience is the key to unlocking a special moment that you and your child will be comfortable with.

Once your child accepts your invitation to walk, don’t worry about what to talk about. Unless there is something pressing you desire to discuss with her, don’t force a conversation. Let the Spirit guide you.  Remember, this is about bonding and encouraging communication in a positive way.  Bombarding her with a lot of questions may give the impression you’re prying more than anything else. If you’d like to say something, but don’t know where to start you can comment on the beautiful weather, ask her how her day is going, or simply take in the beauty of nature around you, and enjoy the moment – even if it is a quiet one. Don’t think, however, that in those quiet moments you’re not communicating to your child. You are. Walking side by side, you’re sending the message that you’re still there for her; still walking with her through life. Eventually, though, your child will say something, and that will open the door for the special communication you might be hoping for.

Alone or with a special person, walking can spark vitality and life within you.  If you’re not already walking, I encourage you to try it. You will open yourself to a world of good – physically, mentally, and spiritually.  So put on your walking shoes and take a step closer to yourself, to God, and to your family.

Note:  The above article, “A Step Closer”, is written by Marianne Coyne.  Copyrighted©2008.  The above image is the oil painting, “Into the Light”, by Marianne Coyne. 

Dear readers,

Thank you for visiting Leisure Lane.  If you’d like to read other related articles, click on “Life in the Spirit”.  Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

 

A Dime to Call Home

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A Dime to Call Home
by Marianne Coyne

For those of us who grew up in the fifties and sixties, we may remember the traditional dime to call home. When I was a young girl, my mother always made sure that, no matter where I was, I had a dime to call home. As I reached
the teenage years, venturing out into the world of school plays, church dances, and the exciting, yet daunting world of dating, my parents impressed upon me the importance of that little dime.  It was the silver cord which could connect me to them at anytime; the life line between me and the safety and care of my home and family. “Here’s a dime,” mother would say. “If you need to come home, just call us and we will come for you.”  I would tuck the little dime safely into my coin purse, and off I’d go into the world beyond.

I suppose I never really thought of having to use it, but I think it was a comfort to know it was there. If I ever needed or wanted to contact my parents, I could.  The sole purpose of that little dime was to connect me with my parents who loved me more than anyone, and wanted me safe and secure.  If, while out, I spent the dime on something other than its particular purpose, my parents would say, “Why did you spend that dime?  It’s there for an emergency.  What if you needed to call us and you couldn’t!”

One day I was reminded of the dime, and I thought of its analogous representation for Christ, whose sole purpose is to connect us to our heavenly Father.  Our Divine Parent gave us Christ to be tucked away securely within our hearts; ready to connect us to His Father and ours.  But unlike the dime our earthly parents gave to us, Christ is not meant to connect us in time of need only.  We have a Parent who wants us to “call home” at all times; for guidance, understanding, safety, and above all, love.  He is a Parent waiting and willing to come to where we are and take us home, that place of security in Him, no matter what the circumstance or conditions.  He is a Parent who patiently gives us His love, His gifts, His very Self.  And the “dime” He has given us is perpetual; not one, which when used once, needs to be replaced.

Throughout the Gospels we hear of all those who used that precious Dime to call home to God, and their Father came and took them back from wherever situations led them; from disease and failure, and even from death. Whenever they looked to Christ, they were given the safety, security, and peace of their Father.  A fringe of His robe, a touch of His hand, a word from His mouth was the “dime”.

We had faith in the little dime given to us by our parents.  The cell phone generation may not understand the significance of the dime, but I pray they understand the significance of Christ.  So the next time we go forth into the world of a new day, and our Parent asks us if we have our Dime to call home, I hope we can say, “Yes, Father, He’s right here, safely tucked in my heart.”

Note:  This article “A Dime to Call Home”, is copyrighted©2008 by Marianne Coyne

Dear readers,

I’ve thought about printing this article for about a week now, but I wanted to make sure it was the right time.  I also wanted a dime photo to go along with the article, and began a google search for a vintage dime…one from the ’60s.  As I began the search I instinctively typed in the date as 1965.  Then I closed the search, deciding to photograph a dime of my own.  I thought within myself to God that if I found a dime which had 1965 on it, then I would print the article…four dimes later…1965!

I will be posting similar articles from time to time, and placing them on their own page called, “Living from the Spirit”.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

 

“Softly Spring”

IMG_1751 Good day Leisure Lane visitors, and welcome!

I’ve been away from the computer for this week, as I’ve an injured shoulder tendon which is healing quickly, thank God! Luckily I had previously typed this post.

Well, I’ve been in the process of organizing and simplifying things in my life and on my blog, and My Little Bloomin’ Shop is one of them.  I don’t have a lot in the shop at the moment, and perhaps the shop will only have a few items at a time.

Recently, I’ve been in the process of decorating gift boxes.  I’ve given some as gifts, and I’ve decided to put some in my shop for sale.  They are just so pretty that I enjoy simply looking at them.  They are quite cheerful.

“Softly Spring” is bursting with the colors and promise of the well loved season.  The handmade polymer clay rose above the portrait is accentuated with little rose petals trailing down.  I  created the roses and petals some years ago for other projects I was working on, and I have some left in my stash, which I’ve been using in special projects.  The primary ribbon is a lovely sheer pink, which echos the softness and airiness of Spring…then a bit of sheer green delight for accent. (Click on image for larger view)

IMG_1758With “Softly Spring” I used a different patterned paper for the bottom that I think sets a nice tone to the piece.

IMG_1754You can find “Softly Spring” for sale for a limited time in My Bloomin’ Little Shop.  In the meantime, I’ll be working on some other projects as well as continuing to simplify, simplify, simplify. (Sorry this item is no longer available for sale).

Thank you for strolling by.  I hope you enjoyed your visit.  May you be blessed today with good things and happy thoughts.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

“Exquisitely Yours”

IMG_1734Good day visitors!

I’m in the process of adding some new items to My Little Bloomin’ Shop.  My first new item is this lovely hand decorated gift box.  If you would like to purchase, please click here.  This item will be available for a limited time only.  This charming box, with its warm, cozy colors, can help to herald in the Spring. (Sorry, this item is no longer available for sale).

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope to see you again soon.  Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

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