Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. ~Psalm 31:9 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. ~Psalm 32:7 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. ~Psalm 34:18 May your unfailing love be my comfort ~Psalm 119:76 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. ~Psalm 147:3 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted ~Matthew 5:9 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. ~Romans 8:26 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~Romans 8:38-39 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. ~Revelation 21:4
I have a new Blog to introduce to you guys this week! If you know of any bloggers that would like to be listed in the directory tell them to link to Blog Mommas and let me know that they did and I will get their blog added and introduced ASAP. Stay tuned for blog of the week...:)
Hey Bloggers and Webmasters ~ I am on the hunt for a Wordpress Theme that I can use to convert a static web site into that Wordpress Theme so that it will continue to look like a site and not a blog. I want to do this because I think it would be a lot easier to manage my content under Wordpress vs. having to update each site page. This doesn’t pertain to Blog Mommas but wanted to reach out and see if there was anyone out there who could help point me in the right direction. I have done lots of YouTube and Google searches and everything I have stumbled on is too complex for me. Also, my static site is pretty much already search engine optimized and I don’t want to lose page ranks in this process. This is something I’ve been trying to work on and figure out since April of this year and with the year coming to a close I’d like to try and figure something out before 2013. Thanks guys!!!
Hello Blog Friends! Today is Monday and as you know...every Monday I choose a Blog right out of my Blog Box to be featured as the week's Blog of the Week. Well...this Monday, today to be exact, I dug into the box and there were no blogs on slips of paper to choose from. So...what we'll have to do is wait for more writers to list their blogs on our Blog Directory.
Remember...you don't have to be a Mom to list your blog. You can be anyone who loves to Blog and we'll do our best to make room for you. So far we have a few categories...some for Business Blogs...Mom Blogs...Dad Blogs...and even a place for writers who enjoy Blogging Politics. I suppose we could make new categories but that can't happen until we have somewhat of an interest or a request from people who'd like to make that happen.
In addition to Blog of the Week I also have a Green Blog Box and a Purple Blog Box. The Green Blog Box is for those bloggers who have already been featured as Blog of the Week. Everything I draw from the Green Blog Box is for the Blog of the Month drawing. We can still feature those spots because I have tons of Blogs waiting to be drawn for that one. The Purple Blog Box are for those bloggers who are waiting to be featured as Blog of the Quarter. You get the idea...
It's just that my Red Blog Box...well...it's empty.
So...I think we have to postpone featuring the Blog of the Week until we have more bloggers joining the directory.
Did I mention how super easy it is to list your Blog?
All you do is link to Blog Mommas from somewhere on the front of your Blog. You can do this by adding us to your Blogroll with a simple text link OR you can post a Blog Mommas button. If you're not sure how to post a Blog Mommas button then you're better off just adding us to the blogroll to keep it simple OR if you want...you are welcome to e-mail me and I'll show you how.
BUT...please let me know that you linked to Blog Mommas from your Blog so that I can add you to the directory at the top. Once you're added to the directory I will introduce your Blog and then you'll get added to the Red Blog Box. Once we have 10 to 15 more blogs added to the directory I'll be able to start featuring blogs for Blog of the Week again. I'll be able to start it back up and we can continue all the blog featuring FUN.
In the meantime...stay tuned because we still have Blog of the Month and Blog of the Quarter features and lately I have been posting "how to" things that I've discovered on topics that I think might interest you. So we'll keep it going...and maybe some new Bloggers will find us and JOIN UP...I can't wait!
Okay...I think that's all. I'll probably talk this one up over on our Blog Mommas Facebook Page. I'm debating on whether or not I should make a Blog Mommas G+ Page. I'm just not sure if too many people would utilize that. What do you think? Oh and if you want to hit me up on Twitter you can surely find me just a Tweeting Away! My Twitter handle is @Divapalooza - until next time - OH!!! Don't forget to tell your Blog Buddies about Blog Mommas Blog Directory. I think Word of Mouth can be Kick Ass sometimes and that's how people discover what it is we're doing...YA Know!?
I wonder if we can get 10 to 15 new blogs introduced by next Monday so we can get back to featuring Blogs of the Week. Do you think it's possible?
I have always wondered who on my facebook friend list has deactivated their facebook account and how do I remove these deactivated accounts that are taking up space. Have you ever wondered about that? Well I'm a facebook nut and I'm always trying to figure out ways to enhance my facebook experience.
Here's what I've discovered
Bring up your Facebook Friends > Find the search bar > Type in the letter "a" > scroll through the results > if you find an account without a photo either the person hasn't placed a photo on their account and it's still active OR the account has been deactivated > click on their name and follow the prompts > repeat your search going through the alphabet "b" "c" "d" until you get through the alphabet. You can also do a search using "aa" "bb" "cc" to bring up the results quickly.
Another way to check for deactivated facebook accounts is to just scroll through your entire friend list. If you find an account with no pictures and are unable to hover over their name then that means their account has been deactivated. Click their name and follow the prompts. You may have to go through and re-scroll your friend list because it will revert back to the beginning each time you remove an inactive account.
I am finding a lot on my Facebook page and it feels good to be cleaning everything up. It also might be why there are "blank" spaces when you are looking to see what mutual friends you have in common with someone.
Give it a try and let me know what you think. If you have a tip you'd like to share send it to me and I will be happy to post it! If you're a blogger listed in the directory I can give you props for sharing the tip by linking to your blog. Happy Facebooking!
Updated Facebook Tip
In the process of removing inactive accounts from my facebook friends list I got to thinking about ways to make things easier so that you don't have to keep starting over on your search. Keep two windows open and as you find an inactive account pop on over to the second window and remove over there when you search out the name. But don't refresh your screen when you go back to the first window or you'll have to start your scroll all over again. Hope this is making sense to you.
If you have 800+ friends on facebook these shortcuts can be helpful and may save you some time. Unless of course you're like my husband and could care less who is active or inactive on facebook. I'm one of those geeks that likes to know how things work I guess.
What do you think of the idea of knowing which Facebook users are nearby? Could this be useful for finding new friends and looking up new contacts? Or does it cross a line in terms of privacy?
I really don't care to know which Facebook users are nearby. I don't make new contacts or friends as a result of facebook. I add new contacts or friends as a result of living my life.
Facebook Check-In accomplishes what is necessary in terms of sharing with my friends. I really don't care to share that information with people I don't know and would prefer it if Facebook would leave those options with each individual user.
As I was thinking about this potential "Location Tracking" option I immediately began to consider the fact that I may have to log out of facebook on my mobile device all together if they decide to move forward with this new "idea."
I currently use Facebook Check-In because I have control over who sees my check-ins. My husband and I have had some pretty cool experiences as a result of checking-in to places. If I don't want people to know where I'm at I don't check in.
My facebook page is not open to the public and I'd kinda like to keep it that way...ya know? What do you think?
This entire week my Facebook page has been oddly quiet. That's unusual for me because for the most part people either 'like' my stuff or they have something to say about what I'm sharing.
I really enjoy networking with others and learning what people think of the things that I post. I'm constantly learning new and interesting ways to look at stuff when people chime in and share what's on their mind. It's probably one of the biggest reasons I use Facebook in the first place.
But, not this week...Things have been oddly quiet. Almost eerily quiet. And then I noticed something that I had not noticed before...My Facebook Status Updates were acting WONKY indeed!
My posts were set to automatically post to "FAMILY" only. No wonder people weren't chiming in! If I left it to my "FAMILY" to leave a comment or to thumb something up there would hardly ever be any input or activity. I didn't set it like that at all. How did this happen? I have no idea!
So...I went back through all the posts and pictures that were set to "FAMILY" only and changed it back to "FRIENDS"...you can do this even after you have posted something. I had to go back through all the stuff I posted since Monday and change them all up to "FRIENDS" and not "FAMILY."
To be honest...I'm not sure if I hit the wrong button somewhere along the way...if it was my mobile application for my Android phone OR Facebook being Wonky. Maybe it was both!?
Because something like this can affect how I network with my Facebook Friends I thought I had better hop on here and share this dilemma with you guys so you can check to make sure your stuff is being posted exactly how you want it.
Please let me know if this was helpful or not, okay?
I suppose it's probably a good idea to go through my Facebook settings ever now and then. It seems like Facebook likes to surprise me with a setting I don't recall choosing for myself.
Take for example my default e-mail address under my Facebook Contact Info. Facebook had mine set to the Facebook.com e-mail address by default. That's not what I want my default e-mail address to be. My default e-mail address should be a Gmail.com e-mail address, not the Facebook.com option.
To check this for yourself go to your "About" and look for "Contact Info." It's underneath "Basic Info" on the right hand side of the page. You will want to choose "Edit" if you feel you need to make a change.
On my Facebook account I share my City/State, Website, and E-mail address with all of my Friends meaning that you have to be my Friend on Facebook in order to see this stuff.
What do you think? Did Facebook change your default option from what you use to Facebook.com or do you use the Facebook.com option as your e-mail address?
I'd love to hear from people who use the Facebook.com option as their e-mail address. Do you like it? Why or Why not?
I began actively blogging about six months ago. And so far, this has been a fun exercise. Did you know Terra means "Earth" in latin? Terra's Earth: revolving Daily. A little blog about my world...adventures in motherhood mixed with some sarcasm, reality, laughter, and sometimes even a random saline leak (or two). Featuring an occasional recipe, link, reflection, and once in a while, an "epiphany" that can only come from spending a few decades on this earth. Glad to have you here! Come join me in the daily spin.
Many bloggers leave comments requesting me to include them in our blog directory. Some say they are unable to figure out how to let me know.
The very best way to let me know you are interested would be to send me an e-mail. Before you send me an e-mail make sure you are linking to Blog Mommas. Make it easily accessible for me so I can find it quickly.
See that spot up there at the top of the blog that says: Contact?? That’s where you’ll find my e-mail address. That’s how you let me know you’re interested. When you e-mail me don’t forget to share the name of your blog and a URL to your blog.
Tell all of your blog buddies about Blog Mommas so we can grow this blog project. You don’t have to be a woman or a mom to participate. I will create new categories as we grow.
I am JuJu. You can call me Julie if you prefer as that is what is actually written on my birth certificate. My mom and dad nicknamed me JuJu before I could crawl & it really stuck. I can remember growing up with everyone in our family referring to me as JuJu. Thirteen years ago my sister had her first child and of course I became Aunt JuJu.
Today I drew the Blog of the Week from the Blog Box.
The first blog I drew out of the blog box was one that I introduced back in November. I went to this blog to look for the link back to Blog Mommas; low and behold there was no link. I searched and searched and even checked out some of the pages on this blog and still I found zip, zero, and zilch.
I decided to draw again…
The second blog I drew out of the blog box is a super cute blog, I found the link, BUT the last time anything was posted on that blog was back in the first quarter of 2011. I feel like I need to give someone else another shot…ya know?
So I decided to draw again…
Look blog friends. You are my blog friends, right?
In order for this little blog directory to work you have to link to Blog Mommas. If people can’t find the link to Blog Mommas from your blog then the directory is not going to grow.
When people ask to be listed in the directory not only do I list them, I introduce them, and put their blog up in the blog box for the chance to be Blog of the Week. Once you get drawn for Blog of the Week you then get tossed into another box (this one is green) for a chance to be featured as Blog of the Month. Once you get drawn for Blog of the Month you then get tossed into yet another box (this one is purple) for a chance to be featured as Blog of the Quarter.
That’s a hell-of-a-lot of blog featuring going on!!!
So please blog people – be nice blog people – link back so other blog people can find the directory.
If blog people can’t find the directory from your blog then how on earth will this blog community grow? Ya know?
A time comes in your life when you finally get it... when in the midst of all your fears and insanity you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere, the voice inside your head cries out - ENOUGH!
Enough fighting and crying, or struggling to hold on. And, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, you shudder once or twice, you blink back your tears and through a mantle of wet lashes, you begin to look at the world through new eyes.
This is your awakening...
You realize that it's time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety and security to come galloping over the next horizon. You come to terms with the fact that he is not Prince Charming and you are not Cinderella and that in the real world, there aren't always fairy tale endings (or beginnings for that matter) and that any guarantee of "happily ever after" must begin with you and, in the process, a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.
You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are...and that's OK. (They are entitled to their own views and opinions.) And you learn the importance of loving and championing yourself and, in the process, a sense of new found confidence is born of self-approval.
You stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you (or didn't do for you) and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected. You learn that people don't always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and that it's not always about you. So, you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself and, in the process, a sense of safety & security is born of self-reliance.
You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties and, in the process, a sense of peace & contentment is born of forgiveness.
You realize that much of the way you view yourself and the world around you, is a result of all the messages and opinions that have been ingrained into your psyche. You begin to sift through all the junk you've been fed about how you should behave, how you should look and how much you should weigh, what you should wear and where you should shop and what you should drive, how and where you should live and what you should do for a living, who you should marry and what you should expect of a marriage, the importance of having and raising children or what you owe your parents. You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view. You begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you really stand for.
You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to discard the doctrines and values you've outgrown, or should never have bought into it to begin with and, in the process, you learn to go with your instincts.
You learn that it is truly in giving that we receive and that there is power and glory in creating and contributing and you stop maneuvering through life merely as a "consumer" looking for your next fix.
You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a bygone era, but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life.
You learn that you don't know everything; it's not your job to save the world and that you can't teach a pig to sing. You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say "NO". You learn that the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake.
Then you learn about love. Romantic love and familial love. How to love, how much to give in love, when to stop giving and when to walk away. You learn not to project your needs or your feelings onto a relationship. You learn that you will not be more beautiful, more intelligent, more lovable or important because of the man on your arm or the child that bears your name.
You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them be. You stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes.
You learn that just as people grow and change, so it is with love; and you learn that you don't have the right to demand love on your terms, just to make you happy.
You learn that alone does not mean lonely. You look in the mirror and come to terms with the fact that you will never be a size 5 or a perfect 10 and you stop trying to compete with the image inside your head and agonizing over how you "stack up."
You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing things over and ignoring your needs. You learn that feelings of entitlement are perfectly OK and that it is your right, to want things and to ask for the things that you want and that sometimes it is necessary to make demands.
You come to the realization that you deserve to be treated with love, kindness, sensitivity and respect and you won't settle for less. You allow only the hands of a lover who cherishes you, to glorify you with his touch and, in the process, you internalize the meaning of self-respect.
And you learn that your body really is your temple. And you begin to care for it and treat it with respect. You begin eating a balanced diet, drinking more water and taking more time to exercise. You learn that fatigue diminishes the spirit and can create doubt and fear. So you take more time to rest. Just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels our soul; so you take more time to laugh and to play.
You learn that for the most part in life, you get what you believe you deserve and that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for and that wishing for something to happen is different from working toward making it happen.
More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline and perseverance. You also learn that no one can do it all alone and that it's OK to risk asking for help.
You learn that the only thing you must truly fear is the great robber baron of all time; FEAR itself. You learn to step right into and through your fears, because you know that whatever happens you can handle it and to give in to fear, is to give away the right to live life on your terms.
You learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom. You learn that life isn't always fair, you don't always get what you think you deserve and that sometimes bad things happen to unsuspecting, good people. On these occasions, you learn not to personalize things. You learn that God isn't punishing you or failing to answer your prayers; it's just life happening.
You learn to deal with evil in its most primal state; the ego. You learn that negative feelings such as anger, envy and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you. You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges instead of walls.
You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted; things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about; a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower. Slowly, you begin to take responsibility for yourself, by yourself and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never ever settle for less than your heart's desire. You hang a wind chime outside your window so you can listen to the wind, and you make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting and to stay open to every wonderful possibility.
Finally, with courage in your heart and with God by your side you take a stand, you take a deep breath and you begin to design the life you want to live as best as you can.
I am back! We are back! It’s a NEW Year and with that means there will be many more blogs being added to the directory.
My goal this year is to keep Blog of the Week, Blog of the Month, and Blog of the Quarter going. I have my planner ready so if you want your blog listed in the directory be sure and let me know by e-mail or some other form of social networking. Blog Mommas is on Facebook so I really don’t mind you letting me know that you’re interested over there either.
The fastest way to get listed in the directory is to 1) let me know...2) LINK us (Blog Mommas) somewhere on your main page. I realize that many of you might have your list of links on a different page and that’s fine but if I can’t find that list then it might take a little longer than normal to get things figured out. Please be patient...3) A text link to "Blog Directory" or "Blog Mommas" is fine with me. You don’t have to post a button if you don’t want to but you do have to link in order to get listed...4) Tell your blog buddies! Word of Mouth is pretty important if people are going to find the directory.
I just think it’s fun to meet new bloggers and find new blogs. I intend to keep it going and if I don’t think I will be here to do our weekly drawing then I will either draw from the blog box ahead of time OR take you guys with me!
What are you waiting for?
Tell a blog buddy about Blog Mommas and let the blog featuring FUN begin!