Daily Affirmations
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Veronica Philips

I am a wife, mother, small business owner, annoyer of all things hubby, and occasionally I write. This is me, my life, my all. You get to see all my epic failures as I navigate my way to fame, though

Posted 10/4/15 at 9:54 AM | Veronica Philips

The Harvest

The Harvest :)

 As I sit on the couch, with a mug of coffee, I look out my North facing Bay window, and see with excitement that The Harvest has begun. I don't know why I like watching it. Maybe it's the window. When Old Man Winter finally arrives, I can watch him with anticipation as he sweeps down the plains of the Midwest, and right into my front door.....I only like Winter to the 1st storm, then I'm over it, but the Fall...The Harvest, the Reaping of the Spring Labor ... is Spiritual to me. It reminds me of Kingdom Key to Life #7. You will ALWAYS reap in the Harvest, what you sow in the Spring.

The month of October is special for me because 27 years ago I met the person who'd forever teach me the Key. I harshly learned to guard the heart entrusted to me, as purposely as I'd want my heart guarded. After the combines have completed their work, the Sower will look to the next season, by preparing the fields, for another crop. Our life is no different. We must constantly prepare for another season. What would have happened had I told that young man, "No" after he asked out? Well, I may not have learned to be kind to others.....for a broken heart is a painful lesson, and one we're not too likely to repeat. It devastates me to know that I was responsible for that pain in others.....sigh....age is a true measure of wisdom. I'm old ;) FULL POST

Posted 10/2/15 at 8:00 AM | Veronica Philips

Will I, Won't I? I Don't Know!

I feel like it would be very bad form to politicize this tragedy, so I'm just going to offer my thoughts and prayers. If you feel the need to offer thoughts and prayers, feel free to join with me. I feel a kinship to the parents of the babies lost in this senseless act of violence, because I am a parent, AND I feel a kinship to the Little Brothers and Little Sisters involved in this senseless act of violence because I attend The Kiddie Pool. I pray they find Peace and Comfort in the arms of their family and Creator. Amen.
At the start of every semester the Instructor takes some time to review the "Active Shooter" policy with the class. It's scary and sad that there even needs to be an Active Shooter protocol, but we prepare ourselves as we look around and find the exits. I've lived enough of my life to know that we are not immortal. Bad things do happen to good people, and no amount of preparations WILL prepare us for the Boogy Man. I've often wondered what I would do, if/when that text message comes across my phone...will I run....will I hide.....will I stay and try to fight....I don't know....I hope to never find out, but for ME the more important question is, would I Affirm or Deny my Christ.....when asked with a gun to my head?

I think the thing that bothers me the most, is that there are rumors of this monster lining people up and asking them if they were Christian? How would you answer? It took courage, great courage, to answer "yes" seconds before these little babies met their death. We can walk around showing people our, "Ask my about Christ" badge, but are we willing to show people our Christ, when the day of our Reckoning comes? The babies at the pool did....that's why they died. Sitting at our desks listening to the escape route lecture, there is a small vein of fear as I ask myself, "What would I do"? Will I, won't I, do I, don't I? SMH...you'd think I'd know....wouldn't you? If I could be granted one prayer today, I'd pray for The Babies who lived and died victims of this monster's madness. Courage isn't always saving a life, sometimes it is as simple as making the choice to accept or deny our faith. I pray I never have to find that out. Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Thursday.

Posted 10/1/15 at 9:52 AM | Veronica Philips


Veronica Philips
My face when I see a misleading Facebook Meme.

I've never encouraged a single one of you to take my word for what the Bible states. Read it. To be informed and educated, you have to do the work yourself, just like high school. Do you remember what it was like being in a constant state of drama in High School? The he said/she said, the worrying about whether your best friend was going to spill the beans about your secrets (mine never did, she's awesome sauce), or the naughty drunk confessions that made it's way to the lunchroom the next day? Ya didn't know whom to trust, because they were all out for the JUICE. More often than not, we knew WHO the troublemaker was, and I often wondered why we never exiled that person to the Rocker's Table. Now I know. As long as we're not the subjects of the drama, we're willing to turn a deaf ear to the devil, but just how long do YOU think it'll be before your name comes up in some mess?
As Americans, we have the responsibility to ask questions. The freaking Facebook Privacy scare is an amazing example of how some, just accept information, then pass it on, no questions asked. We now have a female Democrat (Illinois) telling the world that the Republican Party is trying to rob women of basic healthcare rights. I tend to vote Republican, but I can assure you, that I in no way shape or form, support the quashing of female healthcare rights. The one thing our glory days and today have in common is we know who the troublemaker is/was, we just don’t care. I've seen and read the polls. Most Americans don't want PP defunded, we don't want the refugees, we want the wall, we don't want the wall, we like McD over Wendy's, we don't want drilling in the Alaska, but what these polls don't tell you, is that the Pollsters can make the numbers, say anything they want. If you only poll democrats, on a democratic championed issue, you are going to recover some overwhelmingly supportive feedback. A local radio station bills itself as the most listened station in Danville.....among 18-36 years old.....they are not the OVER all listened to station in Danville, but why let facts get in way of marketing? I'm asking that we slow down, and not give the troublemaker in high school more power or attention than he deserves. A HOUSE/COUNTRY divided cannot not stand UNITED. Do the right thing. Read, think, and investigate. Be the a**hole like me, who goes to Snoops for everything.....oh and if I see one more threat against my privacy from a Facebook meme....I may just do a virtual punch in the face....ENOUGH. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Thursday.

Posted 9/30/15 at 8:03 AM | Veronica Philips

An Attitude of Gratitude

Veronica Philips
To be Grateful, is to be Humble. Give God the Glory, He'll give back to you.
Having an Attitude of Gratitude is necessary if one wants to be the next Carrie Brawshaw (smile). I had a friend who complimented me on one of my articles, and I told her, "Oh, it wasn't my best work". Well, when you compare my work to the likes of Hemmingway, or Collins (may she rest in peace), it wasn't, but the beauty of writing is the more one does is, the better one gets. Why I earth would I write off the ones who compliment me? We remember the criticisms don't we? Realizing I had done this, I had to ask myself, "Why do we deny ourselves praise"?It's a false sense of humility that won't allow us to accept compliments. In reality, we're doing nothing more than denying "our" God His Due. If you've ever sacrificed ANYTHING for your craft, you deserve the praise when offered. You deserve it, because you've EARNED IT. It becomes obnoxious when you do it ONLY for the purposes of receiving praise. If you're proud of what you've accomplished, it's acceptable to receive the compliment, then send it back out...in your creation. By accepting the Affirmation offered, you're acknowledging the worthiness of the person giving the compliment. Remember, by denying them their say in your work, you are denying them, and frankly, success is achieved one person, one notice, at at time. It doesn't make you less humble to accept a "job well done" it makes you grateful...and remember....to be grateful is to be humble. Okay, gotta go. I slept in a recliner all night. Pediatric Asthma has reared it's ugly head, but I'm glad and grateful to do it. Duchess slept like a baby....it was worth it. I got some kinks to work out. Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Wednesday.

Posted 9/29/15 at 8:40 AM | Veronica Philips

Does My Prayer Count

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We Should Pray For Each Other.
Someone posted a video of a man saying goodbye to his wife on social media. Some things really are private. As I watched the video I felt guilty for the invasion of privacy, but I couldn't turn my eyes away from it because the sheer rawness of emotions was overwhelming. As she lie dying in her hospital bed she reached up and touched his cheek then told him, "I love you. I love you". As the phone fades away we can only assume that she passed. I've seen death both ways. I've seen the long illnesses come to a blessed end, and I've seen death make a swift appearance. Doesn't matter, both ways are painful. Death is not our friend. As the tear rolled down my cheek I said a prayer for this man I've never met because he's going to have to get up in the morning and realize that the woman he loved for 60 years is no longer there. It makes me think of Merrill and Sigh.They say if you send your love out into the world it will never return void. Doesn't mean that bad things aren't going to happen, doesn't mean that we're going to be protected from life, it just means that our love and compassion is going to fill someone who needs it. The Blessing is that the Golden Rule is going to apply as someone is going to show love and compassion for us. My Mercy Rule is if the Merciful are Blessed then I'm gathering up as many points as I can get. I also believe that if we send our prayers out into the world, a prayer is going to find it's way back to us. As I watched this painful private moment on social media I said a prayer for this man. The irony is that my gift is not in prayer, but in mercy. I've been known to scan the lost and found pages and pray for pet owners....LOL....I've prayed for contestants on game shows....I'm a compassionate person, it IS my gift...as a Introvert Sensor, I think my whole life is based on intercession for others, I guess prayer counts too.... My point is that when we send out our love, whether it be prayers, thoughts, compassion, mercy...it will be put to use, and it will come back; which is great, because I need it. Some things are private, but I suppose it gave me an opportuity to pray for this man, who has my heart today.....life sucks.....but it's oh so beautiful too...I think the blessing is that we get to chose which one...it is. Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show Grace and Mercy to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Tuesday.

Posted 9/28/15 at 8:43 AM | Veronica Philips

Dum Dum......

If Helping and Loving is wrong, I don't want to be right.
One of my favorite television shows of all-time (I still watch it in syndication) is/was Law and Order. Jack McCoy was so liberal, but he did serve to teach me a lesson. When he was faced with a case that flew directly in the face of his catholic Faith, he would have to put aside his Law, and follow Man’s Law. I remember in one particular episode, he argued before the judge, “Your honor, I know that’s the letter of the law, but it is NOT the Spirit of the law”…he won the motion. I sit and think just how profound that statement is going to be, when I have to answer for my actions before The Real Judge, but I do have a good attorney. Would you like his CARD?
When faced with the “perceived” contradictions of the Bible, we will often revert to what’s comfortable and known to us, as “The Law”. The Law states that certain actions are unlawful. It’s in black, white, however, it also states that God loves us so much….so much…so very, very much….that He wants us to err on the side of caution, in loving each other, HE will deal with the offense. In other words, The Big Picture is more about showing our love and less about our “citizens” arrest of each other. When I get to heaven and I have to sit before Him, my defense is simply going to be, “I didn’t know I couldn’t do that”. Like McCoy arguing his point in court, my point is going to rest more on the Spirit, than the Letter. Is that wrong? I don’t know. I really don’t, but I can’t believe that defending the strippers, the homosexuals, the thieves, the potty word sayer, the adulteress, the poor women faced with the most heart-wrenching decisions of their lives….I cannot believe that defending all of them…..affirming them for the worthy of love beings that they are….is going to be wrong. Don’t get it twisted, I’m not affirming their choices, No attorney affirms choices, I’m affirming THEM….which I think…Jesus did too…but I can’t be sure ☺ Okay, enough. The Bible is black and white, but look closely and you’ll see RED, the words of Christ Himself. There is more insight in those words, than any other part of the Book. I’ll guess we’ll see what happens, when I go to court, but know this, I’d rather take my chances with the Judge than the jury. Sometimes, they DO get it wrong. Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Monday.

Posted 9/26/15 at 7:34 AM | Veronica Philips

War is HECK

Unwanted Security
I’d be remiss if I didn’t share with you some things that are none of your business. For example, I’ve been negligent in my duties with Merrill lately. He’s been gone all week, and we’ve had to tag team the babies when he’s home. The secret to a well-oiled relationship isn’t how many times one can say, “I Love you” but in actually taking the time to say, “I love you”. Spouses know when the other isn’t being sincere. I get it, it’s hard to stay connected with children trying to destroy you, but there are ways to stay connected, in a maritime war zone:
1. Walk up to your spouse and plant a quick peck on his ear. Doing this, you’ll fly below the Toddler radar, and you’ll be able to gaze into his eyes, but hurry. Lest he think you’re thinking something YOU’RE NOT!
2. Do the dishes with him, if you’re not cleaning spaghetti from the cracks of the ceiling. You can graze his hand in the dirty sink water. Grant you, it’s isn’t the Notebook, but the tender moment may get you through the next two hours. Don’t dally. Lest he think you’re thinking something YOU’RE NOT.
3. While he’s sitting at the table helping The Boy with homework, walk up behind him and place a kiss on the back of his neck. The Toddler is watching for Dora for the next 3 minutes, and it shows him you’re thinking and appreciative of his help with the nightly Common Core. The trick is to not linger your lips on his nape longer than a peck, lest he think you’re thinking something YOU’RE NOT.
4. At bath-time, sit with him, and ask him about his day. Granted, there’s some chaos with the Toddler jumping off the side of the tub (JUMP!!!), or playing Splashing Safari, but he’ll be grateful for the attention you’re able to show him. Do NOT touch him! Just talk…lest he think you’re thinking something YOU’RE NOT.
5. As he’s folding the laundry. Help him, if you’re not chasing a naked, wet Toddler around the living room. He will appreciate the division of the chores, and you’ll be able to tell him about your day. Do not dally over the intimate articles of clothing….lest he think you’re thinking something YOU’RE NOT.
6. Finally, when the Toddler has worn herself out, The Boy has completed the Constitutional sized Math Packet, and all the water in the house has been drank, “I need a drink of water”, you can sit, on the couch across from him and just look at him, grateful for the partner, and survival of another day….but be quiet. The Toddler and The Boy both have super secret, sonar hearing, AND unfortunate timing…..one wrong move…and you’re back to a quick peck on the cheek.
War is HELL….Kids do not play fair, but your relationship comes first. Work on that, and you’ll live to see another day together. Gotta go…Merrill’s up, and he’s thinking I’m thinking something I’m NOT….I’d better run. Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Saturday.

Posted 9/25/15 at 7:35 AM | Veronica Philips

I Don't Like Autumn, But I Serve Him!

I don't like Autumn
I saw the 1st spider of the season last night on the back porch, and isn’t it fortunate that Merrill had returned home earlier in the day? I don’t enjoy the death of a spider because they way I see it, they’re just trying to make their own bones…they’re a HUSTLER in a PIMP world…I respect that. See, it isn’t the harvest, the moon, the colors that signal the early beginnings of the autumn season…it’s the arachnids and their attempt to come into my home and do their deed all over my floors. Spiced pumpkin pie be darned, the ONLY good thing about winter is that those creepy, crawly jackwagons are either dead, or deep in sleep. That reminds me….there’s a Wolfie waiting for me at a clients house this morning. I’m not sure which to quit first…my Faith…or my job.
There is a trapped spider awaiting my arrival at a clients this am, and I am NOT THE ONE who will be removing the carcass…Merrill is. I marveled last night, that had it been a snake, I would have been right over, but my Superwoman kryptonite is spiders. I accepted that a long time ago. The season in which we find ourselves is their “Carnival”, or ”Mardi Gras” (if you will) and I watch those little jerks parading their way across my back porch celebrating yet another opportunity to come into my house and make crazy spider love….their little hairy spiders legs all intertwined in sinful spider grasping….it sickens me. I’m only hoping that my last hope, Duchess isn’t scared of them, but at the rate she’s going…..hey wait! Where’d all the frogs go? Ya know, up until last night, I had a back porch full of little warty toads……I’ll bet, like some Stephen King Novel, the spiders did something nefarious with them…Great…..Now I have frog killing spiders to worry about…..this is gonna be a bad day. Sigh. It’s gonna be an early Fall, and a bad Winter…Mr. Woolly Worm told me that a few days ago; which as a digression, he disappeared too….DAMN......it’s worse than I thought. When you seek to serve Him, He will test you....I don't appreciate it Daddy......not one bit! Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Friday.

Posted 9/24/15 at 7:11 AM | Veronica Philips

I Did My Best.....They're Good Kids

Veronica Philips
My Pride and Joy. Your future leaders....
I realized with great amusement that Duchess is the true mirror identity of me. She’s constantly, and I mean constantly, walking around the house waiving her, “I can DO IT” banner in the face of anyone ignorant enough to believe she needs help. It’s maddening. I foresee disaster. I’ve always said that Nurture trumps Nature every time, and twice-on Sunday. It begs the question, “Did I really do a good job?”.
Princess, Sweetness, and Duchess are not survivors, they just chose not to be victims. I have almost lost all three of them…..God is good….I digress. All three are very articulate. Not a single one of them, has run out of things to say since the day they arrived in my life. They are all beautiful, but not so graceful babies. All three are very passionate. Go ahead, debate a liberal social issue with Princess, and if she doesn’t arrogantly cut you off with a, “You’re stupid”, I’ll believe that she’s gone soft. Sweetness pleads his case with the genius of a filler buster, and Duchess just TAKES IT….she doesn’t need your opinion, or permission. All three have a heart, for all things unfair and unjust. It’s just too bad that ALL THINGS are unfair and unjust. The Bears stuck with Cutler, is neither unfair nor unjust. That’s their father’s influence right there. Finally, they’re all three thinkers….questioning the very fabric of “their” universe and their place in it. Duchess with her, “WHY?”, Sweetness with his, “WHY NOT?” and Princess with her, “Do you KNOW who I am?”. They question their faith and place with the very zeal I use to find authentic bags at a thrift store…..I pray that they never stop questioning, never stop fearing, and never stop standing…..in this world, the only way to make it is to take it….then go BSC….which I do….Don’t Judge Me. I don’t buy into the dogma of tradition, and it’s nice to see that even at 3….they don’t either. Love my babies…..It’s a overwhelming responsibility to think that tomorrow’s leaders are in today’s hands…take that thought seriously, for they’re the ones who will determine where you’ll live out your life….go to any LTC, then debate me. Sobering thought. Time to awaken HRH, and it takes about a good 10 minutes to really get him up….that used to be me too…I feel like…nay….Princess still sleeps in too. Sigh. Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Thursday.

Posted 9/23/15 at 7:21 AM | Veronica Philips

Well, Are You a Woman, or a Mouse?

The Juggling of Life
Veronica Philips
Recognizing the Pitfalls for what they are, is the key.
While taking Princess home yesterday, we discussed a Modern Day Aesop’s Tale. It’s the story of a mouse, which found herself caught in an urn of milk. With the immediate risk of death at hand, the mouse has two choices. She can give up her fight and drown, or…
It’s maddening to look around and see so many people have so many things handed to them, but do they really? A closer look reveals the stress lines, the knitted brow, and the permanent frown. The one thing our parents didn’t teach us, and I really was remiss in this myself, is that this journey becomes much harder, the closer we get to victory. I don’t agree with a new method of detox for drug abusers. They put the patient in a coma, then allow the process to take effect, while asleep. There’s no pain in that! The late night studies, the colicky babies, the living paycheck to paycheck, the job search, weight loss…all of it……becomes rockier, bumpier, more twisted and TURNEY, the closer we are to our success. You really didn’t think that success was going to be handed to you did you? There’s no fun, or reward in a victory we didn’t earn. Princess, is in the hour before dawn, when it’s the darkest. She’s going to be okay because she’s MINE….and because life taught her, what I could not. The pitfalls are nothing more than a façade. The irony is that she is NOT one step closer to failure, but on step closer to WINNING. I can advise her, but the path is hers alone. She’s smart….she’ll get it. So how does the mouse get out of the milk? She paddles…and paddles….and paddles…until it becomes butter….then she walks out like a BOSS. You too can struggle, and walk out like a BOSS…..if you just see through the illusion. You are closer to victory than you think….oh, and I’m right here....at the rim…waiting. Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Wednesday.

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