Category Archives: Affirmation

Sunday, Not According to Plan

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Sunday morning, I was going to church. I showered, dressed, loaded the Explorer, got in, turned the key and nothing happened. Therefore, I stayed home. This was not my plan. We make plans, life intervenes, it has ever been so. I did a little writing in journals, so I shall share it with you.

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Make sure you share yourself generously with those you love and assure them of your affection and love. Life is a mystery, it comes sudden, and it departs without permission. The most important gift we are given is the honor of sharing our dear ones’ life. No promises we make, nothing we plan, no conditions or happiness are guaranteed. Live, live abundantly, unselfishly, trusting, caring, sharing, and loving with all you are, because this second is all you can be confident you own.

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You may be able to break faith with your creative impulse, that is not a luxury I am privy to. Only God has more of a claim to me than does creativity, especially writing.  Because it makes demands know in my daily relationship with my mind, and the Spirit is more gentle, the compulsion to make the words known is often very strong. If you can tame your intellect, bravo to you. Mine has me in a vise grip.

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The Samsung cell phone and I are often at war. I am always trying to maximize it for my use. What is most disconcerting is when it disappears my apps or adds some I was not asked did I want. We are at a ceasefire at present. I made major changes.

Lots of people complain about rain, but I love rain. It means there will be water in the reservoirs, to nurture flowers, trees, and crops, and it washes the air so I may breathe easier. Yes, it is messy, and sometimes no fun, but the benefits outweigh the inconveniences.

I think you might use appreciation for others as your prompt and explore what is lost when someone passes from this plane.

A heart fully shared
Is an original gift
Only you can give.

I hope your week is progressing well and to your satisfaction. Even troublesome days have rainbow moments. Thank you for visiting Haphazard Creative. I would love to know your thoughts on this posting. Should you wish to follow the website, there is a button, if not, please come back whenever possible.

As each day passes
Remember you must forgive
To completely live.

No one will remember your Facebook statuses or tweets on Twitter, but if you spend time face to face, you will insert yourself indelibly in their memory.

No broken person
Avoided, forgotten, goes
Without compassion,
Because the shattered can see
Holes in the fabric of time.

Look to God for your joy, and you will be less disappointed than if you depend on your things. May the Lord go with you every day and every way. Blessings to you now and always.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

It was Saturday, It was Real


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This is the first of four entries written yesterday. I think I am going to begin posting the actual pages instead of transcribing them. It gives a better window into my process and requires me to work harder because there is no spelling or grammar checker when I use handwriting.

Honest work made true
By careful hands, gifted mind,
No pretense involved.

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In my job, I handle enough errors that I came to this conclusion. Even though that is only a few hours a month, it leaves the impression I do not wish to see more. I am available for copy editing at a price, but torture, no. I get migraines because I so want to fix things.

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This surprised me. I did not know this was what I would write. It became more profound than I intended and brought things to my attention I was unaware I believed. I discover myself as I write, and sometimes, I have no idea who I am. This is the reason writing is such crucial exploratory work.

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If you like the journal pages, please let me know. If not, express that as well. I am so thankful for those of you who take time to read my meanderings. When I know you have found merit in what I do, it makes me feel maybe there is a chance that my creations could find a home in the world of book publishing.

As a prompt, if there was something in what I discussed that you would like to explore in relation to yourself, go ahead. Or simply write something. Live on the page, it is kind of like speaking aloud.

Thank you for visiting Haphazard Creative. You are much appreciated. If you wish; follow the site, if not, make this your destination in the future. God be with you in all your ways and days. Blessings upon you.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

Journals and Entries


The top journal is Gratitude; the black one is However, Whenever, Whatever; the bottom one is my Brain Dump Notebook which I finished Friday, March 9, 2018.

I think some of you realize I have been struggling a lot lately. It goes and comes. I have an antidote I sometimes use, a Gratitude List. I started a new journal expressly for that purpose. Two entries in, plus journal entries in However, Whenever, Whatever; and reading over the Brain Dump Notebook I just completed, and I am ditching most of the despair. I have made a lot of progress since losing Mom. I see it on these pages.

I highly recommend making Gratitude Lists at least once a week. This counting of blessings grounds us in our lives, which we can so quickly lose touch with in many ways.

Journals are also significant psychological tools, helping work through problems and find creative solutions to our challenges. Writing every day is not necessary, though the more frequently the device is used, the more effective it becomes.

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You can guess the prompt, get out one of those journals which I know you have and dedicate it to Gratitude. Make it daily or weekly, but make it a habit. It will help you deal with the life you live. It will encourage to take nothing for granted, it will help you realize the struggles of others. Most of all, it will challenge you to be your best self.

Life is a gift, we should be thankful for it and all the many possessions that make it richer. Our friends, families, and pets are treasures beyond value.

Forgive me for being away, I have been in crisis mode. Had to go over a year of writing to realize I have survived.

Servants on Mission


Servants on Mission

The light near their end
Shines brighter than many at
Noonday ever will;
For they tamed all their hunger
Placed their appetite in chains.

Not chasing money
They chose tight fiscal restraint
Choosing comfort for
Themselves and those whom they serve,
Elevating the prostrate.

Raising those passed by,
Overlooked by the mighty,
From stations of lack
To circles of influence
Where more are motivated.

The Kingdom of Love
Overcomes the evil one,
The Gospel is preached
Bright new converts learn to teach,
The message spreads far and wide.

Courageous soldiers
Bearing the banner of Christ
Overtake the field
For the harvest now is ripe,
The Master’s mission cheers hearts.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Monday, February 26, 2018

This was written on reflection of the New Testament saints, and because of some magnificent missionaries who I know. The line about comfort is not about ease and things of the world, but about the spiritual support of abiding in the Lord.

I have been writing, a lot, but I have felt posting was futile so I have left off doing it.

My Diamond Idea


Most natural diamonds are formed at high temperature and pressure at depths of 140 to 190 kilometers (87 to 118 mi) in the Earth’s mantle. Carbon-containing minerals provide the carbon source, and the growth occurs over periods from 1 billion to 3.3 billion years (25% to 75% of the age of the Earth). – Definition collected from Wikipedia by Google Search.

So, basically, it takes impossibility and forever to make a diamond. We, humans, are the same, we are products of deep time, and intricate chemical and genetic process. None of us can be recognized to reach perfection. Of course, my definition of human genesis includes God, and the fulfillment of Jesus Christ, but there is a purpose in my approaching this post in this way.

I am going to delve a bit into my personal situation here, but there is some reason for that, as well. The ideas I present have long taken up a portion of my mental real estate. Over the years an outline has formed in my mind, but I was obliged to care for my Mom, who suffered Parkinson’s Disease, dementia, and a host of other illnesses for twenty years. Now the inkling there may finally be an opportunity haunts me.

There is a mental health crisis in our nation and substantially throughout the world. I am one of the ill, with a severe case of Schizo-Affective Disorder. As often happens among those of us with mental conditions, I recently confronted my care team with discontinuing medication, I was told in no uncertain terms, “You cannot function without your medication.” Not the answer I ardently desired, but the expected one. I have lived this disease since 1981, and I tend to think I may have been a part of it even earlier. I want a miracle, it is very highly unlikely that will occur.

In treatment, on medication, I am incredibly functional. The complex idea that presents is: What if I were, with the aid of professionals, able to help others become more stable and find purpose? Some of the skills I use can be taught. I have systems and arrangements that allow me to do things as needed. These are not anything healthcare practitioners taught me.

I have learned over time to remain occupied, busying my mind always. Some of my pastimes entail minimal investment in materials. Stress, depression, paranoia, delusions, all fade when the brain is kept busy. Reading, journaling, creative writing, poetry, and art can so involve the imagination that it leaves off some of its self-destructive and harmful patterns. These are forms of self-therapy that may be taught and can help stabilize a personality. The thing I can offer is an inroad to these methods from the perspective of one encompassed by the active disease. When you live with it, you approach problems differently than one who merely learned about the conditions.

There are underserved populations for whom an open clinic could assist. Diagnosis, treatment, medications, instructions, and coping skills wrapped in creativity could be of life-changing help. Alas, I have no funds to attempt this, but I am convinced there is work to be done with which I could be of assistance, though I have no degree. I would also be pleased to have a viable income stream again.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan


It all falls apart,
But even so, it all still
Comes back together;
Troubles happen all over
It is tough out on the street.

Ask George Washington,
Or maybe Mister Franklin,
Both will tell you, right,
There are seldom problems new;
People contain disturbance.

Peace does continue
Within the sheltering walls
Where love maintains sway
In hearts unafraid to be
Generous, caring, and kind.

Humans have courage,
Will to express such feelings
As cause gentleness
Sharing the core of being;
An unconditional love.

When it all seems lost,
Hope appears nearly vanquished,
Never despair, quit;
The storm cannot ever hold,
Love rushes back like lightning.


I have written a great deal more than this latest poem today. I seem to be in a productive place. I am enjoying the flow of words and ideas.

I am grateful:

  1. There are inspiring books upon which to feast.
  2.  I remembered the pie.
  3.  I emptied a cabinet that contained Mom’s medicines.
  4.  Reba called, even though it was late.
  5.  I have choices for a replacement notebook when this one I have is full.
  6.  I have become somewhat fond of Classical Music.
  7.  I paid the bills without running entirely out of money.

As a prompt, create something with a downtempo theme which then you raise to inspirational heights. Do not allow the doldrums to overcome. You are blessed, share your plenty through your art.

Thank you for visiting Haphazard Creative. I hope you will follow the site by clicking the button, or come back when opportunity allows. Comments are always welcome, as are questions. God Bless and Keep You, Every Day, Everyway, Always and Forever.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

Observation on Dismissal


I have noticed some belittle offerings of thoughts and prayers. I wonder, ponder, do they know what the words mean?

When persons of faith offer thoughts and prayers, they are saying, “I will set aside time and space within my mind to focus positive, healing, caring thoughts on you and your situation.” This sets a beneficial vibration or process in motion. Then there are the prayers; when God’s people pray, angel armies are called into action, demons are removed from their strongholds and prevented from causing destruction. Suddenly, disasters are averted, diseases are miraculously healed or rendered less debilitating, comfort is given, lives are saved. The pain of grief is lessened, storms are dispelled, collisions are avoided, funds are appropriated, souls are redeemed. Long-standing misunderstandings are set right, lost objects are found, bullets miss their mark allowing continuance of life, shots are propelled to the proper target protecting lives. Nourishing food appears for the hungry, homes are found for the needy, strangers become friends, good advice is given, jobs are located, people renew their hope, love, purpose, and so much more.

Welcome thoughts and prayers and do not scorn them. When heads are bowed, and people get on their knees, be prepared, soon and very soon, God will show up.


I am a person of prayer, if you should ever wish to share a need, I would be honored to include you in my prayers. Gratitude is a form of worship and prayer. I include it often in my days that I never forget how abundantly blessed is my life.

I am grateful:

  1.   I got the remake of my contact, and it is much better.
  2.   Even though my order was wrong for lunch, it was good. I did not wish to send it back and waste the food. I hope next time the kitchen gets it right.
  3.   I had an opportunity to thank some officers for their service as policemen.
  4.   I postponed work on the house this weekend.
  5.   I have been writing a lot, and even though some of my postings are going unread, I know my skills improve with practice.
  6.   The weather has been warmer.
  7.    Focus@Will.
  8.   I am about finished with one of the books I have been reading.
  9.   I did a little editing of an article for my boss.
  10.   Life is a challenge, but without the struggle, the rewards would be less sweet.

I said a quick prayer
As I drove along my way,
I do not believe
Those words went unheard, astray,
Jesus moves in mighty ways.

As a prompt, consider your attitude toward thoughts and prayers. Create something that presents your view and invites discussion. Also, pick a few things you are thankful for and detail those.

Thank you so much for visiting Haphazard Creative. I hope you will follow the site, or come back soon. There is much to explore among the pieces contained here and on my website Chronicles. I always welcome comment and discussion so feel free to have your say.

While going through your day try to smile and share positivity with others, you encounter. You might just save someone’s life. A kind word, a considerate action, it adds up to make another person feel esteemed. God Bless and Keep You, Everyway, Every day, Forever and Always.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

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