N.W.BOYER…Christian Author

Attributes

Underneath the Facade

Who would have dreamed a matronly, middle-aged Scottish woman could have the nerve to leave all behind, forgetting her appearance and walk onto a stage to sing for a better life?   Susan Boyle did.  The sneers and raised eyebrows were quickly put to rest when she opened her mouth to sing.  God had given her a great talent and she was going to let all know that what was under the facade was not what one could see…but if they listened, they could hear it.

susan boyle in america's got talent

Isn’t this so true of the way we look at people?   We look on the outside, but God looks at the heart.  He also bestows on people many gifts that can be used for His glory.  Some people find that gift and use it wisely.  Others never venture into the unknown possibilities…and the gift goes unused.

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One day I drove to see a man that I had been told was a great stained glass maker.  Wanting him to make something for me, I ventured out onto a long road that seemed to lead to nowhere.   Soon I saw a little hut and a man who looked like “old father time” walked out.  My first instinct was to just drive away.  Had I done that, I would have missed some of the most beautiful glass work I had ever seen outside of a cathedral.  When having a conversation with him, I learned that he prayed for his customers and God always brought him enough people to pay his bills and live comfortably.  He loved his little place in the woods where he could produce for others beautiful glass art of which he had a great talent.

So it was with Susan.  She never felt at ease with people, but she did with music.  Her background had given her little self-confidence, but her music did.  That was how she was able to rise above it all and face the audience with her talent on that first night on stage with the world watching.  After the pressures of winning the talent show became too much, she had to back away for a while.   Crowds of people, media comments and the burden of it all drove her into seclusion to find a renewed health.  Once again she overcame and her albums of beautiful songs hit top sales.

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Susan says, “ I’m a champion for those who don’t have the confidence to do things and don’t have a voice; the ones people tend to ignore…” 

Find your gift…for all of us have something that God has given us. Seek it, pray for it…and use it.

It is my pleasure to present Susan Boyle in a tribute to her remarkable life.    Enjoy!

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Statistics…and a New Year!

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For the last nine years, it has been my practice at Boyer Writes to take a look at the statistics provided for me as a writer and blogger by the WordPress nerds who dream in numbers.  They are greatly appreciated for all I have to do is press a key and up comes…the number of people who have read my blog, from what country they have viewed Boyer Writes… and the number of words that have been written by me. How convenient!

My blogging adventure started in 2009.  Just think I am starting right now on my 10th year!   Unlike many bloggers whose following is in the thousands…perhaps millions…mine is 236.  Now, don’t feel sorry for me.  I have also written 377,899 words in my 809 blog posts.  Why do I do it?  Because I love to write and believe that what I have to say is not only important to me, but to those who read and send a note of appreciation.

My readers are special people from all around the world.  Take a look at my map.  These people read something I had to say…bless them… even though they have never stepped foot on the U.S.A soil.  How great is the internet!   It is a special tool that crosses the miles and touches the hearts.  The top of my blog says that I am a “Christian writer” and as such, I enjoy sharing posts that are inspirational.  My categories show a strong interest also in history, the arts and most anything creative.

Below shows the countries that viewed Boyer Writes over the year.  Of course, red is the highest number of views.   Taking a look at these charts may be of interest to you also.

map of viewers around the world over 9 years

These show the countries and the number of times that Boyer Writes was read. Some have high numbers and some only one time.  These may be countries where the people’s ability to go online could be limited for various reasons.

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one view from these countries

The statistics are quite interesting…the highs, lows and everything in between…but also the fact that the country’s flags are also shown.   Here are a few of the flag examples:

It may be only one view from any of these countries, but someone there was interested in other parts of the world…and that is what ties us together.   My hope is that the map shown above will also include countries where opportunities to know others and their writings in the world will be part of their lives.

Even though Boyer Writes has been read in most of the world, we are still waiting for North Korea, Greenland, Svalbard (part of northern Norway) and a number of countries in Africa as shown in the green areas.

map of viewers around the world over 9 years

Some of the reasons for those who can’t get online to read a blog or anything else is poverty.  We understand fully that if you can’t afford the next meal, a computer is not in the future for many.  For others, it is a political problem that cuts off the rest of the world from their citizens.   Sad as it may be, there are those nations’ leaders who would like to keep people in total submission.  Freedom, as we know it, is not in their present life.  Let’s hope for better days ahead for many people.

friendship around the world

As we bloggers reach out to the rest of the world, we also enjoy that many times they reach back to us.  My blogger friend in England writes an email on occasion and it is always wonderful to hear from him.   We have an opportunity to follow other bloggers. A special enjoyment for me is the beautiful photography blogs that come my way regularly. Whatever is your interest, seek out a writer and follow him or her in their pursuits and activities around the world.

Since we are entering a New Year, it seems appropriate to share some thoughts of people from the present and the past. These people have wise things to say about living a better life in the future.   You may not agree with all they stand for, but wisdom is wisdom and some of it may need to rub off on us in the next year.  (Taken from another blogger, Henrik Edberg of Sweden)

Thoughts about living life happily …for the New Year

“A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be himself — to laugh with me, but never at me; to cry with me, but never because of me; to love life, to love himself, to love being loved. Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart.”
– Leo F. Buscaglia

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”
– Walter Winchell

older happy couple

“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.”
– William James

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”
– Donald Miller

“If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.”
— Benjamin Franklinman and woman smiling

“No road is long with good company.”
— Turkish Proverb

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
— Carl W. Buechner

“You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”— Epicurus

Happy couple embracing and laughing on the beach

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.”
— Albert Schweitzer

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
— Dale Carnegie

“Relationships-of all kinds-are like sand held in your hand. Held loosely, with an open hand, the sand remains where it is.
The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to hold on, the sand trickles through your fingers. You may hold onto some of it, but most will be spilled.
A relationship is like that. Held loosely, with respect and freedom for the other person, it is likely to remain intact. But hold too tightly, too possessively, and the relationship slips away and is lost.”
— Kaleel Jamison

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one”
— C.S. Lewis

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“Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.”
— Anthony Robbins

“We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche

“Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.”
— Mark Twain

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“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.”
— Frederick Buechner

“True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.”
— David Tyson Gentry

“If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling in the world.”
— Joseph Addison

“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”
— Tennessee Williams

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
— Carl Jung

“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.”
— Dale Carnegie

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.”
— Henry James

 

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“Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness. “
– Leo F. Buscaglia

“There’s one sad truth in life I’ve found
While journeying east and west –
The only folks we really wound
Are those we love the best.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.”
– Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”
– Donna Roberts

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Call someone you love…to say “I’m sorry.”

“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.”
– Winnie the Pooh

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Thanks again to our readers. Be Blessed!   Nancy at Boyer Writes

 


Acts of Kindness

President George HW Bush called for a “kinder nation” and from time to time we will see evidence that there are many kind people in the world.  The shame is that most stories we see on TV or on the internet are of the violent and outrageous.

I began looking for some actual videos of kindness…or pictures to prove that it does not matter to what nationality or race one belongs…KINDNESS is kindness…and it crosses all boundaries.

I read about a woman on an airline who had a crying 2-year-old and a 5-year-old.  A woman offered to help and hold a child throughout the flight.  The mother was so grateful.

woman holds boy for mother on airline

A woman holds a little boy for a mother flying with 2 tired children.

I understand this well in that I had three children on an airline from California to Florida.  My daughter, who was a baby, cried off and on the entire trip. My sons tried to ignore it and curled up on the floor to sleep. That, in itself, was a no-no.  I’m certain the other passengers were beside themselves with hostile thoughts, but no one wanted to reach out to help and make things better.  We all lived through it…but barely.  One does not realize that it is sometimes impossible to silence a tired, upset child who is used to his/her routine, safely back at home in the bed.

Another act of kindness was a young 13-year-old  who went outside in the rain with an umbrella to help an elderly gentleman get home.  There is definitely hope for the next generation.   This young man made his mother proud…and he should be also.

boy helps elderly man to his door

I happen to be an animal lover.  It is easy to love all animals.  It is not so easy to love the down and out who may or may not have made their own bed and are now lying in it.  Nevertheless, these are exactly the kind of people to whom Jesus Christ reached out …the beggar, the harlot, the unclean and pathetic.  He calls us to do the same…not just during Christmas when we have a warm, cheerful heart… but always.   We may be the only face of “Christ” that they will see…or the only hands and heart that shows God’s love.

 

Below is a video that calls for people of all walks of life to reach out to a fellow human being…or an animal that is in distress.   Saving a life or making one just a little better is what we need today…this Christmas…and always.  Bring your kindness to someone today.

Mathew 25:40  “…Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, you have done it unto Me.”

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Creativity….and Finding Your God-Given Talent

We often hear that a person who is creative is highly developed on the right side of the brain.  An analytical person uses the left side most frequently, so science tells us.  Hopefully, there are some of us who use both sides of the our brains.   We are told that  we use a small percentage of what the brain is capable.   It would be fascinating to know what we really could accomplish…should we put our mind to it!

My talents, or lack of, are definitely in the organizational arena, but I know that I am the happiest when I am creating something special.  This could be in the realm of art, design or simply setting a table for dinner.  Food preparation is also a creative skill that many have developed to our culinary delights.  Some of us dabble in many of these areas, but find that there are a few that give the most pleasure.

What are your skills and talents?   Perhaps you should think seriously about what areas God has given especially to you , that others say they cannot attain.   It would be a shame to waste these or not use them in the way our God, the Creator, wanted for you.   You are a unique individual and in that way, you are quit special with many gifts and talents.

When we think of creativity, we also think of the word “creation” for the word actually means:  “the action or process of bringing something into existence.”   For God Created the World would be one example.

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Recently I wrote a blog about a young artist in England who said that his biggest thrill was to actually put something on canvas and know that it is the only one in existence…for only he made it.

Recently, I set aside some of my writing and dived into learning more about video creation.  I know that it is easy these days to whip out a camera and push the record button.  Actually producing a video with special effects and creative skills is a challenge.  Understand me, the video below that I’m sharing, is simply a use of a video producing program that I have been trying to understand.  Hopefully, as time goes on, I will accomplish something more profound.   I would love to learn animation, so I’m open to any suggested programs that some of you think are great for a novice.

In this video, I am showing some of my abstract art work, and also promoting the books that I have written over the last few years.

Thank you for sharing in this beginner’s efforts at video production:

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Making Your Bed and Facing the Sharks

 

Training of U.S. Navy Seals

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Life is extremely hard at times.  As shown above, the training of U.S. Navy Seals is some of the toughest in the world.  Most people will not have to endure this type of hardship, but some things in life could parallel to what one has to do  to survive physically, emotionally or mentally.  Sadly, we find out too often that one of our Seals has been killed.  All the training in the world can’t prevent such tragedies…whether Seals or  other branches of military service.

Take a few minutes and  listen to some excellent advice on how to face “the sharks” that come your way.   It will not be easy.  Life is not easy.  Nevertheless, the rewards can  be great.  The character that is built can last a life time.

So…what does “making the bed” have to do with it?   Listen to an excellent speech and find out.

 Naval Adm. William H. McRaven


WISDOM? PRUDENCE? Really?

Are you running to the gym or cutting back on your calories because you have some special goals for the New Year?    We are told in the Holy Scriptures that WISDOM is the thing we should most desire and seek for our lives.   “That’s really odd,” one might lament,  “I’m not certain I even know what wisdom is!”   It is generally defined as “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.”

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Read what Proverbs 8:4-12 says about WISDOM

“To you, O people, I call,
    and my cry is to all that live.
 O simple ones, learn prudence;
    acquire intelligence, you who lack it.
 Hear, for I will speak noble things,
    and from my lips will come what is right;
 for my mouth will utter truth;
    wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
 All the words of my mouth are righteous;
    there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
 They are all straight to one who understands
    and right to those who find knowledge.
Take my instruction instead of silver,
    and knowledge rather than choice gold;
for wisdom is better than jewels,
    and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
I, wisdom, live with prudence,[a]
    and I attain knowledge and discretion…”

After reading this, it appears that a bank account or a super- fit body are not in the running for a happy life without wisdom. We are told to be prudent, which means to have caution with regard to practical matters or discretion.  So often we flirt with life without a serious thought to where choices will take us or deliver us in the end. Our resolves are mostly broken until next year, leaving us feeling empty and unfilled.

We will be wise as we consider our goals for the New Year by asking God to give us wisdom and prudence when dealing with life’s situations, our choices, and our goals. It is important to not only be given these qualities, but to have help in knowing when we have chosen  wisdom in our decisions above all else.  All in all, we are told that these attributes are better than “jewels” or riches.  “NOTHING can compare” to having them in our lives.

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Are you still saying “Really?”    If we believe that the Holy Scriptures shows the right way to live and the goals we should seek in our lives, then YES, having wisdom in the New Year may be the best holiday gift one could receive.  Silence your heart. Put aside all distractions and listen to that small, still voice of calm.

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VIDEO:  Let WISDOM speak to you.  (Full message from Proverbs 8)   Happy New Year


Quotation Challenge Nominations

I have a blogging friend in the UK.  We enjoy reading each other’s blogs and find friendly ways to agree and disagree.  Stephen has nominated me as for a quotation challenge and I, in turn, have nominated bloggers who are worthy of note.     (Thanks, Stephen)

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

  • Hans Urs von Balthasar of Switzerland What you are is God’s gift to you. What you become is your gift to God.  Hans Urs Balthasar   (Priest from Switzerland 1905-1988)

 

  • sir winston churchillCourage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.  Sir Winston Churchill   (Prime Minister of the UK. born 1874- died 1965)

 

 

 

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  • As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is  not to utter words, but to live by them.  John F. Kennedy (1917-1963  35th President of the United States who was assassinated at the age of 46.)

 

I always like quotations that are uplifting, challenging and inspirational.  If they are politicians, I may not be on the same thought wave…but appreciate any words that have meaning to me personally or to this troubled world in general.

Here are the rules for the Quotation Challenge and my nominees, who have blog sites worth notation.  If you have not seen these sites, please take a look.  You’ll be glad you did.

The Rules:

1.) Either once a day for three days, post a quotation, or post all three quotations at one time. It is your choice.

2.) Nominate and notify three other bloggers of the challenge.

3.) Thank the blogger who nominated you.

The nominees are under no obligation to complete this challenge, but it would be fun if they do. Plus, this will introduce them to a whole list of new readers.

My NOMINEES for the Quotation Challenge are:

Mimo Khair Photography 

Dimitrii Travel Photography

Ramona Crisstea

 


Woodworking…just for fun!

Over the last couple years, my husband has taken up woodworking. He’s getting quite good at it, having made a nice tray for his sister and smoothing down some beautiful old wood.   I have been cooking and learning a new skill….home made dinner rolls.   dinner rolls sm

Therefore, we thought it would be fun to combine the two things we both enjoy for your reading and watching pleasure.


Patience…a moral excellence?

 

A butterfly lands on his head.

A butterfly lands on his head.

 

Most of us do not have a great deal of patience.  It is difficult to wait for a ride; stand in line; stand-by for a phone call…and much more.  We want things to happen immediately…if not sooner.   We have heard the saying “Patience is a virtue” and a virtue is defined as  moral excellence.

Most people would not consider their morals as excellent….unless it is the fact that they take the high ground  concerning violence, honesty, morality control and the like. Patience is not what we think of as part of  being a moral person, but it is in many ways. Probably one thinks of it more as an attribute.    The person who pushes the elderly lady out-of-the-way because he/she is impatient or belittles a child because one does not want to be interrupted is bordering on the immoral…because those very acts are closely related to a lack of patience and human selfishness and arrogance.

Our dog, Gracie, has learned patience.  She knows that “You have to wait” means that she cannot go or do whatever it is she wants.   Often on hearing these words, she will lay down but constantly watches  to see if the time for waiting  is over.  If waiting becomes too long, she may raise her head; cast her eyes back and forth…and wait some more.   Children have a harder time with waiting.    This may be because the parent gives in to a look, a cry, or a whine.  Actually, I sometimes have trouble with this myself where Gracie is concerned.  There is something about those pleading, big eyes…well, you know!

Giving in, however,  does not teach the  patience virtue where people are concerned. We have much to learn from our animals.    Oh, if it were easier.   Perhaps blood pressures would be lower; stress would not be a problem and we might all live longer.

At this point, you may be saying to yourself, “When is she ever going to finish this writing?”    Aye, my friend, your patience is to be rewarded a little further  with a  visual of  animal’s patience with their human masters.