For today I am thankful to the Lord for my career as a nursing assistant. Not by luck but by grace, faith and fate I have been granted a long time wish of mine and have been able to spend the last year working as a nursing assistant helping the developmentally disabled, physically challenged and mentally challenged. I prayed long and hard for this career and have given it my all. For today I am thankful to have been so blessed and today I pray for the skill, wisdom, determination and compassion to handle my patient I will be working with in tender loving care and kindness and to be able to meet all their needs over the next two weeks as I also prepare to attend certification training for Certified Peer Specialist in December the following two weeks after my assignment with my patient. So earnestly prayerful with thanksgiving and sincerity to the Lord for all his many blessings that no man can ever take such wonderful experiences away from me. Defeating man’s standards and raising the bar. To be continued, …..

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A journaling exercise that I must complete today for Certified Peer Specialist training. I thought you may like to join me in your journaling today by working on telling your Story. Our lived experience is our personal, unique and deeply felt experience with mental illness and recovery. Our lived experience is the starting place of our training. It forms the basis of our work together, allowing us to learn new skills, abilities and insight. Our lived experience is what allows us to assist others to engage with hope and recovery. Take a few minutes to write down some of your thoughts to each of the following questions below.

1. What were some of the early indications that you were beginning to have difficulties?

2. Briefly describe yourself and your situation when you were at your worst.

3. What helped you move from where you were to where you are now? What did you do? What did others do?

4. What have you had to overcome to get to where you are today?

5. What have you learned about yourself and what we call recovery? What are some of the strengths you have developed?

6. What are some of the things that you do to keep you on the right path?

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A Rustic Christmas Rustic Flair on Floyd 2015

RusticFlairNov2015-2RusticFlairNov2015-9A Rustic Christmas Rustic Flair on Floyd 2015We were on Floyd Street today and just had to stop in at Rustic Flair on Floyd to get a glimpse of Christmas in the making. I could window shop here for hours. Having gotten my Dream Catcher Tank Top here over the summer I cannot wait for a new Christmas headband I have been waiting on all Autumn that Marci will be getting in very soon. She now has hats, scarves, gloves, sweater wraps and all things Navajo you could possibly imagine. Jewelry abounds here that you simply cannot resist nor take your eyes off of and Marci has the Christmas spirit that travels from the heart of Downtown Covington on the Historic Square all the as you travel down Floyd Street. Stop in and see Marci and her girls this holiday season for all your Christmas needs and most certainly anything and everything beautiful for the best stocking stuffer ever! Have yourself a Rustic Christmas at Rustic Flair on Floyd. 5177 Floyd Street Covington (770) 728-1261Owner: Marci Kearns Bennett I will certainly be having a Rustic Christmas this year and she can special make the hanging decorative ornament collector to hang from your door area and place your mistletoe on! Contact her today and tell her April said to say Hi! Enjoy these photos of Rustic Flair on Floyd. Photography Ken Beatty

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November 17, 2015 · 2:45 am

The Study of Jesus and his times this holiday season 2015


My Nativity Scene this year.

Jesus and His Times

This holiday I will be studying the Events in the Life of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels.

Jesus birth. The ageless story of Jesus’ birth begins with the census that brought Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem. The visit of the Wise Men from the East aroused the jealousy of King Herod, who feared a rival King. The visit of the Wise Men. The Flight into Egypt. Teaching in the Temple. Jesus’ baptism. Changing water into wine. Temptation in the Wilderness.

The start of the Galilean Ministry. Summoning the first disciples. The sermon on the Mount. Naming the Apostles. Feeding 5,000. Walking on Water. Peter declares Jesus to be the Christ. Transfiguration of Jesus. Raising of Lazarus.

Entry into Jerusalem. Cleansing of the Temple. Judas betrays Jesus. Preparations for Passover. Last Supper. Arrest. Trial. Crucifixion and death. Burial. Resurrection. Appearances to disciples. Ascension.

Jesus and the Four Gospels.

The Birth of The Savior A Troubled Land. In the 2, 000 years from the time of Abraham to King Herod the Great, the Holy Land experienced periods of triumph and strife, of independence and subjugation to foreign rule. At the time of Jesus, Palestine was part of the huge Roman Empire. The Classes and Masses. Through his vast building programs and his friendship with Rome’s rulers, Herod changed the look of cities, and erected fortresses and strongholds. Artisians and builders became a new and powerful class, day laborers the new poor. Village life included life in small towns followed ancient patterns. The seasons dictated the rituals and rites of daily life. Farmers and their families adhered to age – old traditions as fathers and mothers passed on their skills and heritage to their children. Jerusalem, the Holy City is the symbol and seat of Judaism from the time of Kind David was Jerusalem. Over the centuries, the hilltop settlement became a cosmopolitan city with palaces and fortresses, dominated by the magnificent Temple built by Herod on the Temple Mount.

The Life of the Mind. Teachers occupied a special place n the community, for they preserved learning and passed it on to the young. Knowledge of religion and the law and adherence to their precepts were the foundation of society. Trade and Travel. The Lands bordering the Mediterranean carried on a vigorous trade both in staples and in luxury items. The sea routes were the channels by which new ideas were spread from place to place. Religious Conflict. Many sects, Pharisees and the Sadducees among them, argued the fine points of the law and vied for power. Religious leaders like John the Baptist roused the people by proclaiming the coming of the Savior. The Mission of the Messiah. Although his ministry lasted but a few short years, Jesus’ influence was profound. The Story of those years begins with the temptation in the desert and ends with his death and resurrection. Spreading of the Gospel. Upon Jesus’ death, his message was carried throughout the Holy Land and beyond by the Apostle Paul and others. Christianity became a new force in the Roman Empire.

At the time. the birth of Jesus was nearly as obscure an event as is possible to imagine. But his ministry and death set off a chain reaction of proclamation and interpretation of his life that quickly elevated his story from obscurity to cosmic significance.

The Nature of Storms and identifying a storm in your life. Self – induced storm, storm caused by others, Circumstantial storms.

Storms come to all people, Christians and non – Christians. Jesus knows all about the storm in your life. God does not always deal with the storm in the way we think He will or should. Jesus always offers a word of comfort in the storm. Jesus always issues a command in the midst of the storm. Jesus gives us power to obey His storm – related command. We always come face to face with important truths as the result of storms.

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, yu are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit, for without Me you can do nothing. If you abide in Me, and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and its hall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. John 15 : 4-5, 7-8

Please join me on this continued journey of “Jesus and His Times” this holiday season 2015.

Source: Jesus and His Times.

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Believe. Love. Wish. Dream. A Traditional Christmas to celebrate.

Believe. Love. Wish. Dream. A Traditional Christmas to celebrate.

Loving Christmas always yet over the last 11 years it has been spent without my girls. Hopefully given reunification of me and my middle daughter I will be getting to spend the holidays with all my children at some point. Loving the “traditional Christmas” exploding in colors of Gold, Red and Green. I think I have found the perfect Nativity Scene for my apartment. I will hopefully be getting it today.

Ken’s mother bought me this wreath for my apartment door for Christmas and I added the Star glass ornaments of Believe, Love, Wish and Dream. Having my coffee in my Gingerbread, Gum Drop, Peppermint, Sugar Cookie (LOL) Mug everyday makes life a little brighter! So much love and many thank you’s to Ken’s mother for the Christmas wreath for us this year.

I have seen where Berry’s Tree Farm will open on November 20th. Hopefully getting a live Christmas tree this year to decorate with the smell of the holidays and pine filling my home.

Coming to the end of my 1st Step Study guide book with a celebration party this weekend at church at Eastridge. I feel so honored to be among the wonderful ladies that I get to share with each week and that I have truly handed over my re – commitment to the Lord. Being baptized in a re commitment ceremony at Celebrate Recovery by Pastor Brad Rutledge recently I have given over my life and time to the Lord by attending church services on Sunday mornings, Sunday morning growth group classes, Celebrate Recovery and my ladies Step Study group and will also be taking part in the next Stephen Ministry training classes pending that the classes do not clash with my Certified Peer Specialist training classes but I believe the Stephen Ministry classes will not exactly begin until after the first of the year. Prayerful to be able to be a part of this great blessing of also obtaining my Stephen Ministry training.

Having now worked through Stepping Out of Denial into God’s Grace I have worked on topics such as:

Denial, Powerless, Hope, Sanity, Turn and Action.

Having worked my Step Study guide over addiction and recovery some of my weaknesses in the past included:

It is all about me and what I want when it should be How can I be of help to others?  Lying, cheating and manipulating to get what I want. While all along it should be and has been during my recovery the willingness, honesty and open – mindedness allow me to get what I need. Thinking or feeling that I can go at this world alone. I can take care of myself. There’s something bigger than me. My Higher Power. Jesus Christ. To rationalize, justify and minimize when I am wrong. While working through my recovery I have been owning my part of admitting to my faults and trying to grow from them. Projecting a false image of myself. I am no better and no less than anyone else. As I will be celebrating my 4th year anniversary as full time blogger at The Covington News I have been most open, honest and naked about my daily life and my life in the community. Not hiding and denying my fears so as not to appear weak. But rather acknowledging my fears and limitations and asking for help. I have found this study to be most enlightening and enriching.

As the Mental Health Courts of The Alcovy Judicial Circuit often court order Celebrate Recovery and Step Study classes I will be able to share in my journey with my patients. Giving light and merit to all walks of life and all religions but teaching them to “Step out of Denial and into God’s Grace.” Along with my next 3 Study Guides as I complete this Step Study over the next several months. Celebrate Recovery and especially the Step Study guides are full of informative information on mental health and self – help recovery and I intend on joining in with The Mental Health Courts of The Alcovy Judicial Circuit in sharing of my walk in Celebrate Recovery with the aspects of mental health recovery and healing through the Step Study guide programs.


  1. What areas of your life do you have power (control) over? Be specific.
  2. What areas of your life are out of control, unmanageable? Be specific.
  3. How do you think taking this first step will help you?
  4. As a child, what coping skills did you use to get attention or protect yourself?
  5. In your family of origin,what was the “family secret” that everyone was trying to protect?
  6. How do you handle pain and disappointment?
  7. How can you begin to address your denial?
  8. In what areas of your life are you now beginning to face reality and break the effects of denial?
  9. Are you starting to develop a support team? Are you asking for phone numbers in your meetings?

The Step Study guide goes on to discuss Powerless, Hope, Sanity, Turn and taking Action as well. You may get your own Step Study guides by ordering the Celebrate Recovery Participant’s Guide packet of 4 study guides.

A recovery program based on 8 principles from the Beatitudes.

This holiday I hope you focus on believing, loving, wishing and dreaming along with me at this is my motto this Christmas as my grown up Christmas wish of becoming a Certified Peer Specialist has been granted. Join me in my next chapter of “The First Day of the Rest of My Life.”‘


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“The First Day of the Rest of My Life” Received my December 2015 Certified Peer Specialist Training Welcome Packet

“The First Day of the Rest of My Life” Received my December 2015 Certified Peer Specialist Training  Welcome Packet.

So pleased that today is “The First Day of the Rest of My Life! ” Receiving my CPS Training welcome packet! Ken and I had coffee and a glass of wine this evening to celebrate and had a wonderful fun and love filled evening unexpected yet very pleasant ringing in the holidays and welcoming the Season at The Mystic Grill in Downtown Covington, Georgia. Home to The Vampire Diaries.

I have had my sights on becoming a Certified Peer Specialist for 3 plus years now. Finally being accepted by my essay exam for the December Training to receive my Certification this 2015.

11 years into my Recovery Story and I vow and pledge to take an approach to advocacy this holiday season with The GA Mental Health Consumer Network by my side and the Mental Health Justice Community, including View Point Health as I prepare to enter the career world as a Certified Peer Specialist in the mental health community.

I have blogged of the requirements of becoming a CPS on many instances and will still be a strong advocate for CPS of the World and the GA Mental Health Consumer Network and View Point Health including family violence victims and the parentally alienated and the mentally and devopmentally disabled and challenged as I further my life and career vowing to honor my pledge to this State to support the mentally challenged in and outside the courtroom and at My Covington News blog celebrating my 4th year this month as well.

I have had the pleasure of designing a “Life that I Love! ”

Never dreaming that the Autumn and Thanksgiving Season and Holidays could ever be so beautiful for me in a reunification process with my daughter and being welcomed for the training to obtain my CPS Certification. I could not ask for a better or grander gift for my Christmas wish! My Christmas Wish has came to pass and I give the Glory to God, the Word that became Flesh.

Working on reading through my Certified Peer Specialist Project Training Welcome Packet this evening. Thank you all for all the continued support as a nursing assistant over the last year and for seeing this journey of my becoming a CPS through with me. There are so many that I could not have ever made it without and that is a blog of Thanksgiving that is forthcoming.

Having my Christmas wish granted and well on my way to working as a CPS in the mental therapy health field.

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