About the Author

Who Am I?
Carley Cooper
Carley Cooper
September 2010
     I am a Christian woman, a writer, blogger, advocate for abused peoples and those with mental illness, Mommy to a love-bird, a hamster, and a dog.  I was born Carla.  In the past 10 -12 years my friends call me Carley.  I like it.  I was born in the small town of Fortune, Newfoundland.  I was raised in the even smaller town of Blaketown, Newfoundland.  I now live in Barrie, Ontario, where I have been since 1987.  I absolutely love living in Barrie and it has become home for me in my heart; though, now and then, I still miss Newfoundland!  I have my parents, two younger brothers; and an endless supply of extended family that spread across this great and beautiful country of Canada.
   
Why Am I Blogging?  What about? 
Carley Cooper
June 2012
     Writing has become a passion for me in the past few years.  I have done a lot of it.  It helps me to spend time writing about my life, my ups and downs, my lessons, and my journey.  It has become therapy.  It has become a blessing.  I have had, in the past, a couple blogs that were ‘by invitation only’.  I have gotten good response from them.  I am at point in the 'show' where I am ready to begin sharing some things with the public.  I also love sharing my faith.  So I have decided to combine the two passions and ‘sing’ God’s praises here.  I pray that my 'melodies' can be an inspiration and a blessing to you.   If so, please write me, or sign my Guest Book and let me know.  I very much look forward to the feedback.
  
Scripture
     Thus far in this 'great production' with God, there are a few scripture verses that keep coming up over and over for me.  They've become my 'theme' verses.
~~~ Joshua 1:9 (NIV84): Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.  
~~~ Philippians 4:13 (NKJV): I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
~~~ 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV): For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind
~~~ Hebrews 11 (the whole chapter; any version): known to Christian's as "The Faith Chapter" or "The Hall of Faith".  I love this chapter.  It leaves me feeling filled with hope; because I am reminded that all it takes is Faith!

My Testimony
Carley Cooper
September 2010
     I have always believed in God and Jesus; the death on the cross and the resurrection.  I don’t know a life without these beliefs.  I cannot say that it has ever occurred to me to doubt those things.  However I also know, now, that I am a new Christian.  I did not understand the concept of the Holy Spirit.  Nor, did I understand that you could have a relationship with God, or that God wants to have a relationship with each one of us.  Throughout my life I went to church now and then; and on holidays.  I tried to be ‘good’ and to do things for others.  I thought this was enough.  I thought this is what being a Christian was.  I had no idea that there was more... much more!
     Then, on May 26th, 1995 my Mom invited me to see a play at a local church called ‘Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames’.  It opened my eyes to many things.  That night I invited Jesus into my heart.  Even at this point, though, becoming a true Christian... an obeying Christian who is willing to let go of worldly things and follow Jesus completely, as He requires of us... did not happen in one supernatural moment like many other people experience.   It would take about another decade for that to truly start happening in my life.  Over the last couple years I have found happiness in following Jesus, letting go of unimportant worldly things; and overcoming my biggest issues, fear and true forgiveness; especially toward myself.
Carley Cooper
April 2012
     I have had a difficult life.  It was a long, hard journey that has led me through a childhood surrounded in illness, negativity and a couple of horrible traumas.  Then as adult; through divorce, mental health issues (Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Social Phobia), a long list of self destructive behavior, a lot of mental abuse by men in my life, isolation, and health issues.  Every time I hit rock bottom, I prayed.  Finally I started to listen.  I started to fight for myself instead of waiting for the world to change so I could fit in.  I began to allow God to work in my life; and everything finally started to change.  God has taught and changed me so much.  The most amazing lessons are those when I learn things about myself that I was not aware of before; such as the incredible drive and ambition that I can have within me.  I am happier, healthier (physically & mentally), I am more outgoing, my health issues are under control, and I do not hate myself anymore!  God is the one in my life that I desire to please!
     Through my journey toward God I have become a strong, independent woman.  Sure, there are still many things that I'm still unsure about.  As a matter of fact, there is much that I just do not have the foggiest clue about!  I do know, however, that God is not finished with me yet!  He loves me that much... enough to help me through this journey and to mold me into something He is proud of!  Not only that, He loves me enough to stand by me no matter how painful His molding process is for me.  Woo Hoo!  He is the God who created the universe; the sun, the moon, and the stars; the oceans, sea shells, caterpillars, giggly little girls, and puppy kisses.  And, he created me!  I am His child.  He sees me, hears me, and He Loves me!  He is on MY side.  As long as I keep faith and a willing heart no matter, how painful the journey, I know that I will receive blessings.  I pray that these blessings for me, will also help other people as well.

Statement of Faith
~~~ Apostles Creed ~~~
 I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
    the Maker of heaven and earth,
    and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
    born of the virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
    and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
    from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
    the holy Christian church;
    the communion of saints;
    the forgiveness of sins;
    the resurrection of the body;
    and the life everlasting.
AMEN 
  
 ~~ Nicene Creed ~~
I believe in one God,
the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
and of all things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only begotten Son of God,
begotten of his Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light,
very God of very God,
begotten, not made,
being of one substance with the Father;
by whom all things were made;
who for us men and for our salvation
came down from heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost
of the Virgin Mary,
and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried;
and the third day he rose again
according to the Scriptures,
and ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of the Father;
and he shall come again, with glory,
to judge both the quick and the dead;
whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost the Lord, and Giver of Life,
who proceedeth from the Father [and the Son];
who with the Father and the Son together
is worshipped and glorified;
who spake by the Prophets.
And I believe one holy Christian and Apostolic Church;
I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;
and I look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
AMEN
    
A Few of My Favorite Things 
Interests
The Bible
Family
Church Family
Music
Worship Music
Volunteering & taking part in ministries
Courses & various programs at my church
Interior Design
Crafts
Decorative Painting
Amateur Photography 
Reading
Learning New Things
Self Improvement
Dogs
Lovebirds
Pets
Movies
Drive-in Movies
Working out
Healthy Living
FaceBook
YouTube
SparkPeople.com
Blogging
Tourist Attractions
Museums

Movies
Christian Films
Anything with animals
Movies about music
Action Films
Drama
Chick Flicks
Horror films 

Specific Movie Titles
Left Behind series
Top Gun, Grease
Flashdance
Dirty Dancing
Back to the Future series
Free Willy series

Music
Worship music (old and new)
Country (old and new)
Rock (with some metal)
some Pop
some Instrumental
Newfoundland music
Relaxation / Nature Sounds
Things I Dream About
Getting Married Again
Buying a Car
Designing & Decorating My Own Home
Touring Italy

Going on an African Safari
Sky Diving
Learning to Scuba Dive
Swimming with the Dolphins

Being an Author
Owning My own Business
Being a Blessing to Someone
Leading Someone to Jesus
Books
The Bible
Interior Design books
Self Improvement Books
Healthy Living Books
Books that help me learn more about Jesus