Tag Archives: Life

Bloom Where You Are Planted

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It’s tough to bloom sometimes.  Even in an ideal setting life has a way of throwing us a curve.  I’ve had an especially hard time lately, but today came across a post that served as both an inspiration and a reminder that everyone has their rough stretches.  I’d like to thank bayart.org for this excellent post, entitled Bloom Where You Are Planted.  Click here to read.

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Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Day is now behind us, but the thanksgiving spirit should always reside within us.  Too often we take our blessings for granted without considering we could lose them all in a moment.

For what do we give thanks?  Certainly liberty, religious freedom, our homes and families top the lists.  But this past weekend I gave the question some serious thought and realized that so much of what we consider just part of life are luxuries denied to millions of people.

One precious blessing I can never lose, and which is open to all who will come to Him:  Jesus Christ, God’s Son, my Lord and Savior, who came in the flesh, lived a sinless life, took my sin upon Himself and died for me, who rose again and now sits at God’s right hand.

A second precious blessing: My family–warm, loving, always there with help and encouragement and to help me put things back into perspective when I lose my way (which is pretty often!).

Other blessings:  My home, definitely not taken for granted.  I remember the tent settlements in city parks and the crowds huddled under blankets and sleeping bags at one downtown underpass.

Electricity.  99.99% of the time when I switch on a light it comes on.  Several million in the world don’t have any electricity at all.

Indoor plumbing.  Clean hot and cold running water right out of the tap.  Flush toilets.  My mom remembers chamber pots and the moonlit path to the little house with the crescent on the door.   Those relics from the past had all but vanished by the time I came along.  I don’t think I care to revisit that era.  These winter nights are cold!

Electric blankets.  Sure, you can crawl between cold sheets and pretty soon they warm up, but it is so nice when the bed is already toasty warm!

Safer gas and electric stoves.  I remember news stories concerning housewives badly burned while lighting kerosene stoves.

Well-stocked grocery stores.

This barely constitutes the tip of the iceberg and given time I’ll probably add to this list.  In the meantime, I give thanks for them every day.  Heavenly Father, open my eyes, my hands and my heart to those in need each day.

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I find this quote not only thought provoking, but highly relevant to the upcoming holiday season.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are times we come together for fellowship, to remember and give thanks to God for our blessings, and to help those less fortunate.  In the photo above a dark cloud overshadows the valley; but notice the rainbow illumining the mountainside.  God is still in His heaven and in the hearts of His people.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  1 John 4:7

Wishes to all for a blessed day!

How High Can You Fly?

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We’ve heard it a thousand times, expressed a thousand different ways:  Sky’s the limit; Attitude constitutes 90% of the battle, Success is all in the way you think;  If you want to change your life, change your attitude.  The list goes on.

And of course we think, “Yeah, that makes sense.  I can do that.”

But then comes the hard part.  Life is wonderful, in one’s imagination.  But we live in the REAL world, and reality can be cruel.  Changing one’s attitude takes effort–lots of it, especially on the off days or when you feel the world closing in on you.  I especially tend to see only the overwhelming big picture, not small pieces that I can deal with one by one until I’ve dealt with the overall problem–or project, depending on how I choose to look at it.

Yes, choice composes a large part of attitude.  Do I face a problem, or an opportunity?

We all have a dream, something that energizes and inspires us and gives us a reason for getting up in the morning.  But too often our high hopes and lofty aspirations shatter into broken shards littering our subconscious, weighing us down and holding us back instead of propelling us forward.  Disappointment can lead self pity and then to despair.  The answer is to face life head-on, not alone, but with God’s guidance.  He can help change one’s attitude, too.  Also, a good mentor helps to keep a person on track.  Earlier this week I got a much-needed pep talk from my mom, whose wisdom and insight really helped put things back into perspective.

So. . .hold onto your dream.  Ask God’s help.  Find a good mentor.  And for additional tips on attitude change, refer to BegintoBelieve’s post, 14 Reasons Why You’re Not Successful.

Never give up.  Never lose your grip on your dream.  There is only one YOU–and you have a LOT to offer!  You can fly.

 

 

What Christmas Is All About

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I love Christmas.  I have always loved Christmas, although I must admit that in my younger years it was the presents, decorations, and festivities I liked most.  I grew up hearing the Christmas story.  I knew all about the baby in the manger.  I knew all about how He was crucified, died and was buried, and then rose again on the third day.  But it was not until October of 1991 that I finally met Jesus Christ and accepted Him as my Lord and Savior.  Christmas took on a whole new meaning after that.

I still enjoy the decorations and get-togethers with family and friends; but I detest the commercialism and the “gimme, gimme” attitude so often marring the season.  You rarely hear the old Christmas carols anymore and when you do they’ve been jazzed up with a rock ‘n roll beat.  And, “Peace on earth, goodwill toward men?”  These seem to get thrown out the window when the stores open on Black Friday.  I’ve heard of people actually trampled to death and seen footage of shoppers punching each other’s lights out while struggling over a last available item.  And at a Walmart in a neighboring town, a driver shot and killed another driver over a parking space–right in front of the victim’s young son.

Peace on earth. . .Good will toward men.  Replaced all too often by, “me first.”  Christmas is not about presents, decorations, or parties.  It’s not about things or how much we can get.

So what is Christmas all about?

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  Luke 2:8-14

That’s what–or, rather, Who–Christmas is all about: Jesus Christ, God’s Gift to mankind, graciously extended to all who will accept Him.

Wishing you all a blessed Christmas!

 

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