TGIF – Gratitude Friday

Top three things I’m especially grateful for this past week:

1.)    God speaking to me through a devotional of the danger of falling into the pit of self-pity at the exact moment I needed to hear those exact words.

2.)    Taking my precious granddaughter, Zoey, to church, and sharing such an amazing time with such an amazing little person.

3.)    Touching base with my husband and each of my children, knowing they are safe, healthy, and happy, letting each know I love them more than anything, after an emotionally difficult day of losing two people in my life – an aunt and a co-worker.

God is so good!

I would love to read what you’re grateful for this week.

Peace.

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Bucket List

bucket list

It’s never too late to start. Anything. And everything.

Start to achieve dreams.

Start to really live.

Start to love more.

Start to let go and forgive.

And to start that bucket list that has up until now only been a passing thought. Maybe passing through a few times.

I’ve thought about what my bucket list might include–if I had started one. However, if it wasn’t in writing it was simply that, a passing thought. And passing thoughts typically don’t result in action.

So I’m starting a bucket list, and when something to add passes through my mind, that, too, will be written on the list. Something concrete is more likely to be achieved than something floating aimlessly around one’s mind.

My Bucket List includes:
1.)   Travel to Scotland and Ireland

2.)   Learn how to play the piano

3.)   Become friends with ten people from different countries

4.)   Publish a novel, self-publish and traditional

5.)   Perform a random act of kindness every day for a month

6.)   Ride in a hot air balloon

7.)   Ride on a train (preferably not hobo style)

8.)   Pray for a stranger every day for a month

9.)   Take part in a silence retreat

10.) Travel to Ireland

11.)  Learn to flyfish

12.) Go deep-sea fishing

13.) Visit my Compassion sponsored kids in Africa

14.) Make a conscious effort to live life to the fullest–every day.

I would love to read what would be on the bucket list of those reading this.

Peace.

TGIF – Gratitude Friday

So I’ve decided to add a new weekly gratitude post on Fridays, naming the top three things I’m incredibly grateful for from the week. There are so many things to be grateful for, but the top three are what I plan to mention.  I would love for anyone who reads this to add your top three as well. Let’s get the gratitude meter skyrocketing. 🙂

I’m grateful for:

1. The all around freedom we have in our country and for the men and women who have, and continue to, fight for us that we are able to keep that freedom.

2. My 21-year-old son meeting me at home for lunch, sitting at the kitchen table with me while we eat, talking to me so openly and so filled with joy and enthusiasm, revealing what’s in that beautiful 21-year-old mind.

3. The joy and freedom I feel while running outside in the sunshine on a beautiful, warm day. My mind is the most creative then and I can come up with so many ideas for stories, or simply pray.

Wishing you a Beautiful Weekend.

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In Her Words Avenue

I write with tears in my eyes, tightness in my chest and fire in my fingers. I speak to you who are reading this, to help me pray and support my beautiful country Venezuela during these difficult times.

Students are fighting for their rights to speak up against the government system and express their freedom of speech. Why are they assaulted, harmed and killed by the authorities that are supposed to protect them? Why parents, single mothers and elders are made to wait in long lines to find the most essential things to live like toothpaste, paper toilet, soap, milk, rice and medicine to say the least? The TV channels are censured to only show what the president has to say? Why does the social media completely shut down when exposing reality? Why do the people have to live in constant fear? Why can’t my generation and the next one…

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He Sees – And Still He Loves

Matthew 28-20

Matthew 28:20 (NIV)
(b) “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Sometimes when I read the Bible a verse that I’ve read a dozen or more times will jump out at me with a whole new meaning. This is one of those verses. So many times I have read this and found comfort without giving it a whole lot of thought.

Today I thought about it.

And not only did it bring the usual comfort, but discomfort as well. Or maybe it was conviction. Do I live my life as though He is with me always? Would I be okay with Him seeing how I live each day? I have to admit most days that would be a big resounding “No!” Rather, I would be ashamed if He saw me:

Exhibit that eye roll at someone’s suggestion.

Firing off that angry email in response to another’s.

Cheating the system, just this once.

Offering harsh criticism and judgment instead of acceptance.

Exhibiting contempt rather than love.

Feeling entitled rather than grateful.

That all-to-quick sharp human retort.

Turning a blind eye to someone in need because I don’t have the time to be inconvenienced.

Hoping not to get caught because no one is around to see? Busted!

Psalm 73:23 (NKJV)
“Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand.”

And though I may think at times, “Well, I’m not so bad, because at least I haven’t been as bad as so-and-so.” I don’t believe God measures in degrees. Rather, I believe He sees it simply for what it is–the condition of the heart.

He is with me always, to the very end of age.

Reading and meditating on this verse today has led me to a desire to want to live my life more intentionally. To be more aware of my words and actions, and to be proactive rather than reactive. To extend love in all circumstances, and to live my life in a way that shows gratitude and honor at being the daughter of a King. To love as He loves, forgive as He forgives, extend grace, as He extends grace.

To bring Him joy as He is always with me. To the very end of age.