Don’t Ask Why………..

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Welcome to my morning thoughts…….
Have you ever wondered why there is so much pain and problems in this world? Me too!!
Then I asked myself….”have I ever done anything to help stop it?”
Ahhh that is the question.
So I decided instead of looking to God to fix it all- why not use the talents He gave to me and do my part? Yep…there it is.
No more questions- action! I will not draw my last breath wishing I had done something! ❤

 

On This Christmas Day……..

grateful12There are as many Christmas gatherings and stories as there are families to carry them out.  There are large family gatherings, small family gatherings, visits to grandmas house and visits to your children’s homes!  No doubt these homes are filled with love and warmth and it is good!

There are also visits to nursing homes to help feed mom her Christmas dinner and to then serve other residents at the nursing home. There is a Christmas meal in the firehouse  because you are pulling a double or triple shift, you will be on call to serve others, possibly save lives, and hope while you are there that your wife may stop by for a bit to share a meal with you.  There is a Christmas visit to the hospital because your child is sick…… or Christmas dinner will once again be in a mess hall with your fellow soldiers, as you continue to stand guard to protect us so that we may enjoy our Christmas meal and traditions yet again!

There are so many stories out there and the amazing thing is there is also gratitude! I have read these stories, I have heard them told, and I always hear the gratitude! They are grateful to be alive to serve others; a loved one or the unknown person, the stranger who they may be able to help.

On this Christmas day and every other day of the year, these are the people we should say a prayer for and let it remind us to appreciate even more…what we do have.  There are people all over the world who will not be with loved ones on this Christmas day or the circumstances may be less than ideal….. yet they are grateful!

I say as long as we continue to have stories (and people) like these, such heartwarming love filled stories…… then there is hope for us and for the world!

It Is Who I Am.

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Last night just before getting ready for bed I wrote a status update on FB that got me to thinking.

About ME.

I am the best possible version of me that I can be. I wake up each morning and I start my day with (literally) a song on my lips. I sing a song, I hum a tune, I voice my thoughts; whichever the case; it is a song of love to God. I am grateful. It is who I am.

Did I start out that way? I wish I could say that I was born with a smile on my lips; maybe I was? But that aside, no I was not one of those forever happy people all my life. But I got happy. As I turned 40 I realized my life needed to change. Actually it happened more around 38. But anyway, it happened and that is the point. I had no idea what kind of change that would be, I didn’t know what it would look like, but as time passed and I read and listened to spiritual based books and podcasts ( I devoured these types of media for years…still do) things did begin to change.

And I got grateful. It began with learning to forgive and turned into gratitude real quick. The funny thing is it all started with the two most powerful words out there….”thank you”   I said it, every morning, whether I felt it or not and that simple act changed my life my …. forever.

It’s been 7 years since I truly put that practice into place….and I am who I am. Today I make no apologies for who I am, yet sometimes people get mad or irritated by my outlook on life. Isn’t that funny? People get mad at me for being happy and positive.  Why? Well sometimes they claim I am not who I say I am and sometimes they say that I am unrealistic, not living in reality, burying my head in the sand. Whichever the case all I can say is ” It is Who I Am” and I love me.

I do no harm.

Will I run across people who will say I do harm because they feel inferior (not my doing) or because they are so angry they can’t see love but only adversary? Yes, I will always run into those types of people, and so will you, it is what it is. I am who I am. And I am happy, grateful, joyful, and feel loved, always.

And above all else I will continue to ask God- “Whats next? Where do YOU want me today? How may I serve?”  And that makes me happy beyond measure. And I will not let anyone steal that feeling away from me.

I pray for everyone to feel this way.