Tuesday, November 21, 2017

So much to be thankful for...

Thanksgiving is in two days.  Have you thought about what you have to be thankful for?  No matter what's going on in your life or how badly things are going, there is always something (and usually lots) to be thankful for.  I like to get in the thankful frame of mind this week leading up to Thanksgiving as I'm sure others do too.

23 things I am thankful for in absolutely no order.

- My two grandmas who are still with us.  I never even dreamed that my child (I’m pretty much the youngest grandchild on each side of our family) would have the opportunity to visit and play with his great-grandmas.  We visited my dad’s mom last week and I watched as my son spun my grandma in an office chair to both of their delight.  A couple months ago my son squealed with delight as he played peek-a-boo with my mom’s mom.  How sweet.  I treasure these moments that I know will not last forever, in more ways than one.

- My parents.  Both of them, and especially my Mom as I reflect on coming up on her 5 year Cancerversary. So thankful for them.

- My extended family who is mostly (rather) nearby. (My sisters & their families, My in-laws, My siblings-in-law and their families, Cousins, Aunts, Uncles, etc…)

- My son.

- My son’s first mom.

- My husband and our marriage.

- My husband’s job.

- My home.

- My Church.

- Friends.

- Humor.

- Dave Ramsey & Financial Peace University.

- Books.

- America.

- Parks.

- Mountains.

- Sunshine.

- Seasons.

- Reliable vehicles.

- Sleep.

- Music.

- Shoes.

- Modern medicine.  

- Jesus Christ, and His great love for us.

- You. <3 p="">

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

What are you going to do about it?

I must admit that I've been in a bit of a funk lately, especially when it comes to writing and updating here.  Writing what was on my heart used to come much more easily.  But with all the events in the news that just seem to keep happening, and happening...it makes me feel...sad. And like I don't know how best to combat all the hate and hurt.

So, I've been doing my best to try to love my husband, and love my son, and be present with my family.

I've been quicker to listen and (hopefully) slower to speak.

I've been spending time with friends and family walking, talking and doing life together.

I am certainly not doing a perfect job. Only one has ever been able to do anything perfectly, and His 
name is Jesus.  But I am doing my best.  I am trying to do my best.  That’s what we all are doing, right?

Most of all, I am teaching my son that although we all sin and there is much wrong in the world, that there is a God who loved us SO much that He didn’t want this world to be it.  He loved us so much that He sent His son to pay for the debt of this whole world’s sins so that we can have a relationship with Him and be with Him for eternity.  As we come up on Christmas, it’s so easy to get caught up in the joy of the season, the glittering lights, presents, family and spirit of giving—not that those are terrible things at all.  Let us just not forget who we are really celebrating and why He matters.  Jesus may have been born some 2000 years ago, but we need Him just as much now as ever.

So yes, the news it sad as always.  There are terrible things happening in our country and our world.  Every.  Single.  Day.  What are you going to do about it?  We could talk about possible solutions until we were blue in the face.  But what really may help?  Is what we are probably already doing.  Go home and love our families.  Love our kids.  Love our neighbors.  Eat dinner with people.  Listen more, talk less.  Pray often.  Seek Jesus.  Oh, and spend less time on social media.