Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankful

Already, its Thanksgiving again. I can't believe it. Seems like about a month ago when I posted something last Thanksgiving. What our parents said is becoming more true everyday; the older you get, the faster time flies. So much has happened over the last year that I have a different perspective on Thanksgiving this year. I'm still thankful for the many blessings I've received but what I now regard as a "blessing" may have changed a little. Before, it may have been the obvious things but those that we take for granted. That includes family, health, material possessions, you get the point. Don't misunderstand. I'm still thankful for those things but I now see the significance of things I had never before considered to be a blessing. I realize now that even those things we don't understand should be contemplated and we need to appreciate God's intentions and plan for us. Although we should continue to pray for good and for miracles, we should try to find a way to be thankful everyday, in every situation. That includes the trying times; those times that test our faith. Its when we are sad, angry or depressed that we struggle to find faith, to find the positives, to find God. It always seems easier to be thankful for the good and happy times. The next time you are having trouble finding something to be thankful for, remember this. God loves us always, unconditionally. He is forgiving, loving and everlasting, throughout our good times and our bad. No matter how much we turn our back on him, curse him, judge him or do the same towards others, He forgives, forgets and loves. No matter what your situation, whether it be sickness, loss or regrets, remember that His cross was heavier to bear than any that we could ever imagine and for that, we can be THANKFUL. Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving! "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." Psalm 107:1

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Simple Winter Pleasures

A warm fire in the fireplace on a frigid night

Austin's birthday

Christmas songs on the radio

Boots

Children learning about Jesus' birth for the first time

Alex's Birthday

New Sweaters and comfy sweatshirts

Getting under the covers at bedtime

Emma, Logan, Ava, Lauren and Landon's first Christmas

Christmas Parties

New episodes of favorite shows

Fuzzy socks

Snuggling

Christmas break from school

Bonfires where you can see everyone's breath

Christmas trees and lights

Toasted Marshmellows

Snow Flurries

Friday after Thanksgiving

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and Home Alone

Nathan in a Charlie Brown costume

Kid's anticipation of Santa Claus

Evergreen, vanilla and spiced apple smells

Christmas cards and emails

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Gloves, Hats and Scarves

And many, many more.......... what are your simples pleasures of winter?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

WHY???

Someone please explain to me why human nature makes people do such unreasonable and stupid things. Or better yet, with that being the case, why do the same people continue to choose that path and not search for a better way? While I realize that doesn't completely erase our human nature, it can at least make you think before making the wrong decision. Then, you're choosing to be defiant and not just ignorant to the fact. Maybe its easier for people to do as they please without knowing better than to try to be a better person. I know that many people choose that path but I will never understand why. Still, I realize that many also claim ignorance when that is not the case. I believe in the concept of common sense and I'm frustrated to no end when someone ignores it. Its given to us to use so why waste it? Its annoying to see someone throw away their life by ignoring common sense but even more frustrating to me is for someone to hurt others by doing the same. Even if they lack the respect for themselves to do the right thing, what is it that makes a person feel entitled to hurt someone else with their stupid decisions. What makes people say "that's your problem" because its not and its time for us to stop accepting this explanation. Perhaps that's what enables people to act on their human instincts instead of considering all aspects of a situation, including how it will affect someone else. Maybe if those being hurt will take responsibility of the situation more often and stop letting others treat them as if they are less important, some of it would cease. Who knows? We might all become better people if we just have something as simple as respect for ourselves and those we care about.