Thanksgiving is a time for us to reflect on the many blessings God has bestowed on us. There are so many that is impossible to list them all, but here is a short list of things I am thankful for:
- My health. At my age many are suffering and in pain.
- My retirement checks. Even though mine is being threatened, many others have less.
- My country. Though there are problems throughout this beautiful land we still are free to worship, speak out, and even have guns to protect ourselves.
- My children and grandchildren. I’m so blessed that my family has love for one another. My children and grandchildren have the morals and beliefs that I have passed down to them.
- My marriage. Not many people can say they’ve been married for almost 50 years.
- My extended family. My last aunt and several cousins still remain close with lots of love shared between us.
- My church family. What a blessing to be able to worship with such loving, caring people.
- My home. To have the warmth and comfort of a roof over our heads is a blessing that many people around the world do not have.
- My state. How blessed I am to live in Kentucky. I love the green grass, the lovely shades of autumn leaves, and the hills of our area. I love the friendliness of our people.
- The seasons. I love the changes we see throughout the year. The excitement of seeing the first buds on the trees, the warmth of summer, the colors of fall, and the snow covered hills in winter. The cold winter makes us appreciate the warmth of summer.
- Those loved ones who have passed away. How blessed I have been to have parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and a brother who had a positive influence on my life.
There are many, many more. I love Thanksgiving because it is a time when we can actually reflect on the many, many things God has given us. We think about the less fortunate and count our blessings.
Happy Thanksgiving to all! Spend time with your loved ones. Until next time, Bye.
May 1st Already
Can you believe it is May 1st already?
It is May Day. I always think of attending my younger cousin’s May Pole dance when May 1 rolls around. She was in 1st grade . I was a little jealous that we didn’t have this celebration at my school. I’m also reminded of one of my other cousin’s son birthday on that day.
May 1st means that the year is already 1/3 over. Time flies when you’re having fun. I ‘ve had a great first 4 months of the year. Here’s why my year is going by so fast.
First of all, in January we went on a cruise to the Panama Canal with friends and family. This was a magnificent experience as we toured areas of Central America and South America.
February seemed to fly by as we spent time in Florida enjoying the beautiful weather, working on our place, and viewing the ocean and its wildlife. We had great times with some good friends. I mustn’t forget to tell you that I shopped till I dropped. Yes, Florida is a great place to shop consignment shops and retail stores.
Amazingly here it is May 1st. Surprisingly the year is 1/3 gone. It sure is true that time flies when you’re having fun! Now onto more fun throughout the rest of the spring and summer. I’m anticipating the Kentucky Derby party at my cousin’s place in Louisville. Also Mother’s Day with family and going to Lake Cumberland. Hopefully we will be selling my late Mom’s house.
Wow! What a year so far! Thankful for every blessing the Lord has sent down. Good health, great family, and fun times. What else could a person ask for? Of course, there have been a few struggles, but many more good things than bad.
Be thankful for what you have! Anticipate a good future. As my yard flag says, “MAKE TODAY AMAZING” .
So long until next time.
With my grandchildren growing up I often think about the word “Choices”. My thoughts go to the choices I’ve made throughout my life. Some good, some not so good. I think about how a choice can change your entire life.
The friends you choose are a big influence on your life. Make sure they have the same morals as you do. Don’t let peer pressure change you! Find friends who enjoy the same things that you do.
Choose what you love. Stick with it. Finish what you start.
Follow the 10 Commandments to the best you can. If I had chosen to steal, I could have ended up in jail. If you covet what your neighbor has you will be miserable. If I had chosen to commit adultery I probably would no longer be married. Today one of the choices young people have is whether or not to try illegal drugs, cigarettes and alcohol. If you choose to do these things you choose to harm your body. I think about my father. He made the choice to start smoking around 13 years of age. He died at 62. I wonder if he would still be with us if he had not made that choice. I’m sure he would have lived much longer if he had chosen not to smoke. My cousin choice to drink and smoke. She died at 66.
The Ten Commandments
- I am the Lord, your God.
- Thou shall bring no false idols before me.
- Do not take the name of the Lord in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
- Honor thy father and thy mother.
- Thou shall not kill/murder†.
- Thou shall not commit adultery.
- Thou shall not steal††.
- Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- Thou shall not covet‡ your neighbor’s wife (or anything that belongs to your neighbor).
It never entered my mind to quit high school at 16, or to not study or try my best. I chose to go to college and be a teacher. I wonder where I would be if I had not tried to do my best in high school. Or if I had chosen not go to college? Or if I had gone to a different college. How different my life would have been.
A career choice can be a difficult decision. Choose what you love. Not what someone else wants you to do. Looking back I wish I had chosen a teaching career in Home Economics( now called Family Science). I made the choice to teach Elementary Education because it took fewer hours and I could graduate sooner.
Dating and Marriage
Wow, this one is BIG. Make sure you choose someone who has similar interests and morals. Don’t settle on anything less. Make sure you are friends as well as lovers. Since the divorce rate is so high I’m sure many people regret the choices they’ve made on this one.
The most important choice you can make is to follow Christ. I remember being at a revival when I was a kid. The preacher spoke about taking the path less crowded instead of the one most people were on. He spoke of not following the crowd down the wrong path, but traveling the straight and narrow path. Making the choice to follow Christ and his word will make your life more pleasant with less strife.
Since it is Valentine’s week I thought I would share some of my favorite love songs. Scroll through until you find one you like. Then click on the picture, sit back, and get romantic with your special loved one. Or maybe you could light the candles, and ask your favorite someone to dance to your favorite.
This post is dedicated to my husband and all of you romantic couples out there in internet land. Happy Valentine’s Day from Mrs. B.
I hope you enjoyed. In the meantime have a terrific Valentine’s week and make someone you love happy.
Believe in Yourself
I’m sure you have noticed the popularity of signs in home décor. You can’t go into Hobby Lobby or any locally owned home décor shop without seeing lots of signs. Some are humorous while some are serious. Some use many words and some are only one word. One of my favorites is a simple one…BELIEVE. In fact, I have two “believe” signs in my home and Christmas ornaments that say believe.
When I first saw the word “believe” as a sign I thought of my belief in God and Jesus. Then more ideas come to my mind. Here are some of them:
- Believe in the magic of Christmas.
- Believe in the love and comfort of family.
- Believe you can accomplish whatever you put your mind to doing.
- Believe in yourself.
- Believe you can overcome the obstacles in your life.
- Believe in angels.
As I was thinking about that special word, “BELIEVE”, I looked for scriptures in the Bible. I found there are many that pertain to believers.
One that I liked is found in Matthew 21:22 . “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Another one I think is important is found in Mark 9:23. “Everything is possible for him who believes”.
I’m sure many ideas come to mind when you see the word “believe” too. Feel free to share those ideas if you would like in the comments section below. Have a good day, and believe in something.
As I was sitting here thinking about the many things I have to be thankful for I decided to write a few down. Yes, the big things like Family, Food, Health, and Freedom came to mind. But I wanted to concentrate on a few little things I’m thankful for. Here are 20 little things I came up with:
- A warm fire in the fireplace
- A friend’s phone call when you are down
- Hugs from your significant other
- Kind words from a stranger
- Little children’s laughter
- Seeing a rainbow after a storm
- That person who always has your back
- A song that brings a smile to your face
- Having enough money to have gas in your car and food on your table
- An unexpected invitation to eat out with a friend
- Hearing our children saying, “I love you.”
- People in your life that make you feel special
- Having a job you love
- Sitting beside someone you love at church
- Time to relax
- Ability to read an enjoyable book
- Laughing with friends
- Receiving a card from someone you haven’t heard from in a while
- The last flower of the growing season
- A compliment from an unexpected person
- Memories of past Thanksgivings
There are so many more that it would take forever to list. Would you like to add some of the little things you are thankful for? Scroll down to leave a comment in the comment section.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers and followers.
One of my many blessings is that I had a happy childhood. I ‘m so thankful that my parents were Christians who took me to church. I learned about Jesus and what was right and wrong. I had a huge extended family that showed me unconditional love.
This brings me to the point of this message. Many children do not have happy, secure, loving home lives. As a teacher I have seen many children who are sad because of broken families, alcohol, and drug abuse. Many are being raised by single parents, grandparents, aunts, or foster parents.
During my 28 year career as a teacher I saw many students who were negatively affected by a difficult home life. Now as a substitute I see this problem getting worse. I often have students make comments about their home life.
I’m going to share 4 conversations that I’ve had recently with children that have broken my heart.
The first incident happened near my house. On a very cool day there were children playing in the little creek by my house. They were out there for hours. I saw no parents or adults around which is unusual these days. Finally I went out to talk to them. One little boy’s tennis shoes were so wet and muddy that he had taken them off. I told him, “Your mom is going to be so upset about your shoes.” He replied, “I don’t have a mom.” Later I found our his mom was in rehab and he lived with his grandfather. How sad that a mother puts her drug habit ahead of her children. The people who don’t work with children don’t realize how often this happens. Prayers for this child, his mom, and his grandpa.
Another sad conversation occured at the end of the school year while I was substituting in a first grade class room. The assignment was to complete a four part organizer for writing. They were to list or draw 4 things they planned to do over summer break. Most kids wrote about going on vacation, riding their bikes, or visiting grandma. One little boy drew four pictures all pertaining to his dad. I sat down beside him while asking him what his scribbly drawings were.
Here’s what he said they were.
- Fishing and hunting with his dad.
- His dad taking him to shoot guns.
- Riding a four-wheeler with his dad.
- Hanging out with his dad.
It was obvious that he didn’t see his father very often. I quietly asked him if he lived with his dad to which he responded, “No.” I asked him if he saw him very often. He stated, “I see him sometimes.”
This scenario broke my heart. I could sense the yearning the boy had to spend quality time with his dad. I pray that this little guy got to spend time with his father.
She wrote about how she wished her grandpa hadn’t left her grandma. Then about how her grandpa kept his house cleaner than her own house was. She continued on about how she wished she could go see her grandpa.
Needless to say she was affected by divorce. I’m sure she missed the security of having grandparents in a loving marriage. I just can’t imagine my grandparents being apart. How fortunate I was to have grandparents who loved one another and me.
The last child I’m going to tell you about was a little boy in the second grade. For some unknown reason he told me he lived with his dad and step-mother. He proceeded to tell me that his mom lived out of state, and he didn’t see her very often. The reason being that her husband wasn’t very nice to him.
Oh, the emotional pain these kids go through is heartbreaking. This made me think about how much I love my children and my husband. It reminded me that I would never allow a man to be mean to my children. Also, I have always loved my children so much that I would never have wanted to live in another state without them.
Please say a little prayer for this boy, his mom, and step-dad.
What can be done to help these children? Maybe you can be a mentor for a child who is in a bad situation. CASA is an organization that helps foster children. You could be a CASA volunteer or donate to this group. Could you be a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization or lead a Boy or Girl Scout troop? We all could get an angel off one of the trees in your local stores. Just showing kindness to a little child may make them a little happier for a while.
If you had a happy childhood, you should thank your parents if they are still living. If not, you may want to share with a loved one how special your childhood was, and tell them how thankful you are for it. Unfortunately many children can not say they are thankful for a happy childhood. Thank God, I am one who had a happy, secure childhood.
In the month of November I stop and count my many blessings. There are so many I just can’t list them all, but I will try to list a few.
- Health & Happiness
- Faith, Family, & Friends
- Jobs & Education
- Food & Shelter
- Country & Freedom
- Safety & Protection
- Hope & Heaven
- Goodness & Grace
- Love & Kindness
These are just some of the things I’m thankful for. Sometimes I forget how blessed I am. Writing my blessings down helped me to realize how insignificant my problems actually are. Try it and see if it helps you too.
The following is a slide show I prepared. You will see some quotes, songs, and prayers that should make us stop and think of how grateful we should be. As you read them I hope it reminds you of the many things you have to be thankful for.
I hope you enjoyed my slide show on counting our blessings. If you have any more “thankful thoughts”, feel free scroll down to the comment section below.
Pray for an end to the violence
The first thing on the news this morning was a story on violence in Charlotte, South Carolina. An African-American was shot and killed by a police officer recently which started the violence.
Who is responsible?
First of all the man killed had violated the law. Second, maybe the police officer overstepped her bounds.
Possibly both were in the wrong.
But what I know is that violence doesn’t help this matter. Violence just causes more hatred.
The news media is partially to blame for the violence for not telling the part of the story about the man breaking the law.
Yes, there is unrest, racial profiling, and hatred in our society. But will violence help solve these problems?
No, they will only make matters worse. A peaceful protest would likely help matters more. Writing letters to authorities could help. Filing a law suit may be in order, but never violence.
Police officers need to be caring, non-prejudiced, and well-trained. They deserve our respect as they risk their lives daily. We should let the authorities judge whether these police officers were in the right or wrong. Not the news media which tries to sensationalize every situation.
Let us remember this bible verse:
This is what the Sovereign Lord says: You have gone far enough….Give up your violence and oppression and do what is just and right. Ezekiel 45:9
I felt this verse was worthy of posting as it addresses both sides of the controversy. The violence that has resulted in this situation and the oppression that the African-Americans have experienced.
Just my 2 cents worth. Feel free to comment if you wish.
The Book of Comfort
At my daughter’s late mother-in-law’s estate sale I found a book entitled The Book of Comfort by H. K. Suh. While reading through it I got some ideas for blog posts that I hope will help my grandchildren become strong, successful, and compassionate adults. I think their other grandmother would have approved.
Quote from The Book of Comfort
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land among the stars. by Les Brown
My grandchildren have all almost grown up. I have a 22 year old, a 20 year old, an 18 year old, and a 15 year old. Time has flown by and I have enjoyed every moment of their precious lives.
They have made me smile, laugh, and be proud. As all grandparents I want what is best for my grandchildren. The important things: like happiness, contentment, and a clean Christian lifestyle. I want them to have a career that will give them a satisfying life without money worries. I want them to work and not be a burden upon society, but to be a good steward to the community, state, and country they live in.
Often I tell my grandchildren they can achieve anything they want. That even small decisions can affect their future. For example if I had chosen not to study for a test I may have failed the class. This could have made me frustrated and quit college. Then possibly I would have gotten a job I didn’t really enjoy. If I hadn’t become a teacher I would probably still be working and not enjoying my retirement. I could go on and on about how decisions I’ve made have affected my life.
Many times I have remembered this Bible scripture from Matthew 7:7 that I memorized as a child. Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Yes, you have to work hard to shoot for the moon. What you want isn’t just going to fall into your lap. If you miss the moon, maybe another door will open and you will be with the stars as Les Brown has suggested in his quote.
Signing off with hope that someone reading this will never give up and keep on working hard for what they want out of their lives. So long, until next time. Mrs. B.