Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thankful Thursday

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." Mark Twain

Sometimes life hurts. Sometimes it feels like a heavy fist squeezing so tight around your heart that you're sure it's going to crack. And sometimes it seems like there will never be any relief. 

It's been that way this week, watching the news, seeing the  pictures of victims of the Malaysian plane shot down, and also, all the violence in the Gaza. Innocent people going about their everyday lives - gone. Killed for no reason. Their families and friends now left holding only their memories in their hearts. 

I wish the world was kinder. I wish people everywhere wanted the same things - to live in peace and love. Wishing won't make that happen, but maybe if each of us live kind and loving in our corner of the world, it'll shine a small light and make a difference.

I'm grateful for....

-all the kind and loving people in the world. I believe there are so many more of them then of those who hate.
-a smile from a stranger. I remember the times I felt hopeless and alone and someone would smile at me. Their smile gave me hope to hold on and keep fighting.
-my kids - they're my biggest motivation to live kind. 
-the power of nature. No matter what's going on, I always find courage and peace from walking in the woods.
-Mostly, His gentleness and kindness towards me is a constant. That makes me want to live everyday doing the same for others.

Happy Thursday, Guys!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thankful Thursday

"Sometimes when things seem falling apart, they might actually be falling into place." Unknown

Sometimes horrible terrible things happen and life seems to be falling apart. Weeks, months, maybe even years pass. Hope falters. But one day, things from the bad begin to make sense and out of darkness light shines. 

Emma Czornobaj had been driving three years. She was young, naive, but kind. One day, she spotted motherless ducklings trying to cross the highway. She stopped her car, put the blinkers on and ran to gather them up before someone ran them over. Coming down the road at high speed, a father and his daughter on a motorcycle.They crashed into her car. Both died. Emma was charged and found guilty of reckless driving causing death. She can be sentenced to life in prison. The sentencing will be August 8th.

A petition is circulating asking that Emma not be sent to prison. To read about the case or/and to sign the petition click link.

Emma's case reminds me of things in my own life when everything felt hopeless and life for me seemed over. Fear and despair were constants. And I couldn't stop asking myself - why, why, why had those things happened to me.  

But now, I know those awful things had purpose. I've discovered it's the bad things that happen to us, the horrible, the senseless, are often the path needed to take for incredible good to happen. 

I get to tell people now that nothing is ever impossible to overcome. The bad I lived and overcame has helped so many people, and for that reason, I'm grateful for having gone through all of it.   

I wish I could tell Emma that. I wish I could let her know that one day, this horrible thing that's happened to her, might be just the catalyst that will turn her life around in amazing ways.  

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thankful Thursday

"Fly me to the moon and let me play among the stars" Bart Howard

We've been singing that song all week. Maybe b/c they sang it at the graduation or maybe b/c  summer days just feels so incredibly good. Everything is laid back,  lazy and total fun.

Whatever it feels good. Grateful for....

-trip to see the whales. Exhilarating to speed across the water and witness these magnificent creatures play in freedom and grace. Breathtaking and humbling. I still see them in my mind.
-Met a new friend, someone whose a kindred spirit, who has a story like mine and also a desire to shine hope. 
-hiking again everywhere. Breathing in the smell of trees, woods, flowers and water. Nothing gives a greater high than nature.
-spending quality time with my girls, laughing, chatting, goofing around.
-Mostly that He's in my my soul, singing songs of happy over and over and over. I have no idea what tomorrow brings, but for today, fly me to the moon and let me play among His stars. 

Happy Thursday, Guys!!!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thankful Thursday

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”  Hellen Keller 

 There's so much I want to many things I want to try but I always feel this fear wanting to hold me back. I hear its whisper - 'stay where it's safe, - on the sidelines where it's familiar.'

But something stronger tells me 'go, take a risk.....try. It's where life will really feel like living.'

I do feel the fear, but I really want the adventures. It's a fight, a struggle to not give in to that fear and go for the fun, the new, the exciting. Grateful for....

-the drive inside that pushes me to do what scares me. I feel it as much as I feel the fear. 
-new beginnings for the kids. Prom done. Grad over. This Fall - university for my oldest, high school for my youngest. 
-booking dates to run groups and speak in the Fall. Excited for that b/c I love giving back. 
-road trips, holidays, exploring, adventure. We leave early Saturday morning. Finally. Yeah!!!!
-But mostly that He's an anchor....something solid to hang onto, something I can trust that always helps me move past my fears and realize my dreams.

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Thankful Thursday

"Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments." Sarah Ban Breathnach

The month has been crazy busy. Every day something special is going on as the countdown to school is coming to an end. Prom, grad parties, trips, award nights, exams and all the prep stuff for the new academic year in the Fall.  

As soon as school is done, we're heading out - going on a road trip - whale watching, spending time together, having fun. No work, no set goals, just taking it one day at a time and taking whatever comes. 

Moments! It used to be so hard for me to live in the moment, but now all these moments pump me with gratitude. Grateful for....
-all the busy....running around, picking up dropping off, watching the faces of my kids light up with every new experience.
-the email I received from a woman I met in the prison. She asked for a copy of my book. She needs hope. Grateful I have something that can give her hope. 
-A woman I know who struggles with some destructive habits, called and asked me how she can forgive herself. We had a long talk about God and faith and hope and peace. She wanted to know how I did it. Grateful I could share the hope in me with her. 
-giving back - helped out with on a community project. Met some incredible people. Loved being a part of them and working together for a cause.
-Mostly that He's there, always. never leaves. a constant. That's what I am most grateful for. Things can change, but He never does.
Have an amazing Thursday, Guys!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thankful Thursday

“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.” Ben Okri

The news is full of heart wrenching stories - terrible accidents, horrible sicknesses, natural disasters, horrors of war. And yet in those stories are the people...people who will somehow manage to pull their lives rise above the grasp onto hope and eventually shine incredible courage. 

I wish there was no brokenness, no pain, no devastation in anyone's life....but I think Okri is right....we really are greater than our suffering.  Grateful for.....

-people like Maya Angelou, Eli Weisel, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman and so many others who show me that suffering can be overcome, and so never give up. 
-a family member who fought and overcame cancer is now living with greater courage and joy. 
-friends fighting eating disorders, who refuse to give up, but chose to stay in the fight, showing amazing courage. 
-everyone of us who struggle and fight to overcome painful stuff in our lives....
-and for Him being an anchor, something rock solid to hold onto. 

Blogger Sandie Holland had a double mastectomy yesterday. Please pray for her. 

Happy Thursday Guys....stay safe out there.