Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thankful Thursday - Real Beauty

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” Khalil Gibran

I had a friend once who wasn't outwardly pretty, but she had something inside, a consistent kindness, and compassion for everyone. It's what made her brilliantly beautiful.

I learned from her that real beauty comes from the heart, from being real and from caring. 

My friend died a couple of years ago from cancer but there's another thing I learned from her. We leave a legacy if we care. The legacy she left me is to see the good in people, the positives, their potential.  Thankful for.....

-time spent with kids this last week before school and loving it.
-my dgt's first year of university paid for with scholarships and awards. It's through the roof expensive so very grateful.
-translation of my book into Russian is 2.3rds done. The goal to get it there by Christmas is on track.
-all the beautiful people in my world including all you guys. 
-mostly that He adjusted my heart so I can see the good, the real, and the best in others the way He does and the way my friend did. 

Have an amazing Thursday, Guys!!!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thankful Thursday - Brave

“Sometimes brave is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.That is the sort of bravery I must have now.” Veronica Roth

Brave - I always believed I was a whimp, a chicken. When people told me I was brave, I didn't know why they'd say that b/c I didn't feel brave at all.

In my mind, brave was definitely not who I was. I was more of a runner, someone trying to hide from the world with all its pain and hurt. But one day I realized those people who said I was brave were right. I discovered....

Brave is holding on when it seems like there's no reason to. 
Brave is getting angry and fighting back. 
Brave is staying in the game until you win. 
Brave is never giving up or giving in to defeat.  I'm grateful that....

-He's always there.....on those high mountains, the scary dips, the sharp curves, the rocky paths.
-His whisper, a constant in my heart, encouraging, motivating, - 'you're not alone. I'm here. Keep going.'
-Knowing that I can do anything, be anything, try anything b/c His brave lives in me and His brave has become my brave.

Happy Thursday, Guys!!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thankful Thursday - Adventures

“How do geese know when to fly to the sun? Who tells them the seasons? How do we, humans know when it's time to move on? As with the migrant birds, so surely with us, there is a voice within if only we would listen to it, that tells us certainly when to go forth into the unknown.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross 

Summer's almost coming to an end, and with it, I have this gut feeling it's time for new adventures. I'm not sure exactly what but something inside me wants to fly. 

My oldest will be starting university, my youngest high school. As for me, there's something stirring in my gut to step out on a new path. 

It's weird b/c I have no idea what that is exactly, but I've been in this place before. I've felt this excitement and the anticipation that something incredible is brewing. I know it's Him, preparing me to take another risk, to move out of my comfort zone, to say yes to a new challenge. And I'm ready. Everything inside me is shouting 'yes, let's go!' 

The thing I'm grateful the most - that life is never boring. He's always got neat adventures and makes living totally exciting. 

Happy Thursday, Guys!!!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thankful Thursday

 “Sometimes I need
 only to stand 
wherever I am 
to be blessed.” Mary Oliver

The last couple of days nothing much has happened. Most days just unfolded into the next without fanfare or wild excitement. 

I used to live on excitement. I needed some high to pump my life, make it worth living, but now, the calm, the quiet, the ordinary are the best. Grateful for, 

-Peace. It's there inside my gut all the time and it doesn't matter what the days bring, I have a contentment, an inner knowing that everything is as it should be. It wasn't always that way. Very grateful for it.
-the woods - no matter what's going on, wandering around the woods never fails to soothe my fears or doubts or angst. There's no medicine as powerful. 
-Birds - these free flying little feathered things make me soar inside. Just watching them makes me happy and grateful to be alive.
-flowers - the colours and smells and beauty - another humungo reason to smile. 
-Mostly knowing I'm connected with Him for always. He's the prime reason I feel this peace inside. I am forever grateful for His peace that transcends everything else. 

Happy Thursday, Guys!!!!  

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thankful Thursday

“The honorary duty of a human being is to love.”  Maya Angelou

I remember when my world was coloured with violence. Life was brutal, angry, hateful. But now, love colours my world and I'll take love any day. 

There's an energy with violence - an energy of always being on guard, trusting no one, a constant fight with an intensity that exhausts. 

There's also an energy with love and a sweetness that feels so darn good. The other day, I watched my girls goofing around together and I thought how beautiful and kind and incredibly sweet they are, and how very grateful I am they're in my world. 

They've been my teachers. They taught me love in its fullness. They showed me the power in going the extra mile, forgiving, and caring with no strings attached. Grateful for.....

-My girls who continue to teach me love as a guiding factor in life. 
-The touch of His gentleness which first broke the hold of violence and continues to show me that love trumps hatred every time. 
-His love that stayed the course, never left and never gave up on me. 
-His love that teaches to turn the other cheek. Toughest lesson for me, but also the most powerful. 
-And grateful for everyone everywhere who shows kindness in small ways and big. They are shining lights all over the world. That includes all you guys!!!!

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

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.