Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thankful Thursday - Freedom

“Freedom, I found is not only in the running, but in the heart, the mind, the hands.” Louise Erdrich

People fight and struggle to break out of all kinds of things and situations that hold them prisoner. And some amazingly make it to the freedom side. 

But over the years I've learned that standing on the freedom side isn't necessarily being free. 

Freedom has to take place in the heart, in the mind, and in the soul. I think freedom is inside a person long before they physically arrive on the freedom side. 

I'm grateful today for the freedom that got into my skin, into my bones and into my blood.
And for my faith that made it all happen.

Happy Thursday, Guys.    

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Thankful Thursday - Happy

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.” Charlotte Brontë

There's a whole lot of 'proper' we're supposed to be and do, but I don't care about looking good. 

I care about being free, having fun and laughing a whole lot.

Kids don't think of much else than goofying around and enjoying themselves. I am so thankful I can still do that with my kids.....let loose, go nuts, crack each other up. 

When I'm working on my writing, or in the kitchen making supper, I sometimes hear them in the other room, singing, giggling, just feeling free and easy. I think that's the way we're all meant to be. 

Happy Thursday, Guys!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Thankful Thursday

“We must not see any person as an abstraction. Instead, we must see in every person a universe with its own secrets, with its own treasures, with its own sources of anguish, and with some measure of triumph.” Elie Wiesel

I love hearing about people's life stories. We all have them....our own tales, things both sad and wonderful that's happened to us. 

The best for me are the ones in which people have managed to overcome not only the hard stuff, but the beliefs about them that someone else has held, beliefs that held them back from realizing their dreams....but one day, they just pull up their strength and walk into the things they wanted regardless. 

Stories, real life stories of ordinary people, always inspire me to reach for my best.  

Happy Thursday, Guys!!!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thankful Thursday. Tikkum Olam

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” John Holmes

 תיקון עולם Tikkum Olam, a Hebrew saying which means a shared responsibility to heal, repair and transform the world. 

I believe in Tikkum Olam. I believe in giving back and helping others make it. I'm grateful today for the opportunities to do that, through my writing, through running workshops and even through simply caring.

I love that I can share my story, tell what I've lived, the tough stuff, the things I never thought I'd overcome, and give hope to others who are still fighting the darkness. It's the thing that brings me incredible joy.

When I lived on life's edge, and contemplated ending my life, I never imagined that one day, I'd tell people how amazing life is, how great, and how thankful I am for all of it, even for the darkness. 

This morning heading out to share that hope with a group of women. Happy Thursday, Guys. 

What's your gift, what's your calling. What brings you incredible joy.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thankful Thursday. Giving Hope.

"Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well." Jack London

Sometimes life hands out crappy  things...things that stop me in my tracks and leave me questioning over and over, why'd this have to happen?

Those things that hurt....that come out of the blue. Unexpected. Like a dumb accident, or someone I thought was a friend taking advantage of me or not getting something I had my heart set on, or worse, the death of someone I adore.

But in the the not so pretty stuff, it's my faith that holds me no matter what happens. Faith that whispers, it'll be okay. He's shown me, that He's there, in the crazy, in the tough, in the heartbreak, in the hard to understand stuff. He's become my strength. 

So when life hands out a lousy hand, I know somewhere down the road, things will turn around. It always does. 
Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

"There are no ifs in God's world and no places safer than other places. The centre of His will is our only safety." Corrie Ten Boom. 

Corrie Ten Boom lived at a time when life was very unsafe....a time when the world had gone  crazy. Corrie and her family were arrested and taken to a concentration camp. All of them except Corrie died. Their crime? Protecting Jewish people.

I used to live in awful fear. I had horrible images of the worst things happening. But Corrie lived the worst. Her life experience and her words are an example for me to trust and not be afraid. 

There is safety in Him....doesn't matter the situation. Doesn't matter how hopeless or awful things are.

Two years ago I had the opportunity to visit the Ten Boom home where Corrie grew up and where she learned to trust God in the big things and in the small. 

There is definite safety in Him. Always. No matter what!

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Thankful Thursday

"Many nights we've prayed with no proof anyone could hear.  In our hearts, a hopeful song we barely understood.
There can be miracles when you believe." Stephen Schwartz

Miracles! I believe in them. I know they happen. I've witnessed them again and again and again. 

I hope and pray and believe and then Voila! They materialize and it always leaves me standing in awe, gratitude filling my heart.

Miracles - those things that are out of my control. Things I long for but need Someone bigger than me to make them happen. Super huge things like a friend battling an illness, and then amazingly recovers. And smaller things, like my daughter getting her driving license. 

Grateful today for miracles, big and small, everyday, and all because of Him. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.