Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thankful Thursday - Sister

"Death ends a life, not a relationship." Mitch Albom

My older sister died on the weekend. It happened fast and unexpected. But now that a few days have gone by, I've had time to remember how she influenced my life in ways that will always be part of me. 

I'm grateful for all the people who step into my world...some for a really brief time, others who stay years. Every encounter changes me. Makes me move in the world differently...with more compassion, and forgiveness. 

There is a definite emptiness but there's also gratitude. I'm grateful for 

-my sister's life....the memories that are a part of me now, especially her goofiness and infectious laughter.
-love of friends and family.
-my's what pushes me forward with a joy and peace and hope that nothing else can. I don't know what tomorrow brings, but I know Who brings tomorrow and that's pretty good for me. 

The link is to a blog post I wrote January 1, 2010 after my sister and I had really bonded. She loved it.

 Happy Thursday, Guys!!!!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thankful Thursday - Surrender

“If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it." Toni Morrison. 

I was a fighter. Still am. But I've learned the key to winning sometimes is to let go....surrender. And not just to surrender to anything or anyone but to surrender my will for His. 

I love nature. I love hiking in the hills or sitting down by the lake. There I've learned to hear His voice. He is the whisper in the wind, the voice in my heart. His whisper has became my hope. That hope has became my anchor. Grateful for... 

-the translation of my book into Russian is done. It humbles me how He's using the little bits of my life to give others hope. 
-running a group give give hope. 
-asked to ghostwrite someone's book. Won't happen for a couple of months but she believes in me and in my ability to tell her story. 
-mostly for Him and grateful for life and purpose and joy and peace....

Happy Thursday, Guys.....

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Thankful Thursday - Grateful

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." Melody Beattie

Last night my oldest crawled into bed with me and we talked about things on her heart, and things on mine. We talked about parts of the day that made us smile. I fell asleep feeling grateful for my family and for life that has turned out incredibly peaceful and happy. 

Gratitude...I breath in it everyday.....all b/c of Him. He loved me enough to reach into the dark, and guide me inch by inch into the light. 
Gratitude...I think it's a way of living...of being in the world and so today I'm thankful for....

-Life itself. The ups and downs. The good times and even the tough.
-Family - it's what I craved...a loving, supportive, fun family, and I got it!!!
-Friends - the ones that are there listening to my rants, laughing with me until late into the night, encouraging me to follow my passion. They're a soft place to land every time.
-Freedom - I know what it's like to be trapped, held, caught and I know what it's like to feel free. Perhaps to feel grateful, I had to experience the one to really know the other. Freedom is the best feeling ever.
-My Faith. it's my starting point...every day....a new beginning....Him in my corner....believing in me...running with me....always there...loving, whispering hope.

Happy Thursday, Guys!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thankful Thursday - A Smile

Every time you smile at someone, it's an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. Peace begins with a smile."  Mother Teresa

It's funny how a  simple smile can change everything. I can be in the most awful mood and then bump into someone on the street who flashes a smile at me, and all that awfulness melts. And the neat thing, a smile means the same thing in every language. For me, a smile is kindness and hope and some days I need both. Grateful for....

-today b/c it's a new day and anything and everything can happen.
-spring b/c everything is coming back to life...the snow's melting, flowers are starting to push up, birds that haven't been around are returning and people everywhere are smiling. Yep...spring is great.
-working together with a group of amazing women to take back a community centre that once was a place of hope to many. The people running it now changed it. Made it into a place where no one wants to go. We're fighting to turn it back around.
-mostly grateful for my faith. It's the one thing that never changes and which makes me smile everyday. 

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thankful Thursday -

"Don't give up, don't give in. Others have been where you've been and just around the corner is a smile. You need to remember that summer follows winter and life can be renewed." Ray Watson

Sometimes it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes it seems that the yuck stuff will last forever and nothing will ever change. 

When I look out my window and see all the dried up flowers, grass and trees, it's hard to believe that soon they'll become full of colour and brilliance again. But they clockwork....every spring as the snow melts, the brown drab plants revive and come back to life.I am in awe how that happens year after year after year.

Don't give up is my motto. Never give in b/c springtime always comes after winter....the pain lifts and life is renewed. It's the way it is. So never ever give in b/c things always change for the better. Grateful for.....

-the seasons that teach me more than any book know that after every winter comes summer. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thankful Thursday Waiting

“One time, when I was very little, I climbed a tree and ate these green, sour apples. My stomach swelled and became hard like a drum, it hurt a lot. Mother said that if I'd just waited for the apples to ripen, I wouldn't have become sick. So now, whenever I really want something, I try to remember what she said about the apples.”  Khaled Hosseini's hard to do. I don't like waiting. I want things to happen right away. I don't want to wait. Once something's in my head I want to just do it, move forward, get on with the thing. 

But I've learned that's not how things work. If I don't do the wait step, things rarely work out the way they're meant. There's no shortcut. No fast track. It's like baking a cake...if you skip a step, the cake doesn't taste as good. Grateful for.....

-someone was given a copy of one of my books. She was inspired and is now giving them as gifts to others. Very humbled by that. 
-off today to meetup with some incredible women to share hope and be inspired. Grateful for the opportunity to give back. 
-someone tweeted that she received my book in prison and it gave her hope. Very cool. 
-Mostly am grateful that He does turn everything around for good. At one time I didn't see that. I was angry at Him for allowing things to happen, but now I know He waited until I was ready. 

Happy Thursday, Guys!!!


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thankful Thursday

“In life as in dance: Grace glides on blistered feet” Alice Abrams

Some days all we got is grace. Pure, simple grace. Grace that goes the extra mile. Grace that whispers don't give up, just hold on, tomorrow is another day. 

Grace is something outside of myself. It's a gift that holds me up when I can't anymore. Grace refuses to let me sink. Grateful for.... 

-Those moments of grace which trump my feeble efforts and keeps me in the game running strong. 
-People who are vessels of grace....their kindness, gentleness, compassion a steady reminder I'm never alone and things will work out okay. 
-Grace is a gift...not only being on the receiving side but also being able to give it back to someone in need. Grace is gift of giving and receiving. 
-Mostly, His grace that is a constant, something tangible that holds us up when we got nothing. I have felt His grace upteen gazillion times and am incredibly grateful for that. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.