Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thankful Thursday - Just Because.

"Where there is great love, there are always miracles.” Willa Cather

The biggest miracle to me is having 'peace.' Peace that outshines whatever yuck stuff the world throws....the sad, the painful, fears and losses. Peace which trumps a restlessness, and angst of wanting more, being more, doing more. 

And for me, that kind of peace comes from knowing I'm loved. Loved for who I am. Loved just because. 

That's really how I broke free....His love, unconditional, gave me what nothing else did, love, just because. And it's had a snowball effect. Others stepped into my world and showed me love, just because. And everyday, miracles happen, because of that kind of love. 

I hope today, you feel loved, just because. 
Happy Thursday, Guys.   

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thankful Thursday - Adventure.

“It's the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance.”  Xiaolu Guo

I used to be afraid to open my heart and trust people. I was afraid to get hurt. 
Not anymore. Some people, I know will hurt me, but most won't. Closing my heart to others is to block out love. And  love is what enlarges my life and makes me want to fly.   
I've always told my kids there are more good people in the world than bad. I believe that. So for today, I'm grateful to all those who cross my path and make my world happier, richer, fuller. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thankful Thursday - Springtime

"As long as this exists, this sunshine, the cloudless skies, while this lasts, I cannot be unhappy." Anne Frank

Everyday this week has been amazing. We're back hiking the hills and valleys and it feels so incredibly good.  It's almost like waking up from a long sleep.

Brilliant colour replacing dull brown makes my heart sing. Birds that haven't been around all winter have returned and are making their voices heard. When I step outside their voices greet me with such loud chirping as if they're saying, we too love the spring

Everywhere life is coming alive again and I get to be a apart and witness it's amazing glory. It's a gift and I'm grateful to walk in its beauty.

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thankful Thursday - Brave.

"Acts of bravery don't always take place on battlefields. They can take place in your heart, when you have the courage to honor your character, your intellect, your inclinations, and, your soul by listening to its clean, clear voice of direction instead of following the muddied messages of a timid world." Anna Quindlen

It's not always easy to listen to that voice inside or stand up and speak what I know is right for me. It's especially hard when there are people who want me to be silent, who try to insist I go along with them and follow their needs. 

People pleasing is something I've struggled with. It's hard sometimes to say no or say what I want, especially if it's contrary to what others want. I've gotten much better at it but some days it's a deliberate consciousness effort. 

I'm grateful for the people in my world who allow me to be me and for every opportunity to stand up, be my own person and make a difference in my corner of the world. And mostly for the courage He always gives me to stand strong.

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

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!!!!