Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thankful Thursday


"Easter is very important to me. It's a second chance." Reba McIntyre

Easter is very important to me, it's a second chance.

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Getting things right the first time doesn't always happen.....at least for me. I'm glad for second chances and sometimes even third and fourth and fifth ones.  Grateful for....

-Holidays. No getting up early. No rushing to programs, school, meetings, or appointments. 
-Holidays. special foods that we eat only at this time of year especially egg matza and marshmellow peeps. 
-Passover - for me it's about freedom. Really grateful for that. 
-Easter - For me, it's about love and sacrifice and going the extra just because. 
-Mostly grateful for the touch of His gentleness.....He's my run to safety....the One I can tell my heart...the One whose always there.....never leaves....never gives up on me.....& accepts me just as I am....with all my imperfections.

Happy Easter, Guys!!!!  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thankful Thursday




“We have the choice to use the gift of our life to make the world a better place”  Jane Goodall

It' what I want to do. It's what I've always wanted to do - reach out and help other people make it. 

I used to struggle and fight to make it from one day to the next, alone, running scared. Then Wham!!! He touched me and everything changed. It didn't happen all at once, but He gave me the courage to push through.....to fight for my life back. 

How do you say thank-you? How do you show gratitude for being given your life back? Only way I know is to use mine now to try to make this world a better place. Thankful this week for....

-giving the 'free' books has connected me with so many neat people. They're grateful for the book and I'm grateful for their receptiveness and kindness. Their kindness is like a switch that pushes me to live kind too. 
-New friends.The book has opened doors to meet new people, people who are making a difference in their communities. A bond has formed with quite a few of them. Sort of feels like we're all in this together....one doing one thing. Someone else another. But all of us wanting to use our lives to make a difference. Love that!!!
-hiking everyday with the kids in the woods. The bluey's are back and all the other birds. I think if hope were a picture, spring in the woods would be it. 
-Family. Every day we say, 'I love you,' to each other. To love and be loved back is incredibly freeing. 
-And mostly for His love that never gave up on me and never gives up on any of us. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.....

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thankful Thursday

"Inch by inch it's a cinch. Yard by yard it's hard." Mr. Walters. 

Funny how the things some people say, stay with you. A few years ago, I met Mr. Walters, an elderly man who in his Jamaican drawl, told me me over and over and over that inch by inch anything's a cinch. I had never heard the phrase before. He said it to me so many times that those words became embedded in my brain. 

Some things seem impossible, even hopeless, but everytime I'm tempted to give up, I hear Mr. Walter's voice, 'inch by inch, kid. You can do anything inch by inch.'   

This week grateful for....

-that many books have already been given out and are now available in five institutions. They're getting into the hands of women who need hope. Yeahhh. 
-incredible good has come out of the 'preacher man' who stole one of my rough drafts and has been selling it and telling people he's the author. It was through him that I connected with the woman who got the donation to put my book in a pocket size edition to distribute. What was meant for bad, really turned out amazing. 
-going for hikes everyday. Love that all the birds are back. Walking in nature again and hearing its calming sounds is so peaceful.

-Mostly...He's got plans....amazing ones and all I got to do is say, I'm in...let's go. He makes life good, amazingly good. 

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thankful Thursday



"If you get, give. If you learn, teach." Maya Angelou


Maybe it's the real circle of life......giving back what you get and teaching what you've learned. 

For me....I've never forgotten the incredible people who showed me kindness when I had nothing.Their  kindness is now embedded in me. I'll never forget them or the kindness they showed b/c it gave me hope that things could be different...that maybe I was worth it. 

My payment - pass it on. Pass on the kindness. And maybe, like it did for me, it will jumpstart someone else's hope to hang on and not give up.

I don't have much to give, just hope. Hope that someone can make it. Hope that their tomorrow can be brighter. Hope that if I can overcome, they can too. Grateful for......

-so many opportunities to give back
-Been giving out books all week. People are grateful for them, but I'm in awe that the things I struggled against for so long, is fueling hope for others now. 
-peace. Knowing that my life and every life counts. Doesn't matter who we are, what we've done or not done...every human being matters. Love that. 
-Preparing to run another empowerment group in a couple of weeks. Even planning for it excites me.    
-Mostly.....for Him not leaving me where I was...in the gutter....lost, alone, broken. How do you say thank-you to that? Only way I know is to give back and keep giving back. 

Happy Thursday, Guys. Hope it shines for all of us. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thankful Thursday


"It is possible to have too much of a good thing." Aesop

I love love love popcorn. Sometimes I go on popcorn binges when all I want to eat is popcorn. Eventually though, I get sick of it and then I don't want to see another kernel for a long time.

Early this week temps were amazing. The sun was brilliant. We took off jackets and boots and hiked the trails. It felt amazing breathing in warm fresh air. Even the birds were happy.
Then mid week, POW - another huge snowstorm and temps dipped cold again. 

Snow  - it's pretty....magical. Everything it touches, it beautifies, but the truth is......I want to see green not white anymore.

One thing for sure.....Spring will eventually break through. We had a taste of it. It's there pushing it's way through all that cold and snow and ice.

Same deal if we're struggling through some tough stuff....the good eventually breaks through again. It always does. It's the reason to never give up. Thankful this week for......

-a warm comfy home in a great city.
-March break...means no getting up early...no driving kids to school while still half asleep....no making lunches, and no rushing to programs at night. Just straight relaxing. Love it.
-Planning summer stuff. Dreaming about the places we're going to head to, the mountains, the camps, the trips - it helps take the edge off winter.
-prison edition of my book is delayed until Monday but already have calls from Chaplains wanting them.
-Mostly no matter what the weather....no matter what the season.....He's there shining His Light. Nothing is better than that!!! 

Happy Thursday, Guys. Hope it's a great one today.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Thankful Thursday

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough....it can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie

The last few days have been amazing. Actually since January things have been amazing. Some days I feel so much 'joy' my heart feels like it's gonna fly right out of my chest. I know things can't always be perfect, and too often it's a fight and struggle to get where I want to be.....but right now I'm just grateful for this winning spree. And one thing I don't ever want to do is to forget to say 'thank-you.' This week....thankful for:


-my daughter's acceptance into the university of her choice. She worked hard and all that hard word paid off.
-prison edition of In the Eye of Deception at the printers and due out next week. Still in awe how far the book has come and how many people it's touched.
-temps warming up....Okay maybe not too warm but still I smell spring in the air. Can't wait to see green instead of white.
-best friend came through her surgery with flying colours. When I heard her voice, I cheered.
-And mostly His incredible love for me that pushes me forward to reach high, to give back and to keep my heart always open. 

Happy Thursday, Guys......hope it's a great one for you.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Everything we experience is a gift, a present we should cherish and pass on to those we love.” Alice Sommer

The oldest holocaust survivor in the world, Alice Sommer died a couple of days ago. She was 110. Alice lived life with incredible optimism and harboured no hatred for those who held her and her young son prisoner in a concentration camp. "I've had such a wonderful life. I know about the bad, but I look at the good things." 

She often told people she was thankful for life, for surviving, for God, for seeing the sun, and for a smile from someone. She was just thankful for everything. 

This incredible woman is my example on how to live my best life. Be thankful for everything. So today....a few things I'm thankful for.....

-the brilliance of the sun
-the sweet laughter of my girls
-hugs from a friend
-smiles from a stranger
-faith that anchors me. 

Have an awesome day, Guys!