Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Linking with Cami at  Thankful Thursday

"Anne Lamott’s priest friend Tom, how to get through:
"Left foot, right foot, left foot, breathe," he said. "Right foot, left foot, right foot, breathe." 


We drove to the beach the other day. I was behind the wheel. My family knows.....I get confused with my left  and right. When they told me to turn left.....I started to go right. They finally just said, 'turn your side....or ours....'

I might not know my left from my right.....but one thing I do know now....when things get mucky and crazy.....to just put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward. I'm grateful for all the awesome things I've been taught that helps me live my best life. Things like.....

-Nature....it's a power that takes me from the yuck to the awesome. Love the smells, sights and feel of freedom I get being out on the mountains or in in the woods or at the lake.
-Writing...to sit quiet with pen and paper or keyboard and tap out what's in my heart helps release the angst and restores peace. Weird how wonderfully that happens
-Best friend. She's there for me through all the ups and downs... listening...encouraging...supporting and reminding me 'this too shall pass.' I do the same for her and can't imagine my life without her a part of it. 
-Playing with the kids. Shooting a frisbee, playing badminton or hopscotch or ball or chalking up the driveway and road.... laughing...being goofy and frivolous...the absolute best to get me out of my head.
-Faith.....that's the ultimate best. One whisper to Him...my heart changes from sad to glad in seconds. 

18 comments:

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning sweet Nikki,
"One whisper to Him and my heart changes from sad to glad, in seconds." That's just how it works for me too! I'm so glad He's in my life and I'm in Him!

I think you will enjoy my post this week. I actually thought of you several times while I was preparing it.

Have a beautiful day and keeping whispering to Him!

Blessings,
Sandi

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh you have found how to put your left foot then your right foot and move forward...all of those are on my list and they keep me from going under.

Blessings...continue to walk and allow Him to hold everything else

High Heeled Life said...

I too have trouble with left and right ... and He is always there waiting for us to call upon Him, and He will fill us with all that is good. Blessings my friend, xo HHL

Mary said...

such good advice...cause sometimes life is just plain hard.

so good to know we have a God hears and cares about our every whisper to Him.

Grace, peace and love to you sweet one!!

BelovedBomber said...

One foot in front of the other...seems like there is a song like that...how true though. Sometimes that is all we can do while we trust our Lord. I am also praising God for some fun times with my children. Many blessings!

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

You sound like my daughter with the left and right...I love the beauty of nature too

Finally Free said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Nikki. I am going to take your advice til I am out of this trial. Left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot...

Hugs,
Tammy

NITA said...

Hi Nikki,

I have trouble with left and right too, more walking than driving, or when I am back seat driving and trying to give directions - lol - I don't drive myself anymore, maybe just as well lol.

Yes, one step at a time is the only way, but not easy. Praise God we can walk in the footsteps of Jesus

Wendy said...

This post reminds me of a song you may have heard: "One day at a time sweet Jesus". It brings back memories of an old friend who struggled to learn to read and write. God led him to take one day at a time and today he is a Baptist Minister in Glasgow.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I agree, nature is the best escape.

Denise said...

Enjoyed this.

Nana Jul said...

It really does help having your kids distract you from your own thoughts...Grand kids work too :)!!
Mucky & crazy all week for me too! Had to keep going back to the moment by moment - I will! One foot infront of the other..Whispering Jesus name.
It's Him that keeps me going!
Great post!!
Love,
Jul

Amrita said...

The Lord is god to us

Chatty Crone said...

And having good friends to support you. Always. sandie

Cami said...

What a cute post - especially the beginning..it made me smile :) I'm glad you got to spend some quality time with your family - that's much needed!!
Sounds like you have so much to be thankful for...what a blessed life you live..amen <3

Thanks for linking up to Thankful Thursday with me at First Day of My Life!! :)
Happy weekend! ox

Mevely317 said...

Left ... right ... don't forget to breathe! I think sometimes the most important lessons are the simplest, don't you?

PS - I'm one of "those" who still prefers to make 3 right-hand turns to avoid a left. Drives my husband crazy!

joy said...

isn't it awesome when we find happiness in everything? Blessings to you Nikki. I am like you. I like to focus on the bright sides of life:)

Debbie said...

I'm sorry to be so late to this because it was a really good Thankful Thursday this week! I love the first part about just putting one foot in front of the other the best.

A song by that name was my theme song in 2010.

Sometimes, that's all we can do.