Friday, November 23, 2012
You know the saying,"Appreciate what you have now because someday it may be gone". Well, it's very true. A few years back (2007) I experienced the loss of both of my parents within two months of each other. I can't even begin to explain how difficult that period was for me. Seriously, it felt like I was in a daze and just going through the motions on a day to day basis. Grieving felt like suffocation. It has only been recently- this year as a matter of fact, nearly 5 years later - - that I've come to grips with my loss of them. With the loss of them, we also loss our family home (as well as quite literally the family house that I grew up in my hometown)- -you can't go "home" again. The concept of what "home" is has drastically changed for me now. There is a song that we sing in church "Anywhere Is Home, if Christ Our Lord Is There.
If my life were a book, this year for me, would be a page-turner, At the beginning of the year I was involved in a car accident that totalled my car which, by the way was paid off. I was not seriously injured, thank God! But isn't it strange how when you get to the point of paying off a car, something happens to it? Why is that?
Then in July, the company I worked for announced that it would be closing. That was devastating. I think we all know what it is like to have a Love/Hate relationship with our job. There were things I loved about being a flight attendant, and things I absolutely disliked about it too, but when all was said and done, I did truly enjoy working in the travel industry. I have hopes of someday setting up my own home-based travel agency, if it's the Lord's will.
Now that I'm home more and looking for re-employment, I literally have to challenge myself to make sure my days are filled with productive activity. It is so easy to fall into despair about situations that life throws at you- -like things will never be the way they were, Nothing I can say or do will bring my parents back. Nothing I can say or do will bring my totalled car back. Nothing I can say or do will bring my job back. We have to deal with major losses like this in our own way.
So today, when I look around me, I am convicted in my heart of hearts that tough situations in life has a purpose of fine-tuning our character and exposing our true loyalties. I am thankful for memories but at the same time, I can not live in the past and all of my loss is now in the past. Those doors are closed.
Today, I am thankful for new beginnings, and how with God's help, I can look forward to a future that only He can plan for me, as He already knows the desires of my heart.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
I just realized. I love cooking for others. I love traveling. I can do and have done these things for a living. I love a lot of things, if I believe I don't HAVE to do it, but rather, WANT to do it. It's when I think I HAVE TO do it is when my thinking gets messed up. Not sure why that is, even with things I love to do anyway.
Ok. . .I'm rambling. Just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a very happy thanksgiving.
Today, I am truly thankful for friends and family that make life meaningful.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
One look outside and I know my city is gearing up for its first snowfall of the season. The day looks dreary, like a whole sheet of fog has engulfed the area and this, just in the past five minutes. As I sit here nursing my irritated throat with lemon honey green tea, a list of all the things I need to do before tomorrow (T-Day) is rolling around in my mind. Thanksgiving is my overall favorite holiday. . .it's always perfect no matter what, even if dinner is burned. . .because when all is said and done, it really is about giving thanks.
One athiest person that I knew had a problem with giving thanks to God, so he just thanked the people around him profusely. . .almost to the point of ad naseum. It all seemed a bit superficial to me- -that is giving glory and honor that is ultimately due to God to a mere man. I wonder who he thanks for the air that he breathes?
Oh well. To each his own. As for me and my house, we will PRAISE , GIVE GLORY TO AND HONOR TO Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, who indeed was with God in the beginning. He alone is worthy of all thanksgiving and praise and honor. He alone is capable of saving us from death and destruction.
Today, no matter how dreary outiside it is, the sun is still shining on the inside, because Jesus has lit up my life with a purpose to fulfill.
Today I am thankful for being able to live life on purpose.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Today I spent the day cooking,and preparing for guests for Thanksgiving. A lot of my dishes were traditional, but the funny thing is when i made the pumpkin cheesecake, I wasn't particularly trying to make it alighter version, but when I double checked the recipe, I realized that I had used only half the amount of cream cheese. Not sure how its going to turn out, but at least I can boast to my guests that it has half the fat of regular cheesecake!!
I'm particularly thankful today for nice little unexpected surprises that nudge me to get back on track and stay on track with efforts to living and eating healthier.
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