Monthly Archives: November 2010

TG365

Thanking God Everyday!

What are you thankful for?

I started a new page with the tab TG365.  I will try to write one thing I am thankful for as often as I can. This is a great exercise to remind me to always be thankful. Feel free to leave a comment on what you are thankful for as well. We can create a gathering place of positive thoughts. We can even learn to be thankful for things that don’t seem positive at the moment but provide us with very important lessons.

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Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving Day is a day set aside by President George Washington in 1789 “to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God.” Later in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation setting aside the fourth Tuesday of November as a national holiday. Even later in 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday to the third Thursday of November but changed it to the fourth Thursday in 1941.

I try to be thankful everyday but the stresses of life and work can sometimes cause one to be less thankful than they should be. I have fallen victim to his more often lately as the stresses of work continue to increase. I AM thankful to have a job. I was blessed with the opportunity to hire three temporary employees who I am sure are thankful for the assignment. I browsed through resumes and was surprised at what I found. Some were submitted by professionals who were obviously humbling themselves to accept work that was not related to their previous vocation at all or that they were already greatly over qualified for. I respect and applaud their persistence in seeking employment, even if it is temporary and outside their field.

I am thankful for the relationship that I have with my girlfriend and the new extended family that I now have. I am thankful for the opportunity to create a family in a loving home. I am thankful for this blog and the opportunity to share my thoughts with others.

I am thankful for the neighbors. I am thankful for my co-workers and my superiors who must bear the stress of increasing demands as well. I try not to pass it on but I fail on that count more often than I would like to admit.

I am most thankful to God for allowing such abundance in my life. There is an abundance of love, caring and closeness that seems to grow as each day goes by. I am thankful for the wonderful opportunities that God gives me to share and to learn.

I am thankful to the wonderful people at the local ARC who provide services to my son and provide him with employment.

I hope that you not only enjoy your Thanksgiving Day but pause a moment to think of all the things that you are and should be thankful. I know I will spend some time meditating on that. Know that I am thankful for you dear reader. Have a wonderful day, not only on Thanksgiving but every day.

Click here for last year’s Thanksgiving message.

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Going It Alone

There a times when we feel alone. There are a times when we think we are alone. When we leave high school or college there is this unspoken expectation that we are complete individuals. We should never need anyone’s help ever again, right? Wrong! We are not meant to go it alone. Even after God created man, he realized that it was not good for man to be alone, so he created woman. Woman was created to provide companionship, relationship, and support.

Fellowship is also encouraged in the Bible. If you don’t have a significant other, and even if you do, you are never alone. You have friends, family and most importantly, you have God. I am hoping that there is someone in your life that you respect, someone that has given you evidence of their wisdom, someone that you trust. If you have such a person, you needn’t feel alone.

Sometimes we need to be reminded that we can and need to ask for help, to seek reassurance, to connect to someone outside ourselves. I have to be reminded of this once in a while. Each day of our life is an opportunity to learn and to teach. We are never alone. As much as we might feel alone in an ocean of people, we just need to stop and think about those that care about us.

 

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Looking Towards the Unknown

As much as some of us like to plan, the future is filled with unknowns. We cannot know exactly what is going to happen, when or even where. We have dreams and make plans but the unfolding of those will follow their own course. Sometimes we want something so much that we lose patience and end up grasping at something that may be within reach but we just aren’t ready for it. We may not be ready for the responsibilities and the consequences that accompany that which we grasp for.

Timing is important in obtaining the goals or things that we wish for. We need to keep in mind that God’s timing is perfect. Not only must we be ready for that which we desire, but that which we desire must be ready too. Alternative fuels have been around for a long time, but the nation hasn’t been ready to consider them until now. You may have broadened your education in a particular area that has not yet taken off yet. Persons moved west during the 1800’s to pioneer and homestead, some were ready but others were not. The ones who are pioneers make ideas and situations ready for the rest of us to benefit.

It is good to plan and to dream, but be aware of where you are now. Be present in your surroundings. There are clues to your future all around you. Maybe you will learn about something new that piques your interest. Maybe you learn a new way of looking at something that is old hat to you that makes it newly exciting. Look for inspiration and don’t limit your dreams or your potential.

The future is an unknown landscape. I do have plans and ideas but I know that life is full of surprises and challenges. Challenges can either stop you or empower you to move ahead, it is your choice. Challenges are part of the unknown, the fruit of the future. We need to be challenged. Have you ever felt triumph over something that wasn’t a challenge? The stiffer the challenge the deeper the victory. We all have challenges and I am forever impressed by those who have come through difficult times. You can see confidence and self-assuredness in them, and often gratitude and faith in God and for those around them who never gave up on them.

I don’t know what your future will bring you tomorrow, next week, or next year. But I hope that you will be alert to all the opportunities and blessings around you. I know there is a straight and narrow path to God, but  life’s path is filled with curves, corners, hills and forks in the road. Walk with me in this adventure called life. I would love to see you reach your full potential and reveal the loving gifts that you have to offer the world.

Take care, stay well and be safe.

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