Thankful Thursdays

And so it feels like life just kicked it into fourth gear with the start of fall season. Why is that you think? Here’s a theory: The holidays are fast-approaching (🤪), we start to feel the frenzy, and stress hits. The more stressed we are, the less likely we are to be focused on the present and live in the moment. Our perception of time flies. There. Makes sense?

May I make a couple of suggestions? First, let’s take in a breath, people. A few, actually. We’ve been through a lot lately, and some of life is a blur. Beware of the warp speed the anticipation of the holidays throws us into. Let’s not let the crazy hustle rob us of valuable time to enjoy what’s really important.

Fall is about enjoying less humidity and cooler breezes and red and rust-colored leaves (okay, in South Florida, maybe on the door wreath). So, suggestion number two: Take some time to go somewhere where you can experience the beauty of the changing of the leaves. It’s quite a site. For info on peak dates and destinations to view this wonderful spectacle, click Fall Leaves.

Lastly, a reminder to all of us that this time of year is about kick-starting a season packed full of nostalgic memories and traditions. And for that, I will always be thankful.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.”
-Oscar Wilde

“If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour”
–V. Erickson

“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.”
-E. Lawrence

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Montebello, VA – October 18, 2018

Thankful Thursdays

Standing at the gates of heaven, and God asks you “Why should I let you in?” What do you reply?

This doozy of a question surely put my reflective cap on, and I thought why not prompt you to do the same?

Hmm…you thinking about your answer yet? Making a list, taking stock? We all should, I suppose, because we should strive to be good and decent. But the ticket in, turns out, has nothing to do with how good or bad we’ve been. No one makes it up there based solely on their goodness. Nope, we are justified by faith apart from our deeds. I was enlightened by this recently when doing some reading, and I got so happy. I mean, I’m a sinner, but my faith is strong and alive in me, and knowing that is the golden ticket gives me comfort. I have a good chance, I think! It is important to me – – I want, no, I need, to also see those who are already there.

So my answer to “Why should I let you in?” Well, if for no other reason, because I have placed my hope, trust and complete faith in Jesus. And He said, Lord, that you’d let me in. And for that, today and always, I am thankful.

Believe it folks! Faith matters. What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
-Ephesians 2:8-9

“Very often people come to me and say: “Do you think we shall know each other in Heaven?” Very often it is a mother who has lost a dear child, and who wishes to see it again. Sometimes it is a child who has lost a mother, a father; and who wants to recognize them in Heaven. There is a verse in Scripture in answer to this, and that is: “We shall be satisfied” (Psalm 17:15). It is all I want to know. My brother who went up there the other day I shall see, because I shall be satisfied. We will see all those we loved on Earth up there, and if we loved them here, we will love them ten thousand times more when we meet them there.
–Dwight L. Moody

“…a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.”
-Romas 3:28

“There was only one guy in the whole Bible Jesus ever personally promised a place with him in Paradise. Not Peter, not Paul, not any of those guys. He was a convicted thief, being executed.”
-N. Gasman

-No, not heaven. Bimini, June 2009-

Thankful Thursdays

A few words about life:

Life is like a camera. Focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don’t work out, just take another shot.

Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.

Life is like a 10-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.

Life is like a garden, you reap what you sow.

Life is like a foot race, there will always be people who are faster than you, and there will always be those who are slower than you. What matters, in the end, is how you ran your race.

I could go on and on. But here’s my favorite: Life is like an ice cream, enjoy it before it melts. A special thanks to my hubby who is always reminding me that we must enjoy life while we can.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

Thankful Thursdays

“It seems like the end of times,” said a friend to me the other day while we were discussing the state of the world right now. Yes, the world is upside down, I told her. And I told her I would be praying for her and her family, as they are personally going through a really rough patch. This is for her, and for anyone who needs it.

“One night I had a dream…
I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and
Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, There was only one set of footprints.
I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest
and saddest times in my life
This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
You would walk with me all the way;
But I have noticed that during the
most troublesome times in my life,
There is only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why in times when I
needed you the most, you should leave me.
The Lord replied, “My precious, precious
child. I love you, and I would never,
never leave you during your times of
trial and suffering.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

For every step of the way He walks next to me, for every step of the way He carries me, I am thankful. Stay strong and keep the faith, my friends, allow Him to carry you.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Even to your old age and gray hairs
   I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
-Isaiah 46:4

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience but shouts to us in our pain.”
-C.S. Lewis

Captiva Island, August12, 2016. A time in my life when He was for sure carrying me.

Thankful Thursdays

Have you ever experienced feeling someone’s genuine joy for your own happiness? If you have, then you know how refreshing and energizing that is. That good energy is infectious. Yet we don’t always take advantage of that and reciprocate or pass it along. We get too caught up in competitiveness.

A while back, I came across this exercise which helps me to immediately eliminate any inclination I may have to overcompensate or let the green-eyed monster that jealousy is to take hold. Want to try it?

Place your hand over your heart and say: “May I be safe, may I be healthy, may I be happy, may I be free from suffering.” Then replace “I” with someone you care about; then with someone you feel neutral about or someone you find challenging; and eventually with all beings.

Jealousy is evil. Gratitude for what you have and genuine happiness for the blessings of others is the antidote. So thankful for those in my life who laugh when I laugh and mourn when I mourn.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”
-Romans 12:15

“One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life
comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.”
-A. Rutledge

Thankful Thursdays

Pay it forward. I’ve always told the kids it is a must. We look at all that is good in our lives against the backdrop of all that is going on in the world, and how can we not feel but blessed?

Of course we express our gratitude to God for our blessings and praise Him. But there are many things we can do to pay those blessings forward. Let me give you two ways to make a great difference.

1 – Help those in dire need in Haiti by donating to World Central Kitchen. Go to www.wck.org.

2 – Help ensure that families continue to never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. The annual St. Jude Walk/Run Miami is on September 25, and our team, RxfortheSoul, will participate again to fundraise for this great cause. Your generosity and support in the past has made a huge difference in the lives of others. Won’t you please join our efforts to support this great cause? To visit our page and donate, click on Team RxfortheSoul.

Thank you!

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
-Anne Frank

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
-J. Bunyan

“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”
-S.L. Alder

Thankful Thursdays

It’s almost as if we’re hard-wired for one and not for the other. Hard-wired to complain about the inconveniences and hardships we’re experiencing, but on battery power when it comes to purposely being grateful.

Yet, if we wanted to turn around a not-so-good day…or week…or moment, there’s nothing like gratitude to set that turn around in motion. Okay, yes, there are days and circumstances in our lives when it’s legit hard to practice gratitude, no denying that. But it’s precisely for times like those that we should practice it often, to help us direct our focus and not dwell on the rough.

Guys, if we forget to express our gratitude, we may forget, for instance, just how fortunate we are right at this moment, no matter what’s going on. And our attitude at this moment is what may determine the next.

This is where I stop to give a special shout out to my mother, who instilled in me the importance of giving thanks and being thankful. She would always say, “Dale gracias a Dios.” Thankful Thursdays, as you know, is about gratitude. For nearly 500 consecutive Thursdays, I’ve had the opportunity to post about the subject. And gosh, at this very moment, I am so grateful for that. ✝️😀 

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

P.S. You want to “follow the science”? Follow the science behind the practice of gratitude. There’s plenty written on it. 

“For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.”
-Ralph Emerson

“Enjoy the little things. For one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
-Robert Brault

“Happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have”
-Frederick Keonig

Thankful Thursdays

A fill-in-the-blanks for you to ponder on today.

We know we are capable of enduring much more than we think we can. After all, we’ve all had our share of this that and the other, and here we are. But some stuff really packs a punch, you know? On that note, fill in these blanks:

I wouldn’t want to live without ___________________ because ___________________________.

Here’s what I’m thinking:
-Family, because they hold my heart.
-Hope, because it gives meaning to my life.
-Faith, because it fuels my hope.
-Memories, because they keep my loved ones alive.
-Cafecito (ha ha, no, for real), besides its taste, because tradition runs thru my veins.

Care to share your thoughts? And what are you thankful for today?

More thought-provoking morning exercises are in the horizon. 😁  Have a great day! 
Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

How can one not ponder in a place like this?

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all.”
-Emily Dickinson

Thankful Thursdays

Recently, I was the recipient of a number of prescriptions. A good thing because no matter how high a tolerance one has for pain, there’s always that type that will have you speaking in tongues. Anyway, yes, I am thankful for drugs.

Today though, I wanted to send your way a different kind of prescription. One I keep very handy and has unlimited refills. I am thankful for this drug the most. Without it, nothing, but nothing is bearable.

Friends and family, today make the decision to believe. Take a dose of Faith (or two)…and call me in the morning.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.”
-M. Luther

“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Matthew 21:22

“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.”
-R. Tagore

Thankful Thursdays

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
-Psalm 118:24

We should get up each morning with this thought in mind. I certainly did today. And it’s exactly what I intend to do – rejoice and be glad in it – because time is not refundable and we should use it with intention.

Thank you, friends and family, for your thoughts and prayers. I am blessed.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quire.

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