Thankful Thursdays

We must never be discouraged by the downs in life. They come and go. Seasons don’t last forever, and there’s a reason why God made it that way. I, like you, don’t like the low periods, but I am thankful they are transient.

Let’s keep the faith and stay hopeful, especially through the dark days, for the light is sure to come. God is good, my friends…all the time.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Do not let the empty cup be your first teacher of the blessings you had when it was full.  Do not let a bard place here and there in the bed destroy your rest.  Seek, as a plain duty, to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life.”
-A. Maclaren

“The sun will set and the sun will rise, and it will shine upon us tomorrow in our grief and our gratitude, and we will continue to live with purpose, memory, passion, and love.”
-Brent Schlender

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
-Robert Frost

       Life is a rollercoaster. Try to eat  a light lunch.”

 

 

Thankful Thursdays

They kept saying how beautiful and awe-inspiring it looked as they watched it from the cupola of Dragon. There it was, planet Earth, pure and as it was intended.

A few weeks ago, the crew of SpaceX’s Inspiration4 had a unique and once in a lifetime opportunity to go into space. During their three-day mission circling the Earth, they got to open the giant dome window of the spacecraft and experience a view like no other: a beautiful, and clean, and peaceful planet. Wow, if only.

Sadly, we know the view and feel from within Earth’s sphere is quite different. From up there you can’t see the craziness down here; the hate, the politics, the injustices. We inhabitants are making it very difficult for ourselves and each other to take advantage of all the beauty, goodness and richness that this planet has to offer.

I am thankful God created this amazing place for us. I hope we turn things around soon. Enough that our view and feel from here starts to resemble that from out there. And I pray God guides us and helps us to restore it to its intended state.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

P.S.: The Inspiration4 mission raised funds and awareness for childhood cancer research by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Great idea. I think every space mission going forward should not only have a interplanetary focus, but an earthly focus. Something that benefits us here and now. What do you think?

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
-Genesis 1:1

“A blade of grass is a commonplace on Earth; it would be a miracle on Mars. Our descendants on Mars will know the value of a patch of green. And if a blade of grass is priceless, what is the value of a human being?”
-Carl Sagan

Photo by Chris Sembroski, Inspiration4

 

 

Thankful Thursdays

This week, it was back to the office for me after 18 months of working from home. How did it feel? In a way, like going back to school – – dreading the morning routine, but happy to see my friends.

I will not enumerate here all the things I like about working from home. They are many. But I have to say that I am glad to be getting back in the swing of things.

Today I want to give a shout out to my employer, White & Case, for keeping us on and having our backs during these challenging times. I feel blessed to still have a job and happy to have a truly nice workplace to return to. And for that, I am so grateful.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

And my view is not bad either. 😎

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” 
-Winston Churchill

“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”
-George Lorimer

“Sometimes the best part of my job is that the chair swivels.”
-Unknown

“Son, if you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now quiet! They’re about to announce the lottery numbers.”
-Homer Simpson

 

Thankful Thursdays

Neither of us imagined that this place would serve as the destination for so many of our getaways. Until, that is, we stepped onto Main Street that very first time almost five decades ago. We were hooked.

My hubby and I were kids when we each visited for the very first time. Back then we were a couple only in God’s divine plan, with many years still ahead before we would actually meet, but already we had something in common. We, as most of you know, are Disney fans. Our kids were practically born there and have grown up Disney. Lauren even worked as a cast member at the Magic Kingdom during her Disney College Program internship.

Where am I going with this? Well, tomorrow Walt Disney World turns 50. Although our countless visits have not been challenge-free (crowds, lines, weather elements, cost, etc.), I don’t recall ever saying “Ugh, we shouldn’t have come this time.”

To date, our collection of pictures, videos, autograph books, and Disney memorabilia is extensive. But the memories, oh especially the memories, those are priceless and etched in our minds, as they say, with timeless magic. And for that, today and always, our pack is thankful.

For you Disney fans, here’s some of our favorite WDW script. Can you guess the ride?

  • “Please stand clear of the doors. Por favor manténgase alejado de las puertas.”
  • “This here’s the wildest ride in the wilderness!”
  • “My siestas are getting shorter and shorter.”
  • “We wants the redhead! We wants the redhead!”
  • “Paging Mr. Morrow—Mr. Tom Morrow. Please contact Mr. Johnson in the control tower to confirm your flight to the moon.”
  • “Your attention please! The Walt Disney World Railroad now boarding for a scenic trip around the Magic Kingdom! All aboooooard!” 
  • “There’s a great big, beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day.”
  • And consider this dismaying observation: This chamber has no windows and no doors, which offers you this chilling challenge: to find a way out! Of course, there’s always my way….”
-Walt Disney World Monorail
-Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
-Enchanted Tiki Room
-Pirates of the Caribbean
-Tomorrowland People Mover
-Walt Disney World Railroad
-Carousel of Progress
-The Haunted Mansion

What place has served as one of your favorite getaway destination through the years? And what are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

Jose (Ray) in front of the Cinderella Castle.      Me with the old cigar shop iconic Chief.

 

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