Thankful Thursdays

Faces. That is what instantly jumps at me when I stop to reflect on this Thanksgiving Day. The faces of those I love, and whose love and support I feel, even from a distance.

This year, many of us are celebrating this holiday in smaller groups and away from a number of our family and friends. Either because they are in heaven now, or because, unfortunately, we are semi-quarantined. It’s sad. But let me ask you this – – What’s distance to those who really love?

Hovering over me from above are my dearest departed ones – – my mom, my dad, my sister and others. They may be gone, but because they are embedded in my mind and in my heart, I feel their constant love and support.

Braving this world with me are those dearest ones who I haven’t been able to hug in quite a while. For us, drive-bys and technology have had to suffice. But because they, too, are embedded in my heart and in my mind, I feel their love and support.

So you see, what’s distance to those who really love? I am thankful for these faces. And I am blessed to have them all in my life, in one way or another.

For that and the many other blessings God has bestowed upon me, today and always, I am thankful.

From our home to yours, a very blessed Thanksgiving to all. 

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“I thank God every time I remember you.”
-Philippians 3:1

“I believe in the immeasurable power of love; that true love can endure any circumstance and reach across any distance.”
-S. Maraboli 

“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 Waldo Emerson

HUGS TO ALL OF YOU!

Thankful Thursdays

These winds and breezes, wow…and in November no less! I can hear the whistling and rustling sound from inside the house, and it just adds to the crazy feel of this year. Just yesterday, as I sat outside watching the swaying dance of the palm trees, I thought about how important it is to be flexible. Especially now.

This year we’ve been forced to deviate in a big way, and for those of us who are not fond of big change, dealing with the new limitations on everyday life during quarantine and this “new normal” we’re experiencing, has been somewhat of a frustrating task.

However, one upside, and surely there are several, is that we’ve been forced to awaken our resting (or in some cases, rusting) skills. Like being flexible and adaptable, for instance. Something we don’t usually kick into high gear while life is steady and constant. But now we have, and for those who have been receptive to this, the sailing has been smoother.

So I say, let’s make like a palm tree and be flexible, people, and thank God for infusing in us the willingness to accept change.

Speaking of winds and breezes, I dedicate this post to the people of Central America who have been devastated by the last two hurricanes. Our prayers are with them.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Blessed are the flexible for they will not allow themselves to become bent out of shape!”
-R. Ludlum

Thankful Thursdays

Sometimes the door that you so desperately want opened is just not for you. Been there. At first, I sit sulking in the proverbial hallway of life wondering what the heck happened. When faith kicks in, I’m reminded that other doors will open and that my Doorman will guide me through the right one.

I’ve seen this happen to others time and again. Most recently to my son. To his credit, although disappointed, he didn’t sit regretfully by the closed door, but instead stayed the course, moving forward, as he waited patiently and with hope for the next door to open. A better opportunity, as we told him.
Indeed it was.

The closed/open door experiences in our lives shape us. I find that if we let frustration and discouragement take hold, we risk going through life failing to recognize the doors destined for us. No point in sulking. Really.

For doors that open and lead us from one season to another, and for the people God uses to help us walk through the right ones, I am thankful. Friends, let’s let Faith and Hope be our companions while we wait in those hallways!

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
-Matthew 7:7

“I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”
-Revelation 3:8

“When one door closes, another one opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”
Alexander Graham Bell

Thankful Thursdays

Today I awoke with the same responsibilities as yesterday and the day before. Doesn’t matter who resides now at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, or who will reside there later, I still have to get up and deal with life the best I can. Because after an election, life goes on, one way or another. Today I continue to love those in my family who didn’t vote my way, and I continue to respect those in my circle of friends who didn’t vote my way. Because relationships are essential, and we already have enough hardships to endure to let politics get the best of us.

Friends and family, we have done our part. Now, In God We Trust, no? May we always do what we deem is right, and leave the rest to Him. Let’s continue to pray for this great nation of ours. For peace, health and prosperity. In four years, we’ll do it all over again. For now, more importantly, let’s survive Covid and get through 2020.

For those who put love and respect above politics, today and always, I am grateful. What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
-Corrie ten Boom

“I’ve dropped my pebble in the ocean, and hopefully; throughout the course of the day; millions of others will drop theirs in too. No single one of us knows which pebble causes the wave to crest, but each of us, quite rightly, believes that it might be ours; an act of faith.”
-Michael J. Fox

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”
–Thomas Merton

Thankful Thursdays

For uplifting content.

I wouldn’t go as far as saying I would like life to go back to the days of “offline” living. Okay, some days I do, but as we know, that train left the station long time ago. However, I will say I would like life to go back to the time when we used the internet more for truth than misinformation, more for love than hate.

Fact is, the internet has been, overall, a positive innovation. Like most of you, I do appreciate technology and its advantages. Mainly, I appreciate how I can have communication and real time information at my fingertips, or on my wrist even. But, darn, what I’m not loving at all is what’s happening with social media platforms. I miss the days when Twitter was 140 characters of pleasantries, and Facebook was simply a photo album of family, friends and places. No longer. These platforms today have warped and transformed social interaction into something very dark. What a shame that is. And how unfortunate for the youngsters. Parents beware.

I think freedom to express an opinion is not a green light to disrespect. And while these social networks need much refurbishing, the social war we’ve gotten ourselves into falls solely on us. We, the users of these internet bullhorns, should be posting responsibly, especially when it comes to our opinions. I know resisting the urge to engage negatively is easier for some than for others. It’s what I’m trying to do. I just forgive and delete. After all, some comments are just not worth my keystrokes.

Decency and compassion go a long way in person, imagine how much further they can go through the web. For those who choose to post positive, uplifting content, I am thankful.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.”
-Benjamin Franklin

“A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.
I say it just
Begins to live
That day.”
-Emily Dickinson

“May these words of my mouth and this
meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord.”
-Psalm 19:14

Thankful Thursdays

Grateful that we were together.

I rested my hand on Mom’s chest as she took her last breath that night. Family surrounded her when she passed away that October 19 three years ago. In fact, family surrounded her all throughout her illness. What a blessing that was. 

Sadly, since Covid took over, countless people have not been able to accompany their loved ones during such difficult times. When I think about that, I cringe. It’s too awful. Although I would love to have Mom with us still, I can’t help but feel relieved that we were spared the anxiety and further pain that would have caused.

My heart goes out to those of you with family and friends in hospitals or nursing homes. Hang in there, stay strong and keep the faith. God‘s mercy and grace will be with you.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday‘s post…si Dios quiere.

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”
-Winnie the Pooh

“Very often people come to me and say: “Mr. Moody, 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

 

Thankful Thursdays

If God is for me, who or what can be against me? Answer: Many and much.

But believing that God is surely for me makes irrelevant every bit of that “many and much.” With Him on my side I can confront and I can prevail. And for that, I am so very grateful.

Oh, here’s a roadmap:

“God to enfold me,
God to surround me,
God in my speaking,
God in my thinking,
God in my sleeping,
God in my waking,
God in my watching,
God in my hoping.”

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
– Romans 8:31

 

Thankful Thursdays

For every opportunity to grow.

Everything and everyone in our path, positive and negative, is an opportunity for us to become better. Let’s not waste that or take it for granted. For instance, I read this quote that rings true for me:

“I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.” -Kahlil Gibran

Lord, remind me always to be thankful for the unsolicited teachers in my path, for they often present the best opportunity for growth. May their lessons stick.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“I never learned anything while I was talking.“
-L. King

“You are my brother and I love you. I love you worshipping in your church, kneeling in your temple, and praying in your mosque. You and I and all are children of one religion, for the varied paths of religion are but the fingers of the loving hand of the Supreme Being, extended to all, offering completeness of spirit to all, anxious to receive all.”
-Khalil Gibran

“It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought.”
-Aristotle

Thankful Thursdays

For the shift.

The sunlight has shifted and there’s enough of a breeze now to NOT suffocate. And just like that, it’s October in Miami. Yup, October. Did we skip two whole seasons or something? Never mind this morning’s toasty 80˚, I’m talking time-wise. Like Oscar Wilde said, “And all at once summer collapsed into fall.”

If you’re one of the many wanting for this year to be over and done with already, you’re probably happy with the current speed of time. But let me break it to you gently, from the looks of coming attractions, they say this month promises to feel like a decade. God help us.

Let‘s just hope the shift in sunlight and gentle breeze of fall is enough to help simmer down all of the hot tempers, so we can have a peaceful October…and beyond.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Time, poetically depicted as a relentless thief, scientifically explained as the fourth dimension, and practically seen as a valuable and limited resource, is one of the biggest riddles of the universe. The truth is, our decisions and actions define whether it is our enemy or ally. Taking control of our time means living our own life – not someone else’s – and getting the most out of it.”
-actitime.com

 

 

Thankful Thursdays

For the pack.

They say I’m a pretty strong person. But let me tell you, I am as strong as my pack makes me. And I’ve got a kick-ass pack supporting me. Second time in less than two months that I undergo surgery. Yes, it’s been that kind of year, but not just for me, for many. Fortunately, I am surrounded by family and friends who care about me and pray for me – – the two best medicines.

In the same way, the pack of a St. Jude cancer-stricken child is not just the healthcare workers who tend to them, but it’s also you and me. The medicine we provide is prayer and money. This Saturday is the St. Jude Walk/Run event. Although I‘m disappointed that I won’t be able to walk with my team this year, I am filled with gratitude that our team, my pack, will be there taking steps on behalf of these kids. Please join us in support of this great cause, and be part of these kids’ pack. Every prayer and every penny makes a difference. To donate click on:  Team RxfortheSoul

For those who help carry others through, today and always, I am thankful.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”
-Mowgli