Thankful Thursdays

I’ve FALLen and I can’t…get over how fast summer collapsed into fall.  😁  Cheesy, I know.

Anyhow, wow, welcome to autumn! I have always said that it is a blessing God “chapterizes” our lives – one season at a time, one story at a time. And I am so thankful for that.

My family and friends, like the tree lets its dead leaves drop to make room for new ones, let’s embrace this seasonal change to let go and let God.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Another fall…another turned page.”
-W. Stegner

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
-Ecclesiastes 3:1

“Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold,
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.”
-R. Frost

Fall, 2019, Colorado (because I don’t have a fall-looking photo from Miami, who does? 🤷🏻‍♀️ )

 

Thankful Thursdays

Taking a much needed break this week and, in the process of disconnecting (somewhat), I am reminded that “as our faith is strengthened we will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that we will flow with them, to our great delight and benefit.”

That’s a great reminder. Now, to strengthen our faith to the extent we can truly let go and let God, well, that is the ultimate spiritual goal. How do we do that? Turn to the One who gave us faith in the first place, and ask for more and more. So even when the clouds roll in, we can rest assured that He will work His magic.

For He who strengthens our faith (and makes the cloudiest of sunsets look spectacular), I am thankful.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
-2 Corinthians 5:7

“And still, after all this time,
The sun never says to the earth,
‘You owe me.’
Look what happens with
A love like that,
It lights the Who Sky.”
-Hafiz

Naples, FL September 13, 2022 7:30 p.m.

Thankful Thursdays

It takes lives to save lives. Today, I want to express my sincere gratitude to all organ donors and their families. They turn loss into hope.

As I write this, my co-worker and friend, Ana, is in line and on standby to receive the gift of hope from one of these courageous and generous human beings.

For Ana we pray, and for the wonderful gifts that donors and their loved ones so unselfishly give, we are grateful.

If you’re interested in learning about organ donation, visit these pages:  organdonor.gov /  donatelifeflorida.org

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“You were born with the ability to change someone’s life, don’t ever waste it.”

“To the world you may be one person. But to one person you may be the world.”
-Dr. Seuss

Thankful Thursdays

Hey, you! Focus! Where were you just now? On something that happened yesterday? An hour ago? Or were you preoccupied with tomorrow’s appointment or chores? (That’s where I was).

My mind sometimes is like an alphabet soup of thoughts, I tell you. And I find myself, too often, trying to make sense of yesterday or planning for tomorrow.

Nothing entirely wrong with that. After all, that’s how we learn from our mistakes and how we prepare for what’s ahead. But when we do it obsessively, it robs us of life. Studies show that it’s a lot healthier to balance our thoughts and stay in the present moment for the majority of our time. To, as they say, savor each moment as it passes.

So, today, a friendly reminder that time flies. Let’s not lose sight of the here and now, and let’s be grateful for each breath.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

P.S.: Remember to help save a life today. Please help our fundraising efforts by donating at: ConniePerez/St.Jude

“Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.’”
-E. Tolle

“Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry—all forms of fear—are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.”
-E. Tolle

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
-Matthew 6:34


Thankful Thursdays

We became parents for the second time 27 years ago today. On this Thankful Thursday, Ray and I could not be more grateful. Today’s post is dedicated to Danny. Happy Birthday, Danny! We are so proud of the man you have become.

I have always said that when they are little, kids are a lot of work, when older, they are a lot of worry. God knows they’ve kept us busy on all fronts, but I cannot envision our lives without Lauren and Danny.

May God bless all of our children with many years of good health and happiness.

P.S.: Remember to help save a life today. Please help our fundraising efforts by donating at: ConniePerez/St.Jude

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Your birthday is a reminder that God gave you life. It gives you a fresh start every year. It symbolizes the fact that there was something about God’s image that He wanted to create in you and share with the world.”
-S. Robertson

“No one is ever quite ready; everyone is always caught off guard. Parenthood chooses you. And you open your eyes, look at what you’ve got, say “Oh, my gosh,” and recognize that of all the balls there ever were, this is the one you should not drop. It’s not a question of choice.”
-M. De los Santos


Thankful Thursdays

It’s been said that there are no weeds and no worthless men, there are only bad farmers. Let’s be good farmers, people!

For every time the Lord guides me to plant a good seed, and every time He gives me the strength to be resilient like a weed, I am so grateful.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

PS:  Here’s a good seed for you to plant – support an amazing cause. Donate at: ConniePerez/St. Jude

“If you don’t like what you are reaping, you had better change what you are sowing.”
-J. Rohn

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” 
-R.L. Stevenson

“Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dead Horse Point State Park, October 5, 2019, 5:27 p.m.

Thankful Thursdays

Good day, and happy Thankful Thursday! Feel like doing something really good today? Here’s your chance.

The annual St. Jude Walk/Run Miami is on September 17 and our team, RxfortheSoul, will participate again. Your generosity makes a huge difference in the lives of these kids and their families. Won’t you please join our efforts in support of this great cause?

To visit our pages and donate:  ConniePerez/St.Jude  or  TeamRxfortheSoul/St.Jude

And please, please, feel free to share the links above with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your support. Let’s make a difference again!

For your donations, I am forever grateful.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”
-E. Burke

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
-Helen Keller

Thankful Thursdays

I was in the middle of daydreaming about that ginormous Mega jackpot (so many thoughts), when I was quickly reeled back to reality by pain in my knee, and in my neck, and in my…well, everywhere. Followed by a status text letting us know that our good friend Del was back in ICU. Forget lotto, I thought, I just want health. Ugh, perspective can be such a buzz-killer!

Don’t get me wrong, will I test my pre-determined luck again the next time? Sure. It’s mostly about FOMO for me. The Fear Of Missing Out should my office pool group win and I didn’t partake, it’s real. Definitely don’t want to be the only person at the office the day after the drawing.

But seriously though, there is no greater wealth than health. That’s why, for every breath I take while in relatively good health, I will always be thankful…and richer.

Praying for our friend Del.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Good health is a crown on the head of a well person that only a sick person can see.”
-R. Sharma

“Nothing looks as good as healthy feels.”
-Anonymous

“Happiness is the new rich. Inner peace is a new success. Health is new wealth. Kindness is the new cool.”
-Anonymous

Thankful Thursdays

Good morning, guys! Never in the history of the world has patience played such an important role in our lives. Wow! It is a virtue, and skill, that the world is sorely lacking at the moment and, I’m sorry to say, the absence of it is going to cut our lives short.

We want this and that NOW, and we want to knock the head off of this and that person. But in reality, there are a ton of things we can’t control, and we don’t always know what’s going on with other people. So once again, let’s not be Lucy. Let’s do pray, pray, pray for patience and understanding. Please.

For every time the good Lord helps me to be patient, and every time another is patient with me, I am so very thankful.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“An alternative to love is not hate but patience.”
-S. Kalwar

“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.”
-Anonymous

“Patience is the companion of wisdom.”
-St. Augustine

Thankful Thursdays

“You may forget the one with whom you have laughed, but never the one with whom you have wept.”

On behalf of every person who’s ever had a rough day (that would be you and me), I am thankful for all those who stick with us through thick and thin.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of troubles.”
-Proverbs 17:17

“You may forget the one with whom you have laughed, but never the one with whom you have wept.”
-Gibran

P.S.: My list extends beyond those in this photo, because I am that blessed.