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

 

Thankful Thursdays

For the one-third remaining.

Some years feel a bit heavier than others, but 2020 has felt like a ton of bricks. Phew! What a year it has been so far. And I’m not just talking about the craziness most of us typically witness from afar, nope, I’m talking about what we’ve experienced first-hand. Simply exhausting.

On the upside, however, we’ve improvised, we’ve adapted, and we’ve learned. More importantly, we are hanging in there…fearlessly. Just wanted to remind everyone of that.

Now, let’s look ahead with hope, and trust that God will see us through the one-third remaining.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you and will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
-Deuteronomy 31:8

“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

For a shoe-full of perspective.

This week I find myself in someone else’s shoes. I messed up my knee and I’ve been hopping around wearing a brace and on crutches. The temporary interruption has brought to mind the countless people who live with disabilities, namely those who come back from war all mangled up. It is a challenge for me right now to do certain things, I can just imagine (although not fully) what a challenge it is for those permanently disabled.

The reality is that most people are fighting some type of battle, be it health, economic, or social in nature, and we shouldn’t have to find ourselves in their shoes, literally or figuratively, to be compassionate and understanding. Empathy should kick in regardless. But, I tell you what, when that literal shoe fits, what a dose of perspective you get!

I thank the Lord for the continued lessons, and pray He fills me with compassion…always.

In whose shoes have you found yourself walking? And what are you thankful for today?

“It is easy to tell the toiler
How best he can carry his pack
But no one can rate a burden’s weight
Until it has been on his back.”
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Walking a mile in someone else’s shoes isn’t as much about the walk or the shoes; it’s to be able to think like they think, feel what they feel, and understand why they are who and where they are. Every step is about empathy.”
-T. Sorenson

 

 

Thankful Thursdays

For the unmasking.
 
This week we’ve been away enjoying most of our time where the latest accessory is not needed. Ahhh…the freedom.
 
I hope and pray soon we’ll be able to return to hugging, dining, traveling, working, and learning without the need for this accessory. When, without a doubt, we will do all those things even better than before.
 
For now, for this week’s unmasking and time with family, I am thankful.
 
What are you thankful for today?
 
Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.
 
“Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.”
-A.L. Huxtable
 



 
 
 
 
 
 

Thankful Thursdays

For employment in the time of Corona.

Yesterday during our weekly office web meeting many of us expressed how grateful we feel to be employed during these challenging times. Most of us know people who have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet. It’s gotta be tough, and we pray for them.

So I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Every morning when I log in and connect to my office, I say “Thank You Lord! And thank you, White & Case, for having our backs.” I am grateful for the chance to be part of this company and to work with such a great group of people.

For employment in the time of Corona, I feel so very blessed.

What are your thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

P.S. Please remember we are fundraising for St. Jude. Click: Team RxfortheSoul

“Tough times don’t last. Tough teams do.”

Thankful Thursdays

For those who make a difference.

It has been a difficult year for all of us so far. Imagine what it’s been like for cancer-stricken kids and their families.

The annual St. Jude Walk/Run is going VIRTUAL this year. Once again, I have signed up Team RxfortheSoul to participate in this event which will be held on September 26th (wherever we choose to walk/run since it’s completely virtual). This is a great and important cause. By donating to St. Jude you can make a significant difference in the life of another.

Thanks to your gracious donations last year, we were one of the top fundraising teams in Miami. Now we need your help to reach (and hopefully surpass) our goal for 2020. You know all those blessings in your life? Well, here’s a chance to pay it forward. Thank you!

To visit our page and donate click: TeamRxfortheSoul

Apart for now. Together always in hope.

 

 

 

For you who make a difference, I am thankful.

 

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“God doesn’t just give you resources for your own enjoyment, but to make a difference in the world around you. God never blesses us just to sit on what we have. He blesses us so we can bless others.”
-Rick Warren

 

Thankful Thursdays

For more wag.

We recently got a dog. Well, more like Lauren showed up with a dog and we somewhat reluctantly allowed it. But now we love Beni. What I love the most about this animal is how happy he gets when he sees us, hyper-wagging his little tail off. And you just can’t help but to smile. It instantly pauses, defuses, and soothes a moment. It’s a total mood changer.

Anyway, I was thinking that in the midst of these stressful times when everyone seems to be a bit more on edge than usual, it would be wise to put into practice more of our “wagging” and cut out some of our “barking.”

To those people in my life who choose to wag more and bark less, I say THANK YOU.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“My son, sweeten thy tongue and make savory the opening of thy mouth; for the tail of a dog gives him bread, and his mouth gets him blows.”