Thankful Thursdays

Happy Thanksgiving, friends and family! We are always grateful, but today we emphasize that gratitude. Regardless of our current circumstances, we thank the Lord for that which really makes us blessed. For we know that when all else fades, faith, hope and love remain (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Wishing all of you a very healthy, happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

For flowers that bloom about our feet,
Father, we thank Thee.

For tender grass so fresh, so sweet,
Father, we thank Thee.
For the song of bird and hum of bee,
for all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For blue of stream and blue of sky,
Father, we thank Thee.
For pleasant shade of branches high,
Father, we thank Thee.
For fragrant air and cooling breeze,
for beauty of the blooming trees,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For this new morning with its light,
Father, we thank Thee.
For rest and shelter of the night,
Father, we thank Thee
For health and food, for love and friends,
for everything Thy goodness sends,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”

Thankful Thursdays

So many humans to keep track of. Exactly how does He do it? How many people out there are praying to God? How many prayers does He hear louder than mine? None. Because while I do believe many merit more attention than mine, I also believe mine do not go unnoticed.

So I tell you confidently: PRAY. It’ll cost you nothing (it’s about the only thing inflation hasn’t hit). Pray to your heart’s needs, desires and content, and leave the timing, answers and outcome to Him. After all, sometimes an unanswered prayer is the biggest blessing of all. Let’s place our trust in God and call it a day, folks.

For Your divine omnipresence, Lord, I am thankful. How ‘bout you guys? And what else are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Almost certainly God is not in Time. His life does not consist of moments following one another. If a million people are praying to Him at ten-thirty tonight, He need not listen to them all in that one little snippet which we call ten-thirty. Ten-thirty—and every other moment from the beginning of the world—is always the Present for Him.”
-C.S. Lewis

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened.”
-Matthew 7:7-8

Taken at Crater Lake Nat. Park, Oregon , July 1, 2011 (CCPerez) [can you spot the watermark?]

Thankful Thursdays

Hello, and a great Thankful Thursday morning to you all.  Now, repeat after me:

“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.”

There, feeling grateful yet?…Good.  I am.

Also, today I would like to say a big Thank You to all the veterans, living and deceased, for their service and sacrifices so that we can live in a free country. God bless. 🇺🇸 

What else are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now.”
-A.W. Tozer

Naples, December 27, 2020

Thankful Thursdays

We must work on being better.  Here’s how to kick-start that:

“If you begin the day with love in your heart, peace in your nerves, and truth in your mind, you not only benefit by their presence but also bring them to others, to your family and friends, and to all those whose destiny draws across your path that day.”
– Unknown

For every morning I can pull off the above (and keep it going through the day), I thank God.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“One must not always think so much about what one should do, but rather what one should be. Our works do not ennoble us; but we must ennoble our works.” 
-Meister Eckhart

“Be or Be, That is the Answer.”
-B. Moya

Naples Beach, September 5, 2021

Thankful Thursdays

And so the story goes…

There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things in order, she contacted her pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.

She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, which scriptures she would like read, and which outfit she wanted to be buried in. Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.

“There’s one more thing,” she said excitedly.

“What’s that?” came the pastor’s reply.

“This is very important,” the young woman continued. “I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.”

The pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.

“That surprises you, doesn’t it?” the young woman asked.

“Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,” said the pastor.

The young woman explained. “My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on, I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, ‘Keep your fork.’ It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming…like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!”

So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder “What’s with the fork?” Then I want you to tell them: “Keep your fork…the best is yet to come.”

The pastor’s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman goodbye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She knew that something better was coming.

At the funeral, people were walking by the young woman’s casket, and they saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the pastor heard the question, “What’s with the fork?” And over and over he smiled.

During his message, the pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died, and about what the fork symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it, either.

Neither have I, actually. I discovered and read this story to my Sunday school students many years ago, and it stayed with me. I hope it stays with you, too, and that the next time you reach for your fork, you let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come.

“And everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
-John 11:26

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

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.”

“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