Thankful Thursdays

I try not to complain much, especially now during the state of the world. Case in point, Tuesday night, when I got cutesy with Spam for dinner (don’t ask…and no, we’re not preppers). It turned out as good as a spam dinner can. Anyway, after consuming it, my thoughts went into complaining mode, but, like I said, given the state of the world, I couldn’t bring myself to completely mutter my discontentment without kicking myself in the butt first. At least it was a warm meal.

Yes, we’re feeling the squeeze with gas, groceries and other prices so high right now, and yes, we’re coming off a two-year pandemic nightmare, but at least we’re not dodging missiles.

I see the images of the Ukrainians fleeing their homeland and I feel so sad for them. The displacement they are experiencing can only be understood by those who have gone through it. We did. Maybe your family did too. For us, the displacement was real and limbolic. But we weren’t dodging bullets and missiles in the process. These poor souls are.

May God protect and help them. May this war end soon. And may we instantly catch ourselves in the act of complaining and realize — it could always be worse.

For all our blessing, Lord, today and always, I am thankful.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

[Note: In case you’re not Spanglish-speaking, “si Dios quiere” means God-willing. Mom finished most of her sentences with that phrase. I added it to my sendoff in her honor after her passing].

“I personally believe we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.”
-Jane Wagner

“See if you can catch yourself complaining, in either speech or thought, about a situation you find yourself in, what other people do or say, your surroundings, your life situation, even the weather. To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.”
-Eckhart Tolle

Thankful Thursdays

Yesterday brought us the beginning of Lent – – Shake-up time for those of us who observe this holy season. And boy do we need it. During the next few weeks we will intentionally put ourselves even more in tune with God. And that can only be a good thing. As we do, I pray He fills our hearts and minds with positivity, patience and peace. That should help cool our thoughts…and our tongues…during these difficult and trying times. I, for one, am counting on His divine therapy.

“Lent is the time for greater love,” Mother Teresa would say, and that’s exactly what I’m shooting for: greater love for others. That’s my Lenten resolution, what’s yours?

Because Lent is here to shake me up, I am thankful.

To those of you who share in my faith and observe this holy season, I wish you a blessed one, full of enlightenment, peace, hope and love. To those of you who don’t, I still wish you a blessed one, full of enlightenment, peace, hope and love. ✝️

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

[Note: In case you’re not Spanglish-speaking, “si Dios quiere” means God-willing. Mom finished most of her sentences with that phrase. I added it to my sendoff in her honor after her passing].

“Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
-Genesis 3:19

Thankful Thursdays

My mother taught me to pray.

During our time in Spain, we once lived in a basement apartment that was dark and spooky, and I often heard noises at night and couldn’t sleep. Didn’t help that my brother would tell me creepy stories about some dude he saw every night sitting in the rocking chair in his room. Anyway, I would knock on the wall dividing my bedroom and Mom’s and she would come over to my bed and have me recite with her the Our Father and Hail Mary until I fell asleep. That one memory is so vivid.

Many moons later, I had the chance to do the same for her when I stood by her deathbed and recited over her the Hail Mary as she took her last breaths. Again, vivid memory.

l cannot tell you how many times I’ve said those two prayers since Mom taught them to me, but I know with certainty that if I were to measure the amount of times in miles, it’d get me way out into the universe.

Lately, it’s gotten like I have one or both of those prayers constantly uploading in my head. Hoping, of course, for a favorable and fast download from the Lord. But it takes a lot for us to patiently wait for whatever spiritual data God downloads into our lives, doesn’t it? Sometimes we have the will and nerves to wait, sometimes we don’t. And that just makes us crazy.

Let’s not be crazy. Let’s keep uploading our spiritual data. The Lord will download His. In time.

I am thankful for my mother and that she taught me the prayers that keep me sane today.

What are you grateful for?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

[Note: In case you’re not Spanglish-speaking, “si Dios quiere” means God-willing. Mom finished most of her sentences with that phrase. I added it to my sendoff in her honor after her passing].

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”
-Corrie Ten Boom

“But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”
-Romans 8:25

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”
-Mother Teresa

Thankful Thursdays

Frustrated with people and the world lately? 🙋🏻‍♀️ I get you. Everyone’s on edge and it’s taking more patience than usual to get through each day. I may, and let me emphasize “may,” have something to help your mindset. It helps mine:

“God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it’s me.”

Since we know we can’t control others (that would be a nice superpower), we are better off working on how to best control OUR thoughts, emotions, behavior and reactions. That doesn’t mean we won’t still want to occasionally slap someone silly, but it may actually keep us from doing it (and going to jail).

Step #1: Take a deep breath. Or a few, depending on the circumstance. That’s it. Don’t look for more steps. Most of us a reasonable people. Our minds will reset.

For every breath, Lord, I am thankful.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
-S. Maraboli

Thankful Thursdays

As I often heard growing up: “¡Viento en popa y a toda vela!” (Wind in the stern and at full sail). My father, especially, lived like that, full steam ahead.

No matter what was on his plate, if life brought his way something that could potentially impact our lives positively, he would take it on. No fear, no second-guessing.

Sometimes we make decisions and choices that overwhelm us after the fact. With so much going on in our lives, taking on something new can add extra anxiety and stress to our already boiling pots. But, as I learned from Papi, and I see the same being practiced by my hubby, hard work and perseverance can carry us through.

So, family and friends, whatever life brings our way, let’s trust the process, remain strong in faith and keep pushing on, “Full Steam Ahead!”

For the Lord Who guides my steps, fuels my soul and eases my mind, I am thankful.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“How much I missed, simply because I was afraid of missing it.”
-Paulo Coelho

“In life we do things. Some we wish we had never done, some we wish we could replay a million times in our heads, but they all make us who we are. And in the end, those experiences shape every detail about us. If we were to reverse any of them, we wouldn’t be at the exact place that we are today. So just live. Make mistakes, and have wonderful times but never ever second guess who you are, where you have been, and most importantly, where it is that you are going.”
-Unknown

Thankful Thursdays

If only I could wiggle my nose like Samanta Stevens…or blink like Jeannie…and poof! make things happen.

Those two ladies had awesome superpowers. Wiggle and the price of gas at the pump would magically drop, blink and peace would reign on Earth, wiggle and everyone would be super healthy…and on and on. If only.  But.Not.Happening.

So I do what I know I can do – Pray. And hope. Hope that things get better, that respect, tolerance and fairness make a comeback, that my children and their children have a brighter future, and that our prayer-listening God does some wiggling and blinking of His own, and fast.

The light I see at the end of this tunnel, folks, is being lit by faith alone. I suppose that is my superpower. And I am thankful for that. You can have that too. Just believe with all your might.

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

“None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have faith.”
-Paulo Coelho

Thankful Thursdays

Time again for this little story.

“A Mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package. “What food might this contain?” He wondered.

He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse told all the other animals: “There is a mousetrap in the house!  There is a mousetrap in the house!”
 
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.”

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house.” The pig felt bad but said, “I am so very sorry Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured that you are in my prayers.”

The mouse turned to the cow.  She said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you. But I really don’t care about it.”

So the mouse returned to the house, feeling down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.  That very night a sound was heard throughout the house like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.

The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness she did not see that it was a snake whose tail the trap had caught, and when she came close, the snake bit her.

The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever. Now everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient, and killed the chicken.

But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer’s wife did not get well. She died. So many people came for her funeral that the farmer, in order to feed them all, had to kill the cow.”

So….. next time we hear that someone is facing a problem and think that it doesn’t concern us, we should remember that when one of us is threatened, we may be all at risk. After all, we are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and be willing to make that extra effort to encourage those in need.

For those who have my back and encourage me through thick and thin, I am so very grateful.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Be an Encourager: When you encourage others, you boost their self-esteem, enhance their self-confidence, make them work harder, lift their spirits and make them successful in their endeavors. Encouragement goes straight to the heart and is always available. Be an encourager. Always.”
-R. Bennett

“I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.”
-W. Penn

Thankful Thursdays

And then there were two.

Tomorrow, we’ll be taking a little road trip to Texas to move Danny to his new town. When we return, we’ll be full-blown empty nesters. We are still processing Lauren’s recent move-out so, as you may imagine, our adjustment mode is in high gear.

On the upside, and there’s always an upside thank God, we look forward to this next phase and the journey ahead. Praying, of course, that the Lord has a plan for us that includes much health so we can see it through together.

As for the kiddos, well, we are glad to see them [finally] set out on their own journeys and we are very excited for them. They’ve made us so very proud.

Lauren and Danny – your presence at home will always be felt, your laughter, voices and noises will always be heard. What a joy and blessing it has been to have had you at home all these years. For you and for that, we are so grateful. Papi y Mami love you to infinity and beyond! Make sure you call before you come over, we may be in Fiji…or Naples. 😉

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.”
-C.S. Lewis

“To raise a child who is comfortable enought to leave you means you’ve done your job. They are not ours to keep, but to teach how to soar on their own.”
-Unknown

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

Thankful Thursdays

First off, feliz Día de Los Reyes Magos (Three Kings’ Day)* to those of us who celebrate the birth of Jesus. January 6 will always bring back wonderful childhood memories and hold a special place in my heart. May the light of the shining star guide us and gift us with wisdom in every path of life.

And a Happy New Year to all! Different year same craziness? Maybe, but I thank the Lord for allowing me and my loved ones to welcome another one. I know we’re all praying for strength and courage to help us all through whatever 2022 brings our way. Let’s stay hopeful! And grateful!

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“So New Year, I have too many hopes in you. I hope you lead me safely to the shore. I hope you can be nice to me, just nice and nothing more. I hope you vanquish this tornado of sores … All I ask for is some peace around.”
-N.A. El-Din

“As we begin a new year, let’s discard what was jaded. Let’s put on in its place, the beautiful garments of Faith, Hope and Love.”
-A. Atukorala

*The Three Kings’ Day, also known as the Feast Of The Epiphany, is a Christian festivity that takes place on January 6 and celebrates the birth of Jesus. According to tradition, The Three Wise Men (or Three Kings) arrive in Bethlehem from the Far East to meet the newborn King of the Jews.

Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar, the names of the Three Kings, bring three symbolic gifts with them to give to Jesus: Gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Since then, this event included in the Gospel of Matthew is celebrated in all Spanish speaking countries around the world.

Thankful Thursdays

Got your grapes ready? Almost time to say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022. Another year for the books! Holy Jesus!

Despite all that has happened this year and whatever situations we may find ourselves in at this moment, there are still so many things to be grateful for. And so now I ask you, can you count?  Count with me…

May your blessings continue to be many in the new year and beyond. Keep your head up, keep your faith strong and trust in the Lord as we commit into His hands every breath we take.
Love to all of you.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
-T.S. Eliot

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier.”
-A.L. Tennyson