Thankful Thursdays

For the promise of eternal life. Every time we lose a loved one, with them goes a piece of our heart and a chunk of our joy. No way around that. Fortunately, with faith, and belief in His promise of eternal life, the heart is mended and joy returns. I know that’s how it’s been for me after each and every loss I’ve experienced. The thing is to be grateful for that promise, and remain hopeful, looking forward to that ultimate embrace.

I dedicate today’s post to my best friend and her family, as they mourn the loss of their mother/grandmother, Ester Marin, a strong, faith-filled woman, doctor, wife, mother, and grandmother. May she rest in peace.

Esther, Ana, Gaby, and Andres, your Mom/Grandma will be missed. But we shall see her again.

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

What are you thankful for today?

“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

For things that break down. Huh? Sounds odd, I know. See, lately, we’ve had a bunch of things conk out on us — TV, washer, A/C, car battery — all around the same time. Ugh, que pujo!  Such a pain in the butt to deal with. But, you know, a few (venting) curse words later, some (frustrating) calls to repair people, and a reminder (apparently needed) from my hubby that at least we have these things and the means to fix them, rationalization set back in: Better to be blindsided by unexpected breakdowns of material things we are fortunate to have in the first place, than by something serious.

In the scheme of things, these life glitches are just inconveniences, really, that sometimes come with having stuff. Stuff I’m thankful to have, even when it breaks. Our health being most important, as long as our bodies don’t break down on us, we’re good. More than good.

On a side note, I dedicate today’s post to Barbara Bush. She had it right:

“Your success as a family… our success as a nation… depends not on what happens inside the White House, but on what happens inside your house.”
-Barbara Bush

“The Titanic was built by professionals. The Ark was built by volunteers.”
-Barbara Bush
 
“I know there is a great God, and I’m not worried.”
-Barbara Bush

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

What are you thankful for today?

“The chance of the bread falling with the buttered side down is directly proportional to the cost of the carpet.”
-Murphy’s Law

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”
-A. Karr

 

Thankful Thursdays

For the things I cannot control. Life is unpredictable, ever-changing, and filled with countless attitudes. For a control freak like me, this can be unnerving. But attached to the indefinite come many things that can impact and transform our lives for the better. And realizing that I’m not at the wheel every minute of my life, teaches me about acceptance; and acceptance brings peace, and peace brings happiness. So, today, even for that which I cannot control, I am thankful.

 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. I added it to my sendoff after her departure].

What are you thankful for today?

“Of course there is no formula for success except, perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.”
-A. Rubinstein

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

Thankful Thursdays

That whatever God has in store for us, He will equip us for. That’s been the case for me, time and again. In my craziest of times, in my darkest hours, and in my hair-pulling moments, there He is. In the midst of it all, just like that, out of the blue – a way thru. Have you ever experienced that? Have you ever been infused with His peace when worry was crushing you? Or felt a sudden flush of strength when you thought you couldn’t go on? Or, one of my favorites, ever been freaked out by His timing? It is absolutely amazing. You just have to believe. You just have to trust.

For His awesomeness, I am so thankful.

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. I added it to my sendoff after her departure].

What are you thankful for today?

“There are no ‘if’s’ in God’s world. And no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety – let us pray that we may always know it!”
-Corrie ten Boom

“I do not understand the mystery of grace–only that it meets us where we are, but does not leave us where it found us.”
-Anne LaMot

“I’ve seen the lighting flashing,
I’ve heard the thunder roll,
I’ve felt sin’s breakers dashing,
Trying to conquer my soul;
But I heard the voice of Jesus,
Telling me still to fight on,
Because He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.”
-M. Tomlin

 

Thankful Thursdays

For spiritual food. Instituted long ago by a great man, while having supper with his friends (and traitor), the Eucharist is our most intimate union with Christ. Today, Holy Thursday, we remember this and the reason He left this mark. Powered by the graces of Holy Communion, we are one. And so for those consecrated little wafers that nourish our spirit and connect our souls to Him, today and always I am thankful.

Wishing those of you who share in my faith, a very blessed Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. May the Miracle of miracles be with you always.

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. I added it to my sendoff after her departure].

What are you thankful for today?

“What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the whole universe, God and the Son of God, should humble Himself like this under the form of a little bread, for our salvation.”
– St. Francis of Assisi

 

Thankful Thursdays

Life is short, and abundant in fleeting moments. Enjoy your collection of seconds. Love much, hug often, as often as you can. Especially your kids. And remember and cherish the many little moments. And for that, thankfully, there are snapshots.

                                        These kids, can’t take ‘em anywhere.  

[I dedicate this post to the six lives lost in the bridge collapse last week, especially Alexa Duran, the 18 year old FIU student and member of Alpha Xi Delta. That is Lauren’s sorority, and so it hit close to home. My heart aches, oh so much, for Alexa’s parents. May they soon find solace in their memories of her…and snapshots].

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

What are you thankful for today?

“For it is up to you and me
to take solace
in nostalgia’s arms
and our ability
to create
the everlasting
from fleeting moments.”
-S. Khan

“Some moments are nice, some are
nicer, some are even worth
writing
about.”
-C. Bukowski

 

Thankful Thursdays

For sweater-only weather. No coats, gloves, or hats, just sweaters…and sandals. I see the images from the northeast the last couple of weeks and I cringe. They make me feel grateful tenfold that I live in South Florida. It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of low temps, and Miami gives me the kind of March that Charles Dickens wrote about – “days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” Well, even if those “winter in the shade” days are few and far between, and it’s more like “cooler in the shade.”

First day of spring is almost here and, in Miami, that means summertime’s near, and I couldn’t be happier.

Wishing all of you a new season filled with energy and fun days.

 Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

 What are you thankful for today?

“Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.”
-W.E. Hall

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
-Mark Twain

Miami 3/15/2018 9:30 a.m.

 

Thankful Thursdays

For good parenting. I dedicate today’s post to parents who try like heck to support, guide, and love their kids. I had terrific parents. I owe them a hell of a lot. I didn’t always agree with or appreciate their advice and guidance, but I learned (albeit at snail pace) that their hearts were in the right place.

Fast forward, and same with our kids. We’ve tried our darnedest to provide what they’ve needed, so far, and most of what they’ve wanted (as it’s okay to say no when a no is called for; more than okay, actually). Through the years, we’ve clung to God for every ounce of wisdom prayed for and granted to help us in this parenthood journey.

Now we’re at a point where their wings have spread and the choices made are theirs alone. So we are hopeful, and stay in prayer, that we’ve done a good job. That they’ve picked up enough from us along the way (about sacrifice, responsibility, education, hard work, gratitude, faith…) to help them in their own journey. And that they see what having them has taught us: unconditional love.

So, for all parents practicing good parenting (and I know lots of them), I am thankful. Let’s keep it up, humanity’s survival, today more than ever, depends on it.

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. I added it to my sendoff after her departure].


“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”

-Anne Frank

“Your children are the greatest gift God will give to you, and their souls the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands. Take time with them, teach them to have faith in God. Be a person in whom they can have faith. When you are old, nothing else you’ve done will have mattered as much.”
-L. Wingate

“Everything depends on upbringing. ”
-L. Tolstoy

“I finally had the talk with my kids. I told them
that animals in the wild eat their young so
they better get their shit together.”
-Unknown

Thankful Thursdays

For family. I know this is something I’ve posted about before on Thankful Thursdays, but from time to time, it merits repeating. Because next to God’s love, I can’t think of anything more precious than family.

We’re all so busy most of the time, with schedules that coincide on occasion, especially once our kids are grown. At home, some days we have to settle for group hugs in the middle of our kitchen or in the hallway. But we’ll take it. It’s not always easy for us to gather at the dinner table anymore, but we make a conscious effort to do so and to try and create long-lasting memories. Each and every time we do, we toast to it and we thank God for it, because now more than ever, we realize what a blessing each gathering is.

Support, encouragement, laughter, tears, discussions, arguments, hugs, prayer, love, family. That’s all under my roof, and I am so very thankful.

Until next Thursday’s post, familia…si Dios quiere.

What are you thankful for today?

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”
-J. Howard

“Ohana means family — no one gets left behind, and no one is ever forgotten.”
Lilo & Stitch

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
-Joshua 24:15

“The family – that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.”
-D. Smith
 

 

Thankful Thursdays

For thoughts and prayers. – Last week, a group of very passionate kids started a movement in response to the Parkland shootings. That’s great, I love to see impassioned youth involved in something other than video games and texting. Especially involved in something as important as this. As a concerned citizen of this world and, most of all, a horrified parent, I agree that there exists a need to fix a gun law system that is flawed.

In the process, however, many of these young individuals, along with some high-profile adults, are claiming “thoughts and prayers do nothing” and “solve nothing” in this regard. This is where I think they miss the mark and are highly confused. At least I’d like to think they are confused and not being mislead. Because the heartfelt thoughts and prayers many people have been sending out since this tragedy occurred are not meant to “solve” the shootings of innocent people or to “fix” laws. The actions to come will work toward that end, hopefully. Rather, they are meant to heal and comfort those left grieving and to lift to heaven those souls lost. And I fear that this activist group’s claim, now entangled in its efforts to push for change, will further along the lack of faith and God in this country and, especially, in our youth’s lives.

This morning I saw “Thoughts and Prayers Do Nothing” t-shirts selling online. While I understand the frustration involved in all of this, as a believer who has experienced first-hand the power of thoughts and prayers, the cynicism exhibited by these young minds, is unsettling. And it saddens me.

“Faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” [James 2:16]. True. Much action is called for in this world, and I hope these kids understand, sooner rather than later, that faith is meant to be our initial response and our starting place, and focus their energy and message on the issue at hand. They have a real chance here to make a difference. I hope they do. And so, much thought and prayer should go out to them.

For thoughts and prayers, today and always, I am thankful.

#ThoughtsAndPrayersMatter

“Pray to catch the bus, then run as fast as you can.”
J. Cameron

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” – Billy Graham