Thankful Thursdays

Because my life depends on it. Those of you who know me well, know I’m a fairly independent person. Well, except when it comes to bugs, then I fully lean on my hubby to save me. But, long ago I decided, as I heard it said the other day, to “let God out of my Sunday morning box” and take Him with me everywhere. Through it all, from my fears to my joys, I have chosen to believe that God will take care of all that I entrust to Him. Now more than ever, as tomorrow Lauren sets off to Europe for her study abroad program. And so, for my dependence on God, I am so very thankful. Because my life, and my sanity, depend on it.

Please remember that the things that are impossible to men are possible with God. What are you thankful for today?

“Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens ’till parents stop clenching their fists around precious things and people, let go, & trust God!”
-G. Patton

“Faith don’t come in a bushel basket, Missy. It come one step at a time. Decide to trust Him for one little thing today, and before you know it, you find out He’s so trustworthy you be putting your whole life in His hands.”
-Lynn Austin, Candle in the Darkness

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
-Proverbs 3:5-6

Thankful Thursdays

For motherhood. As we get ready to celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, I thank God for mine. For this powerhouse of a woman and everything she’s taught me. For her example of strength and faith, and unconditional love. And I thank God for, hands down, the most amazing gift I’ve ever received and will ever receive: Lauren and Daniel.

I leave you with a little piece I wrote a few years ago about being their mom:

                                              E-Ticket, Please
Of all the blessings the good Lord has showered upon me, I would have to say motherhood tops the list, hands down. What a ride!

The fears and anxieties, the illnesses, the surgeries, the pain, the worrying and sleepless nights, the anger, the attitudes, the expectations, the failures, disappointments, and frustrations… all intertwined with the joy, the excitement, the achievements, the celebrations, the humor and the fun, the touching, the sharing, the loving and the caring… I could go on and on…. Sometimes making me want to speed up time, sometimes making me want to slow it down. Phew!!

Yes, it is exhausting. Through the trials, tribulations and triumphs of motherhood, I have experienced things and felt emotions on a level I cannot possibly explain to you. Except I can tell you that I would not trade any of it. I cannot envision, nor do I want to, life without my children. Come what may. And I know this is a life-time thing. I know this because my mother is still at it with me. I cannot thank God enough for that. For that and for this blessing He has bestowed upon me. May He always catch me with my seatbelt on tight while on this, my E-ticket ride.

I want to wish all the moms, grandmas, aunts, and godmothers a very happy Mother’s Day today and always. To my dearest friends, some moms, some not, thank you for always looking at my many pictures, listening to my stories, concerns and worries, and walking along with me through this motherhood journey.
[first posted 5/8/09; published 2013 in Scenes Everlasting and Other Essays]

Happy Mother’s Day!  What are you thankful for today?

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”
 -Robert Browning

“(24/7) once you sign on to be a mother, that’s the only shift they offer.”
-Jodi Picoult

Thankful Thursdays

May the 4th be with you! Today, Star Wars fans everywhere (yours truly included), use this greeting throughout the day to celebrate this epic saga of good versus evil. Just one of those things we do. For me, though, this pun sparks an immediate reminder of a different kind of force – the grace, mercy, and love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. That Force. The omnipresence that surrounds us and penetrates our hearts, and allows believers everywhere to strive, to forgive, to hope. Uh-huh. Absolutely, for that Force, I am forever thankful.

So, Star Wars fans, May the 4th be with you! And with us all, always may the Force be!  ✝️ 🙂

What are you thankful for today?

“And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
-Matthew 28:20

“Close your eyes. Feel it. The light…it’s always been there. It will guide you.”
Maz Kanata, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Oh, speaking of wordplay phrases, here’s one of my favorites:

“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.” – hehehe…
-A.G. Oettinger


Thankful Thursdays

When you kick-start a 30-day squat challenge at work and 16 days into it your co-workers are still participating. And they still talk to you!  😉  Okay, so the legs are feeling the burn, but the blood is flowing and morale is good. So, well worth it.

Surely, life has its ups and downs. In my office, these days, we can call them squats. So thankful to work with this great bunch of people.

Next up, 30-day arms challenge!

What are you thankful for today?

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

“We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter, but work is third.”
-L. Knope

Thankful Thursdays

For 275. It’s been said that “the hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” True. Especially when one has been gifted so many of them. However, I do know today’s exact count: 275 consecutive “Thankful Thursdays” of sharing on Rx for the Soul some of these countless blessings. I am ever so grateful for the opportunity and, most of all, grateful to have YOU on the receiving end of these posts. Thank you for your comments, emails, texts, and calls sharing some of your own blessings, gratitude, and encouragement. Truly, it has become a weekly dose of perspective.

What are you thankful for today?

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”-Anaïs Nin

“If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”-Meister Eckhart

“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.”
-E. Hoffer


Thankful Thursdays

For the holiest of days and the hope they instill. This week for me is not merely about a last supper, or a betrayal, or a crucifixion, or a resurrection. This week I believe is also about remembrance, forgiveness, sacrifice, and salvation — the culmination of successive miracles that give us hope, I feel. And for hope, day after day, 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.

“We sinned for no reason but an incomprehensible lack of love, and He saved us for no reason but an incomprehensible excess of love.”
-Peter Kreeft

“Unless there is a Good Friday in your life, there can be no Easter Sunday.”
-Fulton Sheen

Is that possible? Not just to live happily ever after but to die—and still live happily ever after? It’s the most audacious claim of Christianity, the one element that marks the brand indelibly, that trumps the claims of all other major faiths.”
-T. Hendra

Thankful Thursdays

For hallway group hugs. The last member of the family strolls in late in the evening after class, one by one we meet up in the hallway where a long group hug turns into catching-up about our day: work, school, health, and upcoming plans. Some goofying around later, the gathering breaks up and we’re off to do whatever’s next. But the moment has charged our family battery.

We feel fortunate that our (adult) kids are still home, even if they don’t always feel about that the way we do. Well, except Danny, he feels way too comfy, I think we’ll have to kick him out eventually. 😉 Truth is, our time together at home dwindles with the seasons and their uncooperative schedules. So these sporadic instances are what we treasure the most now. Even if they happen late at night and in the middle of the hallway. Because life isn’t perfect, but it sure does have its perfect moments. And for that, Lord, I am thankful.

Family and friends, please take advantage of your moments with each other, with your pet, with your friend, whenever and wherever. Life is fragile, hug tight, hug long.

What are you thankful for today?

I dedicate today’s post to the children whose lives so brutally ended in last Tuesday’s chemical bombing in Syria. May God hold them tight now.

“I’ve learned that those things that are most fragile are also the most precious.”
-O ben Malka

“Life is fragile, handle with prayer.”
-H.B. Lee

Thankful Thursdays

Most grateful that there is a better place. Whenever someone dies, we take comfort in saying they’re “in a better place.” For those of us who truly believe, knowing that the end here is but the beginning elsewhere, is the stepping stone toward healing the unbearable pain from loss.

Yesterday morning, my good and long-time friend, Betty Bottomley, “Boop,” to all who know her, lost her loving husband, Don. Theirs is a long-lasting marriage to admire. Togetherness, fun, adventurous, companionship, barely scratch the surface of their partnership.

Betty, my friend, my editor, my encourager, we are here for you. Let not your heart be troubled, be not in doubt for a second, Don is absolutely resting in peace and looking down on you…from that Better Place.

“But, as it is written: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.”
-1 Corinthians 2:9

“There are stars whose light only reaches the earth long after they have fallen apart. There are people whose remembrance gives light in this world, long after they have passed away. This light shines in our darkest nights on the road we must follow.”
-The Talmud

“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 a “beast” of a remake and a chance for Lauren and I to relive its enchantment. Recently, we watched the live-action retelling of my favorite Disney animated movie. The one I played over and over when Lauren was a baby. Okay, so I realize that that may have had something to do with her obsession with Belle and all things Disney. That and our countless visits to those parks. But oh well. She’s well-adjusted so no harm done. After all, it’s been grand to see her grow up into her own version of Belle.

Back to the film – it did not disappoint. This “tale as old as time” doesn’t grow old. Its magic is still there, only now more real than ever (because aren’t most Disney movies better appreciated as adults?) In this one, so are its lessons of trust, selflessness, acceptance, and love. And most of all, its message that beauty is found within. It was nostalgic for me, to say the least, for Lauren and I to have this moment together and watch this story come to life, to react to our favorite scenes, note our little inside jokes and, of course, to get to see “something there that wasn’t there before.” So grateful.

What are you thankful for today?

“Minutes turn to hours, days to years then gone But when all else has been forgotten Still our song lives on That’s how a moment lasts forever: When our song lives on.” – Alan Menken and Tim Rice – Beauty and the Beast (2017)


Thankful Thursdays

In the midst of parenthood, there are instances when a good parental moment meets an observant child.
Saw this Twitter post from Lauren while the four of us were on a quick getaway this past weekend:
It feels good when they notice the good stuff too. So thankful.

“We’re [parents]) always bluffing, pretending we know best, when most of the time we’re just praying we won’t screw up too badly.”
-Jodi Picoult

“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow,
You have to be in their lives today.”
-B. Johnson