Tuesday, March 20, 2018

I Love the Word IMPOSSIBLE

In the 70's, I read the book I Love the Word Impossible by Ann Kiemel.  That book made a great impression on my life.  Throughout the book, Ann talked about dreaming big and believing that God can make a difference in my world.

At the time, I was going through so many struggles.  I was alone, I lived in a city that I knew no one, I was taking classes and I was looking for a job.  I just wanted to throw my hands up and say, I can't do it.  The word impossible gave me hope.  I was going to believe that God could give me the peace and strength that I needed and that I could do the impossible.

Throughout the Bible, God performed the impossible.  In the book of Genesis, God did the impossible. Who would have believed that Abraham, who was 100 years old and Sarah, who was 90, would give birth to a son, Isaac.  Doing the impossible is everyday business for God.  Our big problems will not seem so impossible if we will only allow God to make them possible.

Even in the book of Luke, Zechariah and his wife, Elizabeth, were past the age of childbearing, God provided them a child, John the Baptist.  God's power is not confined by human limitations.  I know that as humans we doubt something, especially if we can't see it or because no one else has ever done it.  But God is so much bigger than we can even imagine.

Throughout the years, God has proved the impossible in so many ways.  One of the most impossible stories is the birth of my nephew, Graham and the big heart that he has.  He was born with a genetic situation and the doctors said that he would never crawl, walk, talk... and probably would not live to the age of three.  Here he is, almost 21 and he continues to prove to the world that he is one of the impossible.  He does have a lot of limitations compared to what the world would think, but to my family, he is the one that continues to help us believe in a God that loves the word impossible.

When I think of gratitude, I think of impossible and how we need to be believe!

Monday, March 19, 2018


There have been so many articles written on "Being Thankful".  I wonder why we are always having to be reminded to be thankful.  I do believe it is human nature.  It seems we are always wanting something that we don't have.  That is very sad!

The Israelites were always very unhappy.  God had delivered them from the hands of the Pharaoh and helped them to escape from Egypt.  The Israelites didn't remember what God had done for them and was doing for them.  They were set free, they were making a new nation and they were going to live in a new land.  They were so dissatisfied in what God hadn't done for them.

Aren't we just like the the Israelites?  We seem to forget about what God has provided for us.  I seem to forget about the time that God provided a car for me because the car I had no longer was driveable or how about the time I was depressed and I needed a friend and He provided that friend to give me the encouragement that I needed.  Once I stop and think about it, God has provided for me and has protected me in situations that could have gone wrong.

As I have talked about the word grateful.  I need to realize I have so much to be thankful for.  We do forget about our gifts of life, food, health, family and friends.

Are we thankful for what God has done for us or we mad for what He hasn't done for us?  We don't need to reflect on what we don't have, but we need to remember what we do have.

"I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; before the gods.
I face your holy Temple, bow down and praise your name because of your constant love and faithfulness, because you have shown that your name and your commands are supreme.
You answered me when I called to you; with your strength you strengthened me."
Psalms 138:1-3

The picture reminds me that I need to take time, relax and list all my blessings. I do have a lot to be thankful for!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Attitude for Gratitude

How do we feel about gratitude?  Should we be thankful?  Do you have a positive or a negative attitude? 

I believe in a positive attitude.  I feel if your behavior, your beliefs and your emotions are positive, then you are going to have a better outlook on your life, your surroundings and your future. 

I have been known for my "Pollyanna Outook".  In 1913, Eleanor H. Porter wrote the book Pollyanna.  It was about a young lady who played the "glad game" - trying to find something to be glad about in every situation. 

With the Pollyanna principle, research finds that at the subconscious level, the mind has a tendency to focus on the optimistic; while at the conscious level, it has a tendency to focus on the negative. 

An individual reaps more joy and happiness when they look at life with more positive results.  When you are looking positive at a bad situation that is happening, it doesn't mean that you are avoiding the circumstances.  You just know that God has a bigger plan in your life and that He is allowing all things to work for you, not against you.

Romans 8:28 states "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."  God works in all situations, not just particular incidents, for our good.  Evil(bad situations) are a part of the world that we live in, but God is here for us. 

When you have the right attitude, you will be more thankful for everything that is happening around you.  Opportunities are there.  We just have to open our eyes to see them.

Take the time to observe people's attitudes.  I bet you will see that when individuals handle their situations in a more positive manner, the results are going to be so different than someone who handles the exact same situation in a negative manner. 

The attitude of gratitude needs to be practiced everyday, not just once a year(at Thanksgiving).  Instead of looking at things that are not right in life, begin to have the "Pollyanna Outlook".  It could give you the joy that you are looking for in life.

As I look at this photo of the Great Blue Heron, I know that he is thinking that there is a fish out there in the water, he just needs to be patient and have a great attitude.

Saturday, March 17, 2018


As I think about the word, R-E-S-P-E-C-T, I think back to 1967 when Aretha Franklin sang this song.  It was Aretha's first number one hit and this song established her as the Queen of Soul.

People have been wanting respect for a long time, even before 1967.  Even God demanded respect from Moses.  God had spoken to Moses from a burning bush.

"God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!  And Moses said, "Here I am." "Do not come any closer", God said.  "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground"."  Exodus 3:4-5

I believe that our society has forgotten what it means to respect someone.  To me respect means giving that person the attention that they need, to admire them, to show an interest in what they are saying or doing, showing courtesy and so much more.

It seems that everyone wants to state their opinion(s), but they don't want to respect others in what their view or judgment may be.  We all have strong opinions about certain topics, especially when it comes to politics, religion, raising kids and the list goes on and on and on.

Do you show respect?  It is hard to respect someone when they have treated us badly.  How often have you heard, "I would show them some respect, if they respected me".

Respect begins with each person, stepping out and be willing to listen before reacting.  By listening, it makes you stop and think, "Is this something that I need to argue about"?  It probably isn't!  By hearing what others have to say, it sometimes broadens your own views.

As God wants you to respect Him, He also wants you to respect others.

Take time this week and show respect to God and to others around you.

Remember God gave you one mouth to speak and two ears to listen!

Friday, March 16, 2018

A Grateful Heart

When was the last time that you were grateful for something?

I believe that we all have something to be thankful for, but we just don't take the time to express it.  It seems as if we spend more time on thinking about what we don't have have or how some one treated us.

Let's do reserve psychology.  Let today be the day that you begin to "count your blessings" instead of thinking "I deserve that".  The truth is "what do we deserve?"  Society has planted the seeds that life is all about you, when the truth is life is not all about us.

Ponder on the word "grateful".  The dictionary states that grateful means "feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; appreciative of benefits received or expressing gratitude".

Let's look at what we can be grateful for:

You are alive.
You can speak.
You can read.
You have an education.
You have a warm home.
You have food to eat.
You have a job.
You have a family......

As you can see, the list could go on and on.  Yes, there are people that may have more money than you, maybe they have a large house and a high-paying job or even a family, but the question is "what do you have?"

I just recently read about an exchange student that was having to take a bus to get anywhere.  He said that his friends, who had cars, couldn't believe that he would take the bus.  He said that he was thankful to take a bus because back home there was no transportation and he had to walk everywhere he went.

Life is simple.  We are the ones who make life more complicated than it is.

There are so many slogans are out there.  My slogan is "I choose today to be a grateful day".  What is yours?

Thursday, March 15, 2018


It is hard to believe that it is the middle of March and Easter Sunday is in 2 weeks.

As I walked through the neighborhood, there was a chill in the air, but I could feel the warmth of the sun and there was a clear blue sky before me.  Even though the grass was brown and there were no leaves on the trees, I heard the birds chirping and I saw a glimmer of spring.  The little yellow flowers popping out of the ground gave me hope that a new season of life was before me.  

It seems like that everything that you read is an "attitude of hatred".  What happened to the "attitude of gratitude"?

"In all things give thanks!"  1 Thessalonians 5:18

Our society is teaching us that the "world owes us", "I deserve this", "what about me?" and the list goes on.  People are hurting others by bullying, intimidating... and even have gone to the extreme of killing others because of depression, loneliness, insecurity, hatred and so much more.

Just recently I was talking to a friend about joy and how I had felt that I had lost the joy that I once had.  She reminded me that joy comes from within.  I can't buy it and no one can give it to me.  She stated that each day, I needed to list three things that I was thankful for.

That got me to thinking.  Was I really thanking God each day or was I being upset because I didn't have something that somebody else had or was I was having a "poor me" attitude.

Once I started looking at what I had to be thankful for, my whole attitude began to change.

Some things that I am thankful for are my legs to walk(so I can get my 10,000+ steps each day), my eyes to see(the beautiful mountains that surround me) and my ears to hear(my dad has lost 95% of his hearing and can't hear the birds chirping).  The list goes on.  

What are you grateful for?  Who have you told lately that you are thankful for them?

As I think about gratitude, this is what comes to mind.

G = grateful
R = respect
A = attitude
T = thankfulness
I = impossible
T = trust
U = unselfish
D = devotion
E = encouragement

With Easter in two weeks, this is the time to reflect on our lives and to think about what is the true meaning of Easter?

Begin today by writing down three things that you are thankful for!  I do believe that a little glimmer of hope will begin to blossom in your own life.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday Morning Worship

I sit here at my desk looking out at the almost blizzard conditions.  The snow is falling rapidly and the wind is blowing from the north.  Snow is collecting on the blue spruce trees and covering the yard and street.

The only movement that I see is my neighbor shoveling snow, a rabbit hopping from one rock to the next trying to find shelter and the American flag fluttering in the wind.

It is Sunday morning.  I am normally at church, but I chose to stay at home due to the icy, snowy streets.  I enjoy going to my church because it is a place that I feel my faith is renewed and my joy is restored. 

Today I am renewing my faith and restoring my joy by sitting inside my warm, cozy home and reading God's word.  I know that my faith is renewed by having my quiet time and being still so that I can feel His presence.

Psalms 9:1-2 says "I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wanders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name."  As I praise God, I am helping myself by expanding my awareness of who He is.

I may not be able to go to church, but I can still worship and praise Him in my own home. 

"Be still and listen to Him as He whispers."

Enjoy your Sunday!