Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thankfulness and seeking peace.....

It's been a wonderful week for reflection. Thanksgiving is always a wonderful time of year, to take into account all of your blessings and realize how much you have to be thankful for. It brings a contented peace as you contemplate it all. Now we start the season of Christmas, yes I know it was tacked onto a pagan holiday, and it is kindof a fraud to celebrate the birth of Jesus in December when he was really born in the spring, but what is wrong with wishing for peace on earth and good will towards men any time of the year? We can keep the spirit of the holiday with us no matter what the date is. It is a magical time of family, friends, and celebration.
My family honestly makes my life worth living, my family is the reason I am who I am and that I care. I am getting spoiled having all my children living close by now. When one of them moves it will definitely be a very sad day for me. I have a best friend in my hubby and more best friends in each one of my children and their dear spouses. I am a very blessed woman. I get lazy and whiney, yes, but then I can remember all that I have at times like this around the holidays. 

I am thankful...a poem (anonymous)

.. for the teenager who is complaining about doing
dishes, because it means she/he is at home, not on the
streets.

.. for the mess to clean after a party, because it
means that I have been surrounded by friends.

.. for the clothes that fit a little too snug,
because it means I have enough to eat.

.. for my shadow that watches me work, because it
means I am out in the sunshine.

.. for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need
cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it
means I have a home.

.. for all the complaining I hear about the
Government, because it means we have freedom of speech.

.. for the parking spot I find at the far end of the
parking lot, because it means I am capable of
walking, and that I have been blessed with
transportation.

.. for my huge heating bill, because it means I am
warm.

.. for the lady behind me in church that sings off
key, because it means that I can hear.

.. for the pile of laundry and ironing, because it
means I have clothes to wear.

.. for weariness and aching muscles at the end of the
day, because it means I have been capable of working
hard and using those limbs.

.. for the alarm that goes off in the early morning,
because it means that I am alive.

Scriptures help me keep in a peaceful frame of mind and I have a lot to be thankful for so. I especially like the part about being still....in a world where chaos seems to be the norm, just be about your 'Father's business' and you can still have joy.

Psalm 46

 1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
 2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
 3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.
 4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
 5 God is in the amidst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
 6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
 8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
 9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
 10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.


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