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Thankfulness Mondays – Just Pondering

Week 39 of (52) along with Bernadette of Haddon Musings and others, posting of things to be thankful for in our lives, whether they are small or great significance.

Today I’m just thinking of our children; our two sons and one daughter.  From the time they are born, you realize what an important role you will have, in helping to guide them into being the best they can be. You hope to instill in them morals, values, faith in God, responsibility, kindness, love…. and just so much more.

You wonder how you will do this and if it is really possible. Then you just start living day by day, issue by issue, challenge by challenge, whether they are 3 or 10 or 15 years of age. The difficulties that arise each stage of life, whether at school or at home you try to help the best that you can, to guide them.

Now, we can look at our children in their 40’s and 50’s,  and who they have become, and can  say that our hopes dreams and prayers for them, have come to be.

We can see that they are happy, and I am full of thankfulness for that, especially to God, and have such a sense of peace and joy within.

 

Thankfulness Mondays – THINGS YET UNSEEN

This is week 30 (of 52) participating with Bernadette of Haddon Musings, posting about things great and small, that we have to be thankful for, offsetting negative areas that surround us each and every day.

Hebrews Chapter 11 vs 1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

That verse came to mind when I was thinking of how grateful I am that I can believe that some issues that concern me will resolve in the right time.

There is history in my life that allows me to know this. There was depression, there were several issues within the family, there were illnesses and other challenges.

Faith is not something that is necessarily exclusive to being a Christian, because every day people put their faith in their cars as they drive them, or in planes that they travel on, or the food that they eat.

While not exclusive to Christians, the kind of faith I’m speaking about is that I know while I have concerns about various issues, when I pray for a person or situation God will answer.  It may not be the answer I expected, but He will answer. I read somewhere once, that there are three responses from God; yes, no, and not right now. I have found that to be true in the answers I have received. And while at the time I may not understand why or why not  later on in retrospect, I can see the reason!

So today I am thankful that I can trust in what is yet ‘unseen’………

Thankfulness Mondays – Our Friends In USA

american-flagIt’s week 22 of a year that I am participating with Bernadette of Haddon Musings, with a goal of realizing how many things we have to be thankful for in this somewhat chaotic world we all live in.

Today, I want to express how thankful I am for our neightbours to the south in USA, who are celebrating Thanksgiving this week on November 24th.

They have had quite an upheaval this past month. It follows almost two years of campaigning, with many debates that were filled with much rhetoric that created a lot of dissension and uncertainty for many people. Canada and the U.S.A have a strong connection and friendship in so many areas; economic, travel, trade, and so on.

My hope and prayer is, that through all the controversy, and sometimes unnerving things spoken during their election, that the people will learn to trust and support each other, for all that makes their country what it has been and is today.

For to allow fear and injustice to pervade in the atmosphere, will deny the very freedoms that has always been celebrated.

May this Thanksgiving give pause for all Americans, to give thanks for what they have, and to seek peace and justice for all.

Happy Thanksgiving from a Canadian who appreciates very much the friendship that our countries have with each other. May God continue to Bless America.

Thankfulness Mondays – THEY GIVE THEIR LIVES !

Participating once again (Week 20 of 52)  with Bernadette of Haddon Musings writing about moments, and things we have to be grateful for in our lives, to truly appreciate them, and to offset negative areas.

This week because in Canada, on November 11th we honor those who have given their lives, and those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces. War in so evident and has been to one degree or another present in so many areas of the world. In the news these days of course it seems even more so with Syria and Iraq especially. There are threats of course everywhere, and those who protect us, deserve our thanks and respect.

I realize that some of this post could be considered a ‘negative’ instead of a positive, but the positive is that these men and women put their lives into jeopardy for their country to defend those who cannot defend by themselves against the tyranny of people who seek power and control; those who do not value the lives of others or care that so many, especially the children and their families whose lives are destroyed!

We care, and we are so thankful that those who serve, care enough to put their lives on the line. We who are fortunate to live in a country where we enjoy freedom. We are not persecuted because of race or religion or status. Our countries are not perfect and not without issues that affect people, but we do not live in constant fear!

My oldest brother Russ served in World War 2 in the RCAF and was fortunate to come home. So each Remembrance Day I am also grateful that he did!

I’m going to include a poem I wrote last year.

Remembrance Day is not about war

It’s about so very much more…..

It’s about freedom that we share

About those who really care,

Those who have given so very much

Many lives whom they have touched.

They have gone to foreign lands

Many battles they withstand,

Some have given up their lives

Still many others do survive…..

But their lives won’t be the same

Freedom though they all acclaim.

While no one wants to go to war

It’s about so very much more….

You and me and being free

From those who spread their tyranny.

So this Remembrance day I pray

Someday peace will come our way…

In the meantime, we give thanks

To those that serve in all the ranks!

Russ in UniformWritten in memory of my brother Russ

Who served in the RCAF in WW11

He did come home

(Diane)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thankfulness Mondays – Second Chances!

I am participating with Bernadette of Haddon Musings theme each Monday, of giving thanks or something in our lives!

Today I am reminded of how important second chances are. So often in our lives and relationships things go awry.  Actions and words spoken in the heat of a disagreement, can have devastating results.

Friendships, even family ties are broken. We wonder if things can ever be the same again….perhaps there can never be reconciliation; perhaps there will never be forgiveness. It happens in a lot of families I would imagine. I know it did in ours’. Even as a Christian and we are praying that somehow, some way we will be reunited; we don’t sometimes fully trust that God will work and bring it to be.

We worry, we wait, we hope for perhaps that call or email or letter that will come. We pray! Then we start the process all over again.

Of course it is never one-sided. It is usually both parties who have caused concern and hurt. Forgiveness is the key though; whether Christian or not… but if we are believers  it is not only the right thing to do, it is necessary and the ‘only’ thing to do. If our actions do not reflect our faith, then our faith is meaningless and in vain. (

But the good news is, that reconciliation is very possible, and it happened in our lives.  When there is and has been a bond, it cannot and should not ever be broken. Perhaps it will take some time for some of the hurt to heal, but most definitely it can happen.

Life is too short, to not give or be given a ‘second chance’…. and I’m very thankful for several second chances in my life!

Note: for some who have been abused etc. forgiveness may take some time and can be far more complex to deal with. This post is not delving into that area.

A-Z Challenge ‘Discouragement’

A-Z. letter DOne of the most damaging emotions to ones’ spirit, is I believe discouragement. It creeps slowly into our minds, often to be dismissed for a time, only to return with greater force.

I could list all the things that can bring this into our lives, but as we have likely all experienced it for one reason or another, it isn’t really necessary. Sometimes we think there are those who just don’t ever get discouraged. It seems that they can shrug it off, and not affect them. Maybe there are such people, but I think most have.

As a Christian I know we are to take our cares and concerns to God in prayer, and I know the scriptures have verses to this effect, but that even when we do believe that God is in control, discouragement can still comes into our lives. It is often said that what we do with negative thoughts, is the difference, and I believe of course that’s true and important. I also though during my lifetime, have experienced it over and over. Even the Bible tells of great men of God, feeling desolate and discouraged. Again, I could quote some examples but will forego doing so.

I think the point I want to make, is that it is often so easy to see someone who is sad and feeling defeated, or perhaps just lonely and there are some who really want to avoid those people. They don’t want to take on anyone else’s issues or problems because they feel like they have enough of their own. To be honest, that is a valid reason for not getting involved sometimes.

For the various and many times I felt like this, I must say that when someone took the time to ask how I was, and ‘really wanted to know’ it made such a difference. Often times we ask, but we really don’t want to know! It’s a common thing to ask how someone is doing, but it’s often ‘uncommon’ to really listen, and to offer support.

Often that’s all that’s needed; not the solution to the problem; only to offer comfort, perhaps a hug when it’s appropriate; going out for dinner or coffee; or just to sit and ‘listen’ with not only your ears but with your heart.

That’s when you can change ‘discouragement’ to ‘encouragement’; and you may never know what that has meant to someone; it could even be the difference that gives that person a reason to ‘go on’!

 

Some Things are Better

Hi ! My absence in the past few months from regular posts, and being involved in others’, has been because of several issues within our family. There was the death of my sister’s husband last July, and I’ve been trying to spend time when I can with her. Then two more family members’ death; a niece and a nephew.

Along with this there have been and still some ongoing issues medically with my husband and I. We had great news and an answer to prayer yesterday however, as we learned the results of certain tests for his lung. There was some indication that he might have had lung cancer, but the lesion has diminished in size and so they believe firmly that it is not a tumour. That was a great relief. He still has some other issues, but hoping they are resolved too.

For myself I had a ‘growth’ on my wrist, which at first I thought I could clear up with home treatment, but had to go and have it removed, and when the biopsy came back it had cancerous cells. I was then sent to a specialist to have a deeper incision to remove more tissue, which was a week and a half ago. I go for the follow-up next Monday, hoping that everything is now okay. Skin cancer is usually treated very easily and successfully.

I still however am facing this extreme fatigue. My doctor has been trying to find a medication that will help. She believes it’s a flare-up from the Multiple Sclerosis. It’s the kind of fatigue reminiscent of when I was originally diagnosed. In any case there are some new meds that are being tried for this. If it doesn’t let up soon, perhaps I’ll see a Neurologist as I haven’t for several years because of the fact I am not severely debilitated with the M.S. If so, it’ll likely be a wait to get in, but hoping something will help in the not too distant future.

I didn’t really intend this to be an ‘oh woe is me’ post, but thought I would offer an explanation for why I still haven’t been able to get back to regular blogging and reading other’s.

Thanks for indulging me!   Diane xxxx

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