I Am Grateful!
Living life is such a joy! God has blessed me beyond measure with a wonderful loving family. We have challenges from time to time, but for the most part we relish the moments spent with each other. I am grateful for my family.
If I haven’t introduced you to my family, I will do that now. I’ve been married to my magnificent husband, Luther for 33 years. Our inspiring & intuitive son; Dakota, our charming & creative twin daughters, Ashley, and Amber, and delightful & dependable Laurie has become a part of our family, she went to college with the girls in Florida and has become their roommate here in Missouri. The girls rent from their brother Dakota. They have the main house, and Dakota has made the basement into an apartment that is quite attractive and comfortable. Most of our extended family is west coast; California, and Oregon. I am grateful for the love of my extended family.
If you have read my previous post-week 12, you know we were kept captive with our Christmas craft project for extended family. Since then late nights have become the norm. The activity level has continued in high gear. Watching more movies on Netflix, spending quality and quantity time with kids, eating more than our fill of delectable sweets.
I was reminded continuously, “I zealously inspect all things that enter my mind, my soul, and my heart…Never overindulging the requests of my flesh, rather cherishing my body with cleanliness and moderation”(Mandino) I can say I was successful inspecting, but some overindulging occurred. “But I persist. I am daily tested. I continue to charge forward. I try, and try again. Each obstacle I consider as a mere detour to my goal.” (Mandino)
I’ve had more time to bake this Christmas, I am grateful for ‘Liberty’. I enjoyed making fudge for the neighbors. Several new traditions started this year. One new tradition was; I did the fudge, and homemade granola, my girls baked cookies, and brownies. Then we collaborated and combined our goodies onto decorative plates for our neighbors (I am grateful for teamwork). We delivered to my neighbors first, then their neighbors. Second new tradition; we enjoyed steak (topped with salsa and guacamole) and crab legs (with butter garlic sauce) for Christmas dinner. My sister had prepared this meal for us on one of our visits to California, and the kids thought it was so delicious. With joint effort in the kitchen we replicated this meal to our satisfaction, and will add it to our holiday meals from now on (I am grateful for shared recipes).
Self-observation; we’ve been watching more movies, I find it not only interrupts that sacred hour, but changes my thoughts. I have learned I’m very affected by what I view; because once the movie is over I am still focused on its content analyzing its parts, sometimes for hours, sometimes for days. I prefer the thinking we’ve been doing in our Master Key course (I am grateful for our Master Key course). Healthier and more constructive, effortlessly creating peace of mind and body. I am grateful for my health.
And a third new tradition was; The NutCracker Ballet, performed at the Kaufman Center in Kansas City. I am grateful for the Performing Arts. What a delight to enjoy this with my family. Although it was late, none of us had eaten dinner, and we were all starving after the performance, so we headed to one of our favorite Mexican restaurants (I am grateful when another prepares a meal for me.) to fill our bellies and chat about the best parts of the ballet experience. These new traditions and the old learned from our own parents are part of a Legacy we are incorporating for our future generations. To borrow from a part of my Definite Major purpose, “I am abundantly blessed and humbled to have provided a rich heritage for my family; built upon Godly character, a strong foundation, serving others, a heart of generosity, and kindness…these principles produce marvelous avenues of abundance in my life, creating lasting legacy for my family. I am grateful for our family legacy.
Through the week I have found it challenging to change how I construct my sentences when faced with an obstacle or challenge to my own ability, remembering, “I will never consider defeat and I will remove from my vocabulary such words and phases as quit, cannot, unable, impossible, out of the question, improbable, failure, unworkable, hopeless, and retreat.” (Mandino). What I've observed is a pause, a process to reconstruct the sentence in my mind, and then a successful sentence presentation of a positive over the negative. I am grateful for the Law of Substitution.
To cap off the Christmas Holiday season, my birthday celebration. I add another year to my age, just two days after Christmas (I am grateful for another year of joy). Indulged by our kids, Luther and I enjoyed sushi at The Drunken Fish. It was right across the street from our favorite movie theatre. And they made sure after dinner, that we all sat and enjoyed a movie and popcorn. What a fun filled evening. We arrived home after 9pm. Lu and I were exhausted. We had plans to come home and finish our blog entries. We told ourselves we would lie down for a minute or two, catch a wink or two or three or four (I am grateful for a wonderful comfy bed). But alas we found ourselves still in bed as the dawn crept through our bedroom curtains. I am grateful for rest, and I greet this day with love in my heart.
I awoke to, “Do It Now.” And, that is what I am doing, right now. I am grateful for delicious French Roast coffee in the morning to get me going. I am grateful for wise quotes, especially this one from John Wooden.
"Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books - especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day." John Wooden
I am grateful for beautiful music. May this song, “Thankful” by Josh Groban make your heart smile.
There's so much to be thankful for! Count your blessings, name them one by one.
Song by John Oatman, Jr.
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
1 Thessalonians 5:18, "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."