|Dancing with a large shrimp- just one depression buster idea!|
Monday, November 30, 2015
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Grateful for what I can see. And grateful that I can choose what I see.
The eyes have been said to be the window to the soul. Be careful what you let in .
Jesus said the eye is the lamp of the body. And if your eyes,are healthy your whole being will be full of light.
What you see is important. It filters to the whole of you. You think on it. Let's face it there are just some things you can't unsee. It shapes your thinking.
In Romans it says to transform your self by the renewing of your mind. This verse comes directly after a verse telling us to use our bodies as,a living sacrifice holy and pleasing to God. A link between your body and your mind clearly exist. We can prove this medically now in 2015, but God , who created both body and soul, tells us it is so.
The eye is a part of your body and a instantaneous link to your mind. If you fill it with images and words of the world how will you not be conformed to it? Now this isn't to say walk around with a blindfold but be aware of what you allow in your eyes and what you put your eye to. Where do you focus?
If we have our sight let us be grateful by choosing wisely to put truth, beauty and light before our gaze. Let us be grateful by turning not a blind eye, but a watchful one away from evil, darkness and deception.
I've chosen poorly lately . So please don't think I come from a position of criticizing. I come from a position of confession. I make bad choices sonetimes. Some delibrate. Some lazy.
But poor. I'm grateful I can repent of this and I'm grateful I can choose again.
Grateful to see another moment with my eyes and my soul .
I get to ooen, close, and shift my eyes to the light.
I'm grateful and looking forward to seeing better tomorrow.
Friday, November 27, 2015
But these days are spent along side my man. They aren't necessarily exciting but they are together. And together is where it is at.
So I'm grateful he gets me and all my quirky things.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
It's Thanksgiving 2015 . I really wanted to put up a great place or items everyday this past month for Christmas ideas that make a difference and show gratitude. I didn't do everyday it was just to much with starting a new 40+hour week job and basketball season kicking in for the youngest. But I did put up a few great ideas that I hope yall took a look at.
Today we all think on what and who we are grateful for. So I have decided to blog a Lil blog about the most grateful pieces of my life. I do this in the spirit of Thanksgiving but also for another reason: depression. Bet you didn't see that one coming? I've struggled with depression off and on for a bit now. Some from circumstances , some from physical issues that invaded my mindset ,and some that just seem to be a heavy cloak or random dark clouds. Hormones ? Maybe? No matter the reason or lack there of; depression can be a hard road.
So to help myself and others along that road ,heading straight to the lighted path, I am going to concentrate on one person, thing, event or moment that I am truly grateful for. I may mention it in passing with a quick smile and picture or I might concentrate on it over and over mentally reminding myself minute by minute to be thankful. Whatever the day requires I will find one thing to focus on in gratitude.
The seeds of depression cannot take root in a grateful heart- The Noticer
One of my favorite quotes. Now this is not a cover all statement for those suffering with depression but a great reminder to always look for something to be grateful for , focus hard on it and while depression may be lurking , don't let it set up shop in your head or be planted in your heart.
If it does-uproot.
How? Let's start by being grateful .
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
We have been very fortunate that both are girls have been able to go to college; and while the expense has been hard it has been managed. Beyond application, tuition and room and board there were a whole host of expenses that came with moving in. We navigated trips to Target, Walmart and the grocery store numerous times. We all worked together, child, parent and siblings. Some kids are not that fortunate.
I recently attended an event where one of my favorite authors, Vanessa Diffenbaugh, was speaking about her latest book We never asked for wings. She told about her personal life which involved accidentally becoming a foster mother. Her story and her books are filled with perspectives from so many angles and parts of society many of us never think about. She talked about an event known in the foster world as "aging out" where kids in the system turn 18 and n longer are taken care of by the state or their assigned foster family. These children were never adopted and are now adults thrown out into society with very little experience of what to do next. Many without skills of money management , work experience or how to apply for college or fill out the FASFA find themselves homeless, addicted or incarcerated. The 18-24 age demographic constitute a significant portion of our prison population.
SIDE NOTE: Someone here is going to say "The system should have prepared them better." Indeed they should have. Yet since they didn't an advocate is needed to make that a happen. So if at this point of the blog you are raging about that, leave this page and research your states foster system and how you can contribute to the betterment of it. If you want to find out how you can be a part of helping a recently aged out foster child to having a great start at adulthood then stay tuned. If your not interested in either and your still griping about who shoulda, woulda, coulda then please stop reading this blog- your not my people and nothing I write here will inspire you. I have experienced this scenario so many times in person that I just wanted to be transparent.
If you are a young adult going to college or working I challenge you to choose one item on this registry and help out a peer. Use your own money, not your parents, and see how you can empower your own generation.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Promise Pantry or your local food bank needs your donations. If your like most people you shop weekly. Why not pick up an extra can, carton or box of your favorite food and put it in a decorated box. When your box if full drop it off.
Every time you purchase for yourself you can give to someone else. A little at a time adds up. And hunger is something that comes to each one of us everyday.
You have the power of small things done in great love over and over can conquer that need.
Check out the pantry here or tell me about your local food bank.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
I want to talk about agreat way to be terrific as you treat someone to goodness. My husband and I know a sweet woman named Mary Purvis. Mary took her call from God and made a terrific difference in the lives of the Guatemalan people. In 1990 Mary went to Guatemala and
for the next 20 years Mary took short-term mission trips to Guatemala. In 2010 she headed the call to move permanently to Guatemala launching many outreach programs in the villages of Rabinal, Rio Negro, and Pacux:
Among operating student and grandparent sponsorship, feeding programs and medical aid Mary has developed a unique opportunity for others to be a part of changing peoples lives.
|Kids at the feeding program|
The feeding program is a mere $25 a month to feed a child or grandparent 5 hot meals a week.
That's 5 Starbucks, 3 meals at chick fil a or less than your water bill.
My husband and I have two little ones Esteban and--- that are in the program and here they are , just so you can have a visual as you try to virtually pinch their cheeks through the screen. One day I hope to go to Guatemala and pinch their cheeks in the flesh, ( I will need to check on the cultural acceptability of such actions, first)
|Cristina and Estefan|
Evn if $25 a month is not doable for you. Any amount given I know will be used for the purpose of the children. That is part of the beauty of GLZ it is small and effective. Mary doesn't just advocate for this people she lives with them everyday. She shares their joys and their heartache and the goodness of God everyday.
|Mary and some local women|
How terrific to be a part of that?
Check them out on FB at Guatemala Landing Zone or the we at
Monday, November 2, 2015
I hope you got a chance to checkout Samaritians Purse and all the wonderful things you can be a part of. Today I am featuring a very special place near to my heart. Neema House in Arusha Tanzania. I had the privelege of volunteering there 2 times when I was in Africa this summer. It is such a a well run , loving facility for orphaned, abandoned and at-risk babies. Here are just a few pics from that sweet time.
|Me and my friend Razikki|
They are wonderfully staffed with 33 Nannies that care for the children around the clock. From breakfast to baths and reading to rest time they care for these sweet young ones with tender care. Neema house would like to honor these wonderful women with a little extra at Christmas time.
Where all my mamas at? You know the hectic wonderful blessed chaos of children and you also know how a little appreciation goes a long way on those long days!!
Sunday, November 1, 2015
It is the month before December, and what that means if you live in America is that the panic/freenzy/chaos of Christmas will start in one month. I have never quite understood this, but it is a reality.
Some people will over prepare, like Hobby Lobby , and have Christmas trees out by the end of August and some will procrastinate like the guy in a diamond store at 5:30 on Christmas Eve.
I know its coming, I know who I will give to and I start looking for fun holiday things to do.
|Look how prepared we are? wait? What are they doing?|
Everyday in November I plan to feature a person, place or organization that has true needs. These are all places I have given, researched or know personally where and how the money or items will be honored. I hope you and your family will join us in enjoying time with one another and placing your gifts in the hands of those who will most benefit.
Every year around this time we receive a catalog form Samaritan's Purse.
No $9.99 wine openers with your favorite team logo or light up dog collar can be ordered.
This catalog offers 42 specific gifts in various amounts that you can give to many in the US and around the world that will pay it forward to the next generation.
Samaritan's Purse has been around since 1970 born out of the burden of one man to have his "heart break for the things that break the heart of God." You can find our more about them including the complete financial disclosure on their website www.samaritianspurse.org
This year as always I will be giving baby chicks to a family who can raise them for food and to sell the eggs. I am always a sucker for anything with baby chicks because that is how I often refer to my 3 girls.
And as you can see the picture in the catalog has 3 chicks, just like me, so I am in. If you ever want to sell me anything just stamp 3 chicks on it and it is a done deal.
So for $14, I will be grateful for my 3 chicks and give 12 baby chicks to a family who will use them to care for their own precious chicks. That is $14 that will have lasting effects, far beyond the 2 trips to Starbucks or the random Charming Charlie's necklace that it could also purchase.
My family will have gifts under the tree and family time and experience this Christmas . And if we get to do these wonderful things with each why shouldn't every family?
Check out tomorrows blog for another giving idea. One that might just be calling out your name, dreams, and talents to be a part of.