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Archive for November, 2014

With all of my heart, THANK YOU!

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I want to give thanks to Laura, who just subscribed to my blog, bringing my number of readers to 600! WOW! Thanks, to all of you for your support! And hey, stop by Laura’s blog and see what she has to say. She’s got a lot to talk about and I think it’s worth stopping by to read a little and say hello! 🙂

I am so humbled by the overwhelming amount of love, encouragement, and support I have been given since joining WordPress. I am beyond thankful to each of you that has read what I have to say, stopped by to give feedback or just to chat, offered up wise advice, made me laugh, and forged friendships with me. YOU ALL ROCK! Seriously, thank you! Thank you for letting me inspire you and also for inspiring me. It is such a joy to be a part of the WordPress family.

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Healed & Changed By Love

Love-Heals

It was as if all I touched was made of glass

Nothing I did went the way I’d intended

Kind thoughts in my head ended up sounding crass

Bridges were burnt and many relationships ended

Many times, I felt like a lost cause

Unworthy of long lasting relationships and love

The devil had my heart within his clenched jaws

Doubt and shame had me turned away from God up above

My past is full of mistakes, things I simply can’t take back

Hearts broken, trust shattered, bonds cut, & friendships lost

It was too easy to let guilt, shame, & heart break get me off track

All I wanted and having things my way came at too high a cost

And while I was too busy hurting many that loved me

The same was being done to me by many I loved in return

A viscous cycle that kept us going, no signs of letting us break free

Seeming to promise to let our wounds fester and burn

Would the words we used continue to cut one another deep

And the things we did break each other down

Could we not find a way to let love be what we chose to keep

And let the darkness, pain, and anger within drown

Over the years, God has helped me out of the hole I had so deeply dug

Unchained me from the past and showed me how to move ahead

It took a lot of humility, hard work, prayer, and yes, lots of love from Doug

Not to mention many others that never gave up, no matter what I did or said

As it turned out, I wasn’t so alone as I’d once thought myself to be

God showed me that He was there, always had been & forever will remain

And I also began to see surrounding me were good friends and many from my family

The bonds are still strong, despite the years of heartache & strain

Through it all, I have grown up so much

Giving up the woman I was for far too long

For someone with a kinder heart and gentler touch

And both a heart and a will that through Him is strong

Life’s Many Blessings

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I remember when I used to write in my blog daily and sometimes it was even more than once a day. Now, I am lucky if I write in this once or twice a month. It’s not that I have less to say, just less time to say it online. I have become so busy that I just haven’t had the time to really sit down and put my thoughts into writing. Sometimes I feel badly about that. Though, I know I am just out there living my life.

As Thanksgiving draws ever nearer, I am humbled more and more. I have so much to be thankful for. I wanted to take another opportunity to express that. There is a lot I could complain about, but there’s even more I can say thanks for. I think that’s something I should remind myself of more often. When I am having a tough day, I should tell myself how good I have it, and to not sweat the small stuff. It can be oh so easy to get upset over someone cutting me off on the road, someone being rude, something at work not going right, just not getting a good night’s sleep, and so on. Sometimes it’s hard to have the right perspective, but I know it can be done if worked on.

I know I will have rough moments and sometimes, rough days. But, my goal is to get better at appreciating what I have more and complain less. What I have can always be taken away and that’s something we should all remember. Our material possessions, money, and even our loved ones can disappear. Nothing lasts forever, not the good, but not the bad either. So, I need to get through the bad and learn from it, because there’s always something to learn, something to take from things. And, I need to appreciate the good much more. So, here I am today to say how very thankful I am for all the blessings in my life. The way I look at it too, the bad moments are blessings in disguise because so much good has come from it all in the end. For all I have learned, for all I have gone through, for all I have lost, for all I have gained, for who I was, for who I am, and where my life is headed…..I am deeply thankful.

So tell me, what is something your past has taught you? What are you thankful for??

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We often times get so caught up in what’s going on in our busy lives that we forget to be thankful for the many blessings we have been given. I try to be thankful all the time, but I too forget and sometimes take things and those I love for granted. What better month to make up for some of those times than November? Thanksgiving is two weeks away. There is much in life to be thankful for, not just on Thanksgiving, but all year long.

2014 is nearly over and so much has happened, much of it wonderful. I got a wonderful job, engaged to my best friend, made new friends, found a church that we want to become members at, got a new car, etc. But there’s so much more than that, so many “little” things that happen on a daily basis that I don’t always take the time to mention or even give much thought to. Help at work on a busy day, nice things done for me for no reason other than they wanted to, my fiance doing kind things to be helpful when I have had a rough day or just because, the cuddles our kitten gives us, hugs from my son, breakfast in bed brought to me by my son, kisses from our puppy, and so many more. There are days that have been and will undoubtedly in the future be very stressful, but even then, there are things to be thankful for. It’s not always easy to remember that fact, but I try often to do just that.

Life is short and many times, those little things often turn out to be way bigger than we originally realized. Here’s to appreciating those “little” things and being thankful for all we have, each and every single day. ❤

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