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Attitude of Gratitude #1-7

Thanksgiving is all about the giving of thanks.  As we approach the holy days of Advent, November seems to be the perfect time for An Attitude of Gratitude.

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Gratitude #1: Just remember – everyone doubts themselves at one time or another. In 1509 while working on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo wrote: “My work does not seem to go ahead in a way to merit anything. This is due to the difficulty of the work and also because it is not my profession. In consequence, I lose my time fruitlessly.” Just smile, keep looking up and doing what you love. God reaches out constantly – you just have to reach back. I am thankful. Let the holiday season begin.

Gratitude #2: “Remember the Sabbath…” I LOVE Sundays. I love being Rabbi Bradley Shavit ARtson pic“commanded”(#4) to relax and observe this sacred day. I love a church that reminds me I’m not alone in a storm because Jesus walks out to be with me, so “DON’T BE AFRAID!” (Matt 14:22-27). I love when the Grands call me three times because I’m taking too long coming over to see their tent or read the dinosaur counting book we made last spring or play “This is the way the farmer rides – hobble-de-hoy” or leave so they can play WII with mommy and daddy before bedtime. Sundays are “holy observances” in Jewish tradition. Sundays are the blessing that start my week. Sundays remind me to be so thankful to have Sundays.

Gratitude #3: The sweet things in life. Left over, frozen,Halloween candy in the form of miniature Reese’s cups. A husband planning a surprise mini-trip to the beach. Puppies, who are not so minature, curled up on the couch with me when I need a mini-nap. Grands that scream and jump up and down when they see me sweet-things (2)walking up to their school or curl into me as we read stories. Laughter of a kid who understands a new concept. A Savior who embodies “Amazing Grace”. Sweet!

Gratitude #4: Thankful for the the Republic of the United States of America. So thankful that our fore-fathers knew the difference between a republic and democracy (even though we seem to have forgotten it). Thankful for all the responsibilities of researching, gaining knowledge, seeking spiritual guidance, and making the effort to vote. Thankful for those who have made sacrifices so that I can express my opinion in the voting booth. Thankful to VOTE.freedom to vote

“The genius of a nation strikes but once in its history. It is its glory and its immortality in the annals of men. It is aristocratic, discriminating, radiant and selective, and abjures all that is mediocre, plebeian and mundane. It is regnant. It is spiritual. It is the flame emanating from the core of the Universe, which is the generation of life. It is the lightning which sets fire to the small spirits of men, and raises them above the field and the plow, the house and the hayfield, in a sudden revelation of grandeur. It is, above all, masculine, for the aristocracy of the soul is purely masculine and never feminine, which is concerned only with petty matters and insistent trivialities. It transcends the humbleness of daily living and stands even the least important of men upon Olympus for a brief hour. It is never democratic, for democracy is a destructive thing, conspired in the inferior minds of envious men.
“If that nation which would survive in glory would cultivate only the masculine principle its name in history will be written in gold and blaze through the centuries.” ~Zeno of Elea, The Glory that was Greece as quoted by Taylor Caldwell in her foreward of Glory and the Lightening

Gratitude #5: Ocean. The immense power and beauty of the ocean never fails to download (1)amaze me. It is little wonder that Rabbi Yeshua used the seas and storms in so many of His parables. The storms’ wildness that calls to our own natures. The harmonies that sings 24 hours of the day. The habitat that it provides to a world downloadbeyond my knowledge. His essence is still singing through each wave, melding His love a little deeper into my soul…I am, indeed, thankful.

Gratitude #6: Music in my head. For about a week, I have been waking up with songs in my head. They sing me awake and stay in my mind for the first few hours of my day. Sometimes they are the hymns that have swirled around my head since before I knew what they were. Sometimes, they are simple phrases from Praise songs that I sing on Sunday or listen to in my car. And some of the best are the ones sung to me in my dreams with words I don’t know, but harmonies that echo in my heart and head all day. Blessings abound when we are thankful. This one was the way I woke up today.

Gratitude #7: Children. Children have a way of looking at things that change us on a daily basis. They see the invisible and believe in the magic that lives in between here and there. They dance to music that only they can hear. They laugh when rain falls on their face and hide under the covers when the thunder gets too scary. They are constantly watching and modeling the things they see around them. And – they remind me that I need to be the best I can be in this world, because – one day – they will be the ones that new children are following, and I am relying on in my old age. I’m grateful that I still have children in my life because every day I’m around them—-I learn something new. So thankful for children. “If we experienced life through the eyes of a child, everything would be magical and extraordinary. Let our curiosity, adventure and wonder of life never end…” Akiane Kramarik

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photos: Google images and Akiane Kramarik

 

Just a “Water” Type of Day

“Wade in the water
Wade in the water, children,
Wade in the water
God’s a-going to trouble the water”

What a way to wake up in the morning.  “Wade in the Water” flowing through my mind and into my toes.  Just makes me want to go to the beach. If I was richer than Midas, I would have my husband build me a “Stanley K” house on the ocean. A house where the music of the wind and waves would lull me to sleep every night (I don’t think I would ever watch TV again). The best part would be walking on the beach with the water just covering my feet – during the day – the night… Can you tell I’m day dreaming? In fact – whenever we do go to the ocean – that is the best part of the trip. Well – I do like to walk out even further when the waves are crashing, and the wind is whipping at my face. Ooooo – and when it is stormy, I am fascinated by the power that makes anything I do look puny and helpless.Brown-Pelicans-Holden-Beach-NC

Sometimes it is good to feel that way. It makes you wonder at everything around you from the tiniest piece of sand to the massive clouds drifting over your head. In the old days, I could just plop on the sand and enjoy. Now a days, I have to think twice about that since getting up is not quiet as easy as it used to be…sigh…but I am working on it. Physical therapy, stretches and more exercise may bring plopping back down in the sand reality once more.

“When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.” Joshua 3:8b

Joshua is one of my favorite books in the Bible (which is a story for another day because today seems to be a water issue). While the Grands jordan01played in the water this afternoon, I wished for the umpteenth hundred time that I could reach my feet over the side of the pool and just dangle my feet in it. However, it’s just not that kind of pool. Next – my Bible readings followed Moses and the Israelites as they crossed the sea on dry ground. Old story and yet, like always, sucks me right into the miracle. Finally, my devotional book led me to Joshua’s crossing of the Jordan another miracle that wraps around my mind. do you see what I mean about this water thing?red sea

“…I am the LORD, who heals you.” Ex 15:26b

By this stage of my life, I have figured out that there is a reason why Our Father brings things together in a certain way. I’m sure that I am only picking up on a tenth of what I’m supposed to be figuring out when He does this, but I’m getting better. Water in Jewish tradition often refers to purification or repristination.(Re`pris`ti`na´tion. n. 1. Restoration to an original state; renewal of purity). So it made me wonder – what am I supposed to be figuring out about the two times the Israelites crossed two bodies of water? Guess what – I’m still wondering, but at least – I have figured out I’m supposed to be wondering.

“Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” Lk 7:22-23

The Jewish people walked through water twice before getting to the promise land. John the Baptist baptized many, and then baptized Jesus with water before He began His ministry. My mind continues to turn these things around in my head. It is still hard for me to be “still” – to listen to the faint words of my Father’s teachings. Someday, I may become a wise woman – for now – I’m just struggling through each day. Trying to make my body stronger with physical therapy, a much better diet and a daily walk along the beach where I can get my feet wet in the ocean of His WORD.

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