My husband and I haven’t been blessed with children of our own. My health issues took care of that years before we were married. I have been blessed several times in my life with the children of my loved ones; my cousin’s daughters, my sister’s daughters, and my very close friend’s daughters all have a very special place in my heart. I was lucky enough to live in the same house with 4 of these girls for a minute in this lifetime and they changed my heart and life from the time they graced me with their presence until this very second. I just can’t express the love I have for them, and I honestly thought I’d never love another child like I love those girls.
I’ve been blessed with a job that has afforded me to expand my love and my heart to other children. Of course, in a school of nearly 170 students, I do have a few “favorites”. I know that certain ones recognize me sitting at the front desk and gravitate towards me, and I happily collect any and all hugs that come my way. They color me pictures, we get to interact together for a few brief minutes before they head to their classrooms, and I cherish these moments.
Today I greeted Josiah, an intelligent, handsome 3 year old and his mother (rightly, named Angel) as they walked in. He came straight to me and handed me a Christmas gift. I always greet them with a “Good Morning” and a “Have a good night” when they come and go, but Josiah isn’t one of the children who frequents my office on a regular basis. He’s such a cutie and his mother stops to speak with me from time to time after she’s delivered him to his destination. When he handed me the gift I exclaimed, “Josiah! Is this for Ms. Lisa?” and he smiled. His mother said, “No, it’s not for ‘Ms. Lisa’. He told his nana that she had to wrap this present so he could give it to his ‘Princess’. When I asked him who his ‘Princess’ was he said, ‘Mommy, you know who she is. My ‘Princess’ at the big desk.” As soon as the words were out of her mouth I scooped up Josiah and gave him the biggest hug! I had tears of joy streaming uncontrollably down my cheeks! This little child, the quiet little boy who always waves and speaks to me not only knows my name, but I’m his Princess! What an honor! His gift wasn’t only wrapped in that present, his real gift was giving me the blessing of his love.
We may not be blessed with natural born children, but we are blessed with each child that crosses our paths. I just wanted to take the opportunity to acknowledge the gift that all children can be to adults that get caught up in the rush of life. God gave them to us to nurture and love. I’m so thankful today, not only for little Josiah, but for all of the children in my life, old and new. There just can’t be too much love, especially God’s love and blessings.
Thank you, Jesus, for the blessing of today. Thank you for all of the children that have come in and out of my life and the children that I look forward to throughout my years. Thank you for letting me be a positive influence on them and help me continue to be a beacon of light to any child that needs me. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!
I awoke this morning knowing it was going to be a great day. It is. The sun is shining, my dogs are playing, my husband is hunting for his 6th straight Thanksgiving Day deer, and I have food cooking in the kitchen as I’m typing. I even got to go pluck the biggest head of cabbage out of our garden to fix for my family, and I’m delivering dinner to family members this afternoon. I am blessed beyond words, beyond anything I could say here.
I am thankful everyday. I am especially thankful today, the day that we give thanks for all of our blessings and honor the bond between the natives and those who took over their land. I am grateful to have a piece of land to grow our food on. I am thankful that my husband and I both have the ability to hunt for our meat, and that he’s wildly talented at it. (After all, he is part Native American) I am thankful for so many things… the roof over our heads, the food in reserves, the family we share it with, the friends we love so much, the blessings that aren’t only conveniences but essential to everyday life here… running water, electricity, soap. (yes, soap!)
We take a lot for granted everyday, thanking God for only what we’ve prayed for and gotten answers. Today I am thankful for ALL things, big and small. I’m even thankful for the little mouse in my kitchen that scared me last night as I was baking sweet potato pies. He provided much laughter thanks to my reaction when I found him seeking heat under my oven!
I am thankful for forgiveness. I am thankful for love. I am thankful for kindness. I am thankful for laughter. I am thankful for compassion. I am thankful for strength. I am thankful for my husband, my gift from God. I am thankful for Jesus. I am thankful I am a Child of God. I am thankful for His love and grace. I am thankful to share my blessings with you. I am thankful that you took the time to read this.
Share your blessings, don’t count them, just share them. I pray that we all have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving Day, safe travels, and merriment wherever we are! In Jesus’ name I praise and THANK HIM, Amen!
I say it to my favorite little ones: You have to give good to get good. When you give goodness to people, a smile, a listening ear, a prayer… you get goodness in return. It all comes back eventually, but think about it: when you smile at someone, most times they’ll smile back. My point with the little ones is geared more towards their behavior: when you give good, when you act good, you get good in return, you ARE good for your actions.
Simply put, give good – give thanks for today, give yourself a pep talk about the blessings in your life, smile at someone that’s having a bad day (or just a bad attitude in general). What can it hurt? What you give is what you get… so give good, you’ll “get good”, especially in the eyes of God.
Have a blessed day – I am! 🙂 I pray for all of us today that we all can keep in mind that everyone deserves a little kindness, and for it to spread like wildfire. Amen!
I typed this above entry at 6:30 this morning. Here’s my testimony of proof that when you spread goodness, it comes back.
By 7:00 my husband was the winner of 2 tickets to see Marty Stewart in concert tomorrow night, won a coffee mug and was entered to win a grand prize of some kind of hunting gear. By 7:30 I won the same radio contest, winning 2 more tickets to the concert and I was entered to win a grand prize drawing of a diamond ring and gift certificates from local stores. I gave the tickets back so someone else could win, but asked to be kept in the grand prize drawing.
By 8:30 I was blessed 3-fold in a monetary gift (I gave $20 to a friend in need a few weeks ago – it came back to me today from another friend, but was multiplied to $60). At first I refused to take the money – the friend was offering it to me because I’ve missed so much work lately and she wanted to help. When I asked her not to give it to me she told me that her mother always told her that when you bless someone else it comes back to you, and that I wasn’t to take away her blessing. I understood and I respected her request to help me. I continue to give many thanks for her and her kindness, and I’ve asked God to bless her in return. Because of her gift I was able to buy my family’s Thanksgiving turkey and tuck away a bit. (I am so thankful!!)
It didn’t end there. Unexpectedly I was given a “new” desk today (it’s not brand new, but it’s new to me). I had no idea it was coming and it gives me more room to accommodate my work needs. I was also blessed at work by a loving parent that thanked me for always being a happy face when she comes and goes, and she gave me a heartfelt hug.
I passed that hug along to a work-family member that needed a little extra support… I didn’t know why at the time, but she just looked like she didn’t feel good and needed a hug. I also gave her the scarf I knitted to keep her neck warm while she was getting her class off of the bus. It matched her blouse perfectly today and she looked beautiful with it. It turns out she lost her mother a year ago and it really hit her hard this morning. She told me this afternoon that my hug really touched her. You see, her mother was a hugger too, and I prayed softly in her ear when I hugged her this morning that Jesus would be with her today and lift whatever was hurting her. She kept the scarf on all day and wore it home… and I was happy that I made her day better.
I could go on, but you get it… at least I hope you do. This is solid proof that when you GIVE GOOD you really do GET GOOD. Pass the Word. I am, and I am blessed for it. Thank you, God, for ALL of my blessings, physical and spiritual, and please bless each reader of my words. In Jesus’ name I pray in thanks, AMEN!!! 😀
As of late I’ve had lots of reasons to have panic attacks. I’m dealing with them through prayer and have found great comfort in giving my worries over to God. Human nature makes this easier said than done, but you know that already. It’s so easy to let the words and actions of others hurt your feelings and take a toll on your mind. Especially when someone attacks your character, judges you without knowing the true “you” that no one knows behind closed doors, but through prayer you can alleviate some of the stress that comes along with that.
Gossip, words of hatred, malicious emails and actions taken by your peers or family can devastate you. Don’t let it. These things are generated by their own insecurities. “Out of guilty consciences come wicked tongues.” Think about how many times you’ve said or done something that hurts someone else. When you sit back and look at the true reasoning behind your actions, deep down something is bothering you on a different level, most likely subconsciously, causing you to lash out at the recipient of your anger.
What I’m asking of you today is to turn a deaf ear to the people who criticize you. Turn your fears and insecurities over to God and he will reward your faith with the release of this stress that burdens you. When you feel attacked, don’t hate the haters, pray instead that God touches them in a way that shows His power and fills their hearts with joy, that they may find their own path to Him and keep their tongues silent against you.
Today I pray for protection against myself and my family as I give to you my words. I pray that those who find it necessary to criticize my new endeavor to share my walk with God…I pray that their hearts will turn and find understanding and acceptance so that they may grow closer to God themselves. I pray for joy for each of us, happiness to fill our hearts and souls, and that we start this day knowing that today is destined for greatness – no one can keep you down when you have your faith in our most High God, Jesus Christ, Our Savior. For these things and more, I pray for all of you reading and for myself. In Jesus’ name, Amen!