"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, Who is in you, Whom you have received from God? ... So use every part of your body to give glory back to God..." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving 2014

"True thanksgiving means that we need to thank God for what He has done for us,
and not to tell Him what we have done for Him."
[George R. Hendrick]
Today as I ran around the track I thanked God for the soreness of my legs. I praised God for the lost breath and I was deeply appreciative of just one more run.
Today is not a day to remember what we have lost but give thanks for what we have. To appreciate what we once had but may not any longer.
It is the simple things that we take for granted that bring fruit to the bigger blessings.
If we can not give thanks for just the breath we breathe then how will we be able to use that breath to give action to greatness.
If we can not give thanks for the tears we cry how can we see compassion, love, forgiveness and the beauty of the heart.
If we can not give thanks for the time we shared with deceased loved ones how can we embrace those that want to be loved?
I could go on and on. Oh, the tears shed as I grieve those I love that are gone. But I Thank God for my relationship with HIM. He is the great counselor. He comforts me and fills my empty tank. I am overwhelmed with blessings. From the touch of a childs hand to the wink of my husbands eyes as I catch him staring at me from afar.
From the laughter of Ariels voice and the crooked smile of my mothers face I am grateful for moments gone and the moments that will never leave my heart.
As we pause to thank Him for the blessings of the past year, we must not forget to thank Him for the lessons  we have learned through our difficult times.

We are not to be thankful for just the pleasant, easy things, but ALL things." Millie Stamm
I love my family. We are all made so very different.  I am missing my family terribly in Florida. My husbands family separated for the first time in the 25 years that  I have been with them.  This saddened me but it was a choice they felt they had to make and I respect that.  One thing I have tried to learn is that you do not have to agree with peoples choices but you do have to try accept them.
Thanksgiving is a reminder to live without regrets. In a blink of an eye special moments and special people can exit from our lives. I know this from losing both my parents and Ariel. No Redos. So be confident for the choices your make. Keep a clean heart. Be grateful all the time.


  1. Happy Thanksgiving! I always find the Holidays difficult since loosing my Dad and my Sister. I used to cry every holiday, missing them so much. Time has past and I have found my way back and now I am grateful for the time I did have with them. I still miss them, still shed some tears but now it is with the reminder of the life I have been given and to live it to the fullest, with them in memory. Carri~A Running bee

    1. Carrie, I am not sure how I missed this post. Well said. The holidays make me a bit more meotional. I am always thankful but there are times I just want to cry. I miss those special people. The holidays bring beautiful moments and it seems most of my tears are shed because I want to badly to share those monets with my loved ones that I have lost....Mom, dad, Ariel and grandma. Then there are times that I cry because no one can take the place of family. I have no parents left, no family here and there are times that I just need them..the realness of family.