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Sunday Prayer: Giving Thanks

Sunday Prayer: Giving Thanks

Dear Lord, I would like to start by saying thank you. I didn’t know I needed help laughing but this week, it’s been endless laughs.  From my daughter stopping in the middle of the sidewalk to dance because of music from a passing car, to her singing with the music in church. Thank you for giving me such an energetic child. I can take her anywhere and she won’t tire out (still figuring out if this is really a positive thing).  Going out with her is not only fun, but exciting for me as well.  But it would be nice if she walked now and then. Thank you for giving me the time to think.  My husband has been home for a four-day weekend (he had to go to the doctor), and has helped out so much.  I feel so much pressure being lifted from my shoulders and my daughter is have four full days with her daddy. With my hubby home, home he has allowed me to decompress. I now feel like I can tackle the...
Sunday’s Prayer: Serenity

Sunday’s Prayer: Serenity

This week, this prayer just came to me while I was nursing my daughter, and as cliche as it could be, I felt it was fitting due to the week that I had. Serenity Prayer God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next. Amen. –Reinhold...

Walking Away From Negative People

Three years ago, I was a different person. I wasn’t as kind, open-minded as I am now. When I worked, that was exactly what I did.  I lived to work, and worked to live.  There was no balance of work and home life.  Work managed to infiltrate every corner of my life (including vacations). Quitting my job was one of the scariest yet liberating experiences that I had so far.  Once leaving my job, I relocated my personality, and I have literally come back from the dead.  I’m more positive, and all together happier than I was before. So today, when I had a meeting with my doctor (who is also a very negative person), I saw where I was three years ago and glad I’m no longer there. In a short visit of 20 minutes, he managed to turn an exciting experience into something that made me want to cry. I went to him while looking to confirm my good news. But instead, I ended up leaving the office with a heavy heart. So much has changed in me since I’ve last seen him, and he wasn’t even supportive of the positive changes that I’ve made. Instead, he berated me, and made me feel horrible. Since walking away from a job that did weigh a lot on me, I’ve learned a lot about what I have to deal with and what I should deal with. You have to deal with coworkers and clients, even if personalities don’t work together.  But, if you’re paying someone for a service and you don’t like the way they do business, you don’t...
Sunday Prayer: Showing Us The Signs

Sunday Prayer: Showing Us The Signs

Dear Lord, I think it’s safe to say this now, but HA! HA! The joke’s on me. This past week, you have shown more humor than man gives you credit for. This week, you have taught me a powerful lesson; how not to be comfortable. But really Lord?  Did you have to do that with 100º weather? Couldn’t you just have magically had an acorn show up on my window, or something subtle. I appreciate all lessons that you teach, I really do.  I do wonder if there is gentler lesson in my future (just asking).   Also Lord, thank you for the lesson regarding my daughter. Since our apartment is so hot, our daughter has learned to delay her bedtime. No, I can’t completely blame that on you, but it is rather convenient for it to happen [all of a sudden] with the hot weather, hmm? So, thank you Lord for reminding me to have a little more patience. Again, the in-your-face lessons are working wonders, but maybe I’m ready for some gentle teachings (again, a girl just has to ask). One last thing Lord, I hope you find who are you looking for so that you can put the cover back on hell,and relieve us from this oppressive heat-wave. There are others that have been going though this longer than we have, but in a week, man is going to look for ways to blot out the sun. So, to prevent us from doing something stupid, I hope you find the person....

Season of Lent: Appreciation for Life

This is the fifth post of my Lent Series, here is the first post Lent is the Beginning of Change. It is amazing that these days that bad news sells so much faster than good news. Negativity travels far and reaches so many before positive influences can take place. We look forward to other people’s misfortune’s because deep down we want to see others do worse than us. For example, look at the horrible conditions the people of Japan are going through. Thousands have loved ones that are missing, or dead, and there is no way to know of their fate. Hundreds of people have been washed out to sea and slowly washing up on the shores. In the US, we have some people who say that Japan deserved this for attacking the US during WWII. There have also been comments spoken that they were the ones truly responsible for our financial crisis (not greedy people here in our own backyards) and this is their punishment. There are some things we can do to learn from our brothers and sisters in Japan. You must look within for strength. There is something resilient about the human spirit that allows the strong minded to take charge, and fix situations. There is something deep down that wants to make a person want to live and survive, these things we should look for. In an area that is surrounded by death and suffering, we must truly have an appreciation for the life that we do have, and make the best of this short time that we have on this earth. We may not know...

Season of Lent: Acceptance of Self

This is the fourth post of my Lent Series, here is the first post Lent is the Beginning of Change. For 18 years of my life, I was overweight; and that is saying it nicely. I always tried to convince myself that once when I lose the weight, I’ll be happier. I will be able to wear clothes that I always wanted to. I will finally be free. I told myself this during all the times that I tried to lose weight. Happiness was something I couldn’t find within me, I needed to have my weight lowered for me to reach that conclusion. Every time I tried a new diet, I failed. Every time that I failed I would go into a long rant to myself in front of a mirror, while pointing out the areas on my body I didn’t like. In 2009 I decided to do something different, instead of looking for a physical marker to show my happiness, I started to rely on my mind. My weight loss journey is still going on, but I’ve lost 70 pounds so far. In order for me to move forward, I had to change. I praised myself, and I have stopped putting my self down. I had to look in the mirror and confront who I was and improve my relationship with myself. After I did that, then the weight started coming off. I think we sometimes forget that it is very important to accept ourselves first. Many times we look to worldly things, possessions, or someone else’s approval to make us happy. We try our hardest to live up...
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