|Posted on February 14, 2014 at 3:25 PM||comments (0)|
In How Nicholas Became Santa Clause, Nicholas the infant had to deal with the trials of life. To make choices, to give in or fight without being broken in spirit. To be successful eventhough the people upon whom you have depended all through life thus far are no longer present. Finding a way to triumph over seemingly overwhelming odds with a smile on your face and a laugh in your belly is truly a gift. Everyone is given this gift on a daily basis. Recognizing our triumphs as gifts, is part of the magic of being Human. Have you found the gift you were given today?
I never imagined this when we were playing house as kids, did you?
As children, we are shown, but don’t often pay attention that the realities of life are determined by society, or that we must justify our choices and decisions. As children, our actions and the consequences that result are rarely considered before we pursue our course. This lesson is learned on the go, by making mistakes.
We are taught to base our decisions on our experiences and those of our grand parents, parents, siblings, those around lest we repeat history. No one would imagine that you could fall in love with someone that no one will accept, or would call a mistake. Or, that the people on whom you depend would throw you into the world with only that which you carry. But that was the plan life had for me.
I had a choice give in, or stand and prove everyone wrong by being successful as a couple and as parents. My Uncle Jack, a priest told me “There are no mistakes if you listen to the lesson that it offers. GOD, gives us every tool needed to be successful, we just require the faith to believe it to be so. You must decide to listen to the inner voice given to guide you, then when a solution is found, it must be shared.” We chose to stand and be successful.
Our first-born girl, was beautiful but had trouble breathing and passed away at four months of age. We were terrified and expecting another child, “total bed rest” until he’s born. Our children came faster than expected and long before term. All were so tiny, Darrell and I were afraid to touch or hold them.
As children, we never pretend that children can be born imperfect, so fragile it seemed if breathed on them they’d shatter or can break if you touched. As children, everyone imagines that their life, when all grown up will be like a fairy tale, no one imagines that many lives begin on hazardous ground. What can be done now? There were so many questions and doubts, so many emotions to sort through. Was it my fault that the baby was born too early? We looked at our little creations; there were tubes and wires coming from everywhere. There seemed to be more tubes and wires than baby. Thousands of questions, yet we found few answers. We were told with each birth to prepare for a death. No, that was unacceptable. We, fought for, and with them, they live.
I never imagined this when we were playing house as kids, did you? No, but I wouldn’t change a thing because it made us all strong.
|Posted on January 22, 2014 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
There is an answer in every tragedy, we need only be willing to find the question. First we must put aside: anger, self pity, doubt, public opinion, and the loss of what could have been. Once the question is found, it's answer will bring strength and the ability to move forward. Faith brings hope, hope brings possibility, possibility brings achievement. All achievements are little miracles because of the hurdles overcome to get there.
|Posted on January 18, 2014 at 8:10 PM||comments (0)|
We just received the Library of Congress certificate for How Nicholas Became Santa Clause.
|Posted on January 17, 2014 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
Something to think about, as you start your day.
Shared with love.
Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalms 18:32-34 It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
The 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; So that I may be reasonably happy in this life And supremely happy with Him Forever and ever in the next. Amen. A prayer attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr (1892-1971)
No matter my mood or physical condition, I begin each day with the above devotions, which give me strength and keep me from feeling sorry for myself. My husband’s uncle the Rev Lonie Cash told me that if I said these four verses in this order, I would never have a day of regret. When those days, which are filled with pain, anxiety or fear. That is when I draw strength from these. All other days these verses are my foundation, and allow me to treat all without preconceived expectations until proven otherwise.
|Posted on December 27, 2013 at 8:25 PM||comments (0)|
"And God so loved the peoples of the Earth he sent us His only son, Jesus Christ."
During the Christmas season we celebrate the gift of Love given freely by the creator who sent us His only son even though that son would become the sacrificial lamb of our salvation. It for this reason, that we present each other gifts which represent our love and concern for each other. Although material gifts received are appreciated, my most favorite gift is the time spent with friends and family.
What did my family offer me this year? They did all the preparation, cooking, cleaning, shopping and most of the wrapping as their father worked, and I recovered from surgery. Since Christmas they have done all the cooking, cleaning and straightening, while preventing me from overdoing. For this, I am very grateful, and will cherish the memory always.
|Posted on December 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM||comments (0)|
Although many people are injured, become ill or die each day, it becomes especially hard to bear during times of special occasion. So let us all remember those who are struggling with hardship or loss this season. Join your voice with mine asking for comfort, healing, understanding and the renewal of spirit, that they may again find joy and laughter. The sharing of memories is the best way to keep someone in ones heart. For it is the sharing that keeps their energy in the world.
|Posted on December 5, 2013 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
Our prayers are with the family, friends and the world for the loss of Nelson Mandela. May we honor his passing without displays of violenc
|Posted on November 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM||comments (0)|
Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah to all.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, let us all remember that tomorrow is a day for thanks, not arguments and hurtful words. Put aside pride make the first move to mend fences. Family, (weather by birth, adoption, or marriage) is the foundation, upon you are designed. You may find that both sides of the fence have some eye-appeal that may be appreciated by all.
|Posted on November 26, 2013 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
HAPPY HOLIDAYS to ALL, and to ALL a good LIFE
Acknowledging all the peoples of the world, our society has become very politically correct. People have become so afraid of offending anyone that we hesitate to call Christmas by it’s name. This Christmas season is so named for the Christian celebration of the birth of Christ, the only son of the Creator, sent to give His life to save our souls. This season of peace and thanksgiving is the time of year that is filled with patience, tolerance and concern for others. A time when hospitality is granted to ALL with whom we come in contact.
That said, there are many peoples who celebrate different religions with celebrations occurring between now through the New Year. Below, from the Interfaith Calendar, is a listing of the celebrations that will take place between now and the end of January 2014. To all peoples of all religions we wish for you the blessings of health, love, prosperity, and safety.
24 ◦ Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom - Sikh •
26 ◦ Day of the Covenant * - Baha'i
28 ◦ Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha * - Baha'i ◦ Thanksgiving - USA - Interfaith
28-Dec 5 ◦ Hanukkah * - Judaism
30 ◦ Saint Andrew's Day - Christian
• 1 through 24 ◦ Advent (first Sunday) - Christian
• 6 ◦ Saint Nicholas Day - Christian • 8 ◦ Rohatsu - Bodhi Day ** - Buddhist ◦ Immaculate Conception of Mary - Catholic Christian
• 12 ◦ Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian • 16-25 ◦ Posadas Navidenas - Christian • 21 Solstice ◦ Yule * - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere ◦ Litha * - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere ◦ Yule - Christian • 24 ◦ Christmas Eve - Christian
• 25 ◦ Christmas * - Christian
• 26 ◦ Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra)** - Zoroastrian
• 28 ◦ Holy Innocents - Christian • 29 ◦ Feast of the Holy Family - Catholic Christian
• 31 ◦ Watch Night – Christian
• 1 ◦ Mary, Mother of God - Catholic Christian ◦ Feast of St Basil - Orthodox Christian ◦ Gantan-sai (New Years) - Shinto ◦ Holy Name of Jesus - Orthodox Christian
• 5 ◦ Twelfth Night - Christian ◦ Guru Gobindh Singh birthday - Sikh
• 6 ◦ Epiphany - Christian ◦ Feast of the Theophany - Orthodox Christian ◦ Dia de los Reyes - Christian ◦ Nativity of Christ - Armenian Orthodox
• 7 ◦ Nativity of Christ ** - Orthodox Christian
• 13 ◦ Baptism of the Lord Jesus - Christian ◦ Maghi - Sikh
• 15 ◦ World Religion Day - Baha'i
• 17 ◦ Blessing of the Animals - Hispanic Catholic Christian
• 18-25 ◦ Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Christian
• 19 ◦ Timkat- Ethiopian Orthodox Christian
• 20 ◦ World Religion Day - Baha'i
• 24 ◦ Mawlid an Nabi * ** - Islam
• 25 ◦ Conversion of Saint Paul - Christian
• 26 ◦ Tu BiShvat * - Jewish
• 27-30 ◦ Mahayana New Year ** - Buddhist ◦
|Posted on November 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
The Magic of Life Not very often do we stop to think of all the people and all the events that come together to create the person we are today.
Magic is that which is formed by physics or chemistry, but is not fully explained by science, yet is influenced by faith or belief. It does not need be explained, only experienced. Its affect upon us is determined by our experiences. Not everything need be explained. Trust your experiences, possess them, they are the magic that formed the person you have become.