Grateful in the moment.
As Kevin so poignantly pointed out, my hope is that my dear ones discover that true happiness, contentment, fulfillment, and joy are most sincerely discovered by serving others. That in their own search for truth, they come to the conclusion that it is in giving that we receive. Serving God is serving others. There is no greater gift then to give our lives for our friends.
I am blessed to live in a beautiful Mountainside home in a lake community.. I am guilty of working too hard, worrying too much and not making the time to slow down or better yet stop look go to remind myself how fortunate and blessed I am. The more I surround myself in nature the greater my inner peace becomes.
I show my respect for others by patiently tolerating the daily misgivings and aggressions that my line of work provokes in people. If I come upon them in a spirit of love then my natural response is forgiveness and the gift for me is a sense of knowing that I have done my work to be an agent of God and his love.
Grace abounds! When I use my pains and disappointments to unify myself with my Lord who gave his life for my salvation, a stillness overcomes me. It reminds me the greatest sacrifice we can make, is to give our life for a friend. So, in my disappointments, my trials and tribulations, I offer myself to the living God. Gratefully unifying myself to his cross, offering my suffering for the many whose sufferings are far greater than mine.
Gratitude, can be best expressed when it’s shared with others. Just as self-love can help us to discover ourselves gratitude asks us 2 find the good in others. It is a recognition that all things in life material, emotional,, and supernatural are gifts from God intended as his will in our lives.
As a child of God. Loving, unselfish and always willing to listen.
By giving back in the form of time, Talent, OR treasure. Random acts of kindness and listening to people genuine concern and empathy
This weekend I moved my son into New York City. As a person who grew up without a stable family life, I never received help from anyone. So, when my newly employed son the handsome salary said he had to move. My first thought was for him to hire a mover. His mother however had a different thought. She spent three days last week preparing him and organizing him and packing him for the move. Saturday I loaded up my truck with my tools and we carried everything to his sixth floor apartment. Ther...
This weekend I moved my son into New York City. As a person who grew up without a stable family life, I never received help from anyone. So, when my newly employed son the handsome salary said he had to move. My first thought was for him to hire a mover. His mother however had a different thought. She spent three days last week preparing him and organizing him and packing him for the move. Saturday I loaded up my truck with my tools and we carried everything to his sixth floor apartment. There I began the dreaded numbered step instructions on how to assemble his bed and his night table. 10 hours later it was done. Driving home exhausted, I looked over at my most caring wife and realized the kindness in her heart. I also realized the reason I didn’t think of helping him move was because there was no one there when I needed them. So, I can’t take credit for the kindness’ origin but I can be grateful that I was able to extend that kindness to my youngest son and to be a part of his first real step into manhood.
As Howie joked, I am one of those people that only gets moving when a pressure is put on them. So, I would say the need for my services in any charitable means is one of the key things that gets me going. It is only faith, hope, and love that keep me going.
Truth and devotion. Love and willfully suffering. Fortitude and surrender. And the Word was with made flesh and dwelt Among Us. He gave us truth.
In the quietude of my early morning prayer, sitting and reading with classical music playing, walking my dogs. Spending time surrounded by Nature. Singing the Praises of God.
To make sure everyday I write down three things that I’m grateful for in my journal.
Challenges give us an opportunity to show ourselves what we are truly made of. We can fall the face of challenges and welcome the defeat or we can use it as an opportunity to recognize the end of our humanity and the beginning God’s greatest work in US.
The desire to change, to be open to God’s will for me in my life. The desire to be holy.
The struggles of the world today are no different than they have been through all the time. The current generation just sees them as new to them. For me it’s the same Anthem every day. Trust in God that he will bring good out of the darkness and look for ways to love, with the understanding that one can only love when forgiveness is constant.
Today I will stop oh, look, listen and be ever mindful of all the Graces we are given this day and God’s goodness. I will look for ways to express my gratitude love and appreciation color wonder that is God.
As Brother David says in every moment we have the opportunity to hope and to trust in God. So, every moment is an opportunity to give thanks for life and the opportunity to share God’s love.
My feet. That lead me on the path of life. My eyes allow me to see those in need and my heart because it allows me to share the love it harbors.
Faith and trust in God as well as a sense of gratitude for the many times in my life that God has pulled me through.
Thank you for that and tenant. You are my inspiration today. May God bless you.
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