The very act of being grateful releases brain chemicals that reduce pain and increase feelings of wellbeing and comfort. Actively identifying things to be grateful for instead of dwelling on one’s misery is an excellent way to relieve pain without pills, but it does require practice to be effective. I know from experience…
Gospel Music. Hymns and other church music in general, but especially old-fashioned harmonized Gospel Music. The Kingdom Heirs is one of my favorite Gospel Groups. Every Sunday morning our local radio station plays all Gospel Music for several hours. I love to listen!
By feeding them. Today our little Bryson City United Methodist Church will be providing free meals to less fortunate folk in our area who are chronically food-challenged. One cannot begin to pursue life’s loftier ambitions until one’s basic living needs, like food and shelter, have been attained…
My impaired health keeps me from physically participating in many of the activities that I used to enjoy helping others with. So instead I have looked for and identified ways and means of being helpful that don’t require the physical prowess that I once enjoyed. And I have been pleasantly surprised that there is no shortage of such things that I just hadn’t considered as being helpful before. All one has to do is look…
Regardless of whatever you may be today, above all else,
…by always doing my best to “Love Thy Neighbor” even though some “neighbors” aren’t very neighborly or even very likable. I try to remember that I really have no idea what terrible times that not-so-nice neighbor may be going through in their own life…
By recognizing that it exists. By continuing to practice it regardless of outside pressures from others to the contrary. By expanding its reach to some that I previously might have neglected or even shunned. By understanding that it is an integral component of the love that we are called to offer to all our neighbors in this broken world in which we live…
Memories of my late wife, Penny Luv, and our wonderful lifetime together. So long as my memory lasts, she will never be fully gone…
I have learned that a medical condition involving my heart has left me much less self-sufficient than I have previously been all my life. I have learned to graciously ask for, and gratefully receive, much more help from others than I have ever before needed. And I have learned that I can still offer help and value to others in spite of my diminished capacity for physical efforts, which has helped me to regain a sense of self-worth and usefulness.
“Better to have loved and lost
than never to have loved at all,,,”
Alfred Lord Tennyson
I couldn’t have said it better
my church family.
Doing for others.
Not necessarily always in that order…
…my God, and my Church Family…
I thank God every day for giving me sufficient resources to live reasonably comfortably and still have some to share with those less fortunate. I am indeed blessed…
…also wish Kevin’s wife a Happy Birthday!! 🎂🎊🎁
Build a couple of portable desks for homeschooled children for a friend. Shop for supplies to bake cookies for Giving Spoon to give away with their free meals. Pray.
Not necessarily in that order…🙏🏻❤️
Don’t recollect when/where/ from whom I first heard this quote but it has stuck with me for many years…
“The only thing in this life that I have complete control of is my ATTITUDE. Act accordingly.” It has helped me greatly to maintain an “Attitude of Gratitude…”
By giving others a smile and a friendly greeting. Simply acknowledging another’s presence and value as a fellow human being can be priceless to some yet costs me nothing except for a little kindness and thoughtfulness…
…memories of my late wife…
Thank God for photos!
Michele, you just gave me my first good chuckle today
and put a smile on my face! Thank you!
Hello, Michele… Thank you for remembering me! I still make 20 dozen oatmeal cookies a week for the Giving Spoon Free Meals Ministry here in Bryson City, NC. Will send you my final recipe if you like. My email is [email protected] Next month I hope to be starting a new heart med which hopefully will allow me a somewhat more normal lifestyle. And next week I am scheduled to receive my first of two Covid-19 vaccine shots! God is good!
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