Thursday, May 12, 2016
These things we have no control over. We simply accept them. Some identify these as the laws of nature or the results of them. I, however, have chosen to believe that every single one of these things is the result of a Higher power. Someone that holds the control of these steadfast things in the palm of his hand. You may say that I am brainwashed, that science has an explanation for the how and why these things exist. But there is one thing that science cannot explain. What is the purpose?
This question has been at the root of every persons being. The answer can be found in the things that we have the power to change. The simple smile that changes someone's whole day. The friendly wave or a quiet hug that lets them know that you care. You, be that one that makes the difference. Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Monday, February 22, 2016
Saturday, February 20, 2016
I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.
For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.
Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.
The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.
I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God.
When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.
Life's waves can overwhelm me, but then I remember. I turn my eyes back to Jesus and I can walk the stormy waters when I'm holding to his hand.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
...When I am feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things, then I don't feel so bad.
Sunshine and blue skies
Good strong Coffee with a shot of bourbon
Ruger's loyal company
Walking on the beach
Old books and hot tea on a rainy day
Watching "Grimm" and drinking wine with some of the best friends God put in my life
Singing with my siblings around my Grandma's piano
Trying new restuarants
Going new places
The smell of freshly plowed ground the spring time
Singing camp songs around a bonfire
Hugs from my Bolivian brothers and sisters
Riding motorcycle anywhere
Big jacked-up trucks (especially mine)
The smell of diesel fuel at the tractor pull
Watching the stars at night
Playing the piano in an empty church
Hiking and camping, experiencing the beauty of God's creation
Hoopy-hoppers with my sis
Driving a John Deere 2020 tractor
Sitting on the anvil, talking to my dear wise friend by the wood stove
Playing board games and doing puzzles
Visiting and laughing with my 93 year old Grandma V
Hugs from my little-not-so-little brother
The smell of freshly mixed tmr and the quiet calm of the dairy barn
The Vista in Sucre
The miracle of newborn animals
Driving down the open highway with my windows down and the radio up
Making homemade ice cream
Mudding with my bros
Making people laugh and smile
Fishing with Abby and Sarah
Hunting turkeys and deer
Flying, especially take-off
The satisfaction of a job well done
Learning new things
Surprises and fun secrets
Holding hands and long walks
Swimming in the river or ocean either one
Buckwheat cakes and sausage gravy
Old fashioned gentlemen that treat me like a lady even though they know that I can do it myself
Pizza, sweet potatoes, fresh fruit, kale and avocados, not necessarily together...
This is far from being a complete list but this is a glimpse of the blessings I have in my life.
Mostly, my favorite things are people and the memories I have with them. They are what keep me going when the going gets tough. They are the reminders that this path I am traveling is worth it. They are my sunshine when skies are grey. When I feel down and out they make me smile again. When I get off track and lose focus they point me in the right direction again. They are my team and I know I can count on them to have my back. 'Thank you' seems small in comparison to the difference you all make in my life. I can surely say that I am blessed.