February 11, 2018 – It’s a God Thing
Not long after I became a born again Christian, I had a young lady tell me I had done a 360 degree turn around in my life. I no longer wanted or participated in the things from my old life. I didn’t need a drink, and the weekend drugs had disappeared completely shortly before my conversion. All I can say, that this happening in so short a time was that it was a “God Thing”.
My little sister once told me, a few years ago, that I had the patience of a saint and the willingness to help any that I could, in fact she said I seem to thrive on helping others, and again, I assume this had to be another “God Thing’, because it did not come about with effort on my part. It just happened.
All through my Christian life, things have come about, changes in my demeanor, in my thoughts, in my logic and conversations that I did not instigate myself. There was no question in my mind that they had to be a “God Thing”.
Even today, when someone mentions something about how I act, or how a need was met that I wasn’t involved in, I simply tell them it’s a “God Thing”. Sometimes these little surprises just show up or just seem to happen without my personal involvement in them. Today I am thankful for all “the God Things” in my life.
February 12, 2018 – A Taste of Spring
The last few winters were mild, in the fact that we had very little snow. Most of the time we had rain, but for the most part it seemed more like fall than winter. While I complained that I didn’t like the rain, it was more the cold moisture and how it makes my body feel.
For the two prior years, we actually only had one day of snow for each one. The temperatures stayed in the 40’s or above most of the time and there were predictions of some ice storms that never made it this far south. This winter seems to be making up for the last two. We’ve had our fare share of snow, ice and even rain.
Today it was temperate out and the sun was shining. It seemed more like a spring day than it did fall or winter. The winters are getting rougher for me. My body can’t tolerate the moisture and cold like it used to. I constantly am fighting with flair ups from the osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and have had more migraines than I do during the summer months. Today I was thankful for this a taste of spring.
February 13, 2018 – Fresh Air
I’ve lived in some pretty dirty places, and I am not talking about my homes. No, I am talking about the cities I have lived in like Cleveland and Chicago. The pollution in major cities is always higher than rural and country settings because of the industries and traffic they have there. Even in Largo, Florida, pollution levels were elevated during the Winter because of the influx of the Snow Birds and more traffic on the streets.
I remember one year, the bus driver and I were waiting in the early morning, at the church for people to show up for a ride to a convention. After about an hour no-one showed up so she decided to take me back to my apartment in Cleveland.
As we drove down the freeway, you could see the towering buildings of the city. It looked like someone had dumped a dirty vacuum cleaner bag over the top. That’s how polluted the city was, and that was very early on a weekend morning just after the sun had come up.
For years I had wanted to live out in the country, where you didn’t hear guns shot or arguing on the street all night, where the air was clean and clear and there was only a minimum of traffic. I got that wish when I moved to this rural town in Missouri. Within a week my gray pallor had changed to a healthy glow, just breathing the fresher air. Today I am thankful for fresh air.
February 14, 2018 – Learning
Ken, my late husband, used to tell me I was like a little robot that needed “input” all the time, because I always asked a lot of questions. I’ve always had a thirst for knowledge. I have always wanted to learn as much as I could.
I was a straight “A” student in school, yes I was the original “Nerd”. I loved learning. I excelled at every subject I took. I was like a sponge, just absorbing everything that came my way. I was the same way when I accepted Jesus. I wanted to know everything, that’s why I was always peppering Ken with questions. I figured, being a preacher for over 20 years, he had to know it all.
I still search for knowledge about all kinds of subjects, Jesus, God and the Bible being the three most important ones. I research and I read and I pray, and then I research and then I read, and then I pray some more. I have come to realize that we will never know all there is to know until we meet them face to face in heaven, but still I am thankful that I continue learning.