Ten Things of Thankful – 5/22/18

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I’ve been absent for the most part lately, I’m sure you’ve noticed that.  I’ve been in quiet mode.  I tend to retreat a bit when life feels overwhelming.  The older I get the more I feel like it’s impossible to keep up with the things I want and need to do.  When that happens I take a break for awhile to give myself some room to breathe.  I will always come back to writing though, because it is a place I love.

There has been so much going on lately in life, in the lives of people I care about, and in the world.  It sometimes feels like every day brings new sadness.  It takes a powerful lot of praying to keep it all from weighing us down.  And that is my first thankful for this week… I am thankful for the power to pray, and for the powerful connection it is!  Prayer comforts me, prayer calms me, prayer reassures me, and every time I see my prayers so clearly answered it uplifts me and recharges me… and reminds me of Who is in control.

In connection with that, I am thankful for the close relationships I have, for the sharing, and for the opportunity to support and encourage each other.  There was a time in my life when friends and family were pretty much nonexistent and I felt so very all alone. Now my world is filled with loving, caring people, and together we journey through life. Thinking of any one of you, and them, gives me reason to smile and to feel blessed!

I find myself so often thankful for those small nudges and reminders that come to me from within.  I was shopping recently and when I got to my car and began to put my bags inside, something said to check the contents and make sure everything was there.  I never do this routinely.  But sure enough, a package of batteries for my hearing aids was missing and they are expensive.  I was grateful that I was still there and was able to go back inside to the cashier with  my receipt showing I had paid for them.  Sure enough, they were on the counter… she had forgotten to put them in the bag.

Small things can make a big difference in our lives.  I am so thankful for my new glasses! I knew I was experiencing some eyestrain, but the change with the new lenses was amazing, everything is so much clearer now, and the frames are lighter too! My eyes thank me, and I am thankful that Papa Bear and I were able to cover this important expense.

I am thankful that my daughter and son-in-law are now in the process of having a new home built North of Dallas.  They’ve been living in an apartment and are so ready to get back to having their own home and more space again.  It should be ready for move-in before Christmas and it will be exciting to watch the work progress.

I am thankful for the fun of new recipes tried and shared between family and friends. Papa Bear is always willing and eager to try something new, and it’s fun when we hit a real winner that we both agree needs to be saved for future use.

As I look at the forecast for the coming ten days here and see most of them in the triple digits, I am once again thankful for our powerful new AC unit that cools us so much better than the old one, and more energy efficiently.  The house is far more comfortable than it was during summer last year.

In view of the heat, and continued drought, I am thankful that I am able to provide water and food for the birds, rabbits, and ground squirrels that inhabit our yard. Life is hard for critters in the summer here, and to see them playing in the water and enjoying the food set out for them each morning and evening is a pleasure. It is a small way of giving back.

I am thankful that Papa Bear had last Saturday off work and we were able to work on some projects together.  Time shared is always such a blessing and he had time for resting too.  He is looking forward to this coming Sunday-Monday off due to Memorial Day, and the following week we are taking three days to go to a nearby lake for a little fishing to celebrate his 65th Birthday.  He works hard, and comes home tired, days off are reason to celebrate!

I am thankful for the example of people in my life who deal with difficult issues and manage to pick themselves up and keep going with courage, determination, and humor. Their experiences quickly put my own small worries and struggles into perspective.

Last but not least, I am ever thankful for our five furkids. These furry little animal spirits, each with their own personality, bring so much and laughter into our lives! They are a very spoiled bunch, but they also know exactly when I could use an extra snuggle, and when it’s time to stop testing the limits.  Their gentle affection and acceptance of us, faults and all, is a good reminder of how we all should be.

Blessings to each of you in the days ahead… Look for reasons to be thankful in your life, and remember to be a blessing to someone else!

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If you’ve never participated in our weekly Ten Things of Thankful blog hop, I encourage you to check it out!  You can click on the link at the top of this post to go to the Ten Things of Thankful blog page and read what others are sharing this week, or you can click on the blue button below to view the other links and add your own.

If coming up with ten things sounds impossible, don’t worry, we aren’t counting – any expression of gratitude will do! You will discover that focusing on the positives is powerful… it’s impossible not to feel better about life when you finish writing your post and reading what some of the other contributors have shared! The linkup opens early each Friday and closes at 11 PM on Tuesday night, so there is still time to join in!


 

Author: Josie Two Shoes

I've been blogging off and on since August of 2006. I adopted the pen name Josie Two Shoes in 2007 as I began a new chapter of my life standing on my own two feet. Now I'm married to the man of my dreams; we live in dusty West Texas with a house full of furkids. I am an Aquarian by birth, and although I am past sixty and slightly frayed around the edges, my fascination with this thing called life continues. Faith, family, and friends are important to me; so are honesty, trust, tolerance, compassion and kindness. I'm pretty up front about most things, so if you want to know something more about me, just ask! :-) You can also reach me by email and find me at my Facebook page.

10 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful – 5/22/18”

    1. I am so wrapped up in God’s love, Mimi, even on the hard days – blessed indeed! We eagerly look forward to time off for him, and more time together for us. Plans to go fishing is a bonus for him, he hasn’t had the opportunity to do that for quite awhile. 🙂

    1. It is the very best part of our lives, Viola. I don’t understand couples who don’t enjoy being together. Companionship and communication are the very best gifts of marriage, and weathering the storms of life together! We are very much looking forward to the extra time off this weekend and the following week!

  1. taking time to/for yourself really should be a priority (even if the binding forces of socialization and culture would hold otherwise), if you don’t have the energy for your own affairs, any effort to help those around us are less than we really would want.
    I am a firm believer in avoiding the news/current event and most of what comes out of the tv that is labeled ‘important to know’. It doesn’t mean that I don’t care what happens in the rest of the world, it’s just that with the proliferation of the various channels of media, the sensationalistic element can suck the life force from you. If I can’t do something directly (to help or to avoid) then I choose to spend my limited daily energies on things that are positive and affects those I know will benefit.
    (Silly example of sensational reporting: news story about the volcano in Hawaii; the lave flow (you’ll have to hear the growing shock and fear in the voice of the reporter) telling us it was moving at a rate of One Thousand feet per hour!!!
    (I did the obvious and very quick math… I didn’t worry after that).

    1. Thank you for the awesome comment, Clark! I used to be much harder on myself in attempting to comply with all the self-required “must do’s”, now I see that it is better to go with the internal flow, and certainly more peaceful and healthy. You are right that we need to recharge so we have energy to share with others.

      I am 100% in agreement with you regarding the sensationalist nature of the daily news. While Papa Bear prefers to watch it (but is able to let it bounce off him better than I can), I have learned to walk away, turn it off, and redirect. Our media has sadly become a sinkhole. There is still much good news in life to be found here in the blogsphere and elsewhere.

  2. Wonderful list of thankfuls. I am sorry loved ones are having a tough time though. Glad you got your hearing aid batteries back and new glasses plus Saturday with Papa Bear, all good things. XO

  3. How exciting for your daughter and son-in-law to have a new home in the process of being built!
    I’m thankful for those little nudges that remind me to do certain things or to avoid others.
    Taking time off to to refresh and renew is so important and allows you to come back ready to “tackle life” once more.
    Happy fishing!

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