That's the way I heard it put during a sermon, and how right that is. Blessings are everywhere, if I am available to see them. Half an hour ago, I ran into the woman at Colectivo/Alterra that gives me a hug when I see her. We gave each other a hug and a nice "good morning." Know what her name is? Liv
Yep, "LIV(e)" That's the message to me.
Am off to Colorado this morning with my sister and sister-in-law - all through a blessing from a student's parent. How cool is that? Talk about a blessing. I've understood this week more than others that I am blessed beyond belief. I didn't always see it that way, as I looked at others and saw what I didn't have in my life. I knew that was not a good way of looking at things, but for some reason kept doing it.
So, that's what I've been praying about, to view life's blessings everywhere and know God's presence here and now, with deep gratitude. I also send out prayers to the people and families of Orlando and others, and for my old friends too.
After "putting my foot down" last week, it's gone well, but I caught myself using words the other day that kept me thinking old ways, like "change is not easy," or "it's not always easy." That is changing too. It's how you frame it and with the help of prayer, and friends, I'm seeing that more and more.
So, reframe it. I'll be unplugged in Colorado for five days. I could take that as a pain, but I'm going to rejoice at that instead. Shoot, I'll be in the mountains, time to soak it all in!
On another note, last week I also mentioned the heart needed to dig deep into to make decisions and get on with things. That heart is in all of us. I think it's our true, loving self, full of life and goodness. I read a church bulletin note from Racine's First Presbyterian Church's Pastor Gillian this week that talked about heart. She talked about running the race that is before us, and related the story of John Stephen Akhwari and his 1968 Olympic marathon race. It might not be what you think, so please check it out below. That is heart! I love it. It sure brought me goosebumps and helped inspire me this week. That's the kind of heart we all have and that can change life's perspective. Thank you Gillian.
I start out today with prayers about love and blessings and I send all of those out to whoever may be reading today, and all others too. Remember that heart we have, and the blessings of God. Have yourself a blessed week. I hope you know God's blessings in your life too. XO