WHAT DO WE HAVE TO BE THANKFUL FOR?

I consider myself to have been richly blessed with many special acquaintances on this planet. Of course my family is number one – my husband, my three children and their better halves along with their children and countless pets. I’ve also been given the friendship of classmates in school, co-workers, students and a whole big church community.

Why shouldn’t I be thankful? Why shouldn’t I be filled with gratitude? When you measure life with the number of people in it, you aren’t always being realistic. When times get tough, you often find out who your real friends are. Those who stick with you when you’re down and out – who aren’t just along for a free ride – those who genuinely care about you.

There were days when I didn’t think I had a friend in the world. I felt the pressure of my peers to be a certain way, to dress to fit the mold, to fit in. In my efforts to please everyone else, I compromised myself. I made mistakes which I would eventually regret, but at the time it seemed right.

Now as I get closer to the end of my years, I can look back and thank God for putting obstacles in my way, so that I would learn how to deal with them in the future. He allowed sadness to overtake me when loved ones passed before their time. He showed me how hard it was to live on little, yet He also showered me with earthly treasures and then brought me back to reality by letting that pass and showing me what was really important.

I think we all face times of complete emptiness, when we think we’re alone in our battles. That time can lead us to self inflicted pain, anxiety and even thoughts of the world being a better place without us. I’ve felt that way a few times over this life span of mine.

We live in a world filled with unknowns and indecision – conflict – anger, hate, division – corruption, lies, politics as usual and a pandemic that seems to be touching everyone. All of that is enough to make a normally cheerful person, feel like crawling under a rock and hiding forever.

I often feel like Solomon – chasing the wind. Both my husband and I are artists. I can still hear my dad saying, “Why don’t you get a real job?” Most folks would think we’re chasing the wind and perhaps we are. Still I feel that even though we can no longer physically enrich the world with brain or brawn, we can fill the desire for beauty and words that will encourage and inspire.

Besides that we do have an everlasting friend, who will not let us down. Who will be available 24/7. Who will provide answers when we feel lost or alone. Who will love us unconditionally and want only what’s best for us. What a friend we have in Jesus.

About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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11 Responses to WHAT DO WE HAVE TO BE THANKFUL FOR?

  1. you did get a “real” job—wife, mom, grandmother and my friend 🙂

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  2. Rebecca says:

    I’m thankful for the art, poems, humor and beautiful truth you share!

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  3. K.L. Hale says:

    What a friend we have in Jesus, indeed. This post touched my heart. I’m so thankful for the friends and loved ones that have been by my side when push comes to shove. And the days, like this morning, that I have to meditate deeply on the word and soak in the love of Christ so I can forge ahead. One would think the world would have even more empathy as we journey together through a pandemic. You are a wonderful artist and my prayers are with you both. Peace and love. Stay safe and healthy friend.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Thanks. We’ve been pretty much staying at home. I think I’ve gained 20 pounds since this pandemic began. My mom always said it was good to have some extra weight to compensate when we get sick. So far we remain healthy. I hope you’re managing through all this too. God has this.

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      • K.L. Hale says:

        God has it indeed! Today was a bit frustrating. And I’m so thankful to read your posts. I feel I’ve been put in an unhealthy environment over the love of money and business. It’s not a good thing. I bought a tiny house (on Oct. 30th) and close on the 2nd. Meanwhile, trying to sell my R.V. at a not-so-good-time of the year. I feel it’s time to establish roots near my aging parents. My Mom cancelled Thanksgiving. I’m not able to see my kids and grandkids. BUT IT’S OK. It’s out of love for one another that we are trying to stay safe and healthy. I give it all to God. I’m learning to sit with my sadness when it comes. And just give myself permission to feel it. And then, I feel better after I allow it to come out and rear its ugly head. Because I bank on the promises in the Word and my faith. Where would we be without it? Thank you for the conversation. It’s comforting today.

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        Of course. I know taking on anything new is always hard. There’s so much of the Unknown involved. A whole new set of things to plan for and be responsible for, but as you say, we can endure just about anything when we remember that God is in control. We have to trust that his will and timing will be for our good. May he keep you under his protection and love during this time.

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      • K.L. Hale says:

        Thank you so much Kathy 💚🙏🏻🤗

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