Time For A Break

On this first day of 2018, I have prayerfully decided it’s time to take a deliberate break from the blog for a while.

My dream for the past several years has been to have a successful blog where I spend a good chunk of my time in front of the computer typing out posts that will encourage, edify, and enrich the lives of those who stop by to read. This is one of a few blogs that I have started over the years and I do love coming here when I can to type out the words that constantly fill my head.

However, in order to create and maintain a successful blog that people actually read, there has to be ample available time for planning and concentration and writing, as well as a good deal of time and ability to set aside for networking.

I have very little of any of that available to me at this time. For now, it is necessary for me to work at jobs to bring in a steady and consistent income and I have been blessed with a couple of them that I enjoy and afford me that necessity.

As I have done the usual planning for the new year, I feel very strongly that I need to be making intentional connections in areas where I am able and to let go of those areas where I am not able, at this time, to form those connections. With limited time, especially for the marketing and networking aspect of maintaining a blog that is actually read by people, I have to put it on the proverbial back burner for now.

However, I will continue to maintain my Facebook page and pray that it will be a blessing and encouragement to those who enjoy it and who take a moment to stop and read it while scrolling down through their news feeds.

There is a link to it on my right side bar here on the blog or you can click on this link to get to it:

https://www.facebook.com/myhandstoserve/

Thank you so much and hopefully, someday, I will be back!

 

God has given us all hands ~ hands to serve. Let’s use them to serve Him well.

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Thursday Thankfulness Throwback

 

Once upon a time I had a different blog in which I’m sure I personally coined the phrase “Thursday Thankfulness” (or maybe not) where I wrote about all the things I was thankful for that week and then posted it every Thursday.

Since this is Thanksgiving month and Thanksgiving is on a Thursday, my less-than-stellar imagination did not have to break much of a sweat to come up with a post idea this week. I’m resurrecting Thursday Thankfulness just for this week before Thanksgiving!

Everyone who has spent any time around me knows that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It was my mom’s favorite holiday, too, and the memories of Thanksgiving week over the past several years will go down in the archives as some of my all-time favorite remembrances.

I have written about doing the week’s worth of grocery shopping with my mom starting at least 2 weeks before the holiday, and making at least 2 trips to Walmart over the course of those 2 weeks, and marking off the items on her list as she put them in the cart, and trying to organize the list so we didn’t have to go back down too many aisles more than once, and keeping the cart out of other people’s way as she read labels and pondered how many cans of green beans we needed that year, and maybe going back to the cart corral to grab another cart, and how the bread better not be squished because my mom turned into a different person if the bread was squished, and the tears always flow as I relive those treasured times.

And I have written about all the activities that go on during the week with my out-of-town sister and brother and their families who all come up and spend the better part of a week at The Farm, which is the loving name we’ve bestowed on my parent’s country home even though it’s not a real farm. There’s smoking the turkey, lots of kitchen activity with everyone picking a side dish and grabbing a partner and putting it together (including the guys and kids since my sister and I became the main 2 cooks a few years ago!), a bonfire every night, 4-wheeling through the open fields and winding around through the trees and pond, card games and jigsaw puzzles, skeet shooting, target shooting, the pool table, and more.

And I have written about how emotional this holiday has been for me every year since losing my mom in 2012. While the rest of the family was involved in all the various activities, Mom and I were usually at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee having discussion after discussion about topic after topic. Even after losing her and missing her terribly each Thanksgiving for the past 6 years, with all the happy memories surrounding the season, it is still my favorite holiday of the year.

So since I have written about it all many times before, I won’t talk about any of that this year.

*Ahem*

*Blank stare*

This year, I will simply praise God for His creation of family. In the first and second chapters of Genesis, He instituted the family unit and what an ingenious idea that was.

Between my parents, siblings, in-laws, children, niece and nephews, and the recent additions of our new grandchild and her sweet mama, we’ve had our ups and downs, agreements and disagreements, dysfunction and semi-normal-function, laughter and tears. At various times, we’ve all had sickness and health, poverty and wealth.

And we keep coming back, year after year, for more. Together.

Thank You, Amazing God, for creating FAMILY.

 

God has given us all hands ~ hands to serve. Let’s use them to serve Him well.

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The Beauty In This Day

The beauty of this day cannot be ignored.

The picture above is Doug is outside sawing up the lightening-destroyed tree for firewood. I am inside working at the computer watching the scene and watching the leaves float gently from the trees surrounding our home. The beauty of the falling leaves ebbs and flows with every gust of wind. I can hardly stand the way it all fills my senses.

I thank God today for the changing seasons. What a loving thing for Him to create as He was creating the universe and us and setting our world in motion. I can’t imagine it was an afterthought to Him. I believe He created the seasons very specifically knowing they would bring us pleasure.

If you can’t see the beauty of the changing seasons today because of heavy weights in your heart, I understand that, too. I spent a long time not able to comprehend the beauty around me because of heavy clouds that always seemed to be hanging overhead.

The words “God loves you” and “I’m praying for you” may seem trite and meaningless when burdens are too heavy to bear one more day, but that does not mean they are not true. He does love you and I would love to pray for you. Actually I am praying for many of you today.

Your clouds won’t last forever. He sees. He loves. He cares. He answers prayers.
It’s true.

 

God has given us all hands ~ hands to serve. Let’s use them to serve Him well.

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