33. I’m thankful I never got poison ivy before. I got it last week, and am itching like crazy! But things could be much worse :). That’s what I get for weeding–a practice to be avoided at all cost.
34. I’m thankful for cordless phones. I don’t have a cell phone, and somehow we lost our one cordless phone. Now, I still have a corded phone, but every time I had to walk to one end of the house to answer the phone, I was thankful that I didn’t always have to do that.
35. I’m thankful for discretionary cash–a new phone is on the way from Amazon prime with two cordless handsets.
Now for my thoughts about life:
- I’m too busy blogging. I tried to slow down for the summer– but it really hasn’t happened yet. So I am doing no new recipes for the summer unless it is a blog hop. I had to update to a new theme, so many pictures and formatting are out of whack. I’m going to start polishing up some old post on Tuesdays with my food linky. This has been one of my goals for this year, but I haven’t had time to do it yet.
- I need to get more disciplined in the morning and keep my kids on a tighter schedule. I’ve been really lax and with swimming lessons for two weeks, we have to get more done before swimming.
- I need to see my Grandma more. She is only 15 minutes away right now, but with babysitting 3 days a week and swimming and kids play dates and t-ball, I haven’t been able to see her much. We can see her health failing–just getting more frail all the time. She turns 92 in a couple of weeks.
A thought that I was mulling over this week:
It doesn’t matter how old you are, you still want to be accepted and liked by others. That is not a feeling that stops after you enter your 20’s. A couple of “exclusions” (in my mind, but may not be true) have happened recently; and it bothered me. So as I had some of the same emotions I had back when I was a teenager, it made me realize that wanting to be accepted is not just for teenagers.
Adults want to be accepted too–that is why many adults are in debt as they buy the big house and the expensive cars and designer clothes– so they will be accepted by certain people or groups. Those things are not bad in themselves, unless you don’t have the means to buy them, but will put your financial affairs at risk to uphold a certain look or standing.
And even if we don’t do that, we still sometimes get the rush of emotions when we feel like we were slighted or not included.
So do we rely on those emotions? Do we dwell on them? Do we act like we may have when we were teenagers and cry and let it ruin our day?
Here are some questions I asked and would be great for anyone to ask when they start feeling not accepted or wanted:
- Am I just being emotional and reading into this, imagining things that aren’t true? Am I being too sensitive?
- Is there a reason why people may not want me to come to this activity? Am I abrasive? Would my lifestyle not fit in with their activity?
- Is the Lord trying to teach me something through this situation (of course He is–everything that enters my life is filtered through His fingers of love, and a lesson can be learned in every circumstance.) But maybe He knows this activity would not be good for me right now. Or that my life is too full with other activities. Or that I would say something I should not say. Or that He is protecting me from something that might happen.
- Do I let my emotions dictate my life?
- Is Christ enough? Is He REALLY all that I need? Do I need the acceptance of others to feel important or do I rely on verses such as:
Here are my picks from last week’s linkup:
- Pondering Priorities & Purpose by Called Home–every blogger has had this struggle. And I am sure every mom deals with this quandry–what are the priorities I need to have every day? I love this quote:
“I want my priorities to reflect my purpose.
My purpose as a daughter of the King is to bring Him glory, through loving and serving the people in my life He has blessed me with.
These blessings come with responsibilities, which is where I find where my priorities and purpose lie.”
- From Orphan to Adopted by Candace Creates– I have a loving earthly father, and even though we were not materially rich, our family was rich in love and togetherness. I was touched as I read Candace’s open post about struggling to forgive her earthly father. I was so thankful that she could now say: “When I became a Christian not too long ago, the greatest gift I found was that I had a Father.” I am so thankful for the Heavenly Father who is perfect and can bind the broken and comfort the troubled.
- With Father’s Day coming up, here is a great tribute to our earthly fathers by A Mother’s Shadow. She says,
What makes a ‘Father’? I would like to suggest that it is a man who is
- noble in character
- lives high moral values
- is an example that is praiseworthy to follow
- leads out in honorable living.
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