Every year at Thanksgiving, we gather with family and friends to give thanks for the blessings received in our lives...but do we really think about what we are thankful for, or are the words just automatic and come with the emotion of the season?
I had an eye opening moment recently in the midst of my prayers and petitions that humbled me and brought to remembrance what I should be thankful for. When life is good, we still want more...don't we? We are thankful...but ask for more, don't we? It was during the midst of thanking God for his blessings and giving Him my petitions for "more" that it struck me. We sometimes take for granted what is given to us and expect that we should have what we think we need in this life.
Humility shows itself when we remember all who have no roof over their heads, no food in their bellies, no family or friends to love or no way out of despair.
When I look at the devastation that has erupted in the lives of those in the Philippines and look at the roof over my head...I am humbled. When I see the empty eyes of a homeless person looking for their next meal and look at all of the food in my refrigerator...I am humbled. When I hear of families struggling to exist, children living in poverty and darkness and I turn on my electricity with a switch...I am humbled.
These things we take for granted...basic needs such as a roof, food, light and love. I am thankful for the basic necessities in my life and hope to remember these blessings...before I think to ask for more. I am grateful, Lord, and humbled that you have brought these things to mind and may I never forget them.
Since my new site is being created on this special day, Father's Day, I thought that I would devote this post to my father, James D. Turner. He was a great man who always had a smile on his face, was always positive and loved life. I can still hear him whistling tunes when he walked into a room. My book, 'Perfect Wisdom' tells the story about the events that happened two years before my father's death and during his illness. I know that there are people who will not believe what happened to my family during this time, but all of the experiences described in the book were very real! I have no doubt that there is a greater power that watches over us and is involved in the circumstances of our lives in supernatural ways that we may not understand. Nevertheless, I have seen the power of a loving God and I know that He is real! He is the perfect Father, the heavenly Father and I thank Him that He gave me the time that I had with my earthly father before he was called back home. Happy Father's Day to all of the good fmen out there who love their children unconditionally and teach them the right way to go in this life!
Well, it's that time again and the kids are back in school! It amazes me how things have changed over the years. I've heard that some schools are considering discontinuing the art of cursive writing. Can you believe that? The rationale behind this thinking is that the norm is now typing on the computer and texting, which doesn't require cursive writing.
How sad. I hope this doesn't happen! We live in a society that functions by new technology that changes every day and have become somewhat stagnant in our development of the human brain. Phone numbers are stored in our cell phones, so there's no need to remember them. Why compute mathematical calculations with our brain when we can google the answer or use the calculator to find the answer? I sincerely hope that our future is not that of a mindless society and that schools still teach the basics, as well as the technology that surrounds us and is not going away. Or...maybe one day it will..,
I believe that lessons in cursive handwriting should not be discarded by our schools. It's an art. And now, I think that I'll go and write a letter and mail it...another lost art...and I'll be writing in cursive!