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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Below is a poem that our assistant principal sent out. I think it's a great way to remember and give thanks for all our many blessings this time of year.

A Thanksgiving Poem
Thank You Lord for this Thanksgiving Day. I have a few words I have to say.
Thank You for breath to live,
for the Holy Spirit to give,
For eyes to see,
for the strength to be free,
For ears to hear,
for words that appear,
For a mouth to speak,
and knowledge to seek.
For my hands to act,
for my feet on track.
For my heart to love,
for gifts given from above,
For my mind to do Your Will,
for my soul to be still.
For my body to live,
for actions to give,
For all my remaining days,
to sing Your praise.

For the birds and the bees,
for being on my knees,
For colorful butterflies,
for the joys and the sighs,
For trees dressed in green,
for a world to be seen,
For mountains so high,
for the clear blue sky
For oceans so deep,
for on beaches to sleep.
For Your Animal Kingdom,
My thanks from within.
For a house and a bed,
warmth, light and bread.
For music and sound
My thanks are profound.
For vision and sight,
And the glorious night
For weather so pleasant,
For angels - heaven-sent
For the sun that shines,
for the jewels that are mine.
For family and friends,
for love that never ends
For life everlasting,
in Your Love I am basking
For the language of prayer,
for always being There.
For the miracle of creation,
For free gift of salvation.
Thank You for You Lord,
Your love is my reward.
- Mary A. Shovlin

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"That's Why."

"I hate this."

"I can't do it."

"Why me, why us, why now?"

As I fight the tears of my 1/2 bad Tuesday, I literally see and hear the answer. Thank you God!

....I used to LOVE Tuesdays. I'd brag about how that was my favorite day of the week for the longest time. For some reason, I've always had Bible studies, small groups, just something going on that day that just put me in the best mood or I'd look forward to it for whatever reason. Since Adam's deployment, Tuesdays have been my emotional days. Odd-I know. Today was no exception.....

The wind gusted outside like no other. Thank you God! As I leaned up from reclining on the couch, I peered through my watery eyes and to the foyer and out the small front door windows to see our hanging American flag flapping vigorously in the wind. Usually it blows the other way towards the window, but not tonight. I see it now-still flying high all 50 stars and 13 stripes.

"You can do this."

"I can do this."

"For freedom."

"Be free in Me."

"I love you."

"He loves you."

....and "That's why!"

"Blessed is the Nation whose GOD is LORD...." Psalm 33:12

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I have a crush on.....

So, do you remember having crushes on who you thought was soooo cute way back when in middle school and high school, oh and even as early as 4th grade? Oh, the good 'ole days when you could just look and dream, wonder and awe. Nothing they did was ever wrong and you always thought you'd end up with them. Oh, you just KNEW you'd end up with hit. Life of another deciding to like them before they asked you out, life of them never noticing you, life of the dreadful horrible no good really bad hair days.

Well, life hits and I now have a crush again as I am now in my nearing-30 season of life. Deployment is life and it hits strong. Some days I feel as though I have a crush again, on my husband. Other days, I feel as though I have a crush on a permanent pen pal that I know I will end up with, and that I know has NEVER done anything wrong. hehe. I look in awe and wonder into an oblivion, in my dreams, while walking down the halls at work, while in the middle of a yoga pose and most definitely while driving. It can be numbing. Mind-manipulating and even soul-quieting.

But what I do KNOW is that this too shall pass. I am in love with my crush, my sailor, my Adam.