We Thank Thee, Lord

Some of the things that I am grateful for from my God. Number one for my God/Jesus, Number two, to be born in the USA to Christian parents, Number three, for my sobriety and recovery, my New Life since March 28, 1986. Number four, My loving family and friends. Number five, For all of our military Heroes past and present. Number six, for my wonderful Clients that are also good friends, and make my work a joy, like Arthur H. Van Slyke, Jr./T’ Quarius Music USA.

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Thank You God For All The Things That You Have Taken Out Of My Life, and For The Things That You Have Given Me!

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Why Hope? Because We Know What’s Coming

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We’re buried under a foot of snow, but the birds won’t stop singing.

March descended with a roar of northern winds and broke the clouds as they crashed about up there in the white sky. Snow and more snow fell and fell.

We are wrapped in winter’s white but the finches are gathered in the clusters of last summer’s leaves in the clematis vine near my kitchen window. An oriole has stopped his journey homeward to munch on the dried crabapples hanging on the bare branches of the tree by the front door.  In a day or two he’ll be gone. The orioles land for pit stops but never stay.

And they sing. For all accounts it is winter, but they chatter on about the coming spring. They cluster and they fly and they wing from branch to feeder to fence line, from hope to hope to hope. Spring is…

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With God All Things Are Possible

A whelk shell in the seafoam at the beach on Hatteras Island.It was on a Friday morning I went to my very first Al-Anon meeting at the church just thirty two (32) years ago. I was so depressed, and feeling hopeless. I loved a man who was an alcoholic and refused to stop drinking. I thought that if he loved me enough that he could stop. He did not choose to stay sober and so three years later, I chose to divorce him. I loved him but I had to for once put me and my five year old son first, and remove us from the chaos and insanity.

Today thirty two years later, I am happily married to a wonderful man who does not drink, drug, or smoke, and he is the “love of my life”. We love each other “warts and all”.

Passing the Buck~~~Grow Up And Take Responsibility For Your Own Life!

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Read Genesis 3: 1-13  Then the Lord God said…, “What is this you have done?” (v.13).

“What happened?” ,asked God.  “Did you eat from that tree that I wanted you to leave alone?”

“Yes, but it was that woman’s idea,” said Adam.

“It wasn’t really my fault,” said Eve. “The serpent tricked me.”

Adam blamed Eve. Eve blamed the serpent. It was the first game of pass the buck in human history.

Some of us may still be playing this game.

We fail to accept responsibility before God for our own feelings, thoughts, and behavior. 

We say it’s our bosses fault that we missed our child’s baseball game, when we scheduled the appointments. 

We may blame our spouse for failing to allow us to finish school, when we are the ones who gave up too soon.

Each one of us has a choice. We can choose to accept the things we can’t change and learn to act on the things we can change. We gain self-respect when we decide to stop blaming other for our dilemmas and start tacking responsibility for our own choices.

AUTHOR: Joan C. Webb, Women’s Devotional Bible

Harry S. Truman famously said of the presidency, “The buck stops here.” President Barack Obama might as well make his slogan: “Pass the Buck.”

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“I AM ONLY ONE, BUT I AM ONE. I CANNOT DO EVERYTHING, BUT I CAN DO SOMETHING. AND I WILL NOT LET WHAT I CANNOT DO INTERFERE WITH WHAT I CAN DO.”

I AM ONLY ONE“I AM ONLY ONE, BUT I AM ONE. I CANNOT DO EVERYTHING, BUT I CAN DO SOMETHING. AND I WILL NOT LET WHAT I CANNOT DO INTERFERE WITH WHAT I CAN DO.”—Edward Everett Hale

9 Ways to Become Happy

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9 Ways to Become Happy

Who among us does NOT want to be happy? Silly question! Happiness is a universal goal or desire of mankind something all humans have in common. Even our “Declaration of Independence” includes happiness in its list of “unalienable rights” guaranteed by our Creator.

What IS happiness? The dictionary defines it as good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy. Some people define happiness in terms of achievement of personal goals like a six figure salary, or a new car. Others seek that perfect relationship (which, btw, does not exist!) Some seek temporary gratification by putting others down or using the weaker ones around us for our personal advantage. Still others just want everyone to agree with them … on everything!

Whatever your definition, I’d be willing to bet it includes some element of human comfort, so as I post these 9 methods toward happiness, you…

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THIS IS YOUR LIFE…..

THIS IS YOUR LIFE

One Day At A Time

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I have heard it said, that we need to stay away from “TOXIC” people.

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 I have heard it said, that we need to stay away from “TOXIC” people. I have found it to be true. Even though we try to convince ourselves that we are above it and that we can be around them and not be brought down by them, or that we can help them, it has never worked for me. I have to remove myself from them. We call it “tough love”. Thank God, I had my recovery that made me strong enough to “let go and let God.

toxic-peopleI have heard it said, that I don’t have to give up me to be loved by you. “To thine own self be true.” 

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Josh Groban – You Raise Me Up (Official Music Video)

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“You Raise Me Up” Lyrics:

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.

There is no life – no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.

You raise me up… To more than I can be.

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OMG, how I love this song so much! Thank You, Josh Groban for singing my song. The song has me in tears listening to it. I know all the words.

My Mom and Dad were my heroes, they were always there when I needed them. God knows how much I miss them, and how I always let them know how grateful I was to have them in my life for fifty eight years. The song also reminds me of how much God loves me. I never believed that I was worthy enough or perfect enough. Today in recovery, I do know that God has always loved me, and that He never left me, I left Him.  I thank God for our Christian singers and songwriters. 

Josh Groban – You raise me up (Live)

Published on Mar 30, 2010

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Our God is an Awesome God!

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Wow, 7,546,734 views!! Fantastic song. Heard it first on KSBJ, and I sing it a lot. God has delivered me from my addictions since January 1, 1987. I woke up this morning singing this song! Tonight I am celebrating twenty seven years of sobriety and serenity, by the grace of a loving and forgiving God. I did not do this alone, I had a lot of sober alcoholics and alanons who gave given freely of themselves through the years. I have gone through death, divorce, unemployment, homelessness, stalking, abuse, and even a cancer scare back in 2000.
I lost my Dad in 2002, my Daddy in 2006, and Moma in 2012, and so now know I have to be the “grown up”. I always wanted to be one of the big kids, and sit up at the big table with Moma and Daddy. I just turned sixty this month. It feels so weird. I am RESPONSIBLE by the grace of God and the twelve steps and therapy.
I learned years ago, that I had a choice, and that if I wanted to just stay sober I could, but for me I wanted it all! Sobriety and Serenity takes action and doing the “footwork”. I did not want to just sit back and say ok make me well or fix me. I did not get sobriety and serenity without working the steps.Many an alcoholic has gotten drunk again by not working the steps and “growing up” and taking Responsibility for themselves. Many have died drunks. God gives us free will, so we have the freedom to choose how we want to live.
In our “instant” and “throw away” society people want the “easy way” out for everything. If you want it all, and don’t want to just be a “dry drunk”, then you must do it all. Choose life and sobriety. “Nothing is impossible with God.”

Bluebell Sunrise – Antony Spencer

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This is My Wish For You

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This is My Wish For You
by Charles Livingston Snell

This is my wish for you…

That the spirit of beauty may continually hover about you
and fold you close within the tenderness of her wings.

That each beautiful and gracious thing in life
may be unto you as a symbol of good for your soul’s delight.

That your soul may be as an alabaster cup,
filled to overflowing with the mystical wine of beauty and love.

That happiness may put her arms around you,
and wisdom make your soul serene.

This is my wish for you.

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By the grace of God, I have lived to the old age of sixty today and I feel better than I ever have.

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By the grace of God, I have lived to the old age of sixty today and I feel better than I ever have. People have asked me what I want for my birthday, and I tell them that I do not need anything. I know the difference between “wants and needs” today. I am content with my life. God has supplied all my needs.

I thought that I was over the hill at thirty. But…God was not finished with me yet. No more trying to fit in or live up to others expectations. I am so grateful to have been born in America and in a Christian family. We have had our ups and downs, but we have always forgiven, because that is what family does.

I grew up in a large close-knit family in a small suburb of Houston, Texas. I was raised Christian, and I was taught to not be selfish, so I tried to help others until I had no more to give.

Then I decided at sixteen that there was no God or Santa Claus, etc…and that I was going to do it my way. I lived selfishly and began to think of what I wanted instead of others. I had been a people-pleaser.

Of course, I had to find out the hard way that I could not change anyone but myself. I had no identity, outside of being someones wife, someones mother, sister, etc…in my disease I bottomed out and became suicidal. I thought that I did not have anything to live for, because I thought I was a failure. I had no job, and I could not pay for my house, or car, and as a homemaker I had no job skills. I was getting divorced for the second time, and I could not have any children.

God judges us by our “insides” not our “outsides” like the world does. Thank God for my wonderful family, who loved me “no matter” what. And…that life was not all about money!! Godly homemakers work for God. I am not worthless if I do not have a job outside the home.

In my recovery I had to learn that I could think of me and my needs too, and that I did not have to be what you wanted me to be, or live the way you thought that I should. I did not have to give up me to be loved by you. I did not want to be self-centered and think that the world revolved around me. I still think about myself, but I think of myself less.

It took me years to realize that I needed Balance in my life, and that it was not selfish to think about my needs first. I learned that I had to put my health and needs first, and then others. If I did not put me first then I was no good for anyone else, because I would be unhappy, resentful, miserable, and maybe drunk. The program taught me to put God number one, myself second, and others third. God had to be number one, and I had to choose to live God’s will not mine.

My recovery is about complete abstinence, not just switching addictions. It is about no mood altering drugs, which includes marijuana! It is all or nothing! Sobriety is about much more than just not drinking. It taught me a new way to live life without having to drink or use to be happy.

I get really angry when others say that Christians are supposed to take care of everyone else, and give to others, without thinking of our needs too. Those “guilt trips” do not work on me anymore. And…we are supposed to call “evil” evil!

I have heard our program called a Selfish program, and I dispute that and do not like that. Our program is far from Selfish. It is about working the twelve steps, making amends, and changing our ways, but without sobriety we will have nothing. None of it would work without God as my “higher power”. I could not do it alone. I did not achieve twenty seven years by just not drinking!

Recovery is about a lot more than that. This is a God program, you just have the freedom to choose whatever “higher power” that you want for you, but doorknobs, people, places, or things did not work for me. It is about people helping people, but we have to work on us and getting healthier first; or else we spread the “disease” instead of “recovery”.

If we keep “blaming” others for all our problems, then we will not get better. No more “excuses”! I am in charge of me and my recovery, not anyone elses. No one can get me drunk but me. The Twelve Steps gave me a “New way of life”, and I would not trade it for anything. I am at peace and I no longer have to live in the “chaos”. Thank God today, I have a choice. I used to believe that I did not have a choice, but we all do. We can choose to live in the “insanity” or we can choose to get help and change. God gives us free will.

My God does not want me to be weak and allow others to use and abuse me. He wants me to be strong, and show others that you do not need to always think of others, and live for someone else and forget about our needs in the process. I am supposed to take care of myself and my own family, and then if there is anything left I am able to help others. So, for me it is about working on me, and if I don’t get better and grow up then I would not have anything to offer anyone else.

Protector of the Weak

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There are times when the battles of life wear you down, challenging you beyond your strength and capacity. You may feel like you are in the depths of despair or that the world and those in it have let you down. You may find yourself confused by the circumstances in your life, uncertain of what to do next. Perhaps you feel like everyone is against you, that you are a failure, or that you have pressure coming down on you from every angle of life. Whatever your situation, know this — The Lord has you!! He protects all who call upon his name, provides refuge and shelter for those who love and seek him, and gives strength to the weak and hope to the hopeless. He is the beginning and the end, knows your comings and your goings, and loves you unconditionally in spite of your faults and sins…

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Cute little Bird

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Texas Mayor Declares 2014 ‘Year of the Bible’

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Bible-IV-pd-300x200FLOWER MOUND, Texas – The mayor of a small Texas town has declared 2014 ‘The Year of the Bible.’ Mayor Tom Hayden of Flower Mound made the announcement last month at a city council meeting, explaining that he wants to encourage residents to read the entire Bible through in a year. “There’s so much benevolence on helping your fellow person,” he told local television station KDFW. “And the morality that helped build our country is based on the values that are found in the Bible. And as we look at problems, maybe we’re getting away from those values. And in my little small way, I want to encourage people to get back into those values.” Hayden was reportedly inspired in part by a similar proclamation issued in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, who likewise declared a “Year of the Bible.”  “Many of our greatest national leaders—among them Presidents Washington, Jackson, Lincoln, and…

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INSANITY IS DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS!”

“INSANITY IS DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS!”

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