Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Attitude and gratitue

I was in a state of grumbling cuz' there are some few things in my life not going "MY WAY"

Then  a writing called  Worst Day Ever
by Chanie Gorken, aged 14, came to my attention.  

Look it up on the Internet as I don't
have permission to share it privately.
It got me to thinking how easy it is
to take the negative view of life when
just a slight change in viewpoint or
attitude can change whole picture.

So, I began to list my blessing:

A home                                                 Heat,
Running hot and cold water
Flush toilet,
A bed, a stove, a fridge, a washer
and dryer, a dishwasher, a
microwave oven, a coffee
maker, and oh so much,
much more.

All these things I have been taking as my right – but are they. I know that where I've have lived in Africa, the citizens of many places in Africa have none of these things.    Many live in a small mud hut with a fire in the middle of the one room and maybe a blanket to wrap in as they sleep of the ground around the fire. Yes, I am privileged and blessed.

Also, I can:                                          

Touch/ feel,
I have hands that work
I have a mind in good working order   And much much more.
Not everyone has this privilege.  I am VERY blessed

Further blessings:

Wonderful, caring parents, who lived their faith with integrity
Three beloved brothers.   And the added blessing of their children and wives who have all blessed my life.

A wonderful, smart, intelligent husband with integrity who has so many attributes, but the greatest to me, is that he loves the LORD Jesus and preaches His word with Power.
Been gifted with 3 wonderful, brilliant children and 3 incredible grandchildren - what a joy.
Wonderful friends who have given me many joyous memories

Arrival at Mission station

And permeating my whole life, I have been all over the world, first with parents who were missionaries, and later on my own.  I lived in Tanganyika (it's name then) as a young girl,

Tambo boarding school, Bolivia

Going to Bolivia as a teenager.   I went to a boarding school, called Tambo, in Bolivia.    That brief, 4 year period has affected my whole life.  There were some hard parts but even those were a gift in my life.

Matopas, Zimbabwe

Then after a move to South Africa I met and married a man from there. We lived in Zimbabwe 20 years.  My husband is a pastor.

We have now come back to the USA.   There have been hard times throughout my life yes, but don't we all have those times.  And,  once past the immediate hard time, one sees valuable lessons learned that probably would never have been learned any other way.

So, today, my advice to me is Praise the LORD who holds all things in His hands, and especially as His Child (He adopted me -  Eph 1:5) He hold my days, and upholds me in my ways.   Thank you Father.

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