Monday, November 16, 2015

These Days of November

I love the month of November!!
Our company (It Works) is pushing an adventure - which is the normal for us! We truly are always participating in new life adventures and it keeps us FUN for sure!! #GratitudeAdventure has been humbling, exciting, and rich. For me these days of November always put me in a state of gratitude ... however, that is a place I am comfortable with. Having lived in countries and loving folks that have so much less than I has caused me to live in a state of not taking life for granted. An attitude of gratitude leads to a joyful frame of mind. BTW, we're on day #16!!

I am a grateful person ... for some things that most here in the good ol' USA just take for granted. Let's take water for example. I am so thankful for hot water that comes to me in the shower, at the sink in my kitchen and I consider them real every day specific material/physical blessings. I'm pretty careful about water. For example, it's not uncommon that I re-use my rinse water from washing dishes - for the next batch of washing water. That's just a hold-over from those years.
So. that brings me to our dream board and one of our many goals - that is to totally fund  drilling a well in village that needs it.
I love that I still have dreams I get to work towards!!
 When we fund this future well, we also hope to go and visit the village ... makes me smile to even think about it!! Our goal is to do this anonymously ... just be 'on hand' when it happens!!
I love having dreams to aspire to. I am so thankful that I have a husband that includes this goal in our daily prayers. We know that all things are possible when we seek his guidance and are filled with his strength. 

Let the loveliness of my Lord, my God rest on me, confirming the work that I do. Oh, yes. Affirming the work that I do! 
Ecclesiastes 3:13  


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Choose Daily

Some folks complain that all they see on the Facebook feed is negativity ... people griping, drama everywhere and some even add to it or at times, delete their accounts!

For me, it's very different - I deal with people who choose a better way. I interact daily with friends who decide to have a positive attitude even in the face of tragedy. I support healthy marriages and communicate with those who choose the same. There is no guarantee or promise that life will always be hunky-dory however, there is assurance that good will outweigh the bad; that light will come; that when we release our will to the Father and trust in him ... we will see joy in the morning.
The below is an example of what was shared this morning ... I do not know this dear lady but her attitude is lovely and I pray mine will be similar if I face these circumstances one day. But, rest assured ... the peace she has didn't happen overnight - I believe it is the result of a purposed life.
The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. “Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.” “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.” She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing.” And with a smile, she said: “Remember the five simple rules to be happy: 1. Free your heart from hatred. 2. Free your mind from worries. 3. Live simply. 4. Give more. 5. Expect less.
(Disclaimer I did not personally write this beautiful story. I was moved by it and wanted to share.)


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

This Magical Time of Year

I don't know about you but I am pretty much in love with this magical time of year. I love celebrating special occasions and believe life is so rich when we have fun with family and friends. 
BOOM - Halloween - Thanksgiving - Christmas - New Year's Day - Valentine's Day
So, we just finished up those weeks of anticipation and then the fulfillment of the crazy day of Halloween ... and then next up is my very, very favorite - Thanksgiving!!
But, here I go again sharing something in hindsight ... you know, I just didn't make time before but want you to know I had fun the month of October. I may not have my own little ones any longer but I sure do enjoy my grands!! And pumpkins and autumn crafts!!

Some good Christian folks are anti-Halloween - I get it, but in a minute I will share a good perspective on this haunted holiday. We're rarely home that evening and live in the country so, not much participation from our doorstep.
However, traditionally, our little home congregation will 'put on' a Halloween event. This year we had over 200 kids come through the fellowship hall seeing 12 stories (manned stations with candy) from the Bible come to life and also, received their treats with smiles!!  And we have friends who live up on a hill in town and they get over 300 kids who come to their door - the couple stands on their porch at a table and hand out candy, Bible coloring sheets, studies and invitations to church activities.
So, here it is - God, Frankensteins and More  - it's rather lovely if I do say so myself - and truly Christ-like generosity is never out of place in this dark world!!


Have a Little Confidence in Yourself!

So, I guess you see I have a section titled Robin Wraps ... because this is what I do ... I am a Distributor for It Works and really do love and use the products. I'd be happy to share them with you. There's truly so many that I use and I am enamored by the fact that they coincide with my own philosophy on life ... plant based goodness that complements how you take care of yourself when adopting a healthy lifestyle. 
For example, this Confianza (which is confidence in Spanish)  - well, I take it daily - it helps me stay focused and on task. I know at my age I shouldn't have difficulty with that but I think it's because the more years you have on you, the more stuff there is to be distracted by!!

And then there's this - when you become a part of It Works you are invited to participate in a life that incorporates Dreams. These are the stuff life is made of ... if a person has no dreams then they may as well resign themselves to a life of just getting by and I want more than that. 
I don't know about you but I love team-work. There's magic when a group pulls together to get a job done, or win a game in sports, or some kind of scholastic endeavor ... it's just the coolest thing when every one does there part and it all unfolds to victory!!
How about you? Do still have some dreams to see come true? Have you ever dreamed of being on a winning team?
I'll share a little about that the next time around.


Monday, November 2, 2015

Days of a Gratitude Adventure

Yesterday, November 1st, was so busy ... and actually, every Sunday is rather busy at our house but, I truly had no time for Social Media ... aside from two very early posts.
So anyway, let it be noted that I am joining in this adventure ...
feeling grateful everyday this month ... in a purposeful, designed way. And everyone that knows me at all knows that I love to celebrate.
 So, I posted yesterday that I am SO thankful for God's Word ...
I am!! Every single day I strive to spend time in the Bible and gain something in order to live my life in a more giving way and of course, just to have strength in the journey.
Good morning...
another day and am truly and sincerely,
Thankful for "the two of us"
.... my marriage to Lowell makes every day a day full of promise, hope, love, adventure, joy and the best companionship
‪#‎gratitudeadventure‬ ‪#‎30daysofthankfulness‬ ‪#‎iamblessed‬ ‪#‎blessedandhighlyfavored‬
And ... I get to share in the yumminess of good eats.

All this month will be filled with gratitude ... and honestly, whether it's November or another month of the year, I count myself as a pretty grateful person - how about you?