Friday, June 26, 2009

The Stars in my Life

The past few days, the news highlighted the deaths of two celebrities. People are lined up around former homes, various theaters, etc. During one news show, on person interviewed said "I wanted to meet him in person. He was like family to me". What? How can someone you've never met be "family"?
Personally, I'm not caught up with the movie stars, actors, singers, etc. I don't even know the names of actors who play the characters I watch on TV. I've never been "star struck". Yet, as millions of people spend time mourning the death of both these "stars", it got me thinking: Who are the real "stars" in my life?
Who are the people who have impacted my life....PERSONALLY? Who are the people with whom I interact, talk, laugh, and cry? Who are the "stars" who I care about and who care about me? As I started listing the "stars" in my life....I am blessed!
But it shouldn't stop there. Knowing that people in my life have blessed me, is only half. I need to let them know! Maybe knowing that they are "stars" in my life, will encourage them. Maybe it will get them thinking about the "stars" in their lives. We are all quick to share when someone does something wrong, or hurts us. But when they have a positive impact, we neglect to share that news.
Take a few moments and send an email, or make a phone call, or better yet, send a note to let someone know that they are a "star" and have a positive impact in your life. Those few moments will do two things: 1. Make you realize how blessed you are 2. Let others know they are a blessing.
Be positive. Share the positive. Multiply the positive!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Max's Greeting!

Yesterday, I had a doctor's appointment, then had to stop at a few stores, and finished at Walgreens to get my meds and milk. It was HOT out, a heat index of 100! After being out and about for a few hours my pain level was way too high, so I was glad to get home. I opened the door and was greeted with chirps from Max. He continued chirping as I put away the milk and other stuff. I finally was able to crash on the sofa. Max immediately flew to my shoulder and said, "happy, happy, happy". I laughed and said, "I was happy I was home too!" It was a very cute way to end a hectic day and start relaxing.

Each day, no matter how painful or "bad" the day seems, there is always something positive to be found. Keep creating a positive day--it's so worth it!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Remembering can be Positive!

I was sending an email to some friends with an update about my sister (she's battling cancer). In it I mentioned that my sister and b-i-l may need to move to a new home with no steps. Knowing that it's not a sellers market right now, it looks humanly impossible. However, I remembered something that happened to my family back when I was just out of the 6th grade. Here's that story:
We had taken Lori to college in PA and we were on our way back home to Florida. To make a long story short, my parents both got jobs in PA and we needed a house. We had to return to Florida, pack up our house and move to PA. Dad, Mom, and I stopped at a Realtor to see about getting a house. Dad said we needed the house within an day or two. The Realtor said that you'd need at least 60 days, maybe 30 to buy the house. We walked out of the office and stopped at a 7/11 type store, bought a lunch and newspaper. Dad saw an auction and house for sale. Dad called and we met the family. After looking over the house, Dad offered to buy the house and the contents. The family was thrilled not having to go through the auction. That same day we signed the papers. God had given us a house (and the contents!) in ONE day!!
Through the years, when we need something that seems impossible, we say "if God gave us a house in ONE day....He can do.......whatever." And it's true. So, if my b-i-l needs to move to a house without steps, God can supply not only the new place, but a buyer for the old place.
I have to continually remind myself not to limit God. He is able to do above and beyond which we can think. He has no limits. He can take care of whatever...........God can do anything!!!

Sometimes remembering past miracles God has done is a very positive thing to do. God wants us to remember. Yet, we all forget the wonderful things God has done, as we get caught up in the trappings of our current situation.
Take a moment today to reflect on some of the wonderful things God has done for you. Stop and remember. And before you get back to your busy schedule, take a moment to thank God. That's the least we can do, for all He's done for us.
Stop and remember and thank God.....that will help you create a positive day.....I'm sure of it!