Sunday, November 19, 2006

What we're made of

I find that at 2:30 am, you discover what you are really made of -- good and bad. For if you are awake at this time in the morning, it is almost certain that it is because your heart is being tested in some way -- either because you are still awake pondering the workings of your life, life in general, God -- the big stuff, OR because you have been called on by someone.

2:30 am can make or break you -- mentally AND physically (at least when you're OLD like me. :-) ha!)

As another random thought, my life is blessed with so many wonderful people to love and to love me. Friends, family, and acquaintances alike -- my days are blessed over and over with those who show affection, show appreciation, show me my strengths AND weaknesses, and show me how to be better by example. I think that ALL people are put into our lives for a reason -- sometimes to be there for us, and sometimes for us to learn about ourselves by being there for them. God is amazing and mystifying!

Cliche' as it may be, take a moment by yourself this Thanksgiving to find the small blessings in your life (not just the big, obvious ones). Find the people and situations God sent to you to challenge you -- to show you who you are deep inside. Sometimes these people show you strengths you didn't know you had, and sometimes they show you things you need to work on. Either way, they are a blessing.

If you are reading this, then chances are, you are one of my blessings that I thank God for each time I pray. Thank you for the love you show me, the courage you give me, and the things you teach me.

Have a great Thanksgiving!
Be careful, be joyful, and be full!!!

Love & Shipoopies!


Andrea said...

I love you, Leslie!!
Thank you for your reflection that gave me a moment to reflect myself. I heard somewhere that if God only gave us the things that we asked for, we would indeed be poor compared to the "exceedingly abundant" blessings that he so graciously pours on us daily. Thank you for being a part of my life. You have been such a blessing, and I am thankful for the influence you have had on me and the happy memories that we have together. You are such a special, talented, loving person. Many blessings to you on the beginnings of Holiday Season 2006!

Zipidee said...

Go to sleep dear. Jesus is in charge anyhow and you'll need all your strength to follow him. So go back to sleep all's well.