Walking in Gratitude Year Round

I love Thanksgiving! It is a beautiful reminder of all God’s blessings while enjoy time with those you are most thankful for… family. It is very wonderful that everybody celebrates family together, it is really a beautiful unifier. And God is always honored when we are truly thankful.

We walk in gratitude all the time as we stay in close relationship with God. The less distracted by everything else and the more focused we are on Christ, the more we see His work and gifts and blessings all through the day. We then have that gratitude that seems to always accompany peace and joy. And that is the true essence and evidence of a life lived closely to God. And it is beautiful!😄❤

That Gratitude Challenge Thing

I had a few people come at me with the gratitude challenge, where you come up with one thing every day to be thankful for in the month of November up to Thanksgiving. The idea is good, but if you struggle to come up with one thing a day, you are either deeply depressed and need clinical help or are doing life wrong. Here is why.

Every day we are breathing, you can be sure that God gave you another day to live, another opportunity to draw closer to Him, a new opportunity to serve others, another chance to be humble and mature, another delight of nature- God’s glory presented to you-, a new chance to laugh, love, make love, drive, travel, play, dance, wear clothes, have free will, think for yourself, read other people’s ideas, write, draw, make music, etc. If you are not grateful for so many things every day, you are either too proud, narcissistic, selfish, depressed or stubborn. It takes a lot to focus so much on yourself that you do not see many, many blessings and opportunities from God every single day. Is that harsh? I do not think so. Even people knee deep in need and want are given blessings throughout the day. And those who don’t see these don’t want to.

So, will I do the challenge? As a follower of Jesus Christ, I vow to be grateful for all of God’s blessings, not just one. I will go further and vow to be less self-important every day so I can appreciate God and others more and acknowledge more of God’s gifts and love Him even more. This builds our relationship substantially rather than insulting Him with one meger thanks for one thing when He has rained down thirty. Oh how I love Him!😄❤❤❤

The Trouble with Outdoor Gigs in Florida

Weather.

So, Saturday, our gig day, is expecting rain. 90% chance. Even these weatherpeople have trouble getting that high of a chance wrong. So, we will know tomorrow afternoon if they decide to call it off and reschedule.

As for me, I am content. Outdoor Gigs used to be exhilerating for me but as I have matured, they have become rather obnoxious. More effort and hard on you and your voice for the same price. And we live in a rain forest until November. Instead of fun it is a pain in the neck.

But enough whining, sorry for all that pessimistic reality. I am quite content. Outside, inside, matters not. The entertainment is the thing… helping people remember good and happy things. This is what it is about. And I am thankful for every gig God provides and the strength to do them and our wonderful band family to do them with. It is fantastic to make beautiful and fun music together. God has blessed us and we all feel and acknowledge it.😄❤

Writing Slows in Summer AKA Ode to Summer Writers

In summer, I noticed writing slows, people’s thoughts are elsewhere, occupied by a frenzy of rushed vacations and manic relaxation. The flow of thought congeals under the pressure of too much heat and movement mixed, like a fan blowing hot air to quench an unsatisfyable need for cool and calm. And on we breathe, red hot as the air, miserable in the humidity, happier somehow in the rain that falls a few minutes every day to somehow provide a break, despite the miserable wetness of it. Rushed streams of thought are forced and flow thickly when they do attempt flow. Herein lies what I am observing on the blogs. Those unaffected by the heat and cludge of mass vacationmanship, those of us with more bills than income and can not get away, we still write. It is at least somewhere for our mind to go, our thoughts vacate to. So you fellow writers still expressing words from your thoughts, who still can, I thank you and delight in bathing myself in their richness. 😄❤

Jesus Brings Love, Freedom and Joy/Peace

When Jesus is believed and asked inside a contrite heart, He joyfully enters and bring the fruit of the Spirit with Him, along with freedom to experience the fullness of His glory and love. He asks for our hearts and faith and gives back infinitely more in return. He knows full well how weak we are, how fragile, how temporary our bodies are. He is God and we are not. So I say again Praise be to Jesus Christ my Lord!! And thank you, Jesus, for the amazingly beautiful gifts!!!😄❤