carts filled with a turkey, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese and other
delights, navigate the grocery store aisles. Christmas tunes blast through
speakers. Folks are preparing for their Thanksgiving feast.
At home the
table is set for guests – Uncle Joe, Grandma Cookie, Cousin Ann and a coral of
kids. All are ready for family stories, fun, and fellowship. It’s a time for
giving thanks. What are your Thanksgiving traditions and what are you thankful
Today I give
thanks for family and the memories we create. When my sons were young, we’d
visit my mom, watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade, then watch my grandfather fall
asleep, sitting on the couch after dinner.
Day has traditionally been the start of mom and me watching Holiday movies. We
began with the movie Imitation of Life,
moved on to Miracle on 34th
Street, and then watched a series of others. My favorites today include
anything on the Hallmark Channel.
There are so
many things to be thankful that the list can go on and on. As you prepare for
Thanksgiving this year, be sure to give thanks for things large and small. Is
there something that you can do to spread Thanksgiving joy to someone else?
The alarm sounds, eyes shut tight, I feel for the location of the sound and hit snooze, one, two, more times. I sit up erect on the edge of the bed still refusing to let go of a peaceful slumber. Time to prepare for the day.
Are you doing things that are in the best interest of your health? Are you prepared for your next doctor's visit? Quite often there are things we "meant" to do before the next doctor's visit. I "meant" to lose a couple of pounds. Since that didn't happen for me, I prepared for my visit very creatively.
As I searched through my closet for something to wear, I tossed jeans aside for stretch pants. No heave sweater for me, I grabbed a short-sleeve breathable shirt. My goal was to dress in lightweight clothing that wouldn't add weight to the scale at the doctor's office. Mission accomplished.
Along this journey called healthy living, I have learned to take deliberate steps toward being aware of what is going on with my body. You know, your doctor will ask, "When did you first notice 'X' happening? How long have you been experiencing 'Y'?"
Here are a few suggested ways to prepare for a doctor's visit:
1. If you are having health concerns track them in a notebook - Perhaps you've experienced frequent headaches. Make note of when they occur - is it after eating certain foods? Do they occur at a particular time of day? etc.
2. Create a game plan - if your doctor has recommended changes to your health, create a plan for how you will begin that process. Take baby steps, change one thing at a time.
3. Eat healthy and exercise - whatever this means to you...do it. Start somewhere.
What would you had to ways to prepare for a doctor's visit? You do not have to select the thinnest wardrobe like I did. Nor do you have to stand in a yoga pose on the doctor's scale with one foot on and the other leg extended outward.
Schedule regular doctor's visits and make your health a priority.
tuition is due, the school said we can start a payment plan with $750.00. You
can also sign up for a Parent Plus loan. I still need to buy books too.”
situations cause you to feel overwhelmed, what do you do? You need to have a
Spiritual Tool Kit on hand. Your Spiritual Toolkit should contain tools that
will aide you in difficult situations.
Things that may be in your tool kit…
If there is something in your life
that you want to fix, don’t keep your tool kit stored away. Use the tools so
they don’t get rusty. Take your situation to the Lord in prayer. A change is
going to come.
Called Magazine posted this prayer, I
hope that it will give you renewed inspiration where you seek it.
Help me see the good in all
circumstances. Give me the ability to turn lemons into sweet lemonade and
disappointments into opportunities.
In Jesus Name, Amen
You may be
dealing with financial struggles, health problems, kids, or other situations
that distract you from experiencing the best that God has for you. Keep that
Spiritual Toolkit nearby. Keep the faith. Keep having joy, no matter what
comes your way.
YouTube Video: The Fugees - A Change is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke)
National Stress Awareness Day is celebrated on November 6th. Everyone experiences stress at some point. The way you manage stress makes all the difference. Check out the fun video below on stress management techniques.