Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day 2017


     I have two daughters. The days that I gave birth were the two happiest days of my entire life. They are both blessings, and I thank God everyday for them. How they turned out so great is a mystery to me even now.
     When you have a baby, there’s no manual, no advanced training, no simulation exercise that can possibly prepare you for the day to day challenges that occur. Sure, you can look up “how to treat diaper rash,” you can ask around for recommendations for babysitters, nursery schools, etc., you can even look up baby names that mean some characteristic you hope will be prominent in your child. But the more subtle things, you have to learn on the fly, and let me tell you, it can get pretty scary. “What’s she crying for? Should I call the Doctor? Does she need fed, changed, attention, sleep? Should I call the Doctor? How much formula does she need? Should I call the Doctor? How will cereal affect her? Should I call the Doctor? What’s the latest thinking on sleep positions: laying her on her back, side, tummy? Should I call the Doctor? Stuff like that, you just have to figure out for your particular child and situation.  Sometimes, oftentimes, it’s trial and error, with an emphasis on error.
     I’m very thankful for my parents. They did an excellent job raising me, (IMO) and I learned a lot about being a parent from them. I feel blessed to have been born to them, especially because there are people in this world who should never have children, and several people in this world who miraculously survived despite their upbringing. However, I think, most of the time, there are parents like me, who tried to learn from their own upbringing, who did the best we could, prayed, and continue to pray, in the hopes of creating a generation better than our own, one that will make the world a better place.

Happy Mother's Day!

Read the Bible in a Year Week 19

Week 19
Sunday, May 14                 Leviticus 5:1 - 7:38
Monday, May 15                Leviticus 8:1 - 10:20
Tuesday, May 16                Leviticus 11:1 - 13:46
Wednesday, May 17           Leviticus 13:47 - 14:57
Thursday, May 18              Leviticus 15:1 - 17:16
Friday, May 19                   Leviticus 18:1 - 20:27
Saturday, May 20               Leviticus 21:1 - 23:25

Monday, May 8, 2017

Courage

Today, I found Courage from Twitter*:



Sometimes Courage can be found in the most obscure places, but when we do find it, it's like "Pow!!!, where have you been all my life?!"
Courage is a powerful thing, but so is Fear. One will propel you into the great unknown, give you a freedom like nothing else, allow you to soar with the eagles; the other will chain you down, drag you deep into a cloud of darkness, and make for an unfulfilled life.

I've read several places, when faced with a decision, or something new, especially something a little frightening (like changing jobs, going back to school, jumping out of an airplane), ask yourself:
"What's the worst thing that can happen?"
If the answer is something that is absolutely negative, then, weigh that against the positive. If the answer is something that can be remedied, then, what's holding you back?

Make a list of pros and cons if necessary. Talk to people who have done the thing you're wanting to do. But, whatever you do, don't 'do nothing.'

*I'm not adept at social media manners, so I didn't know whether or not to include the original submitters' names of the tweets, or not; decided to err on the side of caution.


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year Week 18

Week 18
Sunday, May 7                 Exodus 25:1 - 27:8
Monday, May 8                Exodus 27:9 - 29:37
Tuesday, May 9                Exodus 29:38 - 32:35
Wednesday, May 10          Exodus 33:1 - 35:29
Thursday, May 11             Exodus 35:30 - 38:8
Friday, May 12                  Exodus 38:9 - 40:33
Saturday, May 13              Exodus 40:34 - Leviticus 4:35