Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Working With Being Up and Down

Five years ago my cousin Rob his son Mike was in a bad accident skiing. He actually helped coach the Canadian Olympic team. While getting ready for the 2014 Olympics he was showing a maneuver which went wrong and he had to be sent to the hospital in Denver, Colorado with a spinal cord injury. He was in the hospital for a couple weeks or so before being moved to a hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia.

A miracle happened where he recovered from his injury. He isn’t able to ski competitively any longer so he now encourages youth about their lives especially those who have accidents and get discouraged at this same.

In a lot of ways, Mike does the same thing I do with this site except he does so in person. I would call him a motivational speaker. He now is a co-founder of a website for those in competitive sports to help them prevent injuries. The site is headstartpro so if you have a child or you are involved in sports you check it out.

What Mike went through and what he has done on the other side is amazing. He not only been an inspiration to all of us we call family but for many others as well especially throughout Canada.

I figure whatever I can to encourage others can be an inspiration as well. Though he felt his purpose in life was to ski and he wasn’t able to continue because of his accident he became involved in a greater purpose.

Finally, Mike has said, “the downs in our lives help us appreciate the ups more.” Thank you, Mike, for all that you have done. 

Monday, December 17, 2018

We Should Believe In

There are three things we should believe in for our purpose to succeed.

We must believe in God our creator who has given us our purpose, talents, gifts, and destiny. We must believe in ourselves and our purpose.

Another on our list of beliefs should be faith to move mountains. We may never move a mountain however there are many things we can move having faith.

Having the fullness of belief in God, us, purpose and faith we should be able to move those things in people’s lives that are keeping them away from being all they can be.

Use the rest of this month to think about what you can do further to use your purpose. Whatever level we are at in our purpose we should be able to go even further. Remember this isn’t just for us but for those we help. Amen!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Good Stories Returns

I decided today to repeat a story I wrote early on in my blogging. I wrote this back in November 2015. Probably tell you have far I have come in my writing as well.  Enjoy!

Good Stories

In this time it is hard to find really good stories. If you look online or through the newspaper you will find some of those good stories. It really seems like the readership or viewing is better when the stories are about tragedy or something bad has happened. We all know those kind of stories are out there because so much tragedy happens whether close to us or in our lives itself.

 Even the weather when it goes bad makes the headlines. I find sometimes the weather is told in the fashion where it is a lot worse than it really is. Another area close to weather is traffic accidents where people either die or at the least takes people a lot longer get to work or at least their destination. Most of those accidents happen because of poor weather.

At least here in the northwest, we don’t have tornadoes or large snow storms like in the Midwest or on the East Coast. My brother told me last week that are high winds made the national news. I find it normal for November and of course, a lot of rain makes the news as well.

 What really would make the news as far as the weather goes here would be a snow storm or an earthquake. We have neither of those very often anyway. Well, I have to say we do have some earthquakes; however, most of the time they are very small so they only make the local news. It is amazing though we could get two or three inches of snow on one occasion and the local news will make it bigger than it should. I have to guess it helps with the ratings.

Most people here though have trouble driving in snow even if it an inch or two on the ground. The truth is most people are bad drivers around here. The good news I am a good driver. I figure to put in the good with the bad at least.

November we have had a lot of rain along with the wind storms. The good news though the weather has been nice over the Thanksgiving weather though it has been cold into the 20s at night and mid-40s during the day.

 Yesterday though I volunteered to help the youth at my church in selling Christmas trees; I had a good time doing so except the cold weather. I was out doing my good deed for three hours and got my hands and feet cold despite wearing gloves. I am going out to do my good deed again this Sunday and then next Saturday. I went out after my first day doing my good deed by getting warmer socks and gloves. We did have an outdoor fire made to help us keep warm along with a propane heater for the ladies who take care of taking the money from the customers. The money for selling trees goes to the youth group and feeding the poor as well. It is a very good cause indeed.

Though good stories are hard to find I figure we can make our own good stories especially this time of the year since so many people are in need. The most important thing is to recognize the talents that we have and use those to help others. Even if you don’t have a lot of talent you can go alongside those who do.

 Every group that is out there this time of the year can use the help. If you can sing at least a simple tune at the very least find some of your friends and go out caroling. Older people in nursing homes would love to hear you sing. For one thing, they do not get many visitors around the year so if you can go see them and give good cheer than you have made a good story in their lives.

 This is the time of the year old St. Nick will remember for you are being good and not naughty. So be a good story in you. Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Love Always

Our greatest gift given to us is love. This holiday season we feel the love greater than any other time of the year.  We should love always, however, we find hard to love sometimes.

Every day we are going along doing the purpose we were created to do love should be motivation behind our gifts and talents. We love what we do and we love those we do it for.

When we give or receive our material gifts we should remember the love behind them along with the natural and spiritual gifs we use.

Now we are starting the second half of December we should be thinking on next year and how we can improve in our purposes. Also, we should keep our eyes open for those we can help. It doesn’t matter whether they are rich or power or weak or strong or happy or sad everyone can use our help. What makes this worthwhile we are helped as well. Happy holidays to all. 

Friday, December 14, 2018

It’s Almost Christmas

I know there are those who are ready for Christmas right after Halloween or Thanksgiving or hearing Christmas songs wherever you go, however, reality set in for me yesterday when I got a couple gift packages in the mail.

Actually, I have known Christmas is coming for a little while though it is unbelievable because time goes by so fast doesn’t it. I feel we just got over summer and then fall arrived. The weather has been kind until this last week and the temperatures had been warmer than normal as well.

The amazing thing is family was prepared this year. The gifts usually don’t arrive until next week however the thought is the most important thing. It would be nice to open the presents now but I am being good and wait.

Remember the greatest presents though are each other. Giving our time and energy to each other; of course, love is in the middle of it all.

Although we still have eleven days until Christmas I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and add in a Happy New Year. May this be the best holiday season you have on record. Amen!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Let It Snow

Right now we are getting a lot of rain in the towns and cities here in Western Washington while the mountains are getting a good bit of snow. Until a few days ago the weather has been sunny and dry. Everyone likes to see the sun most of the time however rain and snow both need to come.

I wish we had some snow like the mountains. I have to say most people except children, of course, would rather have rain so they don’t have to drive in the snow. I don’t have any problem driving in the snow. We do have a lot of hills around here so living on or next to a hill can be difficult to getting starting.

The mountains have been lacking the snow so those who want to ski have been aching to do so. I heard a couple people last week wanting to snow in the mountains so they could go skiing.

This made me think often we don’t agree on things. In some situations, we have to have a mediator to solve the disagreement. It takes a wise person with experience to decide on how to resolve the issue. This brings to mind as well we have mentors too. We want to have changes in our lives and the mentor has a life we would like to have or at least come close to anyway. This can be so rewarding for the one wanting to be mentored and the one mentoring.

 So back to letting it snow. Although I like to have snow here the likelihood of it happening is not great. We usually get snow once or twice a winter and it doesn’t really stay around long. I do remember as a child and young adult we had a lot more snow back in the day. No, I didn’t walk to school for miles in the snow. There was a time I walked home in the snow though however, the distance was a little over a mile. 

So if you live where there is snow you are a blessed person. Throw a snowball just thinking of me in your mind and I say thank you. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A Special Gift

This time of the year many are buying gifts for their loved ones and friends for Christmas. Some gifts have more meaning than others though they can all be special because of the people giving them to us.

The reason I am writing this to remind us the gifts are not really the most important thing it is the people behind the gifts. Actually, every one of us is a special gift. We are here because God considers us special. We may not know it or feel this way most of the time however this is true.

So today treat everyone you meet plus yourself as the special gift. You will feel better and have a richer life. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Interesting Times

This year coming to a close we continue to know we are living in interesting times. In politics, we have the left, far left, right and the far right. I am sure we have people in the middle too.
Most Christians believe we are living in the end times. I am sure we are however most have believed since Jesus Christ came on scene two thousand years ago. Even the disciples believed he would return in their time.

I read the Book of Revelation in the New Testament at least three times a year. I don’t try to figure all things out however I do wonder whether somethings have been written have already happened or not. Are all the prophecies still in the future?  At this point, God hasn’t revealed it to me as of yet. I am not saying this to say I am the one person he will do so. I am sure there are those God has revealed to some point or another.

Now back to interesting times. This is why so great a time for us to be alive to see what more happens in these days.  We were all born for a purpose and this time to shine.

So many people seem to have lost hope these days and whatever hope we can share the best we can do. Use the purpose given to you to bless others. Going into 2019 and beyond bless others to the best of our abilities. A year ago I said for this year to be let’s do it. Now for 2019 let’s bless others.

Remember you are special for a purpose you were only created to do. Amen!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Our Heart In

During the holiday season, it does become easy for us to give our hearts out to others unlike the rest of the year. The state of the world these days it is understandable why we don’t let others in.

I remember growing up though I had issues it was easy to trust people in those days while now hard to know who to trust and who not to trust.

Personally, I don’t worry much about who to trust and who not to trust. I don’t have any children so for me it is easier. These days it is harder to trust others with your children.

As a child, I was able to get out and around without my parents worrying much about me. Now parents have to be protective of their children. This is where I believe our hearts come in the equation. We can’t automatically let others in but we must find a way to do so with those close to us.

The world has become closer together with the internet and social media. Often people are being slammed by others even those close primarily because of politics. Here in the United States anyway families have been divided over the last election in 2016. With the next election coming up in two years for the presidency again this will be trouble and might get a lot worse.

I try not to let the difference of people opinions about politics to bother me. The hardest part these days I have old friends who speak negatively about President Trump on a daily basis. I am not a fan of his but it is tiring to see so instead I hide the posts when they come through. I amazed people can be so obsessed about him. I can understand doing some warning but day after day come on people.

So this is where our hearts draw away from each other so much. Let’s get back to drawing our hearts together regardless difference of politics or whatever else going on. Amen!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Interesting People

I am sure I have mentioned a number of times I enjoy meeting people. Everyone is interesting in one way or another.

On Saturday I met a man who I think he is interesting. I am sure he is like most being different than expected by looking at his cover.

His name is Stephen and he is new in the area. He is staying with a friend or he would be homeless. I don’t know much of his story in recent times other than he lost his savings.

Stephen told me he is a retired doctor and pastor. He has a daughter going to college at Portland State University and she is majoring in music. He will be going down to Portland in a few days to spend Christmas with her.

He told me he has written a book and is looking for a publisher. I hope he does well with the book so he can land back on his feet financially. Right now he is living on social security and it is not enough money to live on especially finding a place to rent.

Anyway to say all this is he told me the only reason he is still alive is he has a purpose in life. I told him he is correct and the reason we are all here still because we do have a purpose.

It is so nice to when I talk to someone and they recognize that they have a purpose in life. Not everyone recognizes they have a purpose.

So whenever you have the time to pray do so for Stephen. I am sure he can use all the prayers he can get just like us. Amen!

Saturday, December 8, 2018


Whatever our purpose is being friendly should be part of it. However, there are those we should mentor while others we should have a friendship with.
We can actually be a mentor well as a friend at the same time. Often mentoring comes out of friendship. I would call it the next step.

The whole thing though about our purpose in life we should do more of caring than out of doing for the gifts and talents we have. Other words we should not do something because we want to have points added on by doing works. We do all things for the greater good of all involved.

We all need friendship besides being friendly. It doesn’t mean we will gain friendship with everyone we are friendly too. The reason is we don’t have the time to be friends to everyone we meet. We can be friendly when we see them but there are those we will be friends with too. We have to see who they are and act accordingly.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Saying Goodbye

In a way, it is a follow up to the last post about George H.W. Bush we all know someone who has passed on recently whether our parents’ generation or ours for that matter.

Thursday I went to a funeral of a lady I have known most of my life. I grew up with her daughter and son-in-law. Her daughter we were in Sunday school together.

It was nice to say goodbye to her and see some familiar faces. I found out before the service her brother passed away a couple days ago so the family will be mourning further as well.

I have known friends who have lost both parents in a manner of weeks so losing siblings close in time isn’t surprising either though difficult.

Saying goodbye is for a period of time. We will see each other someday again whether days, weeks, months or years in the next life. This is where hope comes because I do believe this isn’t the end only the time in-between. We will see those we love and known throughout life again.

I find enjoyable at a funeral or memorial service about someone I knew since childhood and they were an adult what they did before having a family.

Her grandfather came to Gig Harbor, Washington right when it was coming alive. He came to Gig Harbor just over one hundred and thirty years ago back in the 1880s. She was born and raised in Gig Harbor. She went to a small schoolhouse which anyone can visit now because it is right next to the Harbor History Museum.
Many of the children of today living get to see and learn about the city of Gig Harbor where she spent most of her life. In the last few years, she moved to eastern Washington into her daughter’s home near the Columbia River because of her health however her heart never left her home of Gig Harbor where she now rests.

It was so good to talk to some of those who gathered at the church before the service. I had to take my mother to a doctor’s appointment we couldn’t change so we had to leave near the end of the service.

I was able to say hello to her family well as next door neighbors and longtime friends. It is amazing something people remember as well. One of her neighbor’s children who I was in school with remembers seeing my family when visiting her grandparents. They lived right next door to us. At one point my grandfather tried to buy their place from them.

Memories keep coming back to time knowing her and the family growing up. I would see her and her sister who passed away within the last couple of years whenever I go to church with my mother. It was no longer my church on a regular basis, however, I went with my mother at Christmas Eve service or soup dinners Wednesday nights during Lent. Those lovely ladies were always there and I would catch up about their lives and the children I knew.

So it isn’t goodbye really it is see you later whenever time it will be. 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Thank You Mr. President

I really enjoyed what I was able to see of President George Herbert Walker Bush funeral service. All the current past presidents were on hand well as current President Donald Trump.

President Bush was one of the best presidents the USA has ever had. He had a great sense of humor along with doing what he truly believed. So I truly want to thank you for not only the job as President but being the man you were. You lived out the purpose God created you for.

The sad part I found on social media where some people including some classmates I grew up with spoke up against President Trump instead of honoring President Bush. I am sure they had a strong feeling on Bush but this wasn’t the place to criticize Donald Trump. This is one day I feel they could have done without doing so.

We should be able to encourage others with good words instead of disrespecting someone. Again hale to the chief George H.W. Bush. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Thinking Out Loud

I am sure we all have done it at one time or another thinking out loud.  The important thing is where and when you do it. I am sure we don’t want to be embarrassed by talking out what we are thinking.

Once in a while someone will ask me why my lips are moving without anything coming out of my mouth. This is similar to thinking out loud. I am thinking about something so my lips are moving. Let you know I don’t do this often. When does happen I just let them know I was thinking about saying something so my lips moving without a word.

I am not sure why I am saying all this but it is for a purpose I guess. Just be sure when thinking out loud not be in a position having to explain. Oh yes it is Wednesday after all. LOL.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Climate Change

I know some believe in climate change while others don’t. I happen to be one that does believe in it because here in Western Washington our weather has changed.
November our average rainfall is seven inches and this year we had four and a half inches of rain. Most of the rain happened near the end of the month.

December the rainfall average is five and a half inches. The temperatures are supposed to be around the average in the high of 47 degrees and the low of 36 degrees. Right now we are having cold temperatures because the sun will be out all week. Next week be around the average high with rain expected every day.

I am not sure I am selling you on climate change for this time of the year however we used to have more snow when I was younger but in recent years we are lucky to get a couple inches when it does fall. I remember when we might have about ten inches of snow at least once a year.

I believe it was last year when we had snow on Christmas Day. Up until then I had only been dreaming of a White Christmas like the song.

The summers are longer so the spring, fall and winter are shorter. At least we have four seasons here which is real nice.

Whatever the weather is at your place have a fantastic and jolly holiday season.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Thank You

I want to thank all of you reading my posts once again this year. I hope you are doing well especially with encouraging words I give you each day.

I wish you a wonderful holiday season. You and your family will have a great time.

Yesterday my pastor said at church in his sermon that we are who we believe in ourselves. So think highly of yourself than it is who you will be.

Meditate all day long on good things than you will have a positive life. Even the times when circumstances are not good your faith will help you through.

Until next time peace be with you. Amen!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Hope This Season

If you know the story of baby Jesus Mary and Joseph had to go to Bethlehem where to register the family. Since there were so many people by the time they arrived no rooms were available in town. Joseph decided to take whatever they could get so he and pregnant Mary likely stayed in a barn where Jesus was born. They were able to get a blanket and a manger was available to put Jesus in. No one in Bethlehem knew the meaning of this child until the three wise men arrived from the East bringing gifts to the child they believed was the messiah.

In those days the people of Israel were hoping for the Messiah to come though they didn’t recognize him. He was the hope for the nation. They were looking for a king that not only rule them but give them a better life than being ruled by the Roman government. They had no idea the reason he had truly come for them and the whole world. His purpose was to forgive their sins and give a spiritual life. Also they had no idea he came to die on a cross for their lives either. Even when the event happened they still were unclear his reason.

So you see Jesus Christ came to give us hope for a future not only in this life but the one after we die. All we have to do is accept him as our savior and acknowledge our sins. Also to ask him to forgive our sins of the past, present and future; it is very simple thing to do. If you feel you don’t deserve to be forgiven than you’re the candidate to be forgiven all you have to do is ask him into your heart. At that moment your life will change forever. I know because my life changed when I did so.

Not only take the true hope of this world during this season pass it on to others as well. Let them know their lives can change forever. All you have to do is believe and have faith in Jesus Christ. Amen!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Hello December

You are very lucky December because we celebrate you all month long.

There are a couple well-meaning holidays during December.

People get together for parties during your month. At work they are able to spend some time together where they can enjoy each other outside of the work.

We also wonder how come you seem like your arrival comes so fast every year. If you were not the last month and celebrations happening all over the place we might remember you.

Anyway welcome once again. We will have a great time celebrating. Yes we will remember you are part of it and not just the month. We will thank you at the end.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Must Have Needed It

I found it hard to believe this morning I slept for eight hours waking up once. I figure I must have needed the sleep. I just hope I feel fine.

Sometimes we all need a jolt whether it is sleep or something else.

I find being in a good conversation which includes humor or given a compliment is a good jolt too.

We all need something we don’t get or hear once in a while from someone. Not only will we feel better we can believe more in ourselves.

Regardless of our situations we all need to be affirmed once in a while. Yes you are on the right track or you do have meaning and a place in this world.

So you have an opportunity today affirm someone. The best way is just being you. In fact you probably affirm more people than you realize by being you. Amen!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Moving On

When it comes to relationships sometimes we have to move on. Not all relationships turn out the way we want them to be.

Moving on in a relationship doesn’t mean it has to be forever. There is a possibility the relationship could come back together so moving on might be for a period time.

We should never stay in a relationship that can be harmful to us or the other person for that matter. This could be a relationship with a friend or a loved one.

In another way we may give tough love for the other person until they change things around.

Not any easy thing to do however necessary. I would give them several chances  so moving on is after a period of time.

This could be for someone we mentor or have leadership over as well. They may need space to get their life straight out. Hopefully the relationship will come back to the right side. Amen!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Thunder and Lightning

On Tuesday we had thunder and lightning in Gig Harbor. It occurred twice in mid-afternoon and then again early evening.

During the mid-afternoon storm we had hail as well. I didn’t know it had happened until reading it on social media. I was waiting for my mother to finish playing bridge. One of the ladies says it sounds like drums. I agreed with her. It must have been the hail.

I was reading on social media the local national weather service was surprised by the storms. So the weather can be at times unpredictable just like our lives.

Things happen in our lives we don’t expect. It can be our health or a loss of a loved one. This is so much where our purpose in life comes in. We can’t be sure when the storms will hit so we must be available for others and the same when happens to us. Keep up the good work. Amen!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Stars

Like most people I have been fascinated by the stars when I look into the sky. Also I enjoy seeing the moon as well.

The last time I took some time looking into the skies I found it interesting where I thought a small plane or some kind of object and then it disappeared just like that. Someone came out and asked me what I was looking at. I tried to explain though I am sure he thought I was a bit nuts. It returned again for a moment then disappeared altogether. I felt like Star Trek had happened over again.

This brings me to the Christmas story where we hear or read about the three Kings or wise men who followed the stars to see the Messiah. After leaving their gifts they returned home wherever it was from.

The next part of the story Joseph took his wife Mary and the child out of town because he thought King Herod would kill him. In fact Herod asked to kill all the male babies around the same age. When Herod was no more a threat Joseph brought his family back home.

We don’t know any more of the young baby boy and not about Christ until he was around 12 years old for a short period of time then the rest of the story was his ministry around 30 years for a period of three years.
During that period we know he learned the craft of his father where he worked as a carpenter.

So the life of Jesus the Messiah is many ways is as mysterious as the stars in the skies. I wonder how the people of Israel thought during those thirty years before Jesus started his ministry. Were they looking for the Messiah wondering who he was? Our minds can work in the same about his life in the way of the stars.  

He was a mystery to his people as are the stars. Only the disciples and the women close to him really knew who he was. The rest of the people continued living their lives day by day. I am sure at times is this the Messiah or another. I am sure for many John the Baptist seemed to be more the Messiah than Jesus. He continued to tell them he was just making the way for the Messiah and he was not.

As we celebrate the birth of the Christ we can think of how he lived his life and how we can live the same way too. Maybe we can be as mysterious as the stars too.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Tis the Season

At least here in the USA many people start getting ready for the holiday’s right after Thanksgiving. They go get their Christmas tree on Black Friday or over the weekend. This is the time to start shopping for presents as well.

On the other hand I usually wait until December to start the holiday season. Most of my family is out of state so I do have to figure to do shopping early.

The holiday season though is more in the attitude along with tradition for most people. I think more of what the season means than celebrating. I know most think about family and friends while I think about the birth of Christ and the reason he came to earth to give hope and love along with being the Savior of the world. Though his birth was important it was his death and resurrection that was more important. It is the reason we celebrate Easter in March or April.

So whatever you are doing this season still remember the reason for it. Be thankful for the birth of Christ and what he did on the earth before his death. Amen!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Holiday Traditions

Everyone seems to have holiday traditions and each year at least another is added.

Even if you don’t have a holiday tradition it still means you have one. The tradition is not to celebrate any.

I have never gone shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Actually this year I might just check out Cyber Monday just to get some ideas. The only reason I would go shopping on either day is to save money on something I actually want to get however I usually don’t think of it at this point. I know to there are those who will say you can save $250 on something but you can save a lot more if you don’t actually need the item.

Here in my local area one of the churches has a play they put on every year called “the Singing Christmas Tree”. Thousands have gone to it for many years. I haven’t seen it yet because hard to get tickets. Also the Point Defiance Zoo has what they call “the Zoo Lights”. They really decorate the zoo. Many come from miles around to see it as well. Of course there are a number of bazaars available to go look and shop for crafted items.

My brother Jack always goes and gets his Christmas tree on Black Friday. It is I think his only real tradition other than opening presents of course. I actually help start that tradition quite a few years ago when his children were small. I was visiting him in Minnesota for Thanksgiving and I suggested getting a Christmas tree. We did so and he has been doing it ever since.

There are those who start listening to Christmas songs right after Thanksgiving as well. I personally prefer waiting until early December. I can’t help hearing Christmas songs now because the coffee shops or the grocery stores or shopping malls are all playing them.

So enjoy your holiday traditions and may you have a blessed holiday season.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Be Prepared

Today November 24 I will be helping my church youth group sell Christmas Trees. Most years that I have helped selling the trees it has rained. Today it is expected to be mostly cloudy however I will be prepared in case it does rain. I hope that it doesn’t for sure. I will have my rain jacket available if needed.

Last year it rained pretty well and I had to deal working with a sprained ankle as well so I had limited action in helping moving the trees. I had injured my ankle about ten days before falling in my bedroom of all places. With physical therapy I am able now to keep my balance in check.

We all know it is important to be prepared however we don’t always plan for the worst. We sometimes things will take care of themselves without much planning but it is a good idea anyway. So whether you are out shopping this weekend or doing something else instead be prepared is my suggestion. Whatever you do have yourself a wonderful weekend.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Write Things Down

When someone comes to your mind like a friend write down what you are thinking. For example what they mean to you, the gifts and talents they have.

The next time you see them or email what you have written down. It is an excellent way to encourage them. I am sure they will appreciate it.

It is an excellent way to exercise your mind as well. It may even bring to you about your gifts and talents as well.

Since this is the holiday season now writing a card to them is a good idea. If you are writing to a couple than write down the gifts and talents they both have.  They have children write for each one of them as well. You may have even a better friend in the end.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

I want to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving whether you are an American or not.
I pray for those who may be alone today and the people who are sick. I pray your life will change. Someone will come into your life and you will be healthy too.

Have joy and be thankful on this day. May you have peace and a quiet spirit too. May your dreams come true.

Let today be a beginning of a new life. Until the next time let today be the best that you have. Amen!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Never Give Up

Tuesday night I was watching the Washington Huskies men’s basketball team play and win against the Texas A&M Aggies. It was a frustrating first half because they shooting terribly 23 percent from the field however they were able to come back to win because they hustled and never gave up. They looked like a team feeling this could be it and they wanted the game real bad.

This is how we should feel when things are not going well and the circumstances are against us. We need to find a way to rebound and make things go in our favor. As the Huskies showed it isn’t an easy task however often it is the only way to get back into the game and life.

So the next time you feel bad and need encouragement remember to never give up regardless of how things look like at the time. With the right perspective things can and will turnaround. Amen!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Is It or Not

When it comes to our lives and those we know is it or not. In other terms yes or no are the answers to our lives.

Whatever is happening in our lives today or in the past for that matter or in the future it does come down to is it or not involved in the equation. We can say yes or no.

The reason for our purpose in life is not only to help answer the questions of is it or not but helping those we know to answer the same questions.

Often we have to choose to decide is it or not or yes or no. I have to say not always an easy thing to do for sure. I know right now I can say yes because it is first thing in the morning here for me but several hours from now I could be saying no instead. I just hope not or I can choose yes despite what might be happening to me or those around me.

As you know if you have read my posts for a while my purpose is to encourage others and I have to encourage myself often as well.

We are in a battle every single day making decisions that can change our lives. Not an easy task at times for sure. This reason we need to have mentors or friends to help us answer the hard questions we can’t answer ourselves.

This Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the United States so it is a day for being thankful for what we have. It isn’t always easy to be thankful when we are going through rough patches but we are better if we do so. This goes for gratitude as well which is a close cousin to thanksgiving. So whether you celebrate Thanksgiving as a holiday or not take the time out and be thankful. Amen!

Monday, November 19, 2018


The greatest thing we can have in life beyond love is unity. Actually love is what will bring unity together.

I find usually unity happens when tragedy happens like when a shooting happens or the loss of someone well known.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could be united more of the time instead of throwing insults here and there because of disagreements. 

Life is too short to let things go instead of love and unity. This holiday season is a great time to let unity thrive. 

When you get together for a holiday party show the unity and make plans to do again as well. Unity can put a smile on our faces. Amen!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

O Come All Ye Faithful

This is another favorite Christmas song of mine. These words of the title “O Come All Ye Faithful” means for all Christians to come together as Christ followers.

Another line in the song says “O come let us adore him” so let’s unite together to adore our Savior. Regardless what church or denomination we belong to this season we should love one another and our Savior together. Be united in faith and adore him as we should. Amen!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Dealing With A Cold

I have to say it isn’t ever easy to deal with a cold. This week I have had a head cold so makes things hard to do especially thinking.

I don’t know about you but I do find it hard to think when I am sick and it is even harder when having a head cold.

I find standing or sitting with a cold is easier than lying down. I expect when lying down it goes to our heads.

I try to do things despite having this cold but certainly take longer to do so for sure. I still try to do what I can even with a cold. This morning I am taking mom to a breakfast for her group AAUW (American Association of University Women) Gig Harbor chapter. It is a scholarship fundraiser they do every year. My mother was the founding member of Gig Harbor Chapter. She still goes to some events and meetings though she isn’t in charge any longer. This shows what one woman can do to help other women who have gone to college or young ladies who want go to college. Great job Mom!

I will be relaxing after the breakfast hoping to feel better real soon. The most important thing is to continue encouraging everyone. Amen!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Helping Others

The thing about this time of the year there is a great need to help others. Actually it is something we should be doing all year long and those of us living our life of purpose are doing so.

During the holiday season the need is being recognized more. If there is a place we want to be plugged in all year long this is a good time to start. We can enjoy whatever it is that we plan to do. I feel the people are more important than what we probably doing for them and I am sure they feel the same way.

Again this year at the end of the month right after Thanksgiving I will being helping  the youth of my church to sell Christmas trees. My main job is to show the families buying the tree the best one for them to purchase and then load the tree on the top of their car or truck. I enjoy spending time with the youth, adult volunteers and the families buying  the trees. I find it satisfaction in doing so for several hours on a weekend.

Whatever time you have whether a lot or little go out and find yourself helping others during this holiday season.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Peace On Earth

A number of the standard Christmas songs have peace on earth included in. At least at the birth of Christ there was peace on earth for a moment.

Often when a pageant contestant and others in similar situations they are asked what they want most of all the answer is more often “peace on earth”.

I am sure we all want to have peace on earth however it could be still awhile for it to happen. All we can do in our place in the world is to show peace to others and with a miracle it will happen.

Right now though with most people being greedy it will not happen across the globe; only situations like the fires in California right now people show their humanity though can be short lived.

In our lives right now people disagree on politics and often shout at each other.  I know there are those who will disagree with my politics and it is ok. The important thing is to share what we agree on and not what we don’t agree on. A reason I don’t share politics here or any social media because I figure what is the point. Most likely we won’t change others beliefs or opinions. Something new comes to light or we can share without making things personal than it is good to do so. Other words a good debate.

Until next time may peace be in your heart today.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Mild November

It still amazes me how mild the weather here in Western Washington has become the last several years. Not as much snow during the winter and hotter in the summer.

Right now we should be in the raining season and we have had less than inch of rain in November so far. The average rainfall is seven inches in November. Of course there is plenty of time for it still too happen however will it is the question. We have rain forecasted for today (Wednesday) and again on Friday. How much we are expected I am not sure.

It is nice to see the sun out more regular than normal for November but it is weird at the same time. The temperatures have been on the cool side ranging from freezing in the morning up to the middle fifties during the day. At least it is around the history average.

I guess our perspective is to enjoy this weather long as it lasts and like the weather we can change as well. We can become more mild as well (chuckle).

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

World Be Kind Day

Today (Tuesday) is considered world be kind day. It seems to me they now have a special day everyday now and this is what Tuesday November 13 is.

Actually being kind to others is not a bad idea every single day of our lives. We likely live longer or at least have less stress anyway. Also it is one of the great ways for us to live out our life of purpose as well.

I always hear where it is told that dogs are man’s best friend. I am sure dogs are very kind and it is a reason they are man’s best friend so let’s do what dogs do. I think to that many people like dogs more than other human beings but I prefer to like people more than dogs though there isn’t anything wrong with dogs I just see a lot more people. Yes I know that I am being sarcastic but why not still go this way.

So even though you may not always be kind make every effort to be kind to everyone today even those who make it hard to please. Who knows you may gain a new friend and you will have less stress as well. Doesn’t that make it worthwhile? Until next time enjoy the time being kind.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Joy to the World

I have to say once again one of my favorite Christmas songs is “Joy to the World”.

For me it is more than the words in this case it is the tune of the song. It sounds very victorious to me and I am sure it was the point by the writer of the music.

I have mentioned before there is how great to have joy in our lives and often we have to make the choice to do so because life isn’t always easy.

I believe it is important to sing songs of joy as well. The first verse of the song goes as this:

Joy to the world
Joy to the world
Joy to the world the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing

If you have the time enjoy singing this song this week. Amen!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Veterans Day!

Here in United States today November 11 is Veterans Day. A day we celebrate those who have fought and served our country. There is not a high purpose for someone to do so allowing freedom to continue in this land.

In Europe and other countries they called it “Armistice Day” or ‘’Remembrance Day”. This day is chosen because the end of World War 1 where the opposition surrendered at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. So this means to us celebrate the 100th anniversary to the end of the Great War.

Again we thank you all for serving your country. Amen!