It’s a matter of perspective

So… in keeping with the Thanksgiving season, I’d like to share something that I’m thankful for. I’m thankful for the current economic recession. What?! Hear me out. I don’t for one second mean to minimize the hardship that current conditions present to so many – hey, I was in recession long before it officially hit the general populace! I, like so many others, have lost so much. In the midst of it, though, I have gained much more. My gain may not be measured in tangible terms, but for what it has done in me, it’s worth every single thing that I have lost.

I have found that sometimes when I have more than enough, it makes me complacent and de-sensitized to the troubles that besiege others. All of this despite my best intentions and my love for people. Here in America, we are a nation with so much more than we need. That’s beginning to change to varying degrees. Now, I know or know of people who cannot afford to eat out, so they are home for dinner more often; cheating husbands who can no longer afford to keep their mistresses; flashy vehicles are being traded for more practical, lower-maintenance ones; former workaholics, due to cut hours or layoffs, suddenly have time on their hands to hang out with the family or even go to church!

Sure, times are hard, but God is good. And He STILL works all things out for good for those who love Him. And He STILL provides because His provision is not dependent upon the economy. Yes, in many ways, I’m thankful for the economic recession. It is, after all, a matter of perspective!

Have a great weekend, y’all!

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Mind-bending love

Today I was reading in the book of John about the incident where Mary poured the jar of very expensive oil on Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair. This time, it wasn’t Mary’s act of pure devotion that caught my attention, but Jesus’ response to Judas’ objection. Judas expressed frustration that the oil could have been sold and the money given to the poor. Jesus’ response to him was “leave her alone.” Leave her alone? Lord, this was Your chance to “out” that villain! You knew better than anyone else that he was not thinking of the poor at all. He was probably calculating how many toys he could have bought from Best Buy with the money obtained from the sale of that oil.

Judas used to help himself freely to the money in the collective purse. Knowing that he was a thief, why didn’t Jesus oppose the vote to put Judas in charge of the moulah? Any Christian in their right mind would have done “the right thing” and blown the whistle on that brother at the first opportunity that presented itself, right? Not only did Jesus not reject Judas for the thieving, backstabbing lowlife that he was, but He actually loved this “son of perdition”!

Loving someone whom you know steals from you and sells you out to the enemy for cold cash, now THAT’s mind-bending love!

Reclaiming Friday

So… my family’s Fridays have been taken up by high school football for the past few months. Our son plays and Friday nights have been spent either at home or away games, even though he played the entire season injured. He tore a tendon in his pinkie during practice, before the season even began and had to have surgery to correct it. He missed the first few games of the season, went back too soon and proceeded to break the same pinkie. He had to have surgery – again! He played the rest of the season with a huge “club” (heavily bandaged hand).

Anyway, now the season is over and he has played his last high school football game. Wow. That’s my baby we’re talking about!

On the other hand – movie night is back, baby – oh yeah!! It’s back to making a list of movies we want to see and then working our way down the list. That way, we minimize squabbles over what we want to watch.

So, whatever your Friday looks like, make it a great one. Me, you betcha I’m planning on it…

Fire on the mountain

Today, I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorite Nigerian artists. Her name is Asa (pronounced Asha). What I like most about her is the fact that she seems to be a simple, unpretentious person who just wants to make a difference in her sphere of influence. Her music style defies stereotype and her songs address the issues of life. I hope you enjoy this one…

Something’s in the air

Can you smell it? Can you feel it? Something’s brewing, people! We all know that we’re living in unique times (for want of a better word). Our country is facing a dire economic situation which is also reflected globally. We have just elected a black man into the highest office in the land. It’s the stuff the TV show “24” is made of! By the way, I think President-elect Obama should elect the writers of “24” into his cabinet. Hey, he may even have them to thank for making the idea of a black U.S. president very plausible! Gas prices, which reached an all-time high, have started to come down, such that a gallon of regular unleaded is currently at $1.86! Just a few weeks ago, it was dangerously near $4.00!! I must confess, I don’t know what to make of that. I keep thinking we’re being set up for disappointment when they skyrocket again soon.

Seriously, though, I have a heightened sense of anticipation, despite the uncertainty of the times. It’s at times like these, when things are seemingly out of control, that God is able to take control. Remember post-September 11? People did not know what to do, so they turned to something – Someone – greater than themselves.

Is the economy going to bounce back? Are gas prices finally down to where they used to be once upon a time? Is President-Elect Obama the leader we need or the one we deserve? Only time will reveal the answers to those questions. In the mean time, I’ll have my spiritual antennae out and alert, because beyond the accelerated heartbeat, goosebumps and tingling of the senses, if I were a betting girl – which I’m not! – I’d put money on the notion that SOMETHING’S IN THE AIR!

Somewhere over the rainbow…

Yesterday as I drove home from work, I was preoccupied, talking silently to God from deep within my heart. All of a sudden, I saw it: the most beautiful rainbow I had ever seen! It was a complete arc, not the partial kind that is common fare in a partly cloudy sky. The colors were so bright that I could distinguish each one. At each end of it, I could’ve sworn (if I were a swearing person, which I’m not) that there was a pot of gold because the landscape in front of it seemed to glow. I promise you I’ve NEVER seen anything like it, EVER!

I pulled over on the fairly busy County Road 44 in Eustis/Sorrento and put on my hazard lights so I wouldn’t get run over by any driver who might be just as captivated as I was. I fumbled for my digital camera and realized I’d left it on the kitchen counter. Frustrated, I got out my phone and tried to capture the image on the puny built-in camera that came with it. I took some shots, but they don’t quite show the beauty of the sight. I can’t even download what I have because – whadd’ya know – the USB software that my cameraphone comes with isn’t compatible with Windows Vista! You’ll have to take my word for it – it was INCREDIBLY BREATHTAKING!

I pulled back on the road and as I made a right turn on to County Road 46A, away from my glowing rainbow, I was disappointed that it was no longer in sight. Then I looked in my rearview mirror and saw that even though I could no longer see it up ahead in front of me, it was still there, glowing beautifully. It was a reminder to me that God’s promises are always there, even when we no longer see them up front because we made a turn on a country road…

Music to my ears

You know how heart-warming it is to hear a baby’s belly laugh? Apparently, it never gets old even when the ‘windchimey’ (my invented word) high-pitched sound has descended several octaves and morphed into a baritone!

I’m sitting here catching up on Facebook and blogging (aka multi-tasking) and listening to my three children laughing with reckless abandon. Two of them were on the floor a minute ago, trying to catch their breath from laughing so hard. I have no idea what is so funny as to warrant such revelry, but I’m loving the sound of their happy noise, even though it’s interfering with my ability to form a logical thought at the moment. I guess logical thoughts can wait!

May your week be full of laughter… 🙂

Thompson kids - Demi, Bimi & Temi

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