Monthly Archives: October 2014

Grouchy to Great – Turn It Around!

imageOk, I woke up grouchy. Don’t know why, just did. Maybe it was that I woke up late, didn’t feel good, didn’t want to go to work, didn’t have anything to pack for lunch, didn’t get the stuff done over the weekend I wanted to get done, football team lost, heard the criticisms in my head that people had given me on speaking at an event, et cetera. Then I made a choice. I chose not to stay in that because I wanted to be happy. I didn’t want to waste any more of today on negative feelings – because, as it says in Psalm 118:24, “THIS is the day the Lord has made – we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Our wise President Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  So (with a little effort) I turned it around – even if it was Monday morning! I was only a few minutes late, I felt a little better (after some coffee), I decided I am grateful to have a job and that I could spend a few bucks on lunch, I forgave myself and congratulated myself for getting a few things done toward my goals, I realized I had fun with my neighbors watching the game (and ate well!), I turned off the negative voices and remembered the positive ones I had heard yesterday – and I read a passage out of scripture, I prayed to have faith, I told my husband to have a good day, I listened to a positive message from Joel Osteen (about being happy!) on the car ride, I smiled when I walked into work, and I wrote this message for you! Make it a joyful day – I’m sure that’s what God wants for us.

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Change of Plans

sunriseMy husband and I were supposed to go to the beach this weekend to celebrate our anniversary…but then we had the dreaded “change of plans.” I had orchestrated the whole mini-vacation to my favorite destination but then he wasn’t feeling well, so we stayed home. I don’t deal well with this. I tried to “suck it up” and say I didn’t mind, but inside I was resentful and sad – it was such a beautiful day! But then I heard my higher self saying ‘don’t be so selfish, there will be another time to get to the beach’ etc.  We did manage to make the best of it (I did at least get outside and get some sun and take a walk.) And now today is a new day. I’ll be honest, I did wake up feeling regret about not going to the beach and getting away…and worry about work today and tomorrow. And then I heard Jesus’ words in my head:  “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matt 6:25-34) Just for today I can choose to be happy, joyous and free, no matter what my circumstances or the change of plans that might come my way (and no matter even that it’s Monday!) So, good morning – it’s a new day and I hope you and I make the most of it!

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Respect Life…

marley 6 mos October is Respect Life month (and yesterday was Respect Life Sunday). As a woman I respect a woman’s choice when it comes to her body…I have had one or two male doctors who tried to tell me I wouldn’t feel pain (when I did!) and ignored what I knew to be true and I paid the price. But I also know what it’s like to lose a child through miscarriage – and I have an even greater respect for the fact that a human embryo, even weeks or days old, is a human life who doesn’t have a choice, but should still be considered a child of God. I also have a new baby in my life – my granddaughter Marley Elizabeth who will be six months old tomorrow! And I can’t imagine what life would be like now without her. In my novel, “The Peace Maker” the US President talks his daughter into having an abortion out of his jealousy and hatred for her husband, his son-in-law, who he sees as a threat (like Saul feels about David in the Bible’s First Book of Samuel on which the book is based). I deal with the pro-life/pro-choice issue in the novel and of course, my views come out.  Fortunately I have received mostly good reviews! I attended the Cecil County Pregnancy Center’s Annual Banquet this past week and heard  a song that brought me to tears called “Unborn.” In it, Caitlin Jane sings “…your choice is all I have. Your voice my only chance. Please keep me…” Powerful. To listen, visit Caitlin’s website: http://www.caitlinjanetunes.com/…and dare to help spread the word…women need to choose life.

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