Thanksgiving Thoughts

On November 26, 2012, in Inspiration, by speaker

   Isn’t Thanksgiving a wonderful holiday? Some of you reading this in other countries have other holidays at different times for the same purpose. It is a day of giving thanks, not just for stuff and not just for the turkey and dressing, but a time to think about thankfulness in a broader sense.

   I believe it is critical to our health, in the day in which we live, to develop an attitude of gratitude. Going through an election year tends to bring out the differences in us rather than the truth of common goals. The smaller our world gets, the more we know of hunger, abuse, crime and wars. We live in a world where natural disasters in our own country and other places are broadcast as they happen, right in our living rooms. Our hearts ache along with the hurting. And equally so, we are shocked with the atrocities we never imagined or thought possible from mankind.

   God reveals in the Bible there will be trouble. Just reading what Paul went through in his life time, lets us know that pain and suffering has been around since the Garden and the apple. Here again I need to say what I have said before, we cannot blame Eve, nor Adam for that matter. If they hadn’t done it, one of the rest of us would have. (That fact is not original with me. I heard it somewhere.)

   So why is an attitude of gratitude so important to our health? Because we can get swept away by the negative thoughts and worries spoken and written around us until we pick them up and make them our own. That ought not to be. Rotten thoughts can contaminate our health.

   Of course there are things we need to have concern over, there are injustices to be corrected and principles to fight for and causes to champion. However we need to keep close watch over what we are thinking about mostly.

   It is just like our diet, what we put in our mouths. We know the outcome of a diet of healthy choices versus a diet of junk food and harmful habits. The same applies to our thinking and emotional health.

    Sometimes it shocks me how deeply I can get into a tizzy over something before I remember, “Oh yeah, Lois, how about prayer? What does God’s Word say about this? How about a positive solution? How about looking at this from a different prospective?” And how about that old adage “Am I part of the problem or part of the solution?”

   Therein lies the secret to an attitude of thanksgiving. Realizing we have a choice in our thinking and what we think. Profound, huh? I think there is a Bible verse that covers that. Yes. Proverbs 23.7 “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” So it is true. What we eat determines our physical health. What we think determines our mental health.

   That must be why, with all he had been through, Paul was able to state in his letter to the Philippians, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty.” He goes on to say, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

   As I look back over the last year and recall times of illness, financial concern and family and friends with problems, I can see how my faith grew as God brought us through. That faith helped me worry less and trust Him more.

   This year I am going to resolve to be more pro-active with my gratitude. When the conversation around me becomes negative, I resolve to throw in some gratitude words to change the tide of the conversation. What a good Thanksgiving idea.

   Let’s do it. . . and be thankful because we can. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

A Welcome and a Landmark Birthday

On November 2, 2012, in Uncategorized, by skillfulbusinessowner
Birthday Celebration

Happy Birthday to Me!

This year was a landmark birthday – 70 – for crying out loud! Please do not stopping reading because you think I am old. I am the same as you really – with just more conditioning – and therein comes my joy, my humor and some traces of wisdom.

I cannot get my head around my age. I still feel young. Time flies. Since I thought I was going to die at fifty when I had cancer, I am joyfully thankful for each year of life.

I think I thought that when I got to this age, I would wear house dresses and aprons. I would sit in a rocker reading stories to my grandchildren. I would have gray hair and wear it up in an attractive bun. I would be portly in size and not mind it. I thought I would be spiritually mature. I would have the trinity, sanctification, and prayer all figured out.

I think I thought younger women would come to me seeking answers to questions about marriage and children and I would have wise answers. I would be sitting in my rocking chair. We’d have a cup of tea (with a saucer) with home baked (by me) cookies on a blue plate. We would pray and share. A basket of sewing and knitting would be by my chair.

Money would never be a problem. Bills would be paid without a thought. Our car would be grand. We’d send large gifts to missions and charities and gift our children with trips and college assistance. I would have time to read books and write long letters. And have time to just sit and smile at memories of years gone by.

Well, here I sit.

My hair is not in a bun nor is it too gray yet, thanks to the genes given by birth. I am portly in size and I do mind it. The only picture that came true is that I do like dresses and aprons.

There does not appear to be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There are always ways to spend it rather than get it. Gracie is a long ways from a grand car. (That does not mean I am not thankful for her.)

I have books to read and notes to write sitting by my chair – which is not a rocker. As to dwelling in memories, it is hard to remember what I did yesterday.

So here is my conclusion. My life isn’t at all like what I thought it would be. I really think it is better. I have many friends, some younger than I, who do not know how to appreciate their age. The biggest joy is that God is teaching me new things everyday about His love for me right where I am at. And I love the things I am learning from the people, both old and young around me, who touch my life day by day.

I don’t have time for things I would like to do, but I am doing more things I never dreamed I could or would do at this stage of my life.

Like watching the birth of this new website to keep in touch with all of you that I have met in my travels speaking around the country – and staying in touch through the Time Out with Lois column . . . and now a blog!!!

Oh the JOY of ENJOYING THE JOURNEY!!!

For me, that is quite enough. I will leave the learning to cook and the bun and being wise until I am older.

So welcome to our website. I am glad you stopped in. There will be updates weekly so journey with us, be ready to write your own thoughts and ideas on the way. We always enjoy hearing from you!

Lois Olmstead

 

How I Came To Believe

I am at an age in my life where it is hard for me to remember anything. I walk into the kitchen to get something and when I get there, I can’t remember why I came there. ‘Course I don’t want to spend much time in my kitchen anyway because I don’t like to cook.

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