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A Change Is Coming   Leave a comment


You can definitely feel it in the air this morning.  With the wind blowing more intensely, the moisture in the air from over twenty-four hours of rain, and the gray skies, you know that the weather is changing to a different season.  It also helps that there are tons of colored leaves that lay scattered upon the ground which have fallen from the trees above.  Autumn is truly upon us and hints of winter are starting to arrive already.

As I thought about these changes in weather and seasons this morning, I pondered the effect of change upon our lives.  I am the first to admit that I dislike the change from spring and summer to fall and winter.  I do not enjoy the colder temperatures and the regularity of cloudy skies that seem to accompany this time of year.  So for me, some changes are less than enjoyable.  When I encounter this type of change, I tend to see an adjustment in my attitude.  I have to work harder to remain positive and to vision into the future.  These are not impossible tasks but I do realize that they take more deliberate effort when my attitude goes in this direction.

Some changes in life are more enjoyable.  I greatly enjoy the arrival of spring and summer.  You can probably easily understand why based upon my earlier comments.  I find myself more upbeat and with an eagerness during those changes.  When you are energized by change, you definitely see possibilities and opportunities.

What all of this says to me is that in regards to change, attitude is very crucial.  I am the one who can impact my attitude the most.  I can have an attitude of resistance and negativity in regards to changes in my life.  Or I can have an attitude of possibilities and positivity as I encounter change.  While I am not going to try to fool any of you into believing that choosing the later attitude is easy when I am not eager for the change, it still is possible.

Life is full of change.  A change is generally always coming.  The question is what to do with that change.

This Week’s Song Post   Leave a comment


In light of the weather this morning (and for the past few weeks):

Posted September 12, 2014 by thoughtfulbeliever in Music

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Not Ready Yet   Leave a comment


Cold windThe first cold snap of the fall has arrived today.  The cool wind from the north is a not-so-gentle reminder that winter awaits us.  All I want to do is scream, “I AM NOT READY YET!”  I am becoming less and less enamored with winter; the cold temperatures, biting winds, and endless snow.  So I would like to delay the onset of winter as long as possible.  This cold temperature change is not giving me confidence in a delay.

As I thought about not being ready for winter, I began to turn to what types of life experiences that most of us truly are not ready for even though we have no control over their arrival.  I would have to admit that I am sure that I truly was not ready to be a parent.  While the concept of having a baby seemed a bit exciting, I had no idea what lay ahead for me as a parent.  There truly have been great joys which accompanied having children but there also have been some challenges and frustrations.

I was talking with some college students yesterday and they were discussing what changes awaited them when they graduated from college.  I indicated to them that there would be some wonderful aspects of making this transition in their lives.  I also mentioned that there would be some challenges which they would have to encounter.  One of the significant changes would be in all the decisions which they would have to make and the reduction of “things being provided for them.”  Again, I would say that I was not ready yet for this transition when I was younger (although at the time I thought I was more than ready) but I managed through the challenges and grew in the process.

So while I am not ready yet for colder weather and the changes which accompany the temperature change, I will be able to manage through it.  Just as I manage through temperature changes, I can and will manage through whatever life changes may lay ahead for me whenever they occur.  Even if I AM NOT READY YET!

 

Posted September 11, 2014 by thoughtfulbeliever in Experiences, Life

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REALLY????   Leave a comment


Snow outside my office on May 2, 2013.

Snow outside my office on May 2, 2013.

Okay….. I am going to complain.  SNOW on May 2nd?!?  Really?!?!?

This definitely is creating a lot of conversation online and around the community.  Up until today, the latest that I remember snow in my lifetime was in Nebraska on April 30.  Guess that record is broken and I am not very happy about it.

So what does a person do with the disappointments in life?  There is no life that is void of disappointment.  Today I am disappointed that after having eighty degree weather at the start of the week, we have reverted to winter with thirty degree weather and snow.  But this is not the first disappointment I have had in my life nor will it be the last.  The question that haunts me today is what to do with the disappointments in life.

Disappointments come in a variety of manner and for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes I have my expectations set to hide in regard to my accomplishments or goals and when I fail to reach those expectations I am disappointed.  Sometimes I have expectations of other people who are unfulfilled either because they are not able to or they choose not to and again, I am disappointed.  Some of these disappointments are huge and some are minor.  My response is really what matters.

I think there are two very important things to learn from disappointments.  The first is found when we reflect on what has led to the disappointment.  Is there something that I could have done to prevent the disappointment?  Is there a better way to approach the particular situation?  Is there a way to prevent a future occurrence of the disappointment?  From the reflection on these and other questions, I am able to put the event into perspective.  I may be able to change my expectations or make adjustments to avoid a reoccurrence of the disappointment.

The second lesson learned is that I must move forward.  There is no way for me to undo what has led to the disappointment.  There may be factors that are completely outside of my control.  I can spend my time dwelling upon it or I can move forward.  Since dwelling upon the disappointment does no benefit to me or others, moving forward seems to be the best approach.

DISAPPOINTMENT (Spiritual Sticky)

DISAPPOINTMENT (Spiritual Sticky) (Photo credit: spiritualchicken)

Posted May 2, 2013 by thoughtfulbeliever in Experiences, Life

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Predictions   2 comments


Snowstorm

Snowstorm (Photo credit: aka hakon)

It seems this week contains a lot of predictions.  Today in my area there is a prediction for a high amount of snow fall and blizzard-like conditions.  We all know about the prediction that the Mayans are supposedly to have made that the world will end on this Friday.  This week in the sports section of the newspaper, there were predictions regarding major changes in 2013.  I guess there is a part of me that would like to know what special gifts people have for making all these predictions.  I struggle to predict what will occur in the next five minutes, let alone 72 hours, twelve months, or thousands of years.  Yes, I realize that there are models that the weather people use which are based on scientific studies and probabilities but I think about the many times that those models do not match reality as it happens.  So my question is this, what good are predictions?  I think more important than actually answering my first question is answering another question, why are predictions important to us?

When it comes to the weather, predictions help us in planning and in providing some level of safety.  Even though we realize that the weather predictions are not fail-proof, we know that there is some level of accuracy to them.  These predictions help us to determine our travel plans, plans for outdoor activities, and preparations for potential bad weather.  The help to keep us safe by alerting us to tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, and the likelihood of those occurring.  So weather predictions become important in the planning of our lives and protection our lives.

Predictions regarding the end of the world, however, lack any credibility or importance.  The prediction claim is that since the Mayans ended a calendar on December 21, 2012 so they must have obviously known that the world would end on that day.  That seems absolutely ludicrous to me.  I agree with some individuals observations that the calendar may have ended on that day because they ran out of room.  This seems much more of a likely scenario than the prediction that the world is going to end.

As far as the sports predictions, it really does not have a significant impact on my life so I do not become concerned with any of their predictions.  In fact, sports predictions are often less accurate than weather predictions by far and they are solely based on opinion.  Besides that, any one that can tell me they understand the mind of a coach, a professional athlete, or a college athlete, seems a bit shady at best.

The only predictions or prophesies that I care about are the ones that I find in Scripture.  The reason is that they are not predictions but instead are promises.  Since the fulfillment of those promises can be proven time and time again, I have confidence in the statements.  Since God is the one making the promises, I have even more confidence in the statements.  Since they directly impact me and are expressions of love, I have even more confidence in them.

So, best wishes on the predictions of the week.  I’m going to stick with the eternal predictions of my Lord.

The First Snow   Leave a comment


So yesterday I had the honor of scooping the first snow of the season.  Alright, so I don’t feel like it was such a great honor.  In fact, I would rather it did not occur until the week of December 25th.  But since I am not the one placed in charge of weather patterns, what I would prefer really has no bearing on when the first snow arrives.  So while I was scooping over 5″ of wet snow at 5:45 in the morning, I was trying to find some positives.  Here is the list that I came up with:

  • It makes everything appear fresh and new.
  • It reflects light well so it gives an illuminating effect to the ground and other objects on which it falls.
  • It covers up the grays and browns of fall.
  • It presents an image of innocence.

My optimistic list may seem a bit of illusionary magic but at least it helped me grumble a little less.  However, I was able to focus on two items on the list throughout the day yesterday.  Both of them caused me to focus on what is so wonderful about the Lord’s forgiveness.  The two that I focused on was the ability of snow to make everything appear fresh and new, the other was the way it covers up the grays and browns.

When the Lord’s forgiveness comes upon us, it is much like the snow falling.  It gracefully and gently comes down from above.  It lightly lands on us and makes us fresh and new.  I am reminded of that when I read:  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”  (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV).  My old self and my old ways are covered by the grace and forgiveness of the Lord.

Not only am I given the opportunity to be fresh and new, I also no longer have to worry about the gray and brown and ugliness of my sinful actions and thoughts.  The forgiveness that the Lord places upon me covers that sin.  I am bright and clear and clean once again.  The Apostle Paul makes this clear when he says:  “Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.”  (Romans 4:7, NIV).

So even though I would prefer this to be the only snow of the season; even though I was not thrilled about spending over an hour removing the snow from my sidewalks and porches, I can find some good reminders in the snow.

I’m Alive   Leave a comment


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This morning has proven to be a very cool Autumn day.  There is a pretty strong breeze and the temperatures started out in the low 30’s.  I actually got out my winter coat as I prepared to leave the house this morning.  I am not ready for Winter to arrive!!!  I have come to find that I grow a bit older in age, I dislike winter (and especially the cold) more and more.  I have lived in the Midwest all of my life so you would think that I would be use to this colder weather, and I probably am, but I even though I am used to it, I don’t have to like it.

So I decided that I either could just whine about the colder weather (which I still may do) or I could try to find a positive about it.  As I was walking to the coffee shop this morning, I realized how the cold breeze seemed to awaken me.  I felt like the breeze was trying to remind me that I am alive.  The crispness is like a jolt of energy that says, “wake up and experience the day.” 

Now, I still am not extremely happy about the colder temperatures but I am grateful for the reminder that “I’M ALIVE.”

Posted October 20, 2011 by thoughtfulbeliever in Life

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