Posts Tagged ‘joy’

Moms with Sick Children Get Day of Pampering

Moms with Sick Children Get a Day of Pampering

This was, for me, a day of amazement, vision, love, hugs and so much more.  I was thrilled when Patricia Burkhardt Mitchell, owner of the Sincerely Yours Salon in Phoenix, Arizona invited me to be a part of the day she has set aside every year for the last four years – the day following Mother’s Day.  She takes her salon, stylists, massage therapist, manicurists and makeup artists, and so many more to descend on Phoenix Children’s Hospital to pamper those moms who are day in and day out at their children’s sides who are ill and confined to the hospital for a myriad of reasons!  It was also captured on film through the artists at Brett Noe Productions.

This blog post is not to “promote a specific company or person” but rather to acknowledge and thank those that helped put this all together.  2 years ago my grandson was in Phoenix Children’s Hospital for more than a week and was diagnosed with a form of epilepsy and so I know personally how trying that time can be on parents & grandparents and how hard the nurses and doctors and staff all work to help heal these little ones.

I was able to experience life and the willingness to persevere through each one of the moms and the little girls who came down to be pampered.

This is Kimmie – she’s four years old and suffering from a form of cancer.  She wanted hair, but when Char McCreadie sprinkled magic sparkling fairy dust on her hands and cheeks – she giggled like the little girl she is. – Talk about tears…from all of us including mom!

And then there was this young beautiful girl who turned 16 that very day and we gathered around and sang Happy Birthday to her while she was having her hair done…

Celebrating 16th Birthday at the hospital...

It was so humbling to see how these moms and children face each day with life-changing illnesses.  The love and hope and giving was beyond what I ever expected to see.  To hear one mom say “after 3 weeks here at the hospital, today I feel like a real person”…and another “I can’t believe that someone would care enough to come down here and do this for us…for me…I feel pretty again”.

Each of these moms and grandmothers and aunts and guardians are giving everything they have to give to their little ones and to be able to give back even a little was an honor & day I will never forget!

Thank you Sincerely Yours Salon for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful experience!

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Today – I want you to know I’m here FOR you!

Kelong Walk : HDRI

I want you to know that no matter what is going on in your life right this very minute that it CAN be overcome; that we don’t have to live lives of despair and loneliness.  We are here for each other – we’re not left alone in the middle of a desert without water to drink.

We are all a part of what we call humanity and when we use the word “humane” it should mean more than just humanitarian, well, who even knows what that is?

But to be humane means to be:

There is so much more to what we share with people on the surface of our lives and to think that by standing up for what we believe and being willing & able to withstand persecution for that belief…That is to live by faith.  Pick just one word from this list and watch it grow! – Here is the list of words that comes from “compassionate”.

  • Sympathetic
  • Concerned
  • Kindhearted
  • Empathetic
  • Considerate

And the same is to be said for every word!  Even one of the smallest words in the English language; the word “The” – I never realized this before my Sunday School teacher brought it up a couple of weeks ago –

The:

  • Indicating one as distinct from another
  • Indicating shared experience
  • Indicating period of time

So, in this period of time we call Today, regardless of when that day is that you read this letter, there is someone here for you. You are NOT alone.  This is a favorite song of mine from years ago…but it always comes to remembrance when I’m feeling alone.  It’s a song that most have heard of, but I love it more today then yesterday.

I am weak, but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

  • Refrain:
    Just a closer walk with Thee,
    Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
    Daily walking close to Thee,
    Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

Through this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.

When my feeble life is o’er,
Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore.

 

My Old Man…That’s what he calls himself…

Grand Canyon, Arizona. The canyon, created by ...

That is not what I call him. I call him my friend, my confidant, my lover, my help-mate, my soul-mate, and he has now been gone for almost 3 weeks hunting in the mountains with several other people from our church. Big annual deer & elk hunt…spread across half the state of Arizona.

I miss him…so much…and him being gone always reminds me of how much he means to me. I think it’s sad that he has to be gone from my life for me to remember how much I love him…It shouldn’t be that way at all. He will tell me that I have hundreds of brothers & sisters at the church to encourage me and keep me going when the way looks hard…and as much as I love them and they love me –  they’re still not him.

He’s coming home this weekend (God-willing) and I am picking up 2 of my 4 grandbabies to come stay with me until he gets home.  They miss him horribly when he’s gone – He’s the Principal & 5th-8th grade teacher at the private school at Pleasantview and so 3 of my grandbabies see him 5-6 times a week.  Heck – they see him more than I do…

But, tonight after work I am heading over to Pleasantview and hopefully have dinner with my babies and hug them and love them and tell them how much I miss them when I don’t see them.  To let them know too that Papa will be home in just a few more days and he’ll be all dirty and stinky when he walks in.  But that we’ll hold our noses and throw our arms around him and hug him and kiss him like he was the prodigal son coming home.

Then we will DEMAND he take a minimum of a 1 hour shower and come out and kiss us and hug us all over again!!!

Building Trust

In Christopher Avery’s Blog from 9/20/10 – he talks about How You Build Trust — in Business and in Relationships…Team members must have confidence in one another if the team is to be successful. Making and keeping small agreements is how to begin building trust, because if you don’t keep small agreements, you won’t get the chance to make large agreements.

Two rules about agreements:

1. Never make an agreement you don’t fully intend to keep (no matter how small).

2. Clean up all broken agreements at the first opportunity.

This obviously does not just apply to the business world but also can be positively applied to personal relationships with family members and friends.

I have failed at this myself numerous times and always try & strive to do better & more…but I know how critical it is to making and keeping personal & professional relationships.  We count on one another to do what we say – you tell me you’re going to do something and I expect that you will follow through on it. 

I expect the same level of commitment from myself, but you know how hard it is to keep up with all the “I am going to do’s” that we put in our little brains every day?  100’s if not 1000’s – and why? – Because we all want something better than what we have right now – we’re not satisfied with what our lives have become – we want and want and it is all for naught, because in the end – what have we got? – When the soul leaves the body and the body returns to the dust of the earth? – We have lived our lives in 1 of 2 states – a state of grace or a state of legalistic judging.

I am glad it doesn’t go to a vote, but I want, desire, live for a state of grace!  And in that, I want to keep commitments I make so that even in the small things…I can be trusted to fulfill the requirements necessary that people can trust that I’ll do what I say I’ll do.  But if I don’t put requirements on people then – together we can grow –

the Conversion of Saul on the road to Damascus...

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The Apostle Paul wrote “that, that I would do – I don’t, and that, that I would not do – that I do” – Who shall deliver me from the flesh of sin – I thank God through Jesus Christ” – that In Him alone is my Rock, – my Savior,  – my Lover, – my Best Friend.  I’m not sure how or why this posting took this turn, but if the Apostle Paul can write that it is of little consequence if another judges me – I don’t even presume to judge myself…Because He was judged for us…

I don’t think when I originally read the excerpt from Christopher Avery’s blog that mine would take this turn, but it did…and I’m glad it did – I love writing about my Lord and I love sharing Him with others.  I don’t do it enough…

Commitment, grace, love, forgiveness – That’s the way to fulfill requirements and commitments…He committed to love me and I’m commited to loving you…How much fun to live life that way!

Easter Lily

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The Alphabet You Must Read Today!

A friend shared this with me today and it was exactly what I needed at exactly the right moment – I hope that it does the same for you!  Thank you Mary!

Although things are not perfect
Because of trial or pain
Continue in thanksgiving
Do not begin to blame
Even when the times are hard
Fierce winds are bound to blow
God is forever able
Hold on to what you know
Imagine life without His love
Joy would cease to be
Keep thanking Him for all the things
Love imparts to thee
Move out of “Camp Complaining”
No weapon that is known
On earth can yield the power
Praise can do alone
Quit looking at the future
Redeem the time at hand
Start every day with worship
To “thank” is a command
Until we see Him coming
Victorious in the sky
We’ll run the race with gratitude
Xalting God most high
Yes, there’ll be good times and yes some will be bad, but…
Zion waits in glory…where none are ever sad!

(Author Unknown)

Letter to self…What is your “Why”? What is your “Comfort Zone”?

We have a “why” we get up and out of bed each morning and go to work…whether it is:

  • We love those around us.
  • We want the best for those who depend on us.
  • We love what we do.
  • We want better for those around us.
  • We long to be independent of the restrictions placed on us by others. (Why or Comfort Zone?)
  • We love to be profitable & prosperous.
  • o Not for ourselves – but for others.
  • o To have that we might give more.
  • o To be able to enjoy the things God has given us.

These are all just a small piece of the why’s we have in our lives that define who we are and what we do each and every day.

Tell me your why! I really and truly want to know! I want to see beyond my limited vision to the possibilities that lie just beyond our comfort zone.

Do you have a “comfort zone”? – What is your fear of leaving and stretching beyond it? – I know what mine is – It’s the fear of getting up each morning without an 8-5 job to go to – no matter the cost!

I just read a quote on a friend’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/frost.energy – it said, “If you don’t like what you have…quit doing what you did”. Gee whiz that rang so true for me!

I look forward to really hearing from you on this…It’s important and vital and so far beyond where we all are today! I know that from each other we gain insight, we gain strength, we gain power, we gain friendship, we gain true knowledge, we gain support, we gain more – to be more than we are today – to be all we can be to be all God has called us to be!

We are a very strong people – with tools and resources we didn’t have even 10 years ago – we can reach out and touch 100’s of 1000’s of people with just a few clicks of the mouse. Don’t be a person who lets others dictate what is important in your life…

You have a “Why”. – – – – You have a “Comfort Zone”. – – – Stretch, Reach, See the Possibilities…

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Forever Yours,
Glenda

What in your life would you change if you could?

What would you change?Your age? Your retirement plan?  Your job? What is it, that if you could do it all over again, you re-do?

Right now, I am looking back on a lot of different events in my life that have brought me to the point I am today. Would I change any of them?  Sure! BUT would I be the person I am today – where I am today and would any of it be “better”?

I really and honestly don’t believe so.  I believe that there is a plan for our lives, and that He brings us exactly where and how He decides. Has it always been pleasant? – Heck no! But without my children I would never know my grandchildren.  Without a babysitter quitting on me at night and having to find daycare before morning would I ever have been in the right place to find my church home at Pleasantview here in Phoenix through their private Christian K4-8th grade school more than 20 years ago? I doubt it.

Every path we go down has a benefit or a consequence…I think that every path I’ve gone down has had a benefit (although some would say consequence) and now, with new paths in front of me again, I just pray for the guidance to choose the one that will bring benefit to everyone I know…because we are NOT in this alone – We are all touched every day by the people all around us.

Without recent financial situations, would I have been open to the suggestion of starting my own home-based business?  Probably not – but it has been a ball and continues to open my eyes to the wonderful possibilities that lay before me with a future that is wide open!  And the people I am meeting, like the award-winning author, Marcia Fine, and the effervescent Gia Heller, and the women at the Arizona Women Networking organization – Oh my – what fun!!!

So many neat things to learn and do and learn some more and may it all count for His gain and naught of my own – for without Him, I am nothing.

Writing this post made me remember a song from long ago (I found the words and am going to sing it Sunday) – it goes like this.

(Mylon R. Lefevre)

Without Him I could do nothing
Without Him I’d surely fail
Without Him I would be drifting
Like a ship without a sail

Without Him I would be dying
Without Him I’d be enslaved
Without Him life would be worthless
But with Jesus thank God I’m saved

Oh Jesus, oh Jesus
Do you know Him today
Please don’t turn Him away
Oh Jesus, my Jesus
Without Him how lost I would be
Without Him how lost I would be

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