Some of my favorite quotes are from Ralph Waldo Emerson. I stumbled upon this on the other day and it resonated with me. I spent so many years after my sister, Heidi Allen's, kidnapping angry. My anger primarily was of course that my sister was kidnapped and had to suffer the unimaginable but it was also at God.
I blamed God for her kidnapping and letting it happen. I could continue and list all the things that angered me but rather than focus on the past and all the minutes lost I'd like to focus on the latter.
I think this is why Ralph Waldo Emerson's quote spoke to me. To think I spent more than a decade angry, it overwhelms me to think of the seconds of happiness I let escape me and those around me. I was curious so I looked up how many seconds I lost. One decade, ten years that is, has 315,532,800 seconds.
This is a lot of lost happiness BUT on the flip side, since restoring my faith, I've experienced 473,040,000 seconds of happiness. this doesn't mean I haven't had angry moments in life, instead, it means I've chose to make the most of life and not let anger get the best of me. If Ralph Waldo Emerson's quote isn't enough to inspire you then maybe the words of Solomon will encourage you.
"In the day of prosperity be joyful,
I don't know about you but when the options are anger or happiness, striving for happiness and letting go of anger is going to be my choice. Earlier in the week I challenged you to live rather than exist, today I'll take you a step further. Choose happiness and joy over anger and negativity.
What are you going to choose?
IAs the weather in Upstate New York transitions from days of sunshine and warmth to darker and colder days we have a choice. We can choose to hibernate and exist until Spring or we can dust off the winter boots and live. Life is full of choices and one of the most important, and sometime difficult choices, is the decision to put your feet on the floor in the morning. I choose to get out of bed!
What will you choose?
This morning I got up by 3:30 a.m. because the dogs wanted to go out. It was cold and rainy. The breeze awoken me to the degree of "not-going-back-to-sleep" and wanting a hot cup of coffee. Rather than tucking myself back into bed and laying awake until the alarm went up I chose to start the coffee and the day.
What is a girl to do so early in the day? I don't know about you but a hot shower and Hallmark movies was a great start. I recorded and published today's podcast by 4 a.m. and spent some quiet time resting and preparing for the day. It's not even 6 a.m. and I feel rested, recharged, and ready for the week.
Yesterday I started the day with a long list on the family white board and was on schedule to accomplish everything until I received a text, "I have a free afternoon and know you have the day off, want to spend some time together?" and a big smile instantly appeared on my face as I reply, "Of course". The list will ALWAYS be there and have items to cross off BUT time with those near and dear to me won't. We have a choice to make, we can choose to exist and go through the motions OR to live and savor each moment.
I'm thankful for the afternoon and evening I had yesterday. It was a gift and inspired me more than crossing things off my list. The list is still there and guess what, the world didn't stop. I chose to live, not exist.
Living brings one joy and companionship. Life isn't lived alone but with others and offers each of us the opportunity to soar and excel in whatever we do. The time spent with family yesterday is invaluable and uplifting. The turkey dinner, delicious. The cookies tasted like the best cookies baked to date in my kitchen.
The memories and time spent with those closest to me yesterday will carry me through the week and weeks to come. To cross things off the list would have been accomplishment forgotten before today's sunrise. I chose to live, not exist. Will you?
What are you choosing...
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* Food in the cupboards & Fridge
* Running water
* A roof over our heads
* A healthy child
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* The ability to type
* A wonderful women's Bible Study group
* Opportunities to share hope and encouragement
* And the list could go on...
Can you name one thing you are thankful for today?
Sometimes it's in the mundane and most exhausting days that God might reveal an A-Ha or wrap His loving arms around us. The next time I'm tempted to say, "I can't wait for Friday" or "TGIF", I want to change my attitude and outlook. Instead I'll say, "Thank you for being with me God" or "Lord, I need your strength, courage, or endurance for this week, please be with me." and when the weekend arrives, let us say, "Thank you for another weekend to recharge."
What do you think? What if we all had this mindset shift? Imagine!
I logged into my previous publisher's account to check on a couple things and start formatting a new book to realize I needed to "merge/transfer" my current books to the new publisher. I'm pleased to say this was not only quick, it was easy. The publishers spent a lot of time planning and prepping for a smooth transition. It surprised me at the ease then I tried to find my books, ugh.
After watching a few videos on the publishers website, I was on my way to figuring out this new navigational portal and venue. It is clean and I think once I adjust to the differences, publishing will ebb and flow a bit smoother. I won't say smooth because anyone who has published a book understands it is a complicated, busy, hectic, and wonderful process all at the same time.
The good news, as I move forward with this next book and prepare the behind-the-scenes parts of the publishing world, it's exciting to know my next book will be a new adventure in the publication world.
Stay tuned because the inspiration is flowing...yippee...let the writing and writing and writing begin. The editing and revision will come soon enough but for now...I write!
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It has been a fabulous week of blessings and things to be thankful for. Some might seem small and insignificant yet I've found in life that often the small things are really the things that can make the most difference in our life and outlook.
A few of the things I'm thankful for:
- Electricity to run the space heaters while we wait to move up on the waiting list to have our new heating system installed
- Amazing friends and family who are always there
- The love of a fur baby when we need it
- A loving husband who tries to help and ease my load
- A daughter who still calls home everyday and lets me know when she is in for the night
- A dad who is always there and reminds me how much he loves me
- Green grass and cool breezes as the season transitions
- SUNY Oswego Hockey STARTS TONIGHT!!!
- For a teachers' union that looks for ways to give back to the kiddos and the staff throughout the year and plans fun fellowship activities
- Color Street Nails to highlight my hockey spirit
- A new opportunity and love for makeup with Avon
- Owning a lot of blankets to stay warm
- A working washing machine and dryer so we can do laundry at home
- For finding new shoes that (hopefully) won't pinch my toes at school
- For the ability to laugh when the hanging light arrives in the mail after waiting two weeks, only to find I ordered the wrong one
- For all of you
- For those listening to Livin' With Lisa: Keeping It Real each day
- For the Bible who helps me to know who God says I am
What are you thankful for today?
I was unaware of the chill my bones felt until I entered the house. The girl I tutor said, "Mrs. Buske you are very wet. What happened?" I told her it's raining so of course I got wet. I didn't want to tell her I stood in her driveway watching the leaves blow off the tree, enjoying the beautiful transformation of her tree. It's these little things we often miss, I'm thankful for the opportunity to catch a glimpse and have the time to stop and take it all in.
All to often we rush from here to there and miss the glorious things happening around us. I encourage you to slow down and watch the leaves fall, the clouds move, or listen to the birds sing. You'll be calmer, happier, and a lot more relaxed. Enjoy!
Elaine's recent cancer diagnosis could have knocked her off her feet but instead of puddling and signing a woe is me song, she stepped up, strapped on the armor of God with joy in her heart because she knew it would be a journey and one God was leading the way through. Her new book, "A Hopeful Response to a Hard Reality: Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo" is available now!!
Elaine's candid and encouraging message of hope to those facing the cancer diagnosis will inspire you like not other book you've yet to read. I waited to start this book because I knew that once I began at word one, I wouldn't want to put it down. I was right and couldn't wait to share it with all of you.
A final quote I'll leave you with, "Cancer is a blessing because sickness causes us to set our minds and our hearts on things above, not on earthly things. The things of this world can discourage, distract, and deflate. Daily fixing our thoughts on Heaven, God's power, His providence, and His sovereignty is a blessing we can miss when we are healthy."
One of my favorite quotes is at the opening of Chapter 8, page 57,
"Cancer is not the big c. Christ is the big C."
I love this...simple and powerful truth.
I hope you'll check out this book and share it with friends and family!
Let's look at other things that stood out to me this past week:
- Participating in the mission & vision work for our school district
- A fun and memorable field trip with the kiddos at school
- A clean house
- Time with hubby
- Time writing and helping a friend develop her one-page
- Time writing and organizing a booklet for a project at church
- Crossing items off the to-do-list in leaps and bounds
- For the ability to ignore the list and relax
- Running water
- Food in the cupboard
- Our loan was approved so we'll have heat within a few weeks - hopefully before it gets too cold or snowing
- Time with good friends
- A career I love and enjoy
- For Internet
- Sunshine amidst the rain and clouds
- Anticipation of things yet to come
- For the breath in my lungs
- For the hope I have of life in Heaven with my Mom and sister
- For all of you...you encourage me!
What are you thankful for today?
In an attempt to maintain podcasts during the week, my blog, working on the next book, leading Bible Study, volunteering, working, and the joy of being a wife, mother & daughter...goal setting and scheduling was. and is, a MUST.
More than three weeks into the school year and I realize my balancing act isn't going so well. My good intentions of goal setting and scheduling aren't working as well as they did in mind or on paper in August. This is life though, isn't it. Sometimes the best plans need adjusting and modifications.
After a moment I realized it's possible to keep these goals if I manage my evening and weekend times better. Instead of sleeping until ten I need to get up earlier to complete the daily tasks and allow time to blog ahead of time for the week. Since you are reading this blog, it was a success.
Have you ever set a goal and adjusted to achieve it? This is life, whether you are a task master or running in the hamster wheel...sometimes we need to slow down and take another look at the plans and adjust. Adjustment is a life necessity.
Where are you?
Task Master or
On the Hamster Wheel?
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- Good time with family and friends
- A weekend with our daughter
- Celebrating 80 years of life with our aunt
- Time & Memory-Making with family from Fl and NJ
- Food in the cupboards
- The heater repair/replacement man came two weeks earlier than expected
- A husband who loves and stands up for me, claiming me as HIS wife
- Fabulous and fun co-workers
- A career I love and enjoy
- Quiet in the morning
- Audibles so I can can get some reading (listening) in during the week
- Owning an umbrella and raincoat since it's duck weather
- To have a great relationship with my Dad
- Beating levels on Candy Crush
- Inspiration to write
- Ideas for a new book
- The ability to type with my fingers
- For each of you and my listeners, you encourage me
- Fur baby lovins - they are members of the family
What are you thankful for today?
Others, like Terri Groh, author and blogger, continues her list of things to be thankful. As I look at this past week and reflect on where we were five years ago and praying for where we might be five years into the future I realized I've lost touch with being thankful each day then sharing this list with others.
I think I'm still a positive person and focus on the positive yet there is always room for growth. I started to type, "I'm not sure why or how" this realization came to me" THEN I chuckled to myself when I realized I know exactly why and who is responsible...the Holy Spirit came me a nudge, tap on the shoulder, a kiss from the king, or a Godstop...or whatever you call these moments of God working in your life.
This is the first thing I'll chose to be thankful for. I used to share my list on Wednesdays as a participant of Ann VosCamps challenge but with my new Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday blog schedule...I'll dedicate Saturdays as my day of thanks. It will be a way to reflect on the previous week and move forward with more joy.
My goal is to make a written list through the week, hence, start a gratitude journal again, then share the highlights on Saturdays.
Without Further Ado...let me share my list of thanks and praise:
- Thankful for my faith and a God who loves me even when I act like a toddler
- For my husband who remains calm in the midst of financial stress when I struggle not to puddle
- For wonderful friends who listen and lift me up
- For the ladies at Bible Study and their excitement and energy to delve into their Bibles and learn what God has for them
- For my podcast, a new way to reach more people and share hope, inspiration, and encouragement.
- For my husband who has electrical training and might be able to fix our heater using parts from my parents old Monitor that doesn't work any longer (prayers it works are appreciated)
- For my Dad who remembered he had their old Monitor in the garage and suggested we check it for similar parts
- To God for having the same exact model Monitor in the garage for my husband to work off to possibly fix our heater
- For family visiting from out of state
- For a family birthday party celebrating an aunt's 80th birthday that brings family from across the United States
- To have our daughter home for the weekend, first time since she she had a few days off over the summer (which we spent traveling), enjoying our time with her
- For the necessities that so many don't have: a roof over our head, food in the cupboards, multiple cars with gasoline for transportation, running water, and electricity
- For Wifi...
- For the desire and inspiration to write again
- For all of you because you continue to encourage and support me as I venture forward
This might be a short list for a week but these are the ones that stand out this morning. Have a great day and remember to be thankful, each day is a blessing and tomorrow is not a guarantee.
Have a great weekend!
Make some memories with family and friends...
To make this exciting podcast even more fun, I'll be recording the podcast while doing a LIVE FACEBOOK event too!
You'll be able to message on the live feed, you can call in to the podcast via anchor, and comment via the website.
I hope to "meet" you tomorrow on Facebook, on my "Livin' with Lisa: Keeping It Real" Facebook page as I record my 100th episode. If you haven't liked my podcast FB page, be sure to do it today so you are notified when I go live.
Thank you for your
As I prepared for this week's T.O.P.'s Tuesday I realized I didn't have much to say. Rather than waste your time with a wordy and boring blog, I leave you with this...
Families of the missing will NEVER GIVE UP and will ALWAYS HOPE for our loved ones return.
Thank you for remembering Heidi and all the missing. Your prayers, thoughts, words of encouragement, ribbons, and hugs leave a positive impact with the families and friends of those who are the VICTIMS of the tragedy...kidnapping.
I'm pleased to report there is nothing on my schedule that requires me to leave the house today so I might spend some time writing after sleeping in, sipping coffee, reading, quiet time, and being a bum until Noon or so. The best part about this previous statement, I'll probably wake up at 6 a.m. and clean the house. Time will tell.
I hope everyone has a great weekend and takes time to make memories with your families. Let me know how it goes? Are there any Fall Festivals or Fairs in your area you'd like to share? If so, leave them in a post below so others know about them.
Have a great day! I'll catch you on Tuesday!
How are you spending your Saturday?
Then take a look within...
As I looked through my saved drafts I saw this one from November of 2014. Yup, almost four years ago. The best part is the message still applies today.
I often wonder when I start a blog but then don't "feel it" and leave it in my draft, there is a reason. After listening to the prayer requests in church and Pastor Brandin wrapping up his summer message series, I know this blog was meant for now. I hope you agree after you read.
Even when you don't think someone is watching...there is. God.
As we accept our faith and relationship with God, we should be striving to do what is right and best because it's the right thing to do not because anyone is watching and most importantly because God is watching.
Four years later I tend to think that when we are truly focused on and trusting God in a situation and decision, we aren't thinking about if God, or anyone else for that matter is watching. Instead we are striving to be the best we can be because this is the call we have on our life.
Don't you agree?I find it encouraging to find this post and its outline saved as a draft because I probably wouldn't have recognized growth in myself. If we are living our faith as a verb, we are always learning, challenging, and growing. This is something I am thankful for today. I can't say I do everything right all of the time but I will let you know I do my best most of the time and strive all the time. To be a Christian doesn't mean we are perfect, it means we are a work in progress and recognize this. To do what is right because someone is watching might be the baby steps we need at times to stay the course and then down the road, it becomes habit.
Are you doing what is right because someone is watching or out of habit?
This past week I received a couple emails from my publisher and due to a change with their publication partnerships, the cost to authors was increasing. In order to balance this increase, we, the authors, have to go in and adjust our distribution venues and prices as the cost of publication is going up considerably, according to these emails.
On Saturday I logged on and as I went to make necessary changes for where my books would and could be sold and adjusting pricing I was shocked. Some of my books were selling for less than the publication cost to my publisher. Due to this increase, I have increased the cost of my books slightly to cover the increased cost on my end. Thank you for your understanding and continued support as a reader, blog follower, podcast listener, and prayer partner.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support!
Have a great week!!
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