Tomorrow is December first, can you believe it? I can't, I'm not sure where time has gone or how it seems to be moving faster this year. Since you can't stop the clock, try to focus on the positives and blessings. Whether time moves fast or slow, be thankful you are here to experience each breath and moment.
Earlier this year we welcomed a new addition to our family, a sweet and highly energetic puppy. She house trained easily and is good to wake us up when she needs to go out. The only downfall to this wonderfully trained puppy are the 1 a.m., 2 a.m., or 3 a.m. wake ups to go out. We don't complain because it's easier to go out and clean up first thing in the morning.
With this being said, there is a another blessing to these middle of the night wake ups, it "wakes up" my senses. It's quieter and easier to see God around me when most of the world is asleep.
Today I share a couple snapshots of God's beauty, they don't do justice to the moon that shone above me earlier this morning yet when I see the photo and this blog, I'll remember.
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers--
the moon and the stars you set in place--
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?
Psalm 8:3-4 NLT
When are you able to slow down and see God's beauty around you?
Earlier this year we got a new puppy. She is full of energy and a sweetheart. If you haven't had a puppy in awhile then you might have forgotten how much puppy training is like having a new born then toddler in the house.
We are in the toddler phase. We're exhausted when our heads hit the pillow yet we did such a great job potty training our pup, it seems like as soon as you hit REM sleep...she needs to go out.
As much as we'd like to sleep through the night, we are more thankful not to clean up messes. But I digress. Let me refocus.
I try to find the positives in any situation and as the weather is getting (much) colder at night, in the twenties last night, I need a reminder beyond "not cleaning" to keep me motivated to get out of my warm and snuggly bed.
A few nights ago as the moon struggled to shine through the overcast sky I noticed a spectacular sight. The ground was covered with a frost and my sandals crunched atop the grass as we walked. The moon was just bright enough to catch the glistening of frost on the grass, bushes, and leaves. It was beautiful outside. I paused and in the quiet, said "Thank you".
I took the puppy back inside, grabbed my camera and returned to the bitter and beautiful cold night. I ended up spending nearly thirty minutes trying to capture God's beautiful light show from the moon illuminating the frost. Similar to a rainbow, sunrise, or sunset...it's impossible to capture the true beauty one witnesses.
These pictures don't do justice yet they are a reminder to me to keep looking for the positive, looking up, and saying "thank you".
Happy Veterans Day to one and all, especially the men and women who served our country to keep our freedoms and protect us from some of the terrors we watch on the news each day. We appreciate you!
For the past few years, my hubby, his brother, and some of their friends get together to remember. Most of them served and others couldn't or didn't but on this day, they take days off and make time to get together.
A couple years ago they invited me to join them for their dinner outing (did I mention they start with breakfast and make the rounds in two counties for their free donuts, sandwiches, and dinners?) It was a great evening of laughter and war stories.
To listen to them share and laugh I often think about the stories they do not tell...the real life instances of horror, tough choices, and death they witnesses but were trained not to share. It's the silent stories that remind me of why we honor our Veterans 24/7/365, not just in November.
I'm thankful so many places offer Veterans discounts and goodies to spoil our vets yet I wish they would do this throughout the year instead of waiting because these men and women, and their families, didn't only serve one day a year. Some of them served decades and even if they only served a couple years, they witnessed things we, the protected and free in the United States, will most likely not witness because of the brave acts of our Veterans and current military.
When you see a Vet standing in line at the grocery store, pumping their gas, or getting a doughnut...take a moment and thank them for their service. These five words will encourage them more than you might know.
Thank you to all who served
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323