It seems that my favor season, Fall, was short lived and has already passed and been replaced with Winter. However, my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is right around the corner. I love Thanksgiving!!! It’s a time of food, family and friends! It is also an excellent time to be reflective and take inventory of all that we have to be thankful for. I know every person who may or may never read this blog is facing some short of challenge. Our lives, no matter how wonderful, will have an unpleasant circumstance crop up from time to time. However, one can always find something to be thankful for. Truly the quality and status of our life and circumstances is dictated by perception and actions….
Have you ever found yourself wondering if you do enough? Are you living up to your full potential? Is there more you could be doing? Have you missed an opportunity to do good today? Have you been so consumed by your own current circumstances that you are oblivious to what is going on in the lives of those around you? Well, I found myself asking some of those very questions recently.
Throughout the course of one of my days this week, besides work and home, I found myself in the University of Kentucky Emergency Room, the UK Hospital Cafeteria, near the UK Children’s
As I was driving into work this morning I was talking to God about some STUFF. To clarify, when I use the word STUFF that covers a wide range of topics…. anything from my insecurities, worries, general gripes, needs, things I’m believing for, challenges, wonderings (the why’s?)…. You name it and it could probably qualify as a STUFF topic. As I shared my heart this morning with God, telling Him about my attitude problem lately and asking where that was coming from….
The bond and ability to form relationships is the most amazing thing humans are capable of. We can’t choose our parents or biological family, but we can choose those we love, care for, support and form unbreakable bonds with. Those folks we choose and that choose us are the ones that are closer than any blood tie could ever be. Examples of what I’m talking about can seen in foster or adoptive families, and of course the military. Bonds formed in extenuating, difficult, or battle situations are connections that are generally the strongest.
You are not alone in your struggles. Transition is hard and takes time, but you CAN DO IT!!! This is another battlefield and war you’re fighting. The key now is to learn how to fight it: what are your weapons, how do you use them, who/what is your supply & provision. Most importantly in this battle know that defeat is not an option & NEVER EVER give up or quit fighting!
I ran across this picture that a facebook friend and veteran Marine had posted. It was a visual image reminder that made me think of what God showed me about our combat veterans….