Okay – my son knows about politics and the things that occur in the world via CNN, the regular news stations and the things that I discuss with him – It is going on 9 pm and I am fussing at him in regards to getting himself together for school and he is ironing his clothes while chatting with me all at the same time……
Then from out of no where – he says mom remember every time there is a new POPE for the Catholic Church it is all over the news for days and it takes over the programs on television. I said yes, he said isn’t the POPE in another country and again, I answered yes.
Yall ready for this 11 year old’s child DISCOVERY!! >>>> His next statement / question to me was this…..
Well mom, I don’t get that President Nelson Mandela died and he did so much for blacks and whites, was in jail and forgave the people for being mean to him then ran for president right? AGAIN … I said yes baby – He states, why didnt the media cover Nelson Mandela’s funeral on most of all the news channels like they do when they vote for a new POPE or when PEOPLE FROM ENGLAND GET MARRIED!!!!!!!!!!
Okay y’all, that was enough for me right there!! Whew – my son is indeed amazing! I taught him good and God surely is molding his little mind for such a time as this!
My son will be playing the bass, the baratone sax as well as his tenor saxophone this year! The tenor saxophone is in the middle …. When my son was telling me that he would be playing all THREE, I got a tad bit nervous – but looking at the baritone saxophone does not seem to be a big deal or much difference. The mouthpieces / horns is the difference –
However, the bass will be something different and it is funny because he always wanted to play the cello! LOL – So go figure…… This year will be VERY different because his activities will indeed make us both stretch ourselves…….
The BEST thing about my son not only PLAYING instruments is that he indeed can READ ‘sheet music” a great deal of people can play because they have an “ear to hear” which he does as well – but he has the capability to do BOTH!
He will be joining the chess club again and the bowling team – along with his usual and YEAR ROUND – baseball….basketball and soccer – Busy..Busy..Busy…..
I was thinking of when I was being honored at a Banquet and when I realized that my son was getting an award as well – You know I was mushy and teary eyed!! About 5 years ago – I started doing street ministry but to the Homeless population called The Coleman Cares Winter Project and I went out from October until April giving out clothes, coats, socks, hot beverages and food.
This was done by MY OWN money as well as my son’s little piggy bank ( by his choice – which touched my heart as well ) Nonetheless, my son was also honored since he was in the trenches with me! This photo was taken when my NOW 11 year old son was about 6 years old.
The Lord’s work has its own kind of reward that does not always come / show up in the FORM of currency……God is good.
Get it out of the way. Often when we wake up disgruntled it’s because we know that the day holds at least one chore we’re not happy about doing. So just do it. Get it out of the way and over with. The whole rest of the day will be spent with a feeling of relief instead of overhanging guilt.
Count your blessings – Yeah, I know – it sounds like sermonizing. But when we are feeling down it is because we’re letting the negatives outweigh the positives. Making a list of the positives reminds us that all is not misery. While you’re at it, make a list of the things you like about yourself. You can throw the paper away if you like – but remember those good things when the bad seems to be descending.
Look for that silver lining. It may sound Pollyanna-like, but in almost every situation there is a bright spot. It may be miniscule compared to everything else that seems to be pressing on you – but it is there. Find it. Concentrate on it.
If you can’t find it alone, call a friend and let them help you to search for the good aspects. Friends often have to listen to us bemoaning things – think how pleasant a change it will be for them to help you focus on the positive.
Name five people that you love. Take a few minutes to call one of them, or send them a postcard. Promise yourself that you will treat the next person on the list tomorrow.
I am grateful that I am always able to pray even without moving my lips! It is indeed because you live within me……It is important for us to be able to speak with God with nonverbal communication as well – finding / discovering new ways to communicate with Christbecause it is priceless!
Some things, you will not understand until you try it and then some things you will not understand until it is no longer an available option for you to have!