Friday Thoughts –


imageNo one said it was going to be easy, the day you were born. Your mother never said that life would be a breeze and it will be clear sailing without any struggles, risks, or obstacles to overcome. Instead, you realized that things might not always go your way. Even as an infant, you got hungry, thirsty, bored, tired, sick, cold, hot, constipated, upset, startled, scared, confused, and frustrated by a myriad of circumstances you couldn’t possibly comprehend.

As you grew up, you began to understand how you could control certain elements of your environment, yet still suffered from all the troubles I just listed. Even as an adult, we are subjected to these same issues that invade our lives. It appears that life is, and shall stay, a struggle until the day we die. It’s how we cope and view these incidents that find our character and the quality of our existence.

It’s all about our attitude. With constant news reports about catastrophes striking every country in the world, how can we feel good about ourselves? There are starving people, natural disasters, political strife, warring nations, terrorism, pollution, health concerns, and over-crowding, both local and nationally. The news apparently is never good.

Add to that, daily confrontations with employers, store clerks, other drivers, and family members, you get the picture. You face a never-ending sea of bills, relationship challenges, and on-the-job dilemmas. Where will it end? Only at death, I’m afraid and some depressed individuals have already decided to end their lives sooner than later. But, for the rest of us that face these facts of daily life, what are our options?

We have to accept why we are on this planet in the first place. Assuming we have only one crack at a lifetime, we get to make the most out of it as possible. Through our own free will and perhaps some divine intervention, we control our fate. We can choose to allow the constant bombardment of negativity ruin our psyche, or ignore the obvious taunts and move forward with a good attitude. It’s takes a commitment and constant effort to overcome the flow of obstacles, but it can be done. It begins with the simple things.

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Summer and ME –


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Well it is that time again and school is coming to a close! I am so GLAD to finally enjoy the summer time FOR ME……… I tell you…the last 8 years of my life has indeed been “interesting” to say the least!

Nonetheless, with my almost 11-year-old son – whew let me tell you…….with him being a boy and with all the up and down moods that he has experienced over the last 6 months – we BOTH need a mini vacation from one another….
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To ME… now the summer time does NOT represent all the fun things that I will do with my son during the 3 MONTHS that he is out of school! Two years ago, I started my process called ME and I did not put it into action until last year.

The process has been a tad been rough because as a single mom you do soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much for your kids that NORMALLY you always forget about yourself and what you need…dont need.. etc. Well before my son enters into High School, I wanted to start thinking of MYSELF and the things that I desired to start doing.

You hear the slogan saying Happy WIFE…Happy LIFE…Well let me take it a step further and deeper…. I say Happy Mother equals a Happy Child – because parenting is some SERIOUS BUSINESS…if you are in it for the long haul! LOL
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As parents….mothers in particular…then ESPECIALLY single parents – it is indeed imperative that we not only FIND time but we MAKE time and TAKE time for ourselves and as my son is counting down the days that he will get out of school and until his birthday………
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I am counting down the days that he will be away at camp!!!  so I can re- vamp – re -discover …re -build and re -grow the new and improved ME……

Mind…Body…Soul..Spirit… Just having a PIECE of freedom is priceless!

Thought 4 The Morning –


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Responses to Personal Criticism…………………..
 
We will all be criticized at one time or another. Sometimes justly, sometimes unjustly. Sometimes others’ criticism of us is harsh and undeserved. Sometimes we may need it. How do we respond to criticism? I haven’t always done well and I’m still learning, but here are a few things I try to think of when others criticize me. (Be quick to hear).
 
 
(James 1:19) This can be hard to do because our emotions rise up and our minds begin to think of ways to refute the other person. To be quick to hear means we really do try to listen to and consider what the other person is saying. We don’t just write it off. Even if it seems unjust or undeserved. (Be slow to speak).
 
 
(James 1:19) Don’t interrupt or respond too quickly. Let them finish. If you speak too quickly, you might speak rashly or in anger. (Be slow to become angry). Why? Because , James 1:19-20 says the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
 
 
 
Anger won’t make someone do the right thing. Remember, God is slow to anger, patient and long-suffering with those who offend him.  How much more should we be?

My Own Cool Information on Sons –


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When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son! Son, you outgrew my lap, but never my heart!

Remember that every son had a mother whose beloved son he was, and every woman had a mother whose beloved son she wasn’t. Giving your son a skill is better than giving him one thousand pieces of gold for real! LOL
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Sons are interesting creatures – you can lock him out of your workshop, but you can’t lock him out of your heart. Also, He who can be a good son will be a good father. A boy who grows up disrespecting his mother will most likely not be able to maintain healthy relationships with other women.

Men are from Mars and Women may be from Venus but if you love your son enough – you will BUILD A PLANET to keep him balanced, safe and make sure that remains a child until the appointed time.

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The male species can be very difficult to understand at times regrdless of the age I am assuming – Nonetheless,
Boys are beyond the range of anyone’s sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years! LOL
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My son is almost 11 years old and I remind him of the SAME SENTENCE EVERYDAY stating……It takes one woman twenty years to make a man of her son – and another woman twenty minutes to make a fool of him.
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I train my son to not allow that to happen – prayer, wisdom, communication and with much guidance he has a great chance!!