Betty Crocker Cornbread Stuffing
Kraft Macaroni and Cheese (cause Charcoal loves it)
Strawberry Jell-O Snack Pack
I prayed as if it were the best meal ever:
Bless this food to nourish my body so that I may use my health to Thy service.
I was thankful.
As I ate each bite, I continued my prayer that I wished all hands who prepared it would be blessed.
I thought of each person who had a part in the meal and it would be impossible to count how many, but I did try.
What I realized is that I am sure most everyone who had a part in my meal had a dream...it took foresight to build a company...to create fast food, to develop the machines to gather, sort and package...people to box, ship, load, unload...stockers, cashiers, baggers, invoicers, shippers, stores, warehouses, factories, stoves, pots, pans, electricity, water, soil, seed, roads, railroads, cooks, microwaves, homes...on and on...
At the heart of all of this is an individual...a soul with hopes and dreams. Some have gained millions while others struggle to put food on the table and a roof over their heads...some work to make money to support their hobbies...some dream bigger and better ideas while others have broken dreams and have given up and now just try to survive. So many people have no idea that they can dream...they see no other road perhaps than the ones they have been taught to follow...
In living, I think it is normal to have mountains and valleys...struggles seem to be a constant sometimes. We can't control factors in life, but what we can control is our attitude.
With this knowledge, I have chosen my word for 2016 as BLOOM.
I want to learn to be content. I want to grow, no matter where I am in life. I want to chase dreams, but I do not want to overlook the miracles that are in the here and now. I want to follow paths that might not be traveled by many but that can hold great adventure. I want to be kind...to forgive...to encourage...to look for the good...to be hopeful...to promote peace, to be joyful and to love.
I want to BLOOM where I am planted!
As I BLOOM, I realize I will need to be given nourishment. I can't make it on my own, as much as I wish that I could. I will have to trust others (oh me, that is going to be tough) and I will have to look for encouragement and support and a soft kick in the pants from time to time.
I have mailed 55 ornaments to some people as an invitation to come along on this journey with me this year.. ..I hope to get more painted soon...
Let's BLOOM together in a POSITIVE environment and show a beauty like many have never seen before.
Let's put the "fruits of the Spirit" into our lives in ALL we do--Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
It is going to be a good year! If all else fails, maybe I will just be a bloomin' idiot, but hey--I will be the best one I can be! Lol
Most of us have everything we need. Let's not forget those around us who need what we have to offer. We might need to change our focus a bit to SEE where we are needed, but never doubt that YOU are needed...so let's get ourselves situated and start looking for ways to serve...to be a beautiful creation!
We are going to BLOOM! I wish blessings to you....~charlotte♡