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Readers Reply: Blessings Abound

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Lesli NolenBy Lesli Nolen
December 2009

I am so proud and blessed to have such an amazing group of friends and family. In last month’s article I asked you readers to send me what you are thankful for. I wanted December’s article to be full of blessings. Well, my prayers were answered. I hope you enjoy reading about how God is blessing the lives of so many people. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I can’t wait to see what God has planned for us in 2010.

Amanda Abell—I’m most thankful for the mature realization of how important family is! As an ungrateful, unappreciative teen I was consumed with myself and did not have time for my family. In my 20s I was overwhelmed with being a single mom and so desperately afraid I would spend eternity alone, I was endlessly searching for Mr. Wonderful. However, in the last few years, I have realized I am not alone I have three beautiful children and a grandchild I adore. I am so thankful for my parents for their unconditional love, endless patience and never ending knowledge! I only have one sibling who is always there when I need him even though I don’t see him very often.

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Count Your Blessings, Not Your Troubles

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Lesli NolenBy Lesli Nolen
November 2009

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. Then Christmas and before you know it, 2010 will be here. I don’t know where the time goes, but it goes by way too fast. And it is usually during this time of year that most people are busier than ever. Holiday shopping, traveling, cooking, cleaning, work—the list goes on and on. But it is ever so important that this year be a year of giving thanks and counting our blessings.

It is sometimes hard to see everything we have to be thankful for when our world shows us only the dark side. The news, the radio, they remind us daily of how horrible our world has become. The economy: Are we or aren’t we in a recession? War: Should we or should we not send more troops? H1N1 Swine Flu: Do we or don’t we get the vaccine? Health care, crime, murder, greed—its all out there and that seems to be all we talk about.

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Common Sayings Have Biblical Origins

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Lesli NolenBy Lesli Nolen
October 2009

I was listening to Christian radio broadcaster K-Love the other day and they were talking about the different sayings or phrases we use today and the origins of them. Many of the phrases we have heard all our lives are actually from the Bible. I was amazed to find out just how many there were. I can’t post all my findings but here are a few I’d like to share.

All things must pass.
Meaning: Nothing lasts forever.
Origin: From the Bible, Matthew 24:6-8 (King James Version):
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
“All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
George Harrison used the phrase for the title of his successful 1970 triple album. The graphics from the subsequent CD release convey the phrase’s meaning.

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Life's Memorable Moments

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Lesli NolenBy Lesli Nolen
September 2009

Being a mom of an 8-year-old and a 16-year-old, I look back at my life and think—wow, where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday I was making mud pies, riding my bike or shooting the B-B gun. But I do not miss all those awkward and embarrassing moments we all have to experience. I’m sure life has plenty more of those in store for me, and you too.

Author Judy Lockhart DiGregorio has written a book, “Life Among the Lilliputians,” taking some of her life’s embarrassing moments and building a book of laughter. She tells about some of her life’s better moments as well. She says, from childhood through adulthood, her journey through life’s ups and downs made her who she is.

Each chapter in the book relates an incident. In the first short story, Judy tells about the time her son had a job at 13 working for the local newspaper. He was the paper boy. One day he wasn’t feeling well, so Judy offered to make his deliveries for him. Her son told her where the papers would be dropped off and gave her his delivery list.

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'Grumpy' in the Night Sky

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Lesli NolenBy Lesli Nolen
August 2009

I can’t believe summer is almost over and here we are in August. Before you know it, school will be back in session, schedules will be busier than ever and yes, Christmas is just around the corner. But this has to be one of the most bitter-sweet months for me.

Five years ago this month, my dad passed away. He had lung cancer and fought the battle as long as he could. I was very blessed to be able to spend that last week with him and be able to do and say all that I thought I would have years to do. At the time, Skylar, our daughter, was 3 years old. She was Grumpy’s (that is what the grandchildren called him) little girl. They had a special bond and that bond is still with her today. She can remember sitting in my dad’s lap talking about everything or nothing at all and being a big helper with the hospice nurse who was there taking care of him. My dad told Skylar he would always be there watching her and that she could take him with her wherever she went. She didn’t really know what that meant at the time, but believed deep down she knew she could. I didn’t know how either—I just knew there was something special there and that only God could make that happen. And He did. 

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