Holiday Blessings

As 2017 comes to a close, I want to reflect on the many blessings that have been bestowed upon me this past year. Here it is just two days from New Year’s Eve and I find myself wondering, where did the time go? I guess thinking this doesn’t really serve me. What matters is what I do with today. Today I am here, I am able to live another day and cherish all that God presents to me in this day.

Christmas looked different this year. I have been so preoccupied with re-branding my business that Christmas was not a priority. Also, my 19-year-old went to spend Christmas with his aunt & uncle, which was weird for me as a mother, but good for him as a young adult flying on his own and making his own choices.

Christmas morning came and I was feeling a bit tired and in a state of “I need a jump-start” really bad. My friend had emailed me info on a YouTube short film titled “The Shepherd” A Story of the First Christmas courtesy of Vidangel Studios. My husband and I decided what a great choice for Christmas Day. It not only moved me but at the same time gave me that boost I was longing for. The rigorous work of the past few months had pretty much depleted my drive & positive attitude. The film helped me re-focus and take stock in what really matters. It gave me the meaning I had been longing for throughout the season of “The Three CCC’s”, (Commercialized Christmas Crap.)

I am committing this weekend to reflection on the wonderful things that have blessed my path this past year. Instead of looking back and feeling as if the year got away and I didn’t accomplish all of what I set out to do, I am choosing to reflect on the things I did accomplish as well as the things that I did learn. I will be thankful for a God who makes me want to be a better me and embrace the struggle that comes with it. Struggle is good, it births change, growth, and renewal.

I will be goal setting and in a totally new way that excites me. I commit to move forward in the New Year with a renewed outlook on all the opportunities that can be obtained, all of the blessings that will be discovered, and all of the blessings I can give to others. I commit to love more, to surrender more, and be present more. Here’s to the close of another year filled with life, and to the birth of a new year full of possibility.

May you have a blessed & prosperous 2018,

Lovin’ Life,

Diane Rogers

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It is daunting to desire a shift in your life when you experience the forces working against you and your cause, your purpose. But I find peace in God’s promise as I push through in faith and emerge past the difficulties victoriously. I owe my gratitude to my Savior. He is a constant beacon beaming out in front, guiding me down the winding, rugged road of opportunity. As I plow forward in faith, I push past the obstacles. I continue onward toward the light, trusting His word, believing in purpose, determined to leave a mark.  – Diane Rogers

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

-Jeremiah 29:13

Lord, you are my God: I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.

– Isaiah 25:1

Thanksgiving: Finding Gratitude

The holidays are upon us. And as usual they seem to all of a sudden throw us into a bit of a panic once the candy hangover from Halloween dissipates. Sometimes I think it can become an “Ugh.” feeling instead of a “I’m in the holiday spirit!” one. Partly, I believe this panic and unsettling sentiment manifests from the way that Christmas is stuffed down our throats the day before Halloween.

I recently experienced a dissatisfied mood that overcame me while I was out shopping for Fall candy sprinkles for my leaf cookies I make every year. It was the day after Halloween and I was on a mission to purchase my festive sprinkles. The past 2 years they have been hard to come by and this year ended up being the worst (had I looked at my crystal ball I would have stocked up on the darn things!) I hit every grocery store, Target, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc… It used to be I could get these tiny little leaf sprinkles anywhere. Not the case anymore. It seems that Halloween and funky neon sprinkles of every shape and size have taken over the Fall sprinkle slot on the store shelves. While on this futile mission I was inundated with Christmas and it was giving me anxiety, a bah humbug attitude. Anyone who knows me, knows I love Christmas. I love to decorate, bake, throw dinner parties, watch cheesy Hallmark movies. But for some reason this year I was feeling a bit like Scrooge on steroids. BAH HUMMMM BUGGG!

What came to my attention is that Thanksgiving is being sandwiched so tightly in between Halloween & Christmas and pretty much is taking a back seat to the orange, black & purple “Day of the Dead” and retailers want you shopping for Christmas while out buying Halloween candy. I have nothing against Halloween, I loved decorating the yard when my son was young, creating his costumes every year, trick or treating, and handing out candy to all the adorable little ghosts & goblins, but I am disheartened that Thanksgiving is ending up on the clearance shelves at the beginning of November. So, with my mind trying to regroup and put the focus on Thanksgiving before Christmas, I Googled the word thanksgiving:

  1. the expression of gratitude, especially to God.
  2. (in North America) an annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal including turkey. The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621….

Gratitude, being grateful I thought. Harvest, reaping and celebrating. Giving thanks, Thanksgiving….O.K, now that I remember what this holiday is all about I want to focus on what it means to me. A day to rest, to reflect and remember all that I am thankful for. I know the holidays can be tough for so many, so I want to place positive energy out into the Universe; I ask God to lay His blessings & comfort on all those who are hurting. I want to enjoy pumpkin muffins, lattes and whatever they can make out of pumpkin because I love pumpkin. I want to bake apple pie and watch football. I want to go for hikes in the crisp Fall air and enjoy the burnt umber colors of the setting sun. I want to give to others in any way I can daily, may it be a warm smile to a stranger or holding the door open for someone when I am in a rush or blessing that person that just cut me off on the road (instead of gesturing at them, I think you know what I mean.)

We can spread blessings in so many ways and these small, daily deeds feed the Universe with positive energy and it will feed our souls too. We can find peace in the chaotic. We can find gratitude in the giving. We can find reflection in the frantic if we slow down and give thought to what we are thankful for. So many others this year will be struggling with finding blessings after all of the tragic things that have unfolded recently. So I ask you all to stop and really think about what you are thankful for and while doing so send out thoughts & prayers to the Universe over all of those who need blessing. Be part of the collective Universe for blessing others. May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving while giving and being thankful… My cup runneth over.      Diane Rogers

collective

  1. done by people acting as a group.
  2. a cooperative enterprise.