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  • Writer's pictureHazel Lee


Updated: Dec 18, 2020


I’m making a checklist of all the things I have taken for granted this year, including my friends and family. You know who they are.

They are the ones you call the minute something goes wrong. They are the ones you call because you can’t make a decision.

How about when you run out of gas? Thank goodness for daughter. My friend of 40 years, a true southern lady, is always there! My sweet grandchildren often help me with my gardening, or write thank you notes.

In a time of need, I have gotten to know several of my neighbors due to an unplanned fall. Breaking my wrist. I ate their home-cooked food, which I never cook because of course, no time; too busy with much ado about nothing!

There is my beautiful inside and out daughter. She is like superwoman in action.

In my hour of need, she took the time to care for me, when she did not have a thread of extra time. We all take advantage of each other for granted from time to time, don’t we.

I genuinely needed her. She was there.

Amazing the little things others do for us, we tend to take for granted. I am guilty too.

This Thanksgiving, I am going to my garden, ame a list, and focus on my many blessings. My belief has forever been the things in life that are important to me are not things.

How about a warm blanket, a hot meal, a safe place to lay your head and sleep? My list could go on and on.

It is true we should take care of one another but we don’t live in a perfect world. The expectations we continually put on others can sometimes become a burden.

We should be assessing our blessings everyday, but again, we don’t live in a perfect world.

What should we do?

These are Paul’s exact words, ............... Let those of us who are mature, think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.”

Philippians 3:12-15 “Not that I have already obtained this or Am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own..........let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you!” God will reveal our immaturity to is, not man, at the right moment, place, or person. As we seek and fill Him in our hearts more, we, as humans become less.

Have you noticed when hearing a scripture you have read many times, jump off the page at you? who that was?

We must have an eye to see and an ear to hear. I promise God will be revealed to you in an extraordinary way. Seek His face. At that very moment, you will know that you know!

I won’t belabor what seems to be my confession of the soul, but encourage you to take inventory of your own life.

Be accepting and mindful of kindnesses given to you in your hour of need. Extend the olive branch in a harsh moment of judgment or anger toward someone. Be that first person to say “I’m sorry.” It gets easier, I promise. ‘Humble Thyself in the sight of the Lord!” and He shall lift you up!” One of my favorite worship songs As well.

Better yet, just hit the ”pause” button. Be still and know. Recognize your own being. Thanksgiving is approaching, but I am experiencing an early one.

If I took you for granted at anytime, I’m sorry. If I said something that hurt your feelings, I am sorry! If I imposed upon your time unnecessarily, I am sorry! Reconciliation is good and cleansing for the soul! Recognition of those who are there for

you should be a daily prayer.


“I have long believed that the way to recognize a spiritual sense is to know it in

our real life. I think the best way to understand about God and peace is to

know about peace in our everyday lives.”

A quote from his book, “THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MR. ROGERS.” by Fred Rogers.

Until then, take care of yourselves, be mindful and caring of our fellow man, and pray.

When you are rested, pray some more.

Have a blessed week, until then............and a wonderful Thanksgiving !

thank you for reading this as well, stay safe everyone!

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Apr 12, 2020

One of my favorite essays is Bloom Where You're Planted. We can waste our whole lives wishing we were somewhere else, a different town, a different house, a different situation. Appreciating our blessings right where we are can lead to finding grace in our lives.

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