Happy Thanksgiving

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For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

These words are not my own but the meaning is from the heart.  Despite having a normal life with normal complaints I am truly blessed.  Everyday is a new day for me, a gift if you will.  I try very hard to remember that everyday but during this season especially.  This year my heart is full of thanks, mostly for my family.

As a martial artist I have the honor of running a club that is finishing it’s 36th year of continuous operation!!  My Father started the club in 1973 and I am grateful that I have been able to continue the tradition he began.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.  Stay safe, drive carefully and remember to be thankful.

I Asked GOD…

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I asked God to take away my pain. God said, No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. God said, No. Her spirit was whole, her body was only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience. God said, No. Patience is a by-product of tribulations. It isn’t granted, it is earned.

I asked God to give me happiness. God said, No. I give you blessings. Happiness is up to you.

I asked God to spare me pain. God said, No. Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow. God said, No. You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. God said, No. I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things.

I ask God to help me LOVE others, as much as he loves me. God said, Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.