Thankful Thursday

At what age does one learn thankfulness? Just as we try to model and teach empathy (that’s a WHOLE other topic) how often do we stop and recognize that which we have-not what is missing. A friend and I were visiting about counting blessings. How do you begin? Intention is required. It might require something to knock you off your feet, pull the rug out from under you, or turn over your apple cart. Even worse than a jarring moment, it might take a severe loss in your life. Haven’t we all been there?

The last few days collected some tears. I thought a LOT about freedom on the 4th of July. In my normal fashion I started researching our nation’s history. The anthem and its writer, Francis Scott Key, became a focus. For each line of the anthem I thought of its application today. The highs and the lows in history, of our country and our own lives, can either leave you feeling thankful or bitter. I have the freedom to choose. Simply, what do you choose?

As my twin approaches her birthday tomorrow I type with gratitude. Another year. Another day. Another hour. Another minute. Life is not the same. However, my dreams are unchanged. I STILL long to live a quieter life of writing and volunteering–to work for a cause and hide behind the scenes to propel and promote others–to better my health and actively pursue the goodness of people and nature-to provide time to my family (I AM supposed to be taking care of THEM!)-to complete another little book and visit students-and the most important, to make memories with my kids and grandkids. God, you’ve always proved faithful. You will always get the glory. I am thankful.

Every tear I shed will be wiped with wisdom. Rejoicing will be my rebound.

With intention, attention, and ACTION I will show thankfulness and gratitude to every person that has impacted my life. Using intention, attention, and action I will take responsibility for my freedom. My freedom may seem limited to only things that might make a small home sparkle or a little dog comfortable and happy. My freedom may seem limited because I’m not visiting family and friends. My freedom may seem limited because I’m not on a trail or at a park. My freedom may seem limited–but it’s not. It’s simply different. There’s no limit in showing kindness, patience, or gratitude. My thankfulness is limitless.


UPDATE-“Have You Heard of NETs Yet?”

Have I told you all how thankful I am for each of you? I’m on day 7 of my 2nd round of Chemotherapy. Ding, ding, ding! There’s my alarm! For a few days I felt very lousy. Didn’t K.L. Hale state last year to “allow the the pain to propel and promote my persistence”? Specifically, my glucose levels are an issue. More testing will hopefully result in a plan of management. There are many appointments (I’m enjoying my rides with my Momma, family, and friends-I’m grateful for them). In the past I could balance reading, writing, and doing other tasks. I’ve always been intentional and paced. This is different. I’m not always certain how my body will react. I miss reading blogs on a regular basis. At this exact moment I am beginning to feel fatigued (and the 108 heat index makes me THANKFUL for air conditioning-let’s stop and say a prayer for those who don’t have air conditioning or even a home…so sad!). Cancer impacts 1 out of 3 of us. You, or a family member or friend, have experienced what I’m talking about–I know you understand. My twin and I have completed much research on neuroendocrine cancer. I’ve joined an internet support group. I’m learning so much about others across the country that are LIVING with this disease. Through the Neuroendocrine Research Foundation, I have found stories that have touched my heart. Each link uncovers a new discovery. There are over 35 resources in my toolbox now. I’m surrounding myself with peace, rest, and good nutrition (and TONS of family pictures and meaningful memories). I FEEL cradled in the Good Shepherd’s arms. Living with intention, in the moment, is a full-time job–actually, it’s paid me back more than I deserve. Thank you for the prayers as I navigate my new life. How can I pray for you? I see you. I know you. I understand. I hope today, tomorrow, and each day after, you speak your thankfulness to a loved one here or THE ONE that loves you more than anyone-no matter what. 💛

“In everything give thanks.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Have faith 💛

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65 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday

  1. Ooooh you leave me speechless with your strength, your love for God and others as you go through such a difficult time!!! Wish I could hug you right now! Hope you feel my hug and love and prayers ❤

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    1. Oh, Joy…on the days I’m not strong, I just fall into HIS arms. I have my weak moments. I’ve learned not to live in them! I’m hugging you right now (virtual!). I do feel your hugs, love, and prayers! I send the same! 💛

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      1. And that is the key, to not live in them! But yes, His arms are open and ready to hold you in your weak moments. Makes me think of the song, “Just Be Held!” by Casting Crowns
        Thanks for the hugs and prayers 🥰

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  2. Gratitude is the best attitude! I am praying that the chemo does what it is intended to do and knocks the cancer right out of you!! You are right we can never make enough memories with our kids and grandkids. Hang in there, Karla.
    Dwight

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  3. I’m crying just thinking of you setting yourself aside and praying for others, then rereading this entire post and wiping those tears away with wisdom. Rejoicing for your birthday, freedom, and perspective! Praying for your glucose levels and persistence! Sending love and hugs!

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    1. Crystal, thank you for sharing your heart and such sweet and encouraging words. I watched “Steel Magnolias” the other night. It brought back so many good memories. Dolly has a line something like, “Tears mixed with laughter are the best emotions.” I love that tears can turn to laughter~and the prayers, even with tears, turns to praise. I always appreciate your perspective too! Love and hugs, Crystal.

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  4. You are going through an exceptionally hard time and you should cut yourself a break. You can’t do everything. No one can. I’ve got a bunch of worrisome tests that now need more tests. I don’t know what they mean yet, so until I did, I’m remaining as calm as I can and patient. I don’t need to make myself or anyone else crazy when I don’t even know what’s going on. I re-added you to my list. WordPress bumped you off. They knocked a lot of people off my list and I’m trying to find them and add them back.

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    1. 💛I hear you. I definitely have my moments~and staying in them make me more sick. My twin laughed when I stated, prolifically, “I’ll do what I can do when I can do it.” Peace and calm. Ah, yes. I don’t beat myself up for what I can’t do~I started to go there. I’m hopeful the chemo is doing it’s job. If not, there are options. One day at a time. Tomorrow I might feel lousy again and I’ll remember to give myself that break. Thank you so much, Marilyn. I keep you in my thoughts and prayers. You’ve faced and won some harsh battles. I’m in your corner as you wait. 💛 There’s a lot about WP I don’t understand. Several have mentioned they can’t comment. I just don’t know how to fix it. Ugh!

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  5. There are times when I’ve been afraid or sick or feeling hurt. In those times I imagine that I’m wrapped in the arms of the Holy Spirit – supported, loved and comforted. I can then move on with thanksgiving… I am praying that the cancer is on the run and that the chemotherapy doesn’t result in too many side effects. ❤ The Vincentians were praying for you tonight!

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    1. Val, please tell Sparky that I thank you both for the prayers. How can I not be thankful I’m feeling good after feeling so lousy? I’m so happy you find comfort in that way, too. It’s not an easy thing to describe or explain~ those that know just know! ❤️💕

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  6. So awesome post “ Thankful Thursday” and very touching lines 🌷🙏♥️🌷Now medical teknoloji
    So powerful and all the sicks got Best medicines 👍🏻👏 we must trust in God ,our willpower and
    hope for the Best 👌🌸Take care nicely and God Bless dear friend 🙌♥️

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  7. Hey Karla, this is mission control (and most certainly on a different mission control to the usual), and I feel your heart is aiming true to its destination dear lady. He has given you a path, a hard one but within that a very loving one. He just wants you to accept His love by loving you. Rest, Recuperate and Remember your heart has the most beautiful power in the entire world, a healing love, one that can be very physical but most certainly a heartfelt spiritual one for this very path. Let me hold your torch for a while and allow you to rest and heal. Much love and healing coming from down under my friend, to assist in your journey. Big hugs 😀❤️🙏🏽

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    1. Mission control, this is Karla. Thank you for taking the torch. I’m resting today in peace and good will. This mission will be met because of the love and support from friends such as you. Hugs and love all the way to the Down Under. 💛🤗 🚀

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      1. Beautifully spoken dear lady, and I hope that rest has given you strength. Love gratefully received and returned with a lovely bunch of flowers to enlighten your day dear lady, and I have no doubt your path has been lightened with that glow you ever give out. Take care my friend 😀❤️🙏🏽

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    1. Brad, thank you so much. If this would’ve happened (which I can’t question, “why?”…it does NO good) 10 years ago I would’ve been weaker. Tough times make for tough spirits. Miracles make belief. I’ve already seen them in my life so I’ll keep believing to maintain momentum! I know you understand this. It’s such a comfort knowing we’re never alone. I’m so happy to have your support and love! I’m doing the same for you! 💛

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    1. Eddie, how kind. It’s indeed a marathon~I’m barely off the start,…yet, with love and support, just as you share, I’ll gain strength. I’ll stay slow, steady, and strong (I do realize my physical strength may diminish some, but I feel the mental and spiritual strength can remain). Love and hugs back to you. 💛

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  8. Karla, forgive me, but I’m all out of words. I think you know, anyway. Counting your blessings is one of the best medicines we have in this inscrutable human life. Much love to you and Finn, Martha, Bear and Teddy❤️ 💙 🐾🦋

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  9. You are in the best place possible…cradled in the Good Shepherd’s loving arms. Karla, you bring hope, joy, and gratitude in your writing. You are truly amazing. You are experiencing God’s amazing grace on this cancer journey and from that flows a river of thankfulness. You are always in my prayers sweet friend ♥️🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻♥️

    Pam

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    1. Your encouraging words are so kind, Pam. I really do feel the grace. Rather than question it, I remember there’s a reason I’ll never understand. So I’ll not waste the pain or the progress! That’s no way to live~at least for me. I believe my strength will always come from God~ supplying me with energy when I need, whispering to rest when I need, and just using the mind he gave me to make sound decisions. He’s saved me from so much so I can’t give up now. I say this a lot…and I mean it each time~I believe in prayer and miracles so I thank you and Butch for always including me and sending love and support. 🤗🥰💛🙏🏻

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    1. Jane, good morning. I tried to visit your site, but my reader on my phone is not cooperating. I do wish to reciprocate kindness and support to friends as you! I feel the peace and love and know I’m fighting with faith. I pray all is well for you, too. Peace, blessings, and love! 💛

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    1. Thank you, Mark! We are doing those beautiful things you mentioned~and doing it exactly today when we spend time together. Blessings to you and yours! I know you’ll make it a great day dear friend.🤗

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  10. First and foremost: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 🎉🎂🎈🎁 I know you are eating all things healthy, but I do hope “a little bit of sweetness” snuck its way into the celebration of your Special Day!😘

    “With intention, attention, and ACTION…” Words which could be written by God himself! He shows us His love in the very same way and it is no wonder He is using you to inspire many to do the same. 🥰 How beautiful you are Karla to live out this medical journey you are on, as His witness. Especially as you “show thankfulness and gratitude to every person that has impacted my life.” I give thanks for YOU and for the authentic way you write, but more importantly… live. Hugs sent your way for all the “living” you’ve yet to do. 😘😘

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    1. Dawn,…your words are humbling 😭 Thank you! Thankfulness is such an ACTIVE act! Act~a verb! I can think it, but it’s just a noun. Lol! I used to tell my sons, and students (all 175 to 350 or to 450), “pay attention”. Why? One, you might get hit by a car if someone is yelling at you and you don’t pay attention! And secondly, what blessings we miss~others who NEED us to SEE them,…or what if someone wants to bless us and we’re not paying attention? And now, with a phone in every hand I have to pay special attention and look up. That’s how I see thankfulness. It’s really an empty offer if it’s not authentic. Dawn, I hope you know how thankful I am to have met you here, in this space, and that YOUR writing and the way you bless others (and of course, your precious family) is a motivator for all of us messengers! I really am enjoying living. I don’t plan on stopping! Hugs and love. 💛❤️🥰

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    1. M.B.,…I think of you too. I’m going to visit your place and order your book. I can’t wait. You are so encouraging! I’m trying hard to spread joy, but admittedly, I can be cranky with side effects,…it doesn’t last long. But we’re all human so I take advice I like to give~”give yourself grace”. We are all human after all! I feel the hugs and prayers and am sending them your way, too! Have adventures for me and one day again, I’ll start some more! 💛❤️💕🥰🤗

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  11. God’s peace! Karla, as I read this post for a second time, I feel humbled because you are teaching each of us so much about life. The quote from Sam Lefkowitz is precious, but the verse from 1 Thessalonians is priceless.

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    1. Richard, thank you so much. I like to spread what I’ve learned from others, too. I’m so glad it speaks to you~you love quotes so I’m happy you enjoyed it! God’s word is priceless~that’s precious…and the truth! Thank you for your support.

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  12. Happy Birthday! I never thought a lot about my birthday until after I had cancer. Now it’s a month-long celebration of sorts. Some things just have a way of putting life into perspective. Sending lots of love and prayers for strength and healing your way!

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    1. Thank you, Sondra! You’re an inspiration my friend! Your wise words are taken to heart and understood. I’m up the right if you ever need a camping partner. Sending prayers to you and your men. 💛🤗🙏🏻🙏🏻

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  13. You are amazing Karla, your strength and courage are an inspiration for all. I love the intensity of your faith, your willingness to allow the power of love to embrace you as followers around the world pray for your healing and comfort. You are truly loved. I pray the chemo works against the cancer and you are free from it destruction. Life is always in a flux of creation, decreation, recreation. You’re in the middle and your recreation is going to be extraordinary. I love you my friend, you’re never far from my thoughts and prayers. Hugs, C

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    1. C, I feel the love and support. Your words make my heart smile with even tears! “Life is always in a flux of creation, decreation, recreation.”~I love that. I’ve been blessed to cram a lot in my young life. And I’ll not stop dreaming so it’s imperative I keep myself spiritually, emotionally, and as physically healthy as I can. Today I hit a wall in the afternoon so I rested and took a nap. I’m being kind to myself. It’s a very different way of life but yet, I feel as though beating cancer is my new full-time job and I want to excel! Lol I love you, C. I hope you’re having lots of adventures. We are on our 4th week of above average temps, like so many in our world, and little rain. In all the heat I’ll keep my cool the best I can! I only love because God loved me and truly it’s a peace that I can’t explain. But when one experiences this love you can’t help but dish it out. I pray I keep loving for years and years! I’m sending you love and hugs! I appreciate your support on my journey. 💕💛🥰🤗🙏🏻🙏🏻

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