Helpful Hands

Helping Hands

All of us need helping hands in our lives. We may need help mowing our lawns or shoveling our snow. If we did not have helping hands we would have long grass and weeds in our lawns or our steps and sidewalks would be covered in snow. We are Gods helping hands when we help those that can no longer help themselves due to health or other problems. Helping others gives one a wonderful feeling. If we were not Gods stewards there would be many weeds growing on our path in life.

Giving Hands

Give, and it will be given unto you – Luke 6 – 38.  When you treat people right they will generally treat you right. When you give to the less fortunate you are helping a child of God. You may be on the receiving end of someone giving to you someday. When you give something to someone think to yourself is what I am giving them represents God or how I want to be represented. Give others something that you like and not something that is cheap or worn out. Make sure your giving hands always represent the best in you. How you act and what you give others says volumes about your giving hands.

Faithful Hands

I hope everyone has faithful hands. When you lose faith you have lost everything that is good in your life. Ask other people for support when you are struggling with your faith. Pray to God to help you get your faith back. Without faith in your life your task seem worthless. You must always think that the plane that you are on will safely land and not crash as that is faith. Keep your faith as things will get better eventually.

Teaching Hands

Our parents teach us many things that will help and take us far in life. Everyone that teaches and enriches  our lives is someone to be admired. We learn a great deal from books that have been written by someones hand. The hand of God is referred to sitting on the right side of God and is a special kind of honor. God is the greatest teacher. The Lord of Heavens armies is a wonderful teacher, and he gives the farmer great wisdom. Isaiah 28 : 29. Our teachers we have in our lives teach us many things that we will us in our daily living throughout our entire lives. We are never to old to learn as we have better time management skills, we are more disciplined and we have technology on are side.

Joyful, Kind, Loving,Caring and Hopeful Hands

Doctors and nurses help us while we sick by caring for us and helping us feel like our old selves again. Food bank workers prepare food for those that are less fortunate with their hands. Spouses love each other and care deeply for each others well being. God loves all of his children deeply. Kind people help you when you feel down trodden by listening to your concerns and helping you get over hurdles safely in life. Be joyful in life and hopeful and let your light  shine in the storms of someones life so they can see the sunshine after the storm.

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Transitions

Transitions Are The Continuous Process Of Change

We start out living with our parents and going to school and making friends in life. Our parents may have to relocate and we will have to go to a new home, make new friends and get used to our new surroundings. We continue to grow and learn and become more mature acting human beings. We learn from others everyday that we are alive on Earth and hopefully we will put our talents to good use.

Going To College

Leaving home for the first time is a large transition in any young persons life. You will have to get used to living with a roommate or two if you decide to live in the dorm. You will feel homesick until you start to make some friends in college. You will have to do your own cooking and clean up after yourself and conduct yourself as a young adult. You will have to manage your time wisely and study for test and get your assignments in on time. Hopefully you will have a fulfilling job that will take you far in life and that will help better the lives of others.

Getting Married

You have dated the love of your life for one year and you have decided to set the wedding date. Getting married is a big responsibility in life as you will have to learn to give and take to make your marriage work. You will get in arguments once in awhile and you will have to agree on compromises.

Buying Your First Home

Do not spend more than what you can afford on a home. A big mortgage will drown you in debt for the rest of your life. You can find an older home that is reasonably priced and well maintained as a good starter home. Older homes are constructed of much better materials and most of them have beautiful woodwork  compared to newer home  and they have more character and charm about them.

Having A Baby

Before you have a baby make sure you are financially sound as it takes a lot of money to a raise a child into adulthood. You should definitely send your children to college if you want them to be successful and be able to support themselves in life. Each parent should help raise a child and contribute equally to the child’s life.

Changing Jobs

The average person has 11.7 jobs in their lifetime. New jobs should offer a step up for advancement or you might as well keep you old job. Relocating because of a new job can be very costly. You must think will my spouse be able to get a job also if we move. If you have children you might not want to move until the end of their school year.

Going To Assisted Living

If you need help with things and you do not think you can manage to do what you want to in your home you may want to consider assisted living. You may have health problems or maybe you are not steady on your feet anymore. None of us ever want to leave our home but that time will come for all of us eventually.

God And Transitions

Life is full of transitions some of them are joyful and others are painful. We let go of the familiar things in are life and we venture into the unknown. If you are going through a transition ask God for help and praise and thank him for God will amaze you by his presence in your life. We will have many changes in our lives and God will help keep us on the right path that will help everyone the most.

Scriptures:

Deuteronomy 31 : 6

Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them, for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee, he will not fail thee, not forsake thee.

Philippians 4 : 6 – 7

Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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Hope, Joy, Peace And Love

Hope

We all all hope for good health for us and our family. We hope for a positive outcome when we get test at the hospital. Hope is essential to our well-being as we need to be optimistic about the future. We need to harness hope in times of trials and tribulations that things will improve for us. How do you give someone hope?  You can help them, stay connected, accept them and help them find something that completes them and makes them feel good about themselves. We put our hope in God as he is our security. God is the anchor for our souls.

Joy

Going on a trip with a friend or your family is a great joy. Being healthy and in a good frame of mind is a great joy indeed. Buying a first home brings joy as you have worked very hard in order to have a home of your own. Eating a piece of your favorite dessert alters your mind and body in positive ways. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate bring joy to adults and children. Joy is a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. I like to relax in a hammock and read a book on a nice and sunny day and sway back and forth in the gentle breeze. We feel joy when we are at our favorite sporting event. The joy of the Lord is your strength.

Peace

All of us want peace and harmony on our lives. We want to be free of conflicts and the fear of violence from groups and people. God brings peace into our lives each and everyday. We do not want wars as there is no peace when we are at war with other nations. When we are at peace we have harmony, tranquility and we are not anxious about things in our lives. Relax and unwind and slow down to find peace in your life. To have peace with God and others do not seek revenge, obey Gods commandments, and help people grow their faith in God.

Love

Everyone wants to and needs to be loved by someone. We have God, friends and  family that love us. Love is a deep feeling of affection toward someone or something. Sometimes one will say I love pumpkin pie or that they love to go on a vacation as these are some of their favorite things in life that they find pleasure in. Love is a deep romantic attachment to someone that you have grown close to over time. I love my cats as they bring pleasure and joy into my life. Love of God is associated with worship and devotions toward God.  Love bears all things and love never ends. God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16   The basic meaning of love is more than liking someone.  Love means you are deeply  committed or connected to someone or something. Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 1 Corinthians 13 : 4 – 8

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Thanksgiving Day Mishaps Over The Years

The Bird That Would Not Get Done

I put my turkey in the oven at 5 AM  and it did not get done until 2 PM. We sat down at the table and had our Thanksgiving day prayer and we ate everything else except for the turkey. We played some board games and we visited. I kept checking on the progress of the turkey until it was finally ready for us to eat at 2 PM. The turkey had been injected with water to add weight to the bird. I had purchased two of those turkeys but the next one was put in the oven at 3 AM.

The Plight Of The Pumpkin Pie

I had made a pumpkin pie from scratch that I put in the oven on Thanksgiving Day. The pie looked very good as it baked away in the oven. I took the pie out of the oven to check on it and I decided to let it bake an extra 20 minutes. The Pie looked perfect and as I was removing it from the oven carefully all of a sudden it slipped off of the baking sheet and land upside down on the new carpet in the kitchen. I cleaned and cleaned the carpet. We ended up having ice cream.

The Refrigerator Stopped Working At Noon On Thanksgiving Day

Hustle and Bustle was done of moving refrigerator items to my freezer in the basement and my old GE refrigerator from the 1950’s in the basement. Food items were starting to thaw out. I got the food items moved in the nick of time. The refrigerator upstairs was working fine at 9 AM and by 11:30 AM things were starting to move south. I did not have to throw anything away luckily and I was very Thankful for that.

Relatives That Would Invite Themselves

We received a card from them in the mail on Thanksgiving day at 11 AM that they would be at our home for Thanksgiving day lunch. A plane had crashed in our field that morning and luckily no one was hurt except for the plane. It was a very busy Thanksgiving day. We put more food on the stove and everyone had a Thanksgiving day meal.

Grandma And The Gravy For The Outdoor Cats

My grandmother loved to make gravy. After we had all of the gravy that we wanted Grandma went outdoors with the leftover gravy in a skillet. One of our outdoor Toms jumped in the skillet and Grandma was covered in gravy from head to toe as the skillet flew in the air and landed on the cement. Most of my cats were covered in gravy but they had a cleaning party as they licked each other from head to tail.

Even With Mishaps In Life There is Always Something To Be Thankful For

I am Thankful to have God, Family, Friends and Cats In my life. All of my Thanksgivings over the years have been memorable and wonderful get together’s. Be Thankful and Grateful for all that you have been given in your life. Hoping all of us have many more Thanksgivings.

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Live With A Thankful And Grateful Heart

Be Thankful For All That You Have Been Given In Your Life

I was blessed with excellent, kind and caring parents. I am very blessed to have been born in the country as I love living in the country. I am so grateful to still be able to live on my family farm. I am thankful for all of my cats. I love mowing the yard, gardening, trimming trees, painting and just walking around outside and enjoying nature. I am thankful for the rental homes that I owned over the years as I have meet a lot of wonderful and excellent people over the years. I am grateful for all of the outstanding tenants that I have had and still have.

I Am Grateful For An Illness That Has Changed Me For The Better

I am closer to God now than I ever have been in my life. I was drawn to become a lay minister and become a better shepherd to spread Gods word. I am able to visit with everyone now. I was shy and withdrawn from people before I had  my illness. If you are sick embrace your illness and do not let your illness empower you as you must empower your illness as one of your strengths to help others. God has a reason for all things and you must think to yourself what is the reason. The reason may be to your benefit in the long run. I will start a conversation with others now as I seldom would before my illness.

Be Thankful For All The People That Have Helped You In Your Life

Remember that you would not be where you are today without all of the help that you have gotten from family and friends. People that you have hired for different jobs that you needed to get done deserve a big vote of thanks or your life would be in chaos or you may not have heat in your home or your car may not run, etc. Your Teachers, Doctors, Lawyers and many more have helped you so can contribute more to society. A complete stranger may have entered your life and made a big impact on your life that has lead you onto a better and more fulling job.

Be Grateful That You have Food, Clothes And Shelter

Many people live in cardboard boxes or they live in tents  or they have to brave the elements. Be glad you have clothes on your back for many people do not and they are cold and uncomfortable. Be glad that you had a bountiful harvest for many have nothing to harvest at all. Many people go to bed hungry every night and some only have food one time a day or they may only eat once in three days, Never take what has been given to you for granted and give thanks and be grateful for what god has provided for you.

Be Grateful and Thankful That You Have God By Your Side

God is by your side night and day protecting you from life’s storms. I thank God for my many blessings every night that I say my prayers before I go to sleep at night. Be Thankful and grateful to all that cross your path and enrich your life.

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Thanksgiving Day And What It Means To Me

Prayers On Thanksgiving Day

Today we give thanks for our many blessings. We pray for those in need. We thank God for our family and friends. We pray for those who cannot be with us today. We pray for those that are lonely. We thank God for our good health and we pray for those that are ill. We thank God for all that he has provided us with as we share with those that are less fortunate. May all of you feel peace and love from God on this Thanksgiving day.

Celebrating The Fruits Of Your Harvest

We get together with family and friends and visit while we eat a feast fit for a King. We may watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade on TV. We eat Turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, bread, stuffing, cranberries, salads and pumpkin pie. Before we eat we Thank the Lord for the food he has provided for us and our family and friends and we pray for those that are ill and hungry. I generally eat more than I should because the food is so beautifully prepared and very scrumptious and delicious. I would always take several more helpings of stuffing and mashed potatoes when I was young. I always love the leftovers from Thanksgiving day.

Traditions

As a child we would eat at a relatives house on Thanksgiving day or they would come to our home. The turkey was cleaned and stuffed. We washed and peeled potatoes and cooked the cranberries and I could smell the wonderful pumpkin pie and turkey baking in the oven. My Mother would bast the turkey and make homemade gravy. The men would visit in one area and the women in another area in the house. I always found the men’s conversations more interesting. The women would talk about baking, sewing and their children. The young children would always sit at a card table and eat if the main table was filled with guest. I would always put a foldout turkey on the table on Thanksgiving day and I still have it yet today.

 

Thanksgiving Day Over The Years

As we grow older the people sitting around the table gets smaller. We still remember them and we are truly Thankful for all of the time that God let them be in our lives. I still can see them sitting at the table in my fond memories of Thanksgiving day. Time waits for no man so spend as much quality time with family and friends as you possibly can as you will never regret it. As a child I would play board games and other games with my relatives and friends on Thanksgiving day.

Thanksgiving Day History

Berkeley Plantation in Virginia is where the Good Ship Margaret landed with 36 men in 1619. The men had the first official Thanksgiving in America in accordance with instruction given in a charter by the Virginia Co. The first Thanksgiving was is 1621, the Plymouth colonist and the native Americans shared a feast. Sharing the fruits of their labor is a way for people to bond and grow closer to each other. Thank God for you many blessings.

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Relax And Simplify Your Life

Enjoy Nature

Take time to enjoy nature and all of its beauty. Remember you don’t have to get everything done in one day.  Sometimes thinking things over for awhile is a wonderful and inspiring way to get things completed in a better effective manner. If you write a complaint letter do not send it right away. You may write the letter in a kinder and gentler way a few days  as you will have cooled down a little.

Do Not Live In The Past

Life is too short to keep living in the past. If someone said something or did something that you did not like do not let it take over your thoughts and your life. The party that said the hurtful things to you has victory over you if you do not move along in life. God knows all of your thoughts and he is their for you always. Try to remember the good and positive days in your life and dwell on those and the many good days that will come along in your life over the years. Remember wonderful family get together’s. Remember the good and and wonderful times with your friends that have supported you through thick and thin.

Take Trips

Take trips and look at Gods beautiful creations. Look at mountains, animals, flowers, scenery, architecture and much more. Enjoy the rich history of each place that you travel to. God has made a lovely place for us on Earth for us to live. Respect our planet and keep it clean for future generations to come.

Broaden Your Horizons

Do not get bogged down with things that are not important in life. Get involved in things that will broaden your horizons. Spend time strengthening your connection with God, family and friends. Spend your days doing things that will make positive changes in your life and the lives of others . Be dedicated and true  to who you are and what you stand for. Do not let anyone sway you off of the correct path to take in life. Be true to God and others in your life.

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Defects

Dings And Dents

When we buy a new car it is nice and shiny with no visible defects. We try our very best to keep our new car that way. Eventually a new car will get a ding or a dent in it. Our new car still takes us to all the places we want to go and provides us all of the amenities that it always has. A few dings or dents on a car will keep happening over time.

Defects Do Not Affect The True Persons Inner Self

Sometimes we buy defective merchandise and we ask for our money back. If we buy an alarm clock and it does not work at all it is of no value to anyone. We may buy a piece of furniture with a scratch on it and they will offer a discount on it. You may buy a freezer with a large dent in it at a huge savings as it will still freeze your food to perfection. A rug may be weaved wrong in one spot but it will still protect your floor and probably no one will even notice the flaw in the weave of the rug. You can buy a watch with a scratch on the crystal for half price and it will still give you the correct time of day. Defects do not affect how an object works most of the time if it is only a dent or a scratch.

Scars And Scraps

We will all have little scars or scraps on our body over the years and we will get old and wrinkled if we live long enough. Some people have to try to cover up every little flaw with makeup. You will never be able to cover up every little defect on your body.  Are human body will have many defects before before we leave this world. All of us have a true inner beauty that will never leave us.

Everyone Has Some Type Of Defect

All of us have some sort of a defect. Some defects we have are very noticeable and there are other defects that cannot be seen by other people but we are very aware of the defect ourselves because we live with that defect day after day. Some people may say you look fine and that there is nothing wrong with you. If we could live in each others body for one day we could see and feel exactly as they do and get a whole other perspective on their illness or disease. We may be born with a genetic flaw, birth defect, or a gene that will change its make up over the years and become an illness that we will go through in midlife or our golden years.

Love People For Who They Are And What They Stand For

God knows that all of us have defects of some kind. Do not look at a persons defects as we all have defects. Look for the good in people as God looks for the good in his creation. Love people for who they are and what they are and what they stand for. Jesus knows we have many defects and  he died on the cross to forgive us for our sins.

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Keeping Up Your Spirit With The Covid 19 Virus

Talk With Friends Often

When you are are feeling down talking with friends helps a great deal. Friends lift up your spirits, they support you, improve your self-confidence and relieve stress in your life. Friends make the dark days bright and sunny days. Lift people up and compliment them on their achievements. Talk to people in the rest home and help them lift up their spirits. Try to find humor in things and make people laugh as laughter is the best medicine. Go for a drive with a close friend, stop at a park and have some coffee together, go to a store and buy something that you have been wanting for a long time and enjoy each others company.

Read Books

Read books that have a happy ending.  If you love to read about history read history books. I like to read travel books and plan where I might like to go to next year. You can escape for awhile while you are reading a good book. Read inspirational books, devotionals and the bible as they will inspire you to see the bright side of things. Some people like to read fiction books or romance novels. Read the books of your choice and escape for a little while.

Remember Their Is Always Someone Who Is Worse Off  Then You

No Matter what your problems may be remember someone else is battling much bigger problems in their life. Feel blessed to have a roof over your head, food to eat and a family and good friends. If you have health problems they are minor compared to someone else who is fighting for their life day by day. God bless you and yours with good health.

Cooking And Baking

I like to bake things in my oven and create new dishes. I love to make casseroles. I baked some apples and sprinkled the top of them with cinnamon. I cook a lot of vegetables form my garden such as green beans, Swiss chard, salad turnips and I bake butternut squash and potatoes. Baking and cooking can be very relaxing and you have something wonderful to eat when you are finished. You will most likely get compliments from your family if you prepared some of their favorite dishes.

Relax , Unwind, Walk And Send Cards To People

Take an afternoon nap and re-energize yourself. Write a letter to friend and let them know you are thinking about them and I guarantee that will lift up their spirits and make you feel better also. If you are stressed out from work  take time for yourself and do not feel bad about it. Go out for a walk even if it is a short walk as exercise is proven to help relieve stress, elevates your mood, and relieves tension . Go for a walk with a friend and notice birds, leaves, cars, houses and much more.

Focus On God

God wants what is best for his children on earth. Pray to God without ceasing and God will take care of things in his time frame. God helps us with problems and he knows us inside and outside and he knows all of our thoughts and what we need before we even ask for his blessings.

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Spreading Out Your Branches

Do Not Trim Your Branches Unless They Are Dead

Spread your branches and watch them grow to help other people. Give freely to worthy causes and charities. Your money or time spent helping others will benefit many people. Other people will follow your example and that many more people will be help. Let your branches grow and grow to help those who are less fortunate than you are. If you do get a dead branch on your tree cut it off and a new branch will grow. Sometimes the best of intentions may not work out so move onto another worthy cause.

Worthy Causes

Ask your minister what they are in need of in church or in your community. They may need help at your local food bank or they may need a new furnace or repairs at your church that you could help with. There are many worthy missions that are in need of money. Many children go without enough food to eat so you could help fill their backpacks with enough food to help them get through the weekend until they can eat the school lunch. Meals on wheels is always in need of volunteers to help deliver food to the elderly. You do not have to look very far to find a worthy cause to contribute to in or out of your community.

Help Out People That Need A Hand

Call and visit people often that are elderly or that live alone. Just hearing the voice of another person can be very uplifting. Send them cards that say I am thinking of you or send them seasonal cards. Volunteer to help the elderly with repairs that they cannot afford to pay because high wages for them was $5.00 an hour or less. Never take advantage of anyone that already has a hardship or disadvantage because if you do it will come back to you someday.

Start A Program In Your Community That Helps People With Finding Expert Workers At Reasonable Rates

A group of retired workers could help people with small household repairs. You could get a group of young people that would volunteer to mow peoples lawns or clear their snow for free because they are not able to mow their own yard any longer due to health or financial issues All of us need help now and then and we are very appreciative when we are helped.

Always Think To Yourself How Do I Want To Be Treated Someday

God helps us out every single day that we are on earth.We also should help others every single day that we are on earth. Someday you will be on the receiving end and do want to be treated how you are treating people on the receiving end now. God knows what is in your heart as you cannot hide anything from God. Help support worthy causes however and whenever you can. Let you branches produce much fruit that will help people out for as many years as possible. God bless you for helping out your fellow man.

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