Loving the Lord, Serving Him Wherever He Plants Us!

Can’t think of a good title so – Thinking it is!

Thinking or Rambling?
I am not really sure…
Today would have been Ron’s dad, Pete Workentin’s 93rd birthday…he died over 33 years ago.  Happy Birthday Pete…I wish I would have had more time to get to know you better.  I can only imagine you were a good man, a good husband and father…how do I know ~ because my sweet hubby Ron, is one of the most kindest men I have ever met.  He loves me more than anyone else here on earth and is one of the best Dad’s I have ever been blessed to know.  Thank you Pete (and Anna) for raising such a fine young man who is my husband.  I wish you could have known your grandson’s and now their wives and children…your love of family has definitely been passed down to our children and I believe is being passed on to your grandchildren.  I don’t have many memories of time spent with you but my favorite is when we came home on emergency leave, Jamie was 15 months old.  We were all sitting in the living room upstairs and Jamie started to climb up on the coffee table and I went and got him down and told him “no, you can’t climb on the furniture.”  You promptly replied, “this is my house and my grandson can climb anywhere he wants” and then you helped him to get back on the table and you both smiled so brightly.  Thank you for loving Jamie as only a Grandpa could do!!
Changing topics…Yesterday my friend, Norma posted on Facebook
Here is my response which was written off the cuff:
How I read this Norma Jones is that we are to Love GOD always and foremost. Then we are to love our neighbors (all other people than ourselves) as we love ourselves. First off, I think many people are not happy with themselves so it is pretty naturalto be critical of others. IF we truly loved others as God loves them and wants us to love others and ourselves we would STOP being critical of others. For myself, I know that when I am feeling good about myself: physically, emotionally, spiritually I am WAY LESS critical of others. I struggle with how people can say they are Christians, and out of one side of their mouth they say they LOVE all people and then out the other side they say mean, hurtful, critical things about someone’s looks, attitude, comments…I don’t have to agree with everything someone says or posts on Facebook…I can keep my mouth shut if what is going to come out is being critical. Just because I have an opinion does not make it right or even something I need to be saying out loud. For me, I think about when my kids would do something I totally disagreed of or didn’t approve of…it doesn’t mean I LIKE their behavior or actions…it does mean that I LOVE them…just like God loves the sinner and hates the sin. I do believe people need to think before they speak and go back to “if you don’t have anything nice to say, then keep your mouth shut.”

and I have been thinking about these verses since and realize speaking kindly is the only way to go.  Another friend, Kelly, wrote about being kind…we can always be kind.
These two references remind me that that is how I want to be.  I don’t want to be critical of others and I don’t want to be mean or unkind.  Thank you ladies for sharing from your heart and giving me an opportunity to share from mine.

So I am putting this out there…IF you hear me being critical of someone or saying something unkind,  call me on it.  I am reminded about an email I sent to my friend Dee a couple of weeks ago about asking how do you tell someone something that is obvious…she replied “you don’t!”  thank you Dee for helping me to remember to be kind in words and deeds.  

Which leads me to asking…what do you think Mark 12:28-33 is saying?  I really would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.  Along with ways on how we can love our neighbors the way the Lord would have us to love?  I am asking because I want to find ways to love one another, outside the box.  I know I can take a meal when someone is sick, send a card when someone loses a loved one, send a note of encouragement…but what other ways can we love our neighbors.  And in turn love ourselves the way the Lord loves us?

Segway…to loving ourselves
I did 45 minutes on the bike this morning, burned 522 calories, traveling 10.25 miles!!! And already drank one bottle of water…yesterday I drank two, my goal is three a day…sure hope I reach it today.

And I want to share 
(sorry can’t figure out how to turn them)

Our sweet granddaughter, Opal with Santa this Christmas.
Isn’t she a doll?

And thanks to Suzanne for scanning these pictures that I thought I had lost
Brandon, age 5 and Jamie, age 8

And Danalyn for sharing this one of the boys.  

Now look at our grands
can’t you see the resemblance to their daddies when they were little?

Time to get to crossing things off my To Do List.

Have a great New Years Eve 2013
Happy New Year 2014

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