Inspirational Fridays: Giving Is The Best Communication . . .

The First Thanksgiving, painting by Jean Louis...
The First Thanksgiving, painting by Jean Louis Gerome Ferris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching I am at a lost for a dinner menu.

 

Honestly, I am so over turkey and dressing, collard greens, black-eyed peas, mashed potatoes covered in turkey gravy, corn, candy yams and sweet potato-pie with a dollop of cool-whip.  But if I met one person that has never feasted on such a lavish Thanksgiving meal I would find the strength to prepare it and cultivate an appetite to eat it once again.

 

Yesterday my cousin Theresa told me I was not the person she once knew.  She said, “You’ve changed.”  She went on to express how she remembered my tearful outbursts and moments later how I would be extremely happy, or short-tempered.  Honestly, I had forgotten those moments and the young woman that felt life was not worth living.  And I find it spiritually amazing how God will allow others to remind you of days gone by.  And how the kindness of others helped transformed your life during difficult moments.  As a result of my transformation I am grateful for all things.

 

So today I am taking the time to search for and post inspiring messages to help someone along the way.  If the message I share is not for you please pass it on.  You never know who will need words of encouragement.  So to kick off my inspirational Friday messages is the below video of a businessman’s compassion for humanity.

 

Happy Friday!

 

 

The Prayers of Black Women: How to Treat The Weak

US Navy 100423-N-0641S-143 Mara MacDonald demo...
US Navy 100423-N-0641S-143 Mara MacDonald demonstrates different massage techniques to a group of new mothers and their babies in an infant massage class (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let us not therefore judge one another any more:  but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

Romans 14:13

Lord thank you for this day we have never seen before.  Everything within this day is new.  This day has started with no mistakes; it has given those that believe in you a new hope.

Lord this prayer concerns mans inhumanity to man.  Lord it feels as if the spirit of compassion has been taken from most parents, thus, leaving some humans empty shells when it involves the parent to child relationships.

Therefore, prayer is being offered for parents that can’t unconditionally love, provide, guide, protect and parent with friendly intentions their children. Lord, please help those parents understand that children are weak by comparison because they are kids.  Lord, please help those parents to understand that children are given to us to love, nurture and guide into adulthood.  Lord help those parents to understand everyone comes with challenges.  Lord help those parents to understand that everyone has an adulterous spirit.  For your words clearly say’s in John 8:7:  “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”  

Lord please show these parents when they parent without compassion they are putting stumblingblocks in their children’s path.

Your Loving Daughter

Annette

Inspirational Fridays: Lack of Kindness Can Come With A Cost . . .

Okay!  I am a day late posting my message for Inspirational Friday’s but here it is!  I found this story and it was untitled so I gave it a title today.  I felt it was like a beautiful baby wanting to be affirmed by words of acceptance.  It packs a powerful message about being blessed regardless of bad attitudes.

A classic ice cream sundae, complete with a ch...
A classic ice cream sundae, complete with a cherry on top (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is from an old story, back in the ’30s, in the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less. A 10 year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

“How much is an ice cream sundae?” the little boy asked.

“Fifty cents,” replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins he had. “Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?” he inquired.

By now, more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing very impatient. “Thirty-five cents,” she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.

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The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry. As she wiped down the table, there placed neatly beside the empty dish were two nickels and five pennies. You see, he couldn’t have the sundae because he had to have enough money to leave her a tip.

Read more: http://www.motivationalwellbeing.com/motivational-stories.html#ixzz2cEq4f8WL

OMG! I Finally Ate Something Healthy!

Tell me what you eat, I’ll tell you who you are.  ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Photo Taken By:  Annette Harrison
Photo Taken By: Annette Harrison

I have this wonderful friend name Deb.  She is struggling with single-life after being married for 30 years and divorced for one [sad face].  So I try to keep her company as much as I can to prevent her from being extremely lonely; thus, is why I have not posted to my blogs regularly.

Well last week Deb called me with a healthy eating suggestion.  I listened but I wasn’t interested in what she had to say.  Laughter!

You would think, since she only weighs about 105 lbs (and is very healthy) I (who is overweight) would listen to her.

Everywhere we go she is always getting compliments about her size and her appearance.  Okay!  So, I don’t learn quickly!  Laughter!

Well, any-who-how, she called to tell me I should eat Special-K cereal with almond milk.  My first thought, “yuck!”

Laughter!

Laughter!

Laughter!

Really!  Almond milk!  Special-K!  Gross!

Well, last week I thought I would try drinking almond/coconut milk.  Let’s just say, I didn’t think the milk was for me.   So, I left it in the fridge and went about my days as the thought of being wasteful tugged at me.

So last night Deb and I went to the store.  She needed to pick up a few items and I went to keep her company.

Then we got to the milk section.  She was searching for the almond milk.  I happened to be standing in front of it.  No!  I’m not that big that I hindered her from being able to see it!  But I was standing right in front of it as she was looking for it in another section.  So, I said, “Here it is!”  She turns around and begins a healthy food dialogue with me.  Ugh!  Really!  Can’t we talk about junk food!  I likes that stuffs!  LOL’s.

Then the tugging begins!  I remembered I had that expensive almond/coconut milk in the fridge and no one wanted it!

So, we go down the cereal aisle!  There is Miss. Health Nut looking for the Special-K cereal!  Ugh!  Let’s look at all the cereal that is high in sugar!  I likes that stuffs!  Laughter!

Long story short!  I brought a box of Special-K cereal with chocolate chunks and ate it with my almond/coconut milk this morning!  OMG!  That combination is so darn good!  I wanted a second bowl!  Yum!