Archive | March 2012

I am re-blogging this post from my other blog, Breathing. . .it’s a good thing because Joe Smith had a special place in my heart.

Breathing. . .it's a good thing!!!

This morning around 6:30am my friend Joe Smith died.  Joe became a friend of mine when I was told that I would need a double lung transplant.

You see, Joe had had a heart transplant 6 years previously at this time.  We became friends because his daughter, Sandy, worked with my daughter, Megan at the VA Hospital in the CCU.  Megan told Sandy that I needed a transplant and that’s when she told Megan that her dad might be of help to me as I waited for my transplant.

Not long after that Joe called me and talked to me about his transplant and how he felt about it.  He was working full time and he loved being busy.  He worked away from home during the week and went home on weekends to his wife.

Joe had said something to me that made all the sense in the world, he…

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How Not to Be A Mature Christan

Yesterday started with a bang!  I drive my grandson Colby to pre-school a couple mornings a week before I go to work.

Now Colby’s little sister Maya likes to ride along, so their mom, our daugher Kelly and Maya accompany Colby and me to his pre-school.  We pull up in a kind of driveway which is narrow and has a median alongside the driveway.  So all of us parents and grandparents are lined up in the driveway while we drop the children off with their teachers.

Kelly, Maya and I walk back to the car, but we can’t go anywhere because the mother parked in front of us still has not come to get her car.  So we wait and we wait and we wait.  Now I’m getting irritated because I have to take Kelly and Maya home and I need to get to work.

I walked back to the school and ask Colby’s teacher if she knows who owns the car blocking me in.  I am second in line and the man who was behind me got so frustrated that he climbed over the median and drove away.  My car isn’t seated high enough to do this.

Colby’s teacher isn’t sure who owns the car but has an idea.  I told her I needed to get to work and I am blocked in.

So, again we wait, and wait.  Perhaps 3-4 minutes pass and she finally comes for her car.  I got out of my car and told her that it may have been better if she had parked across from the median so the rest of us can get out.  At this point she knows I am irritated.  I told her I needed to get to work.  I must say that she did say that she was sorry,  but “they” called her inside to talk.  I replied that it would have been nice if she had come out to move her car before she went back inside so the rest of us could get out.    At that point this mom says, “Shut up!”

Now being the mature Catholic who knows how to be an adult shouts back, “Oh, you shut up!”  So much for being an adult. . .

I failed the “walk humbly with your God” statement, I was irritated and I just let it fly!  Sometimes it is hard to just let something go.  We face it all the time.  Sometimes I do it well, some times I don’t.  Today I didn’t.

Lord, help me to do a better job of meeting people where they are and to respond more kindly, but also with firmness at times when others don’t consider the other person in their actions.

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As a side note, today is the day my Mother died in 1986. . .Rest in Peace Mom!  I love you!

Sandy Ozanich ~ Copyright 2012

Prayer of Gratitude, Petition and Thanksgiving

Dear Lord, I thank you for this day.  I thank you for being able to see and to hear this morning.  I’m blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God.  You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me.  Forgive me this day for everything I may do, say or think that is not pleasing to You.

I ask now for your forgiveness.  Please keep me safe from all danger and harm.  Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude.  Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from you.

Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things.  Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over.  And it’s the best response when I’m pushed beyond my limits.  I know that when I can’t pray you listen to my heart.  Continue to use me to do Your will.  Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others.  Keep me strong that I may help the weak. . .

Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others.  I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood.  I pray for those who don’t know You intimately.  I pray for those that don’t believe.

But I thank You that I believe.  I believe that God changes people and God changes things.  I pray  for all my sisters and brothers.  For each and every family member in their households.  I pray for peace, love, joy in their homes that they are out of debt and all their needs are met.  I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance or situation greater than God.

Every battle is in your hands for You to fight.  I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees it.

God I love You and I need You, come into my heart.

Amen

Author Unknown. . .if any of you know who authored it I would be delighted to know.

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This is a prayer that I love and will use each morning to start the day.  It covers everything and blesses God as well.

Try this prayer as your Good Morning prayer!

Sandy Ozanich ~ Copyright 2012

Who??? Me???

 

I found this statement on my Facebook page this morning and I shared it with my Facebook friends.  Now, I would like to share it with you.

It is quite a statement at that!  I think that some of us believe that God won’t call us to do  certain things like talk with others about Jesus, or proclaim the Good News that Jesus brings, or tell how God has made a difference in our life.  Why would He call me?  I’m not a good speaker, I am not perfect, I tell lies sometimes, I drink now and then. . .and I’m only a High School graduate.  Other people are more educated, more articulate, more, more, more.

Don’t know how to tell ya, but God does want you and He wants me.  We are His children and we have a story to tell.  We have good stories to tell.  Some of the stories are glorious, others are pain-filled, still others are pretty calm and easy-going; but all of them speak of a God who loves, a Savior who takes the sins of the world upon his shoulders, literally, and puts that sin to death with Him on that cross for you, for me, for your friends and for your enemies. . .

What do we do about this?  We go where God calls us because He has promised to show us the way so that we can be beacons of Light for those we meet.  Come, let us light the way.

Sandy Ozanich ~ © 2012

 

 

 

 

This is such an eye-opener for those of us who take light bulbs for granted. This story and video is amazing. I have learned that “necessity IS the mother of invention” and I believe that you will feel the same way when you see this video.
Remember, there are always people out there in this world who have so much less than you do and need all the prayers and help they can get. AND they are always smiling with such gratitude. Let’s let our lives be lives of gratitude and hope for this world!

LEAD Movement

MyShelter Foundation aims to brighten up one million disprivileged homes by 2012 with sustainable solar light bulbs built from simple plastic bottles filled with water, some chlorine and salt.

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Let Every Breath I Take Lord

Let Every Breath I Take Lord

 

Let every breath I take Lord be a prayer,

a prayer of gratitude and thanksgiving,

for love, for faith, for life.

even for pain and suffering.

Let every breath I take Lord be a prayer.

 

Let every breath I take Lord be a prayer,

a prayer for my family,

my husband, my children and their children,

my siblings and their children.

Let every breath be a prayer Lord.

 

Let every breath I take Lord be a prayer,

a prayer for me Lord,

for my failures and missteps,

for my loose tongue,

for my insensitive ways.

Let every breath be a prayer Lord.

 

Let every pain I suffer Lord be a prayer,

a prayer for those in pain, for those who cry,

for those who don’t know you and those who do,

for those who suffer for their faith.

Let every pain I suffer Lord be a prayer.

 

Let every moment of joy Lord be a prayer,

for those who need joy, for those who know joy,

for those who bring joy and those who don’t,

for those who forgot joy.

Let every moment of joy Lord be a prayer.

 

Let every moment Lord be a prayer,

a prayer for those who only have a moment,

for those whose moments are heavy and burdened.

Let every moment Lord be a prayer –

For those who need a prayer. . .

Let me say a prayer for those moments. . .

Sandy Ozanich

November 2011

 

 

We all have moments of negativity. No one is immune, however this article on Positive Thinking is a real boon to those of us who sometimes have troube living in the positive place where I believe God wants us to live. The old adage, “you are what you think” is very true. Read and enjoy.