Thankful for the small things

With all the hardships, stress, and uncertainty caused by the current pandemic, it’s nice to find small things to be thankful for. Whether we may be stuck at home or be hanging by a thread as we head to another essential work day, where others are depending on us, all around us are small miracles. We shouldn’t let those escape our notice, for it’s those little miracles that keep us going through all the hard times.

Small things I’m thankful for:

The forced quiet time at home that’s given me time to catch up on reading and reconnect with my creative side.

The Saturday board games with the family and my daughter’s boyfriend, where we’re all having fun and enjoying each other’s company.

The world may be stressful, but think of the small things you’re thankful for right now and let that bring a smile to your face.

I’d love to hear in the comments what small things you’re thankful for.

Read My New Short Story About Mental Health for Free: ‘Pomegranates’

A poignant short story about mental health and well-worth the read. I have followed this author for many years and her stories and writing are phenomenal.

Shari Lopatin

“They say Arizona is a place for folks to start over, and that’s what I had in mind when I landed in the high desert of Prescott. I remember, it was the year the sun rose red over the United Kingdom, and boilin’ wine flowed across the hills of Northern California.”

~ Pomegranates ~

Sometimes, a story reaches so close to your heart, you decide to publish it for free. A gift to the world.

That’s how I feel about my new short story, “Pomegranates.” I’m giving it to you for free–to read, to ponder, to share with your friends, or family, or book club.

Read “Pomegranates” now.

What is ‘Pomegranates’ About?

“Pomegranates” is very different than my debut novel, The Apollo Illusion, which was a science fiction dystopia. Rather, “Pomegranates” is contemporary realism, more akin to the styles of Where the Crawdads Sing or The Prince…

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Journalists Just Want to Tell Stories. Today, Some Died for It

Shari Lopatin

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I used to be a reporter at a small daily, community newspaper like the Capital Gazette. We had maybe 14 reporters, and we were like family.

I couldn’t imagine living through a shooting with that family, watching some of them die. Today, I cry with the reporters and staff at the Capital Gazette.

We don’t know the motive behind the crime yet. We don’t know if the alleged shooter was a disgruntled worker, a terrorist (foreign or domestic), or the crazed spouse of an employee. The police did say the suspect mutilated his fingertips to avoid identification, as reported in this article from the Baltimore Sunso that leads me to believe this was planned and malicious (versus a potentially angry worker).

Regardless, I know one thing for sure: journalists just want to tell stories, and today, some died for it.

*** When I was a full-time…

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A fortune of hope

“If you have hope, you have everything.” Panda Express Fortune

 

But….where does one find hope?

 

Lamentations 3:25

The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;

 

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Isaiah 40:31

but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

 

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 

2 Corinthians 4:18

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

 

I hope these verses help you find hope. 🙂

Just write about anything!

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Life has been way to hectic the past few months and I’ve had no time to really think about posting. I enjoy reading and writing, but sometimes my life gets in the way. So, today, I decided to just write about the first thing that came to mind. I thought, instead of trying to recapture some of the ideas that busyness has let escape from my mind, I would simply post links to a few things I’ve been reading lately. It’s a way to peer into my days and, in the process, I’m able to just write about anything.

Lysa TerKeurst – Proverbs 31 Ministries

Small Dog Electronics – various newsletters, which include blog posts

Wendy Blight – Proverbs 31 Ministries

MacLife articles

Possible gag gift for my husband? (from one of the many shopping-type emails I receive).

 

The sun has set on an icon

Everywhere in the world, people are sad and sending condolences to the family and co-workers of former CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs. Many technology and news sites are posting stories about him. Comments abound on those site with words of loss and disbelief. Below is a short collection of links, with tributes and comments.

MacWorld    Mac|Life    Stanford Commencement Address

My friend sent me this picture this morning.

This picture says it all.

Those of us who have enjoyed all the technology he’s helped create and watched keynotes over the years cannot imagine the deep loss those closest to him are feeling right now. May the Lord comfort Steve’s family, friends, and co-workers during this difficult time.