With so much going on in the world today, I often find myself saddened with feelings of dispare and hopelessness. Although I am currently living in the Middle East, I feel the hurt and the pain of what is going on stateside and around the world. However, let me forewarn you….My goal in writing this post is not to discuss specific issues. From what I’ve seen online thus far…many are not ready to have such discussions. What we see happening around us is truly enough to pull and tear at the soul and heart of man. It’s enough to keep you up at night and hold your children even tighter. In having some time to reflect over the last week; I wanted to share my pearls of wisdom with you. Today I’m writing this post to encourage you.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is fair, whatever is pure, whatever is acceptable, whatever is commendable, if there is anything of excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy—keep thinking about these things. (Philippians 4:8)
This is how I get through the day. I think about what I know to be true, noble and commendable. Those things that make me feel good inside. The things that make me smile and the jokes that bring tears to my eyes. The things I am most proud of, the friends and family who enrich my life, and my father who comforts me through it all.
Here’s is my list:
This is a picture of my nursing team. This picture brings me joy because it gives me a feeling of accomplishment (especially because many said it couldn’t be done in such a short time): But on May 1st, 2016 this team under my leadership opened an OB Clinic in the State of Qatar. What brings me even more joy is the diversity of the group and how we work together to provide the women of Qatar adequate healthcare. Pictured here are 2 Americans, 1 Irish, 2 Qatari, 1 British, 1 South African and 2 Somalian nurses.
This picture for me is about sisterhood, love and friendship. The two ladies in this picture are not blood relatives but are like sisters to me. The love, bond, and sacrifices we make and share for one another is something phenomenal. This picture reminds me that friendship is important and good for the soul. I am truly blessed to have such good friends in my life (many of whom are not pictured here).
This little guy is my stepson who brings me much joy. He’s my cuddle buddy that always keeps a smile on my face. He gives me a glimpse into the world of motherhood and I can’t even imagine loving someone more than I love this little guy. He’s an extension of my husband that I am so happy to share and as I think about him growing up my heart gets filled with so much excitement.
Here’s The Challenge….
While you acknowledge those things that are happening around you, I challenge you to not let it consume you. I challenge you to think about the things that make you feel proud, the things that make you smile, the things that make your day better and the things that bring you joy. Share them with one another…share them with me if you like; but what ever you do, just “Think on These Things!” I love to hear about the good people are doing in this world, the goals you are accomplishing and the things that fulfill your life. Please feel free to post pictures and comment on my blog or on my Facebook page.