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As We Think

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

As I lay awake from 4:30 to 6:30 this morning my mind wandered. I watched a video yesterday about a convicted general serving time in a prison. He gained the loyalty of the other inmates by changing their thinking. He was able to mobilize them into a revolt that brought down an evil warden. I thought long and hard about the power of our thoughts and their impact on our lives.
Many of us have been told we are fat, ugly or worthless at one time or another in our lives. Words are born of thoughts. They are not harmful until they are spoken to others. Let me take that back, their harm is multiplied when spoken. Our thoughts will control our actions as well. You know when you meet someone in maost cases whether or not they like you. A few will baffle us, but most send off a vibe that betrays their thoughts. Our thoughts will direct our interactions with others.
I also saw a brief part of the Dr. Phill show as I was waiting for the news yesterday. There was a beautiful woman who at one time had been skinny. She called that her Barbie self and indeed she did look like a lifesize Barbie. When she was skinny she felt confident, alive and vibrant. Dr. Phil told her that she was the same person whether she was fat or skinny and she needed to change her thinking. What we look like on the outside is not as important as how we think on the inside now is it?
Gain control of your thoughts and you gain control of your life. Don't allow pessimistic and negative thoughts to make a home in your mind and you will become a positive person as a way of life. Our social class or profession has nothing to do with, nor does our past. We alone detirmine our future by what we do in the present.

  
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CLAIREMZM 12/1/2010 8:39AM

    Well said. Thank you for posting this. The Holy Spirit is speaking through you!

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WCATAP 12/1/2010 8:20AM

    You're preaching from my favorite book.

Proverbs 23:7 "As a man thinks in his heart...so is he."

This is a fabulous blog and so necessary for people to read. Negative words are like a cancer. The ones said to us in the past, hurt yes, but the ones said in the present are today's danger. There are far too many negative words, and pessimistic attitudes flying around. What we say to each other and what we say to ourselves should be words that are "seasoned with grace".

You rock great blog!

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IUHRYTR 12/1/2010 8:04AM

    I still remember being called four-eyes when I first got glasses in elementary school and that was a loooong time ago. The saying that sticks and stones may break our bones but words can never hurt us is so wrong. Words hurt and do stay with us forever. -- Lou

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3CATSLEP 11/30/2010 4:49PM

    I wish I had had more control over my mouth yesterday! Thank you for the rainbow - it helped!

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JOYATLAST 11/30/2010 10:18AM

    Amen!

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WORKINGSTIFF 11/30/2010 9:28AM

    Yes!



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Here It Comes

Monday, November 29, 2010

Well I am pleased to announce the holidays were very enjoyable. When I sat still, I fell asleep immediately. Tried hard to watch videos with my son. Didn't expect too much as far as help cleaning up so I was not disappointed :) We also ate early enough that I had time to clean some before dashing off to work making double time. I am going to Roswell with my best friend tomorrow to take my me time. Should be mailing all my packages and cards by the first so I am all set. No cookies to bake, nothing much to do, but clean house. Boy does that sound exciting, I hate cleaning house!
We just got news on my daughter's car too. We were expecting no more than $500 for her car that was about ready to die. Because of the accident we are getting close to $2000 to get her a new one. I thing we only spent $2500 on it when we bought it four years ago. Merry Christmas !! Woohoo, I love Progressive! So now we are shopping for a new old car. Hope to have one found and ready for her to take home after Christmas.
Just when I was getting all bah Humbug for the holidays something had to go and make it Merry and Bright! Now I feel like going out and spending some money. Bye see ya later!

  
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JOYATLAST 11/30/2010 4:38AM

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3CATSLEP 11/29/2010 10:52PM

    I actually spent the morning decorating the apartment. Then went over to my mom's and ended up getting yelled at and told to get out! She was really acting strange like more of the Alzheimer stuff. So it was a crazy day to say the least, but I was glad to get back to my lovely little home. I won't be going over there tomorrow. The one good thing about her dementia is that she will probably forget all about it! Oh, well, say a prayer for her confused mind and a pray of strength for me.

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Thanksgiving etc.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

O got all my cookies done. Still have a few to make for hubby. Probably wouldn't do something like that twice!Hubby had the odacity to ask why he didn't get more of his favorite cookies too! Now I am off to do five days work in one day and go to work tonight. I am going to be so exhausted that I don't expect to enjoy Thanksgiving. I am placing my bets heavier on Christmas. If I exhaust myself early on, maybe I can enjoy it later. I have been grumpy for the last five days and no end is in sight there. My dog ate half a loaf of bread last night and tore through the cardboard box to get at the cans of cat food. Then she spread the trash all over the kitchen floor. Good thing I hadn't mopped the floor yet or we would have one dead dog. There are small blessings in all of this.
My baby comes home some time today. I always look forward to seeing him when he graces us with his presence. He really only comes home to see his friends. We are just his motel that doesn't charge. We will probably take off to Las Cruces to see my daughter on Saturday and assess her car situation. Hope we find a good solution.
I am thankful for my life even though I may not like it at present. My family is, for the most part, happy with their lives as far as I know. We all have jobs and goals for the future. No one is in jail or facing litigation. I know that I am loved even when I may not be liked :). I have my needs met and food to prepare for the holidays when many in the world have only a fraction of what I do if anything at all. My car works well and I have gas to put in it. I love my job and the women and children I serve. I am free and I am forgiven all because of my wonderful Savior. All I have is because of His love for me. I am blessed indeed.

  
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IUHRYTR 11/25/2010 1:51AM

    You have such a good outlook, even with things not being totally satisfying for you now. Keep the faith. -- Lou

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3CATSLEP 11/24/2010 8:03PM

    Hope you have a happy and healthy one! BLESSINGS TO YOU!!!
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FRECKALYMC 11/24/2010 2:11PM

    Beautiful rememberance of your blessings. Our needs are met, indeed. May your holiday turn out peaceful after all.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Overwhelmed

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I have been feeling so overwhelmed lately, hence so few entries. My best friend's daughter-in-law wanted to do a cookie exchange while they are in town for the holidays. The thing is she wants 7 dozen cookies per person. Yes, I said 7 dozen. I work and really don't have time for this. I ran out of sugar and flour and didn't want to go by walmart at midnight when I got off work because I have been so sleepy lately. So now that I have waited until this morning our hot water heater is on the blink so I can't get a shower before starting my day. Yes, I could just tell her it is too many cookies for my busy schedule, but it would be like telling my daughter I am not going to do something important to her. She would understand, but I am just not going to do it.
Then last night just as I got to work, my husband called to tell me my daughter had been in an accident. She is okay, but it totaled her car. It's a piece of junk car, but her only source of transportation and a symbol of her sobriety and much loved. Ol' Rhonda has to go to the coroner in Albuquerque for some odd reason for the insurance claim. So the day after Thanksgiving we have to go to Las Cruces to find her another car. It is always a rushed thing and she ends up with something far differnet than she would have liked just because it is available at the time and in our price range. This is about the seventh car we have had to find for my daughter in as many years. The others were totaled or destroyed during her addiction. This car was well loved and cared for. Timing is the bad thing. I just thought I wouldn't get to see her for Thanksgiving! At least I have days off starting on Friday.
I have all my shopping done and thanks to my best friend should have all my Christmas cookies done long ahead of time. Most of my decorations are already out thanks to my husband not ever having taken them to the shed last year. But in my heart I am not ready for the holidays. It has not been a bad year, just a quick one. The weather is warm which makes it hard to think of winter holidays, but even this year it wouldn't have helped. I don't now if it is subtle depression or just the blahs. I could skip it all this year and be happy celebrating it in July! My weight has gone crazy and I need to fast to get back on track jk! I'm am just a Scrooge this year.

  
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IUHRYTR 11/23/2010 2:21PM

    Yes, good news about your daughter. As for the cookies, sometimes we need to simply say no, too much. If her feelings are hurt over something as insignificant as you making cookies, then that is her problem, not yours. -- Lou

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3CATSLEP 11/23/2010 11:19AM

    Stop emoticon
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God has a plan.....

put it in HIS hands :)

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BRANLAADEE1 11/23/2010 11:01AM

    I am glad your daughter is alright! It's so scary when our kids get in accidents. I have been through it a couple of times with my daughter.

I agree about this year going too quickly. It's flown by, but I am looking forward to the holidays for once! Hopefully your Bah Humbugs will fade away.

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To Love Again

Saturday, November 20, 2010

To add to my entry from yesterday...I love the comment that when people are most unlovable it is then that they need to be loved the most. This is one of my favorites to remind people of. I know a young lady who was beat up by her boyfriend that I will refrain from giving all the adjectives I want to at this time. Because of him and other things that were going on in her life, she pushed those who loved her most the furthest away. He beat her so badly that she thought she was going to die. She found a way home and her parents had no idea what to expect when the cops had called. She sat in her bedroom healing for a week or more. The mother would not go in to her no matter how badly she wanted to because she was so afraid of being pushed away yet once again. Her eye was so swollen that it was scary. She eventually healed and several years later finally the girl did get the strength to leave him before he really did kill her.
Fast forward a few years after that and mom and daughter have a conversation one day. This time came into the conversation. The daughter said, "You didn't even give me a hug or ask me how I was doing." Can you imagine the break in that mother's heart. It was heard all the way to heaven.
Before we get so quick to condemn another, for what we think they are thinking let us take the time to do what may be the hardest thing in the world, love them. Even if the gesture is refused and pushed back in our face, let us do everything we can to show our love. We will be doing no less that our heavenly Father did at the cross. We spit onHim, tore His beard out and condemned Him to die with criminals, but He showed His love anyway. We were worth it and so are those who hurt us today. Challenge yourself to become more like Him today.

  
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IUHRYTR 11/21/2010 6:13PM

    Having patience with those who attack us is not always easy, but if we do try to be more God like, as you suggest, we will have a greater chance of success. -- Lou

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3CATSLEP 11/20/2010 6:46PM

    Thanks, Cindy! I will remember this as I take communion tomorrow! Mom was better today - probably because I was better with her. emoticon

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