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April 25, 2013

By Linda Beerman
"Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34

This is good advice for us each day, isn't it? Even one day can be overwhelming sometimes with heavy burdens to think about or face. it seems like my prayer list just keeps on growing for family and friends. And if we just concentrate on what is needed for today, that will be enough for us to dwell on! Moving through the moments in faith instead of fear is much more hopeful.

I just got off the phone with my niece, Katie, in Virginia. She is pregnant with her second child, and because of past difficulties we are praying for a healthy baby. She sent a picture of today's ultra sound via the phone, and as she said, " I am in awe right now". For sure it is truly awesome to see an unborn child in its state of forming and coming to term. This day we will give praise for this new life! How exciting it is to have the privilege to pray for another to help relieve their uneasiness of each day that arrives.

It seems like we have been to several funerals in the last few weeks. Reflecting on life and death as you think about each person that has passed on, it brings the thoughts of making the most of each day we have life. None of us knows what day our life will end, so all the more reason to live life to the fullest each and every day, as if it may be our last. We will have disappointments, painful losses, sadness, and unfulfilled expectations throughout our days here, there is no doubt, but getting up each morning with optimism and hope for the best day we can make it will bless us and others around us. Learning to laugh at ourselves, seeking out humor in the world around us, and always giving a smile to those we meet will certainly help our day to be lighter and happier too.

Last week I received a letter in the mail. It told me I needed to pay $329.00 and go to several classes in Polk County Iowa to cure me of writing "bad" checks. Or I would have to serve time in jail. It probably shouldn't have, but that day it all just made me laugh out loud. Good grief, really? One wonders after all of my correspondence and conversations on the phone over this mess of having my purse stolen, if anything I have said or sent to them has been communicated to other agencies that keep writing or calling.

Today, I now need to send a copy of the police report (which I never have received) and a notarized copy of a statement saying that I did not write these checks. So I will send that, and the FILE NUMBER of the police report (which they did give me). I will explain once again what happened, and hopefully the experts there will be able to help close this case soon! One day at a time.....

Every day we are afforded new opportunities and challenges, aren't we? If you are breathing, numerous fearful situations come up that need our decisions and attention. Some need immediate action; others can be put in our "thinking cap" for awhile. Life is hard, and full of negative things that MIGHT happen. But borrowing trouble, or the thought of it from things that have not even happened, steals our joy from today.

I always enjoy reading sayings, poems, or songs printed on the funeral bulletins that the family has chosen. It usually reflects on the lives of the deceased. A couple weeks ago I read these words from a tribute to my friend, Maxine Keller, at her funeral. She was part of a Bible Study that I attend, and she truly lived by these words. We could all improve our outlook of ourselves and those around us if we choose to heed its advice. Let's keep our outlooks positive as we dwell on TODAY!





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