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New Year New Beginnings

Have you said “Happy New Year” to anyone lately?  That’s OK if you did or did not.  It is not necessarily what is in your past that counts.  It is your present and future that count now. 

So what do you plan for your future today?

It’s a new year.  Tell us!!!!  

New Year New Beginnings

You now have a new year, a new day, a new chance.  Until you pass away from this earth, you will always have other choices and other chances. 

You will always have new beginnings.  

So what you said (or did) yesterday…  just leave it there at yesterday and keep going with the knowledge and understanding that yesterday is not today nor is it tomorrow. 

Yesterday is yesterday.  Today is upon us.  Tomorrow is coming, and there is reason to be looking ahead.  There are things a happening in life, dear friend!  

The bad news is that you can’t stop the fact that life is full of changes. 

The good news is that you can’t stop the fact that life is full of changes.

However… the best news is that Jesus is the same no matter what, no matter what day, year, century, or time it is.  

You are in good hand…  “Good Hands”.  

My advice?  

Hey, I don’t usually give advice, but since you asked…  

(OK, since I wrote the question there)…  

Take your lot….  

…Then thank the Good Lord Above (a lot) for another new year, another new chance, maybe another chance for another, better choice next time in one of your new days or new chances, and be thankful for a new year given you as a reminder that changes don’t have to mean the end of good things or good days nor the loss of new days or chances after a bad year, bad times or bad choices.  

Life keeps going through changes, and there are always changes that can keep us going better through life.  

You now have a new year. 

You’ve been given a change, new beginnings.  (And you’ll CONTINUE to get those every single day, every single moment in life, in fact).

Now if you want to have a happy new year, embrace it all and step onward. 

You’re on your way regardless of what you do, so embrace it all, and make those changes you need to make to make this new day a better one than the last —  every day. 

With that in mind, The New American Home with Chris Stevens, and me personally, meaning Chris Stevens, me, myself, and I, will be on the path here this new year as well.  

I look forward to stepping forward with all of you in a new year, a new day, a new chance. 

I wish you well in your new beginning.

I hope you’ll like my new beginning here too. 

There are changes in life. 

Happy New Whatever, and blessings to you in this upcoming year and beyond.

New Year New Beginnings



He who is seated on the throne said “I am making everything new!”  -Revelation 21:5 (NIV)



Starbucks Coffee Moves to “Right” Direction

For those of you boycotting Starbucks, feeling as if their recent political voice has become too vocal, there is good news.  Here’s what just happened.  
Starbucks has fired their politically controversial CEO, explaining they do not want such political activism from this point on and explicitly vowing to remain more neutral politically.
They have also launched a new program to hire more veterans as well in a good faith effort to win over the country’s conservative-leaning folk who have left Starbucks in large number and, one would assume, military and veteran-friendly customers.
Starbucks wants the business of all, and they stand ready to service everyone without injecting a dose of politics into your Double Chocolate Chip Cappuccino.
Coffee Made Me Do It
Here’s a recent article detailing the firing of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and Starbucks’ move to make Starbucks less political and thus more welcoming to “both sides of the aisle”.

Starbucks to conservatives: Please come back

Now, if we could only get Congress to move a little from side to side to get some things done in Washington D.C, we could all meet at Starbucks, buy a Starbucks coffee, Chai Latte or Cake Pop (oh yea), and celebrate together!  
What a better place this world could be if we could meet up as fellow coffee lovers..or maybe with an Orange Cream Soda from Starbucks at our fingertips if not. 
Well, there you go, and now you know what Starbucks just did for you… for everyone really. 
So now that Starbucks is “righting” the ship, here’s a new Starbucks challenge for you to participate in.  
Get yourself down to your nearest Starbucks location now.  Come on… GO!  🙂 
Let’s show Starbucks we really appreciate the company making changes to be welcoming to everyone and for the benefit of all. 
Did you know Starbucks still has a Starbucks Rewards Program? 
To find out more, go here:  Starbucks Rewards

Testing on Thanksgiving

Prayer of Thanksgiving

If you have received notice of a new post today (several times) about a Thanksgiving Day prayer, you may be frustrated trying to load the page. 

When you click on the post (or expected post), you will see a page that says the page can not load because there are too many re-directs. 

I believe this is due to first having a photo that was too large and then my trying to edit the post (and the URL then). 

After getting frustrated with trying to fix it and a number of other re-directs, I did learn to go into my redirect plug in and look under the “Groups” tab.  Sure enough, I saw all those first posts with other URLs, and I deleted those other earlier posts that were redirecting, apparently all over the place! 

Well, that helped some others.  It just hasn’t helped me.

Again, I’m sorry if you have received several notices about this post. 

I am even more frustrated that I have not been able to get that post to you.  I wrote it especially for today, Thanksgiving 2014. 

I’ll keep trying though… not to bother you with new notices, but to get that post to you.  Well, and to fix my blog too, lol. 

Please accept my apologies.  I am praying over this problem and hoping the Lord will help me figure this out! 

I will let you know what happens.  It is either that…. or you’ll see my posting that Thanksgiving prayer post some more!  (Sorry, but wow, this is bothering me!) 

We are always tested in life, aren’t we? 

Guess I am on a journey.  Lord help me! 


Prayer of Thanksgiving

If you don’t hear from me otherwise (like in that OTHER post I am trying to publish)… 

Happy Thanksgiving from Padoozles!) 


Maybe I Should Stick With What I’m Best At, If I Can Find It

What am I best at doing?

Ever have a bad day?  I mean a really bad day where you just look at yourself and wonder “what am I good at?”; question what good you do, what difference you make (that’s good and not bad), what you mean to others.

Does it then come down to “What am I doing with my life anyway”, and you’re either totally confused or not happy with the answer?

I didn’t have a great day today.  No.  It was pretty bad, and it was one of those really bad ones I just described.

Skipping some turns of events that came out of the blue today, I’m left wondering….

Have I ever really been good at anything?

I thought I was a good mom.  I gave EVERYTHING to being a good mom.  Oh, I wasn’t always the perfect mom, but my heart was sure in it.

And then there are those days when I just have to wonder if I did, or am doing, the right things or if maybe even I was a complete screw up.

But at least I always loved being a mom; God gave me the blessing of experiencing something very special, and I’ve always prayed for God to cover my kids with His grace if I didn’t give my kids everything I should have given them or handled a situation perfectly.

But was I good at it?  Did I make a difference; did I make a good difference in the lives of my kids?  Being a mom to my kids was my passion in life.  Was this my best work?

On some days, I might say yes.  On others, I would be pointing fingers at myself for the times they deserved more than what I was… or am.

And then there is work.  You know, like career work, being a professional.  Even just working somewhere, anywhere.  I’ve never been good in that area.

I started out well.  I thought I would be someone fancy someday, a big shot even perhaps.  Well, you never know.  And then I failed,  And THEN I gave up.

Somehow I mustered up enough confidence to try once more in my older years, only to find out I was too old.  Too much time had gone by.  I wasn’t primed to do whatever there is to do these days either.

So I started writing.  I began to write a blog.  I never thought I was the greatest writer, but I enjoyed writing, and I really thought I could make up for a lesser writing skill perhaps with a real belief in what I wanted to do,  a desire to help others with the research I was willing to put time into, and a heart help others with my written words.

Today… right now…  I’m not sure I could make those words come out anymore.  Quite frankly, I’m not sure my words were any good anyway, and I’m not convinced I was anything other than a wanna be, kind of like I wanted to be the perfect mom or that someone big and fancy someday.

What’s the hashtag that seems to fit right now.  Oh yea… #fail

So as you can probably see, I’m kind of stuck right now.

What am I best at doing?

Discovering what you’re good at can take you in circles sometimes. It’s not much fun going in circles.
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I’m not sure I’ve ever done anything well, and quite frankly, I’m wondering if I’ve ever really done anything at all.   If there WAS anything, was any of it even good?

There is a real need for all of us to do something in life, to know that what we’ve done has created something good for this world or for someone else in particular.

Some are happy with just some money earned.  I was never good at that either, by the way.  Remember?  I wanted to be a mom first and foremost and gladly accepted the lower available funds and fewer treats in life in exchange for working towards that best-mom-in the-world status which I never obtained that status of.

But mostly, we all just want our lives to have been worthwhile –  to know, really KNOW, we had something to offer,  that what we had to offer was good, and that what we were made of meant something to someone, maybe for some, anyone at all.


What do you do when you don’t know if you even have anything good you can do?

What do you do?

You know, right now, the way I feel, I don’t really know what to tell you.  I don’t know what to do.

But I do at least feel that gentle nudging of the Holy Spirit that says “Keep going, little one. Keep going.  It’s not your job to figure out if what you do is producing what you think it should.  It’s that you do your best with whatever it is you ARE doing.  Then just let me take care of the harvest.”

So OK, I really have no idea what I’ve REALLY done with my life.  I don’t know what I’m doing now… and I don’t have a clue what I’ll be doing tomorrow, but heck yea, I guess I can let God take my not- so-great “me” and figure out what good will come from that.

So I guess what I’m really best at… is being… me.

I sure hope you can do something with that, Lord, cause I haven’t had such a great track record on my own.  But OK, I’ll keep trusting you’ll figure out what to do with me, Dear God.  I’ll keep trusting.

So I guess I can’t give up then either… whatever it is I’m doing here.  Well…. OK.  I guess I could do THAT too.

God, you sure do have a funny way of doing things, but at least I know it is all for good.

Oh y-ea….  that’s right…. that’s it….  You make all, even MY all, for good.  And I guess that includes whatever I’ve done along the way… or will do tomorrow.  It’s all good.

So here’s how I see it.  My best is just being “me”.  It’s what I do best.   And then the challenge after that is to be the best “me” I can be…

…and let God take what I do (good AND not so good) and…..  trust Him.  Trust him for making it all work together for good.  (And He’ll do it too.  He said He would.)

Thanks, God, I kind of needed that right now.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8: 28

Guard Against Childhood Obesity

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