Author Archive for Julie Schrock

Ya Don’t Know What’cha Got Till It’s Gone

Do you realize that when you rise up out of a chair and walk across a room that you are living fingers with smiley and sad facessomeone’s dream?  The simple act of brushing your teeth or taking a shower is another person’s unattainable goal.  When my rash was at it’s painful peak I found myself noticing all the clear complexions around me.

Take a moment and think about what has bothered you today.  Imagine airing your complaints to a new amputee at Walter Reed.

There is validity to most of our complaints but, many times, not much perspective – not in the big scheme of things anyway.  We all strive to better our lot in life, as we should.  But, in the course or wanting things to be different we should salt our despair with perspective.

Keep your head and heart on the grateful, thankful side of life.

There is a lot of wisdom in the expression, “Ya don’t know what’cha got till it’s gone.”

Pay attention

The task for us is to make ourselves available to God each day and to pay attention.  – Adam Hamilton, author of Why? Making Sense of God’s Will        boy and girl watching

Paying attention has been on my heart lately.  It takes so little effort to make someone feel good and appreciated.  Actually, the reverse is true as well.  Simple actions can make or break a day.

People who make other people feel good are people you want to be around.  Time when people are around you is time and opportunity for you to witness.  Anytime you do something kind is a witness.  The reverse of that is true as well.

Mr. Hamilton is right.  I want to be more available to God and pay more attention; to God and His children.

Thank God!

I’m taking a grief share class at church and today’s lesson asked the question, “What can I thank Godsingle file footprints in sand for today?”  When I was finished writing my list I put my pen down and looked out the window and realized even more how blessed I am.  I picked the pen back up and continued my list.

My life isn’t hard.  I’m not threatened.   I have clean water.  I am comfortable physically.  If I get cold I turn up the thermostat.  If I’m hot I turn on the air conditioning.  If I’m hungry I go to the fridge. If I need more food I drive to the store.  If I have an emergency I call 911.

There’s no one telling me I can’t read my Bible.  My children were never kidnapped.  I’ve never lost my home and all my personal belongings to fire or flood.  There is no one wanting to imprison me or take me from my home.

This morning I thought of what life could be like and wanted God to know I don’t take His blessings for granted.  Things could be very different, very quickly.

Thank you God!