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Praise and worship and thanksgiving! We should enjoy the journey of life; the good , the bad, the indifferent – in all of it God is glorified. Romans 8:28-39 (KJV)
How can I not say thanks? For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son …(John 3:16 KJV)
He gives us life everlasting and his blessings are so innumerable we sometimes miss his gracious love. The little things we forget.
In these few pages of The Journey, How Can I Not Say Thanks? there’s love, peace, long suffering, kindness, meekness, goodness, gentleness, faith and temperance (Galatians 2:25 KJV).
Enjoy the read – it’s suitable for all ages.
The Journey, How Can I Not Say Thanks? is a book of poems that shares wonderful family moments that anyone can relate to. A scene may trigger memories of childhood for someone. For another, a scene may trigger ideals for childhood. All the concepts will relate to readers on some special level.
Throughout the book, you will read how the speaker of each poem often gives praises to the Most High creator. This is the major suggestion that Mae gives in hopes to ease some of the strains of the journey through life. It is the major suggestion that Mae gives to encourage readers to acknowledge and give thanks to the Most High.
So the goal of this article is to give a bit more insight into the book of poems, The Journey, How Can I Not Say Thanks? This article will also give more creative ways on how to handle those troublesome times on our journey through life.
The Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas started a journey through life project. It shares some of the same concepts as the book of poetry. While The Journey encourages spiritual remedies, the Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas offers creative, innovative activities for you to stay focused and positive on your journey. https://www.uaex.edu/life-skills-wellness/personal-family-well-being/personal/personal-journey.aspx
Imagine both of these recommendations put to use: the spiritual and the creative innovation. Your journey through life will definitely be a happy one. Update your thinking and outlook with both spiritual, and creative activities.
The Division of Agriculture outlines a seven-step process for enjoying your journey through life. You will be able to enjoy life through the good and challenging times.
Enjoy today. Think about ideas that are most special to you and jot them down (you’ll want to keep a journal – preferably a decorated one). What parts of the day do you hold dear? Focus on positive things. Don’t let frustration and disappointment to taint your positive outlook. Identify what you can do to appreciate change in your life. https://www.uaex.edu/life-skills-wellness/personal-family-well-being/docs/01_enjoy_today.pdf
The gems that you need to locate are happy moments in your life. Look back on difficult memories from a positive perspective. Use your wonderful ability of understanding to heal relationships. And the University suggests a couple of nice activities. One is writing letters to people who have positively impacted you. Another is to interview older family members. Study old pictures and the lives of your ancestors to learn of and absorb the strength they walked in. https://www.uaex.edu/life-skills-wellness/personal-family-well-being/docs/02_find_gems.pdf
Balance your thoughts, avoid any one of them to overcoming the other. Yes, difficult thoughts may be there, but acknowledge them with positive eyes. Identify a learning experience from the negative/difficult. And in stead of worrying about things, what can you do about them to keep from worrying? “Notice when anxiety and fear is causing unhappiness,” and ACT. https://www.uaex.edu/life-skills-wellness/personal-family-well-being/docs/03_look_forward.pdf
Do you even know what your greatest strength is? Another activity the University suggests is writing 20 things you love to do. You want to see which one of those things offers insight into any of your strengths.
It’s through using your strengths that ultimate happiness will be acquired. Ultimately, you want to reach, or experience what the university’s project coordinators call “flow”. This is anything that you enjoy doing so much that you lose track of time. What does that for you? https://www.uaex.edu/life-skills-wellness/personal-family-well-being/docs/04_strengths.pdf
Nothing brings self fulfillment like helping someone else in need. “Match your strengths to opportunities that fit you [and] use your strengths to make the world a better place.” https://www.uaex.edu/life-skills-wellness/personal-family-well-being/docs/05_choose_serve.pdf
“Actively choose to grow…what tasks or projects will actually increase you?” https://www.uaex.edu/life-skills-wellness/personal-family-well-being/docs/06_choose_grow.pdf
“Live with integrity, be compassionate, and make good choices. Life is a journey of choices – are you making choices that fulfill your life purpose?” https://www.uaex.edu/life-skills-wellness/personal-family-well-being/docs/07_dont_forget.pdf
Think about it. Act on it. Be happy with it.
The speaker in The Journey How Can I Not Say Thanks poems, often praises the Most High through good and difficult times. This is a positive outlook on the many different things that can happen on anyone’s journey. This is the positive outlook that the University of Arkansas refers to, and creates innovative activities for.
So, what can you do today to keep your journey through life a happy one?
Please leave a comment. Let’s talk about it.
by Elva Mae
Wandering through the woods I find,
Gives tranquility and peace of mind;
The branches of the fallen trees,
The startling hum of a tiny bee,
Crackling over the dried leaves,
Striding with a sense of ease,
Wondering why the trees so tall
Stepping carefully, so not to fall.
Looking at the bright sun’s rays
I sit down to enjoy the cool breeze
Watching the birds at play,
As the wind whispers through the trees,
The beauty of nature – rare.
Those times from which I would not dare
To come back to reality,
From feeling free … from liberty.
As children, from early morn to late sun down,
We worked, joyfully, happily,
Gathering wood for the fire
Too enchanted to even tire,
The birds sang our favorite songs
While we gathered berries.
“Where there are berries, there are thorns.”
We scampered, shouting here and there,
Romping, tumbling without a care.
Just now, it’s all so very clear,
The memories that I hold dear;
The wondrous joy of just being,
Of hearing, feeling, touching, seeing,
All the glory of God’s might,
To know the truest sense of the “the Light”;
When even time drew near,
We gathered up our sacks
Waving goodbye to the trees,
Knowing full well we would be back
Another day, to work, to play.
And now, to sit and think of the rarest of the rare,
That time and place,
That is now extinct, the woods!
While they are not listed as one of the seven wonders of the world, forests should be considered one of the world wonders because of their expanse, density, mystery and overall beauty.
In light of mysterious forests around the world, The Black Forest in Germany is believed to house a dragon. The Sequoias of the Red Wood Forest in California mysteriously grow up to 25′ in diameter and 350′ tall.
So with respect for the wonders of forests around the world, this article is an attempt to take a look at Louisiana forests and offer some insight into Elva Mae’s love for the woods of her home state, Louisiana.
Louisiana forests including both national state parks and private property covers about 48% of Louisiana’s land mass. Not only do these provide resources for the forest products industry, but they also “provide a multitude of other benefits, including clean air and water, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and scenic beauty. Click the following link to learn more: https://www.ldaf.state.la.us
To name a few …
Kisatchie National Forest has 604,000 acres to explore. Its recreational activities include: fishing, trails for running, hunting, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and canoeing.
Cane River Creole National Historic Park is 63 acres of dense hardwoods, bald-cypress, tupelo swamps and over-flowing lakes. It preserves resources and landscapes of the Cane River area in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Click here to learn more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cane_River_Creole_National_Historic_Park
Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge is about 15,220 acres located about 30 miles west of Baton Rouge. The refuge is enclosed within swamps, lakes, and bayous. More than 200 species of birds and many other wildlife have made this beautiful place home: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/atchafalaya_National_Wildlife_Refuge
Tickfaw State Park, 1,200 acres, opened in 1999. It is home to much wildlife including birds, fish, reptiles and mammals. Tickfaw quickly became a favorite state park among the locals due its natural setting, activities, and its closeness to two large, major cities: New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge was formed in 1994. It is 15,000 acres of pine flatwoods and oak. The wildlife includes: the Red Cockaded Woodpecker, the Bald Eagle, the Brown Pelican and more.
Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge is 23,000 acres of fresh and saline marshes. Known as the largest urban wildlife refuge in the United States, it is located in the city limits of New Orleans. Click here for more information: https://www.fws.gov