Life Is Immeasurably Precious! #41

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Psalms 139:13-15

Right now its 11pm, I am sitting on the bed thinking and feeling some things that I needed to put into words and for reasons I have yet to fully understand I feel compelled to share my thoughts and feelings with others, maybe my thoughts and feelings will help you in some way.

It seems like every day lately I am hearing of the death of someone who has at some point been a part of my journey through life. I have said it before and will surely say it again but experiencing my father’s death when I was sixteen years old changed the way that I think about life and death. I think that although we know that death is the most inevitable part of life it is always heartbreaking when we have to face the fact that we will no longer have our loved ones in this life with us, yes we’ll always have them in spirit but knowing that doesn’t always make you feel better, especially when you are in the thick of the never ending process of grieving. Most people see the death of a young person or someone who was not ill and seemingly healthy as an untimely or sudden death but I don’t think that way any longer I believe that on the day of your birth God has already planned just how long he will give you time in this life, unfortunately that time is longer for some than it is for others.

In the last week and a half the earthly journey ended for four people who were once a part of my trek through this life. I am hoping and praying that the phone doesn’t soon ring with news of another death. I thought that I had reached a point in life where hearing of death really didn’t affect me, but I’ve been proven wrong on that in the last few days. Although I am forever grateful for the lives of those four people and all my loved ones who have been called to their eternal home, I am feeling a bit melancholy because the realization that I will never see those people in this life again has hit me and I haven’t learned how to turn off that feeling. Having so much death happening around me has made me earnestly think about how immensely precious the time is that God gives us on this planet, on this side of life.

Last week I celebrated my birthday by having dinner with my small circle of close family and friends, none of them know it because I didn’t say anything, but I set at the table with them near tears thinking of how thankful, grateful and blessed I am because God not only allowed me to still have breath in my body to celebrate another year of life, but he allowed me to share time with some of the people that I love most in this world. The love that my family gives me is a blessing that I honestly don’t always feel worthy of. They love me through all situations and circumstances, flaws and all. There aren’t any words in any dictionary that I could use to describe how blessed I feel because God allowed me to be born into such an amazingly awesome family. They are my most cherished gems.

I think about my family, and the many other amazing people God has placed throughout my life, and I realize just how precious life is, and how immeasurably blessed the time God has given me thus far in this life has been. My heart is so full in this moment because all my ups and downs, good times & bad times have made me realize just how precious life truly is and I thank God for that realization.

That’s just my perspective!💜

Blogging Milestone ~ A Note Of Thanks #40

leone-venter-559377-unsplashI can’t believe that I’ve reached 40 posts. When I first started this blog I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into. I just wanted a venue to utilize and improve my writing skill and to share my thoughts on various topics with whoever chose to read them. It has been much more difficult than I ever thought it would be. It seems like every time I schedule a date or time to post I experience writer’s block or life some how gets in the way, so I can’t post on the date that I want to, but eventually with a lot of stressing out and praying about it the words finally come and sometimes they don’t stop coming until I have several paragraphs. I have been told that my posts are sometimes too long so I’m working on not being so extremely long winded within my writing.

My reasons for continuing the blog have changed since I posted perspective #1. I still want to utilize and improve my writing skill, but my blog has become something that I am very passionate about because I want my words to make a difference in this world. I want my words to be thought provoking in a positive way. I have done a lot of introspective thinking in the last year & a half and I have come to feel that there is a special reason why God made me someone who can easily express what I am feeling or thinking through writing and maybe the reason is for me to be someone who makes a positive impact in this world through sharing my perspective on current events and life experiences. There are so many goals that I have for my blog that I haven’t been able to accomplish yet but I won’t stop working toward completing those goals. I think writing this blog has allowed me to experience some personal growth. I have a very small audience of readers which I’ll admit was a bit discouraging at first but I haven’t let my lack of readers deter me or give me an excuse to quit.

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I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone who has visited my blog and taken the time to read my perspective up to today. Thank you to everyone in my world who always has very encouraging words, advice and kind compliments in regards to this blog and my writing in general, your words always give me renewed faith in myself and my determination to accomplish my writing goals regardless of any obstacles I may face. Even though I may sometimes write about negative things going on in the world or negative things that we all go through in our lives, I hope you’ve read something that has made you think about life in a more positive way. I would sincerely appreciate your thoughts, opinions and suggestions about how I can make my blog better. Tell me what you would like to read my perspective on. Let me know what’s been your favorite post and the ones that you really just didn’t like. I would love to know your thoughts. If you can spare the time please email me your thoughts at  perspectivebyzena@gmail.com

I look forward to hearing from my readers. Once again thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by my small spot in the world wide world. Please continue to stop by for my perspective.

Zena T.💜

What Are They Thinking? #39

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2NIV

One of the personal goals I set when I decided to create a blog and share my feelings with the world was to try and refrain from posting anything that could get me engaged in a war of words with someone who reads what I have to say and disagrees with my perspective, because I am not an argumentative person. I realize that not everyone is going to agree with my perspective on the topics that I write about, but I would prefer to agree to disagree with anyone who has an issue with my perspective.

I promised myself that I would not devote an entire post to expressing my feelings about the current administration occupying the White House, but unfortunately I just couldn’t keep that promise to myself. I really do not understand why it is that some Americans don’t want people from other countries to migrate to America. I might be totally wrong but I think if most Americans did some genealogy research on their family history even if you have to go back decades or a century there is someone in your ancestry that was not born in the United States unless you are of Native American descent, but that’s not what today’s perspective is about.

I am sure that I will never be able to wrap my mind around how or why the so called leaders of this country felt like it was alright to take children from their parents and families simply because they’ve decided that they don’t want immigrants in the United States. How did the person(s) whose mind that policy was created by not think that thousands of Americans would be outraged by such an inhumane policy. Immigrant families make the journey to America attempting to escape the harsh, violent, impoverished conditions of their native countries, they get to the states and their children are taken from them, according to information that I read some adults were deported to their home countries without their children, obviously no one thoroughly thought about how that was going to make America look or maybe making America look like a horrible place was the goal of whoever created this heartless policy. My guess is the goal was to make America look like a horrible place to live to deter people from other countries from even contemplating bringing their families to settle here and make a better life for themselves, their children and future generations of their family.

When the current occupant of the oval office was campaigning the slogan he used to attract supporters was “Make America Great Again” but so far in a year and a half all he and his administration have done is take America in the extreme opposite direction of being great. My heart aches for the small children who were taken away from their families and have yet to be reunited with them, because I am sure they have no understanding of what is going on and why they are no longer with familiar people who love and care for them. It is really an extremely sad situation. It is racism and xenophobia at the maximum level, but the much more awful part is that it is 2018 and although this was a new way to handle immigration, that type of behavior is nothing new in America. As I have stated before, the current occupant of the oval office has only emboldened others into thinking that displaying racism, xenophobia, sexism and many other repulsive beliefs is a way to make America great and it is absolutely horrifying to me to conclude that the words (tweets) and actions of one person could cause so much chaos.

I do believe that there is a reason that God allowed the current president and his administration to obtain their positions and a reason why we’re only half way through 2018 and its already become a year to remember for mostly negative occurrences. Everyday I am hoping that God will soon reveal that reason because right now I think many Americans are living in a state of confusion.

That’s just my perspective💜