Being Thankful in the Red, White, and Blue

Hi.

In today’s world, there are many pressures and cares to tend to and, in turn, many impatient folks. Believe me, working in the fast-food industry, I know. We live in a “want it now, gotta have it” age, so it’s super hard to be, first off, patient, and second, thankful.

America is such a blessed country; from our freedoms, to our heritage, to our technological advances, we’re “lucky”. The microwave, invented in 1946, is a widespread and popular gadget and it’s expected that everyone have one. Our cellular devices no longer make it impossible to reach someone now, and have the ability at your fingertips. So these gizmos make it hard for us to be patient, and so much more difficult to be thankful. Our Constitution and its surrounding Articles grant us freedom of speech, right to bear arms, and allow us the liberty to choose how we worship, where we worship, and what we worship. It’s great right?! But all these things are “my rights”, so what’s the big deal about thankfulness?

How many of us think of what we have on a daily basis? Weekly? Monthly? Yeah, it’s easy to “forget”, but what about those who have given and continue to give their lives for our “freedom”. You’ve heard it time and again, “Freedom isn’t free”; it’s not. End. Of. Discussion. So how often are we thankful? These men and women, whether fighting in war or staying home and watching a loved one join the Armed Forces and law enforcement, sacrifice time, talent, and treasures for us. Let that sink in.

Time, which no one EVER gets back. Talent, which can be directly related to dreams, yet because of callings, drafts, or pressures, the talent is left for service to our country. And treasures, family, friends, popularity. We say that our military and law enforcement is popular, but when’s the last time you saw one of our own military men or women in uniform and nodded, yet failed to thank them. Or, and I’m guilty, saw a police officer and just said “good day”, and let them walk away without a “thank you”. Yep, there’s that “thank” word again. So, next time you pray or see someone in uniform, think about what they do...for you and yours. And on this November 11th, let’s be thankful for our men and women braving bearing the colours of our nation.

God Bless America.

Cassandra J.

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“What Do We Want..?”

Welcome back!

What do you do when the day seems to turn upside down? Get mad? Shut down? Laugh? Roll your eyes? In life there are innumerable responses to rough days, painful events, and looong nights. Each one effects your affect on those around you.

So, the title of this little piece is called, “What Do We Want?” If you’re like me, you thought of the song from Muhlan, “A Girl Worth Fighting For”, but what if we change that to… “A Joy Worth Fighting For”? Really, joy is worth fighting for. The apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:4, “ Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” Side note: Joyfulness and laughter go hand-in-hand (Psalms 126:2-3, Job 8:21, Proverbs 17:22). Rejoicing does NOT mean that you are always smiling or laughing, “To every thing there is a seasonA time to weep, and a time to laugh…”; however, what would life be like if instead of getting distraught when everything seems to go wrong, we bear it with an attitude of joy.

How do we have an attitude of joy? It can be purchased at altars of repentance and in moments of dedication; I say purchased because joy—true joy, comes at a cost (Galatians 2:20). And believe me, throughout ones life, they will build many altars and participate in multiple moments if they are to maintain their joy. That is the “fighting” part. Every day we must reevaluate our joy and how we please God (Romans 12:1).

The next question is: How is joy expressed in a way that may be seen or felt by others? There are a couple of ways it may be shown—laughter or a smile, which often accompany each other, are two very common ways joy is notable. “So that’s what the side note was for….”, you say as realisation hits home. English comic actor Charlie Chaplin said it well when he stated, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” Laughter is the key to being happy at the end of the day when it seemed to go horribly and is affects those around us. What a better thing to do than to affect the day that effects us!

So now, let’s end this exciting infomercial with good ole Dr. Suess, “Today was good, today was fun, tomorrow is another one!”

Goodnight everyone. I pray your tomorrow is better than today was and that your life is more laughter and joy-filled than it has been!

 

Cassandra J.

Have I Ever Told You…?

Over the last few days, I’ve been thinking much about the “last days”, but not so much how bad it is or how those that are ready, will soon be lifted higher to be with Jesus, but rather what am I doing with the time?

This being said, these thoughts have led me to think, “What have I NOT said?” Most folks would say, “What if it was my last time to say I love you to her/him/them?”…. My mind has been troubled… What if I have wasted my last minutes on Earth NOT thinking of Jesus, NOT praying daily, NOT living what I preach? What if my life has NOT said how I love Him or if it does NOT show not only the world, but my brothers and sisters that I CARE and love them? Perhaps I have gotten so world-minded that my church family is missing out on what I could offer. Perhaps, just maybe, I have skipped over my friends and gone to the world. Have I by chance NOT cared to take the PROPER time for my sister and, in turn, ignored her? It’s more than an “I love you” when we say goodnight, or an “I’m praying for you” when they’re sick or going through a tough time. Maybe it’s just an ear to hear about the day that was long, but good..or maybe it was terrible.

So what have you not said or done? Are you like me, realising that now more than ever you are needed to think and Care, with a capital ‘C’, about more than you, your family, and our World. We are a body, let us not miss out on sister time or brother time.

Taking it further… When did God last hear an “I love you” that was more than a passing statement? More than a five minute prayer? In Luke 10:38-42, we are reminded how important our time with Him really is, serving Jesus is beautiful, yes… Yet, without being connected to Him 100% we have no ability to reach the world as they NEED it.

Well, that is all my friends… I hope somehow, perhaps I can help my readers to stop and think about how short our time truly is.

Prayers,

Cassandra J.

Ready, Set, Wait..!

Hey fellow blog reader peoples.

So, I was really trying to find something super intriguing or enlightening to write, but….of course that doesn’t happen much to me. As a result, I decided to simply publish some thoughts that have been repeating in my mind over the last few weeks.

It’s amazing how fast time goes, the days grow shorter (seemingly) and it is more and more vital that one remembers to prioritse their time and keep the first things first. But really.. What are the first things that should be kept first?

What comes first in your life? Family? Church? God? Friends? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? Your hobby? Job? Man, there are so many things that can take #1. From reality and people to fantasy and mobile devices. Yet, in the midst of all the busy-ness, we make time for those things and people which we find important. And guys, y’all realise that every hobby, interest, and hanging buddy is a representation of us; it all influences us. This is why it is imperative that we value the proper things. Of course, I mean really, who has time to weed out all the bad things and focus on the good, true, and honest things of the day. You should–or at least have the time to decipher what are weights or things that we can dive 100% into. Simply put, the #1 should be God. His Word, His Life, His Death, His Resurrection… Everything is related to Him, whether you realise it or not.

Ok. Wow. So now you’re thinking, “I seriously just lost three minutes of my life reading a dumb post and you’re telling me about priorities?” Yeah, pretty much. The goal of that “wasted three minutes” was to hopefully get you thinking. We don’t have forever to live, whether you think you do or not. The youngest teen could die tomorrow in an accident, while the oldest geriatric patient in the hospital may last for another five years. No one knows when their last breath will be. Are you ready to face eternity? Dun Dun Dun.

Well, that’s all for the time. Love ya guys.

Cheers.

Cassandra J.

Welcome

Hi there! How are you? I’m ever so glad you stopped by.

Well, this is a new endeavour for me and I can’t wait to see how it turns out. First, a little bit about me. My name is Cassandra Savala and I just recently moved to East Texas from Southern California. My dad is an evangelist (traveling minister) of the Pentecostal Apostolic faith and for the last two years I have traveled to several interesting places with he and my mother. Over those last two years, I’ve discovered desires, callings, and grown in Jesus. I also graduated High School, went on an In-The-State’s Missions Trip (best ever!), and watched as God moves all across the United States of America.

So my hobbies? Writing poetry and short stories, reading, photography (with my Canon Powershot SX50 HS or my iPhone), and I love to spend time with friends and family. On a relax day, I will probably be found listening to Christmas music, reading a Dee Henderson or Terri Blackstock book, and alone in my bedroom.

How can I like time with friends and so enjoy alone time? I am an extroverted introvert. I can tend to get easily overwhelmed when I spend too much time around people. After a while, I love to be alone spending time with me. “Seriously?!” Yes, really. Even after spending time 24/7 with some of my closest friends, I come home and can finally breathe and literally feel stress and tightness lift. Weird, huh? Yeah, that’s me.

So, have any questions for me? Go ahead and comment. And welcome to my blog, may you enjoy every moment of laughter, tears, and joy brought by my humble posts.

 

Cassandra J.