Author Glenda L. Hunter

Author Glenda L. Hunter

Monday, November 25, 2019

Thankful or Not

For the past couple of weeks I have heard a lot of talk about being thankful. This Thursday is Thanksgiving, a day to celebrate all the things you are thankful for.
What are you thankful for is the question of the day? Or are you thankful? The second question might seem kind of strange because your mind might already have quickly went to your thankfulness. The second question only comes to my mind because I have heard people say they have nothing to be thankful for. I find that disturbing that an individual thinks there is nothing in their life they can think of that brings happiness to their heart. I want to share some things that I have been told as I have suggested things to them, to help them see they do have something.

You woke up this morning, I wish I hadn't. You have two children, I know but the only time they talk or come see me is when they want something. They only cause heart ache. What about your grandchildren? They don't want anything to do with me because we disagree on things, or they tell me how stupid I am. What about your friend? She doesn't come see me and only makes me feel stupid when she does. My heart sinks with every question. I want to go through the phone wrap my arms around her and say I love you. In words that is what I tried to do, reach right through the phone and hold her tight. But I know when I hang up the phone her feelings and worthlessness lingers. Words aren't always comforting. Actions speak much louder than words. The actions portrayed to this person, are not ones of love. If you find this to be you having nothing to be thankful for than you need to consider changing the people you hang with. They are call toxic people. These kind of people will take you down the road of despair. Don't let this happen to you. You are more valuable than that. Shake them off and begin the search for people that value your greatness. Determine today not to have another year, month, week, or day with nothing to be thankful for. If you find you cannot do that email me alters30@yahoo.com and let me see if I can help you find something. There are times in our lives that we all need help in finding somethings that are lost. Thankfulness is not anything you should lose.

I have many things to be grateful for. I have a wonderful husband, two great boys, a great daughter-in-law, and five wonderful grandchildren, they make me feel special and important. I have a number of amazing friends. My list is very long of the things I am thankful for. But I think the most important thing in my life is God and the part He plays. I have gone through some hard years feeling I had nothing to be thankful for. I am delighted that God was there seeing me through. He is the best friend I have ever had. The great thing is I can talk to Him any time. He does not feel me toxic information about myself. He sees my value. This year He is at the top of my list of things or people I am thankful for. What or who is at the top of your list? Have a great Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Purpose

I have been thinking about purpose. Yesterday on Facebook Mary Ellen Ciganovich gave a great talk about purpose. (If you did not catch it then go to her facebook page and listen to Miracles with Mary Ellen excellent talk.) I agree with what she is saying. Having a purpose has not left my mind. I have pondered for a few weeks on what happens when people lose sight of their purpose. I believe everyone has a purpose in life. We might struggle with finding it, or might find it and say no way can I do that, or that is no really a gift everyone can do it. I have known for years my gifts are teaching, public speaking and writing. That does not mean I have always done those things. I have also been known to point out other people's gifts or purpose and encourage them to embrace them, while I push mine aside. This past month I had an awakening to what can happen when you lose sight of your purpose or push your gift aside as not important. I would like to tell you everything that happened but you might not want to sit for hours listening to me rabble and that I could. We could cry, laugh and over cyber space hug each other. That is the kind of sad story this really is. I have chosen to share a part of my visit to Ohio to visit a sick sister.
I got a call from an older sister a few weeks ago now telling me my younger sister was very ill. She was in the hospital and they were not sure what was going to happen. My sisters' voice caused everything in me to panic. It was a Sunday night so when I got off the phone I talked to Steve about it. At that point we was not sure what I should do. The next day my sister called back and it even sounded less hopeful. I called Steve to tell him, he prayed, we hung up the phone and went about our day. By the time he got home from work my insides had reached a level of freaking out. Yes I was praying about what I should do, but I must admit I still worried. I felt the thing I needed to do was to fly to Ohio. My husband came home with the same conclusion. Within two days I was sitting in my older sisters' house. After visiting with her a short while, we started for the hospital. I had no idea what to expect. My little sister had been starving herself to death, she now weighed eighty pounds, she was only a shell of the woman she use to be. My heart sank, she didn't recognize me. After I told her who I was we hugged again and cried. I was told she had onset of dementia. It broke my heart. As I spent more time with her reliving many things, we laughed, cried and hugged. She was not eating and did not even seem to care to eat. She kept saying to me she just wanted to sleep and not wake up. I began to force feed her, she opened her mouth to complain I put food in it. I told her every time she opened her mouth that is what was going to happen and it did. After a little while she just made faces at me instead of talking. The next time food came she was ok with me feeding her. After she was able to eat, she began to do a little better. A few days later they transferred her to a nursing home. As she felt better she began to talk about going home. The nurses and workers at the nursing home treated her good. She began to feel like she mattered to someone. I could see hope returning to her. She would smile, joke and laugh with little effort. I kept trying to think of something that would give her mind something to think about. What did she enjoy then it came to me quilting. Quilting has been her passion for many years I pulled up Pinterest on my phone and showed her some quilts. I kept saying that looks so hard. Her eyes lit up to just look at what one time she would do for hours. Then she assured me that's easy. To my eyes not any of them looked easy. We talked about quilting for a long while I asked questions, she answered. Her passion once again was burning in her heart. As she looked at these beautiful quilts she was not even able to sit up in a chair let alone sew. But as I write this she is doing better and my older sister plans on taking her home with her someday to see if again she can do what she loves, quilt.
I say this is remind you to keep pursuing your passion then you will find your purpose. My sister allowed others to dictate to her that she was not worth anything. That her passion was now of no value. She lost sight of the fact that she has a purpose in life. She has regained that I believe, but now she is too sick to work to her fullest on her passion. Do not allow a thief to come into your life and steal what you love. If you allow a robber to do that they will also take your hope. Surround yourself with positive encouraging people, they will not rob you.
I came home with the determination not to allow that to happen to me. I also was losing sight of what my gifts are, what my purpose in life is. It was a wakeup call for me, as I hope it is for you. If you have lost sight of your purpose or have not found it yet keep looking. Keep doing the thing that you are passionate about. Do not let anyone rob you of the joy of your gifts. Not everyone will understand or even think you are good at it but remember they are not living your life. You are the only one that can fill your spot in life. Life is too short to allow someone to cheat you out of the blessing in store for you as you live in your purpose. Have a great day living you passion and purpose.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

God only knows the real you.

I was listening to a song a few minutes ago titled "God only knows the real you". It made me stop and think, how true. We act different when we are with different people. Part of that is because of how we feel about that person. We all wear many different hats (not literally). For me I am a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, writer and friend, some people might have other labels for me, but these are the ones I'm claiming. Each title means something different when I think about them. There are things my sons and Steve know that not one else knows. My siblings cold tell you a lot about how I was as a child. My grandkids could tell what makes me such a cool grandma or not so cool. Friends could share some crazy times we have enjoyed. Some know some of the same things, but all of them know something different. If they were all sitting around telling stories, which is a little frightful as to what they might reveal, they would hear something from someone else that they never knew. I am sure many laughs would be shared, also tears, also there would be some surprising things. Steve knows things about me that I have never told anyone else. Even with that being said there are things he doesn't even know. I don't always tell everything I think or feel. Although when I am on a talking spree I am sure he thinks certainly there cannot be anything left to tell. Ha Ha!! I always have something else to say, I might just be taking a long breath. Maybe that is why I like to write.

God made us, he knows our very thoughts. Therefore, He knows who we really are, deep inside. He knows all about us. Even those thoughts and feelings we don't share because we think people won't understand. Guess what God already knows them and He does understand. He understands our anger and fears. He even knows how many hairs we have on your head (Matthew 10:30), I am not interested to know that I am just thankful I have them there. He also tells us that we are more important than many sparrows (Matthew 10:31), sparrows are one of the smallest birds around. God loves us in spite of the fact that we don't even love ourselves some days. God sent His son to save us (John 3:16) so we can forever live with Him. He sent His son in spite of all our mess ups and failures. He loves us that much. He knows what we are made to do. He created us for something great. To understand ourselves better we need to understand Him better, since He has known us from the beginning. God knows the real you. Allow God to show you what He has for you today. Have a great day.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Caught up in who I'm not

Who are we really? We are being told things about our self as soon as we are born. We don't understand right away but the words are spoken. As we grow we repeat those things, because we believe them to be true. We carry them into adulthood sometimes not even considering that they might not be right. The problem with that is some of the things people say about us are not true. I remember being told how stupid I was and would never amount to anything. I believed that for many years. And honestly there are times I still struggle with that feeling. If I'm not careful I can get caught up in who I'm not, not who I am. Are you caught up in who you are not?
When you are told bad things about yourself it can lead to great problems. It can lead you down a road of negative feelings and actions. I want to share a few of those with you: When you are called worthless it makes you feel like you don't matter, so you feel no one cares. When you are told you are stupid it give you the feeling of why try to learn anything else or do anything different. Then you don't venture out into what you can do or even should be don't. You believe you will never succeed. When you are told you are ugly, you don't care about how you appear. It can keep you drawing away from people. When you are told you are fat, it can cause you to form an eating disorder. The message is my appearance is not right it has to be changed. You get what I'm saying. You might think there is no hope for you but there is. It will take hard work but I know you can do it. Some suggestions to help you get started.
Take a good long look at the person you are deep inside. Does it measure up with who you think you are? Is it someone that you want to be? Start the work today. Write down what you want to be like. Then listen to the positive things people say about you and start believing them. If you have to write them down and read it every day, do it. Maybe you should start to write down positive things you do or say to others. That will help you realize who you really are. God created us all with greatness but the problem is we sometimes have not tapped into it or are having a hard time finding out what it really is for us. We will never find it if we keep walking in who we are not. Start today seeking out who you really are and walk in it. Not everyone will understand or support you in your new adventure but you must do it for you.
DO NOT ALLOW THE PERSON YOU ARE NOT CONTROL YOU!!!!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Have you been hit in the face with life?


Have you ever been hit right between the eyes with a ball? I must say I have been hit in the face with one that left me spinning for a long while. What do you do then? When it happened to me I was able to catch the ball for an out. I know you are wondering how. I was wondering the same thing when I realized I had it in my hands. I did get cheered on as to what a good catch. I was more concerned with the pain but I smiled like a trooper blocking the pain and enjoying the victory. What happens when life hits you between the eyes? We are facing a situation right now in our lives that we literally never saw coming. 

This is not the first time we got whammed in the face by life without a warning. I think there are times in most everyone's life when a wham happens but what are you going to do with when that happens? I can share with you what I have been doing the past couple of days after I got slapped in the fact. The first thing that comes to your mind is that I write but that is so not the first thing I do. When the shock factor wears off a little I first say "God what is this all about?" Then I go into full panic mood especially when it involves children. Who am I trying to fool I go into panic mood anyway, but with children it is worse. Then I try to get all the facts and see if there is something I can do. I pray God will work things out according to His will, and at some point I try to tell Him what I think that is. Then when I realize that is happening I try again to back paddle and really mean His will even if that is different than what I want. I read scripture and pray that God help everyone concerned.  Then I space out and play computer games while I think and pray. I also have just added walking, the exercise, helps clear my mind so I can think clearer. The whole time I am going through this I am talking to God about the situation. Yes, I stew too much but I am working on that, remember we are all a work in progress. 
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This morning after I came back from my walk I got a text from my husband, Steve, with a scripture for the day it is Psalm 34: 15-22. I opened my Bible and began to read (it is well worth your read right now). All I could say was WOW. I want to share a verse with you out of those verses and it is verse 17 "The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles." That does not mean that trouble will disappear.  But God will be there in spite of what it is we are going through and deliver us. I think the whole key when we get hit between the eyes with life is to keep God right in the center of the situation. It is not always easy you might say. But I assure you I understand and I also know that the more you do it the easier it will be. I challenge you to keep trying and God will reward all of your efforts.  

Teen Depression

Depression is a real thing. We seem to have very little problem in believing that adults suffer from being depressed but what about children. It does not surprise me that children also suffer from being depressed. We as a society put a lot of pressure on children to be little adults. Wake up they are not little adults. I also have been guilty of expecting my children and grandchildren to act like little adults. They need to be perfect, right? Wrong they need to be children. I do think they need to be well behaved but they need time to run and play. They need to let their imaginations run wild in discovery. They should not have to struggle with decisions that an adult should be making for them. What about peer pressure? I know that can be a damaging thing but today it seems worse. I think it is highly due to social media. The child that might never say anything in person might blow up different avenues of social media about a person, than the whole world sees. One quick action may cause a child to suffer for a long time to come. They might suffer great pain in silence for a long time before the problem is discovered.  Also peer pressure happens to children at school the ones that look and act different. The verbal abuse they suffer becomes unreal. What about those that aren't making the grades everyone thinks they should? What harassment they go through because they get labeled stupid. This is not just among the students some teachers facilitate this by the words they choose to use to the students. We all need to be careful what words we use they can be very damaging. After this goes on for a prolonged period depression can set in and we might have never realized there was even a problem. Some children never say anything they choose to live with the inner torment in silence. What if it is a family situation? In divorced families (not all by any means) one parent might be angry at the other for what has happened and they take it out on the child. Who wants to say anything in a situation like that, not to many children I know. They love both of their parents, so not a word will they speak. From the outside everything appears great but not on the inside. Then the child begins to change.
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            There are a number of signs to watch for that indicates that your child has a problem that needs attention. The first thing you probably would notice is changed behavior. Other things you might want to beware of is change in appetite from not having one to over eating, change in their social life, wanting to sleep all the time or complaining that they can't sleep and not wanting to go to a certain classes or hang with certain people. Or a very popular child might all of a sudden complain about not having any friends. I understand that some of these things can be just a stage they are going through but if it is a prolonged pattern than you need to investigate. Be active in your child's life. Talk to them and see if you can get to the bottom of the issue, if they will not talk to you than get them someone to talk to. Don't play the blame game, play the action game. Your child is the important one right now. If depression goes untreated it can turn into suicidal thinking. Also don't rule out the fact it can be a chemical imbalance as well, if that is the case it also needs treated.
My suggestion is to really make it a matter of prayer, ask others to pray, and seek professional help if needed. There are trained people out there that love the Lord. Find the one that fits your child's personality the best. Talk to the counselor first to see what you think, then you and your child talk to them and see what the child thinks, then make a decision. After the decision is made listen to your child and see if there starts to be changes in a positive way. It might take a little while, damage to a child doesn't happen overnight it will not get fixed overnight. Keep praying for both your child and the counselor. Help your child feel safe in talking to you about everything, don't be judgmental just listen. Some things might be hard to hear but allow them to be spoken then the two of you can work through whatever the situation. Getting to the root of the problem can and will bring healing. The important thing is to keep open and listen with your heart as well as your ears. Always remember that child loves you. You love them. God loves you both. Allow God to help you both find the healing needed for the hurt that causes the depression. May God direct you in the right paths.

Monday, May 13, 2019

FEAR


As I take an unwanted walk I am overcome

With a feeling that I cannot run from

It is working its way into my feet

I don't know if I can move but I must

It keeps moving up my legs

They are weak – I hope they will hold me

On no!! They have become like jelly

I keep on standing even though they shake

It's adding another part - my stomach

I think it is burrowing a hole in there

No maybe it is churning butter- it is going in circles

I am sick what is going to happen to all my food

Help me – it is not stopping – where else can it go

It is in my chest – I think my heart will stop

That cannot happen I will die

No it speeds up faster and faster – it beats

I think it will come right out of my chest

I cannot get it to slow down it just will not

My arms are becoming weak and shaky
I hope I don't have to hold anything

I'm sure it would drop to the ground

They move like rubber having no control

What am I going to do?

It even goes into my head

My head is spinning like a merry-go-round

Something is happening to my brain

Oh no!! It happened – I cannot think right

My whole body is full of FEAR

What do I do? It has a strong hold

I can't shake it by myself

I am not sure anyone can help free me

CAN I FIND HELP????????????

My mind keeps hearing a voice saying

God can, God can, God can, God can

I am not sure I believe this BUT

I must – He may be my only hope

I try calling His name

I do not hear an answer

Maybe it is my nonworking brain

That is strange – my head stopped spinning

Calm is starting to come over my body

I am getting strength back into my arms

I can move them as I like

How odd is all of this? It is leaving

My heart has slowed its beating

I can breathe without a fight

I think I will make it!! How strange!!

Still I have not heard God speak

The churning and burrowing has stopped

I think I will be able to keep my food

Things are looking up for me

Maybe that fear is on the run

My legs are regaining their strength

I can stand strong and walk

My feet will carry me where I must go

Strange how the changes are happening

I called God's name but had no answer

The FEAR has not won

I can handle what I must

I can make it to another day

What if that was Gods' answer

The quiet answer in the noise

The warmth that runs through my blood

Keeping me safe when I feel unsafe

Holding my hand when I feel alone

It has to be God – who else would know?

Thank You for helping me see

You are the HOPE I always needed

Thank You for taking the fear

Making me an overcomer

GOD IS THE HOPE!!!!!

THANK YOU FOR THE HOPE!!!