PRAYERS & WISHES FOR THANKSGIVING

tl-thanksgiving-2016-11-12-thru-11-24If you live in Kansas or Oklahoma, you’re probably familiar with the Cimarron Turnpike, a toll road in north-central Oklahoma.  The route travels 67 miles, from an interchange with I-35 north of Perry, to Westport, just west of Tulsa.  Before the Pikepass and K-tags came along, it was common knowledge that if you wanted to go to Tulsa, you needed to load up with some quarters to pay the toll.  Every few miles you had to throw a bunch of quarters in the big bowl that looked like a wishing well.

Of course, times have changed and the “wishing wells” are gone.  One thing about the Cimarron has stayed the same, however…  you still cannot make a U-turn!  Not long ago, we made a wrong turn off of I-35 and started heading west toward Tulsa instead of east toward Enid.  Whoops!  We drove and drove…  finally we came to a toll booth.  We had to pay a toll just to get to the exit, which was a stone’s throw to the west.  We did get turned around to head in the right direction.

Sometimes in our Christian walk, we veer off course and need to ask the Lord to forgive us and help us make a U-turn to get back on track.  It’s really up to us how long we drive in the wrong direction.  God does give us freewill because He loves us.  Today I’m so very thankful that God still allows U-turns to His children when we get off track.

Please join me in a prayer of thanks for U-turns:a-prayer-poem-for-thanksgivingAnother name for a U-turn is a do-over, as Lucinda reminds us:do-oversI wish for you the courage to turn around with God’s help.  I wish for you the joy and peace that God can give when we’re assured we’re on the path He planned for us to be on.  I wish for you laughter and freedom as you live for Christ alone.  🙂

 

 

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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You can achieve anything you want in life if you have the courage to dream it.  The intelligence to make a realistic plan, and the will to see that plan through to the end.  – Sidney A. Friedman

On June 30, 1953, the first Corvette rolled off the assembly line at the General Motors facility in Flint, Michigan.  The lucky worker to drive that first Vette was Tony Kleiber.

Earl Automobile Works designed custom auto bodies for Hollywood movie stars in the 1930’s.  They were about the only folks who could afford to buy cars since the rest of the country was experiencing the depression.

Harley J. Earl was hired to redesign the LaSalle, the mid-range car introduced between the Buick and the Cadillac.  He also designed the Buick LeSabre in 1950.  His great achievement was the ever popular Corvette in 1953.  The Corvette was labeled a “dream car” and was part of General Motors’s traveling Motorama display at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

The Vette was a hit and 300 models were built in 1953.  All 1953 Corvettes were white convertibles with red interiors and black canvas tops.  Underneath its sleek exterior, however, the Corvette was outfitted with parts standard to other GM autos, including a “Blue Flame” six-cylinder engine, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission and the drum brakes from Chevrolet’s regular car line.

It was a disappointment compared to the European competitors and sales were unimpressive.  GM kept refining the design, however, and the addition of its first V-8 engine in 1955 greatly improved the Corvette’s performance.

By 1961, the Corvette had cemented its reputation as America’s favorite sports car and today it continues to rank among the world’s elite sports cars in acceleration time, top speed and overall muscle.

Vroom…  Vroom…  wink!  😉

 

 

THANKS LIVING DAY 24

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PRAYER ABOUT THOUGHTS

Today I am thankful for the spark of enthusiasm that God puts inside of me to write! He is the giver of purpose, passion, desire and drive to succeed. Success is measured differently by everyone, but God wants His Word to reach every person. When God gives me an idea or a concept to run with, I trust that He will provide the means with which to complete and share the project as well.

I thought about where my desire to write may have come from and came up with a couple of answers. Beside the obvious answer – that God put the desire in me – I was inspired by my 8th grade English teacher to pursue writing. Our class was asked to write a poem about our favorite subject. I wrote a poem about Elvis Presley. I researched stories about him and basically wrote about his life – with rhythm and rhyme. It was the most fun I ever had in school. My teacher took me aside and let me know that she thought I had a gift for communication. I let her know that my daddy told me I have a big mouth and asked if that was the same thing. She laughed, but I’m not sure why. :-/

Funny thing about praise from a teacher – it goes a mighty long way! I have held on to that encouragement from her all these years. Every time I receive a rejection slip, I remember the words of encouragement from my 8th grade teacher! Too bad she didn’t write me a reference letter while she was at it. LOL!

The light bulb shines brightly inside me and the words keep showing up in my heart and mind. These days I have to find pencil and paper fast before the thoughts drift off, but I always want to be God’s vessel to reach the world with His Good News!