Thursday, November 24, 2016

ALWAYS BE THANKFUL

ALWAYS BE THANKFUL

In each country families set aside a time when the goal of a day, a week, or a season is to be thankful.

This week is the week in the USA and today is the day.

What are you thankful for?

Really, what are you thankful for?

I have the opportunity to share key life events with many people and one of my favorite exercises is to help people focus on their blessings (in other words the things they are grateful for).

1.      Take a minute and sit in reflective silence.
2.      Look at your surroundings.
3.      Ask yourself: What challenges me? What helps me grow? What enables me to Be Me in the world?
4.      Then write out the responses.
5.      Create a gratitude list.

If you woke up this morning and are reading this message - Be Thankful.

If you have people who love and care for you, people who support you and help you through life - Be Thankful.

If you can go outside and smell the fresh air, see the sky, stretch and move your body without pain (and even with pain because pain signals us that we need to address something within us) - Be Thankful.

If you ask "Chaplain, how can I be thankful if my body is in pain or I am in a wheel chair or recovering from an injury?”

I answer, "because thankfully you are here to live another day. To interact with your loved ones and to make a difference in this world. "

Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we choose to respond to it.  Our response is our choice.  We have a high calling on our lives.  We are Law Enforcement Professionals.

Our lives are not perfect yet we can live the lives we have been given with an attitude of thankfulness and share our gratitude with the people we influence.

As LEOs we influence people we may never meet or who may never tell us we influenced them. We must be aware.  Someone is Always Watching what we choose to do. Live your life in integrity.

Set the example of ALWAYS BEING THANKFUL, showing gratitude (especially to someone who does not expect a sincere "thank you") and saying "thank you" often.

And as you take a few minutes to reflect on what you are grateful for, please remember the families, friends and colleagues of our Fallen Officers. Sadly they'll be many families whose gatherings will be incomplete because their LEO loved one’s life was lost, taken in the Line of Duty, Give thanks for their willingness to serve and for the legacy they leave behind. As members IAWP we NEVER FORGET OUR FALLEN !

I am thankful for each of you. My team and I will continue to cover you in prayer.

In all you do Stay Safe and know Someone is Always Watching you. Be an Example Worth Following.

In Gratitude,

Tamia Dow
IAWP Chaplain
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Sunday, November 20, 2016

FAITH & PRAYERS - My Hospital Visit Update

When the Chaplain needs prayer :

This week a medical condition found me in the ER (hospital emergency room) in a lot of pain with a dire speculation of what was wrong.  I thank God with lots of prayer (I had all my Facebook friends and close friends praying for me ) the dire thought was NOT diagnosed. I TRULY believe it was because of all the prayers, I believe God stepped in and healed me of the most serious diagnosis because of the prayers and faith of ALL who lifted me, my doc, technicians and nurses up in prayer.

As I was being treated I told every doc, nurse, tech, person in the beds near me that "everyone is praying for us, it will be ok" and Praise God it was.

So many ppl were touched, affected and blessed by my trip to the ER:

1) Me because my faith was built even stronger.

2) Each person who prayed and heard the good report as a result of their prayers.

3) All the medical personnel and injured people who interacted with me or over heard me vocalizing the prayers and my faith were touched and influence by Your faith (all who prayed for me ) and my steadfast belief that WHATEVER the diagnosis GOD is in control and WILL work ALL THINGS together for the good of all who LOVE Him !!!

I am excited.

Totally Grateful.

GOD IS SO GOOD !!!

In ALL THINGS.  We must give it to God, Seek His guidance and direction and share our faith with Everyone the Lord places in our path.

The message the Lord has been sending me for a while is that I need to rest my body, slow down and stop piling on yet another project.

Well Father GOD I am listening and I WILL REST.

This holiday season I am in a season of Rest and focused Self Care.
I had put me on the back burner and been focused on projects and care for other people neglecting me and my health. How many of you can identify with that 🙋🏽.

No more. If I am shut down due to illness caused by poor self care I will not be able to adequately COMPLETE my mission and call.
I am called to serve.
I serve people through my ministry speaking, training, educating and empowering people to live a life free of oppression and violence and how to discover and follow their life purpose.

I want to be in Good Health (for as long as it within my control ) along this journey.

Please keep me in prayer as I heal. I am resting, spending time with the Lord, my family & friends  and praying.

Another thing I am totally thankful for is my mom was with me all day during my ER adventure.  I am so grateful for my mom.

Mothers are a blessings. Most people become big babies when we are injured mostly desiring the presence of our loved ones, most often our MOM. Thank God my mommy was by my side and she witnessed me telling everyone about the power of prayer and I read her the text messages, Facebook post and she heard the calls wishing me well.

I am grateful to all the people who took time to pray for me.

As a chaplain I am often asked to pray for others. This was the first time in a long time I asked for prayer FOR ME and Many answered my call.  I am thankful for everyone who prayed. I pray the Lord will richly bless all who prayed. May everyone who took a minute to lift my injury up to heaven to ask for intervention on my behalf Be Richly Blessed, may they walk in abundance and good health and their families be blessed with great favor in all they do. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
THANK YOU

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

We Set The Example

A new season is upon us.

Last weekend many in the United States changed their clocks back in honor of daylight savings time. This provides more light for our daily activities.

In the pass few hours the American people voted in a new season, a historical change by voting Donald Trump in as the President-elect of the United States of America.

The election campaign process was not pleasant.  People were strongly divided on their choice for America's highest leader.

Today is a new day.

As law enforcement professional we serve and protect our communities not dependent on who is or who we supported for President, Senator, Governor or local offices yet for the people of peace and integrity that we are.
We set the example.

People look to us for clear heads and to show respect for authority. They look to us to model civil behavior and to keep the peace.

Thank you to all who had the opportunity to protect and serve our political candidate in the U.S. and worldwide.

Our professionalism sets us apart from any other calling.
As law enforcement officers we are above dissension and stand for and bring about Unity.

I encourage everyone to be the light in their agencies and communities showing support and helping our elected official to make your environment the city and counties and countries you serve the best and safest community they can be.
I know you will.

I am proud to call you my sisters and brothers in law enforcement.

To all our military service members and veterans  Happy Veterans Day (observed in the U.S. on November 11 ) and thank you for your service.

Continue to Be the Change you want to see.

Stay Safe.

Tamia Dow
IAWP Chaplain
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