Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thankful Thursday to you!

It hasn't been a very pretty week.
But among all the difficulties,
 hurt and chaos that this world throws at us
there is a God who loves us and pours out blessing after blessing.

So today I am thankful for...
a delicious Thanksgiving dinner
and all the hands that cooked, baked and prepared it

facetiming with my dad 
spending an entire day doing yard work
postcards from Hawaii
babysitting my baby niece
spending time with my siblings
making terrariums

spending time outside
rain and the crispness of fall
leaves changing colors
rock walls covered with maidenhair ferns
hiking and adventuring with friends
climbing up waterfalls

grabbing coffee with friends
friends who really care about me
who notice when things aren't right
who ask questions, listen and speak truth into my life
that in 17 days I'll be in Salt Lake City
and in 26 days I will be picking up my roommate from the airport 
{she's been away for 6 months}
evening runs through neighborhoods all lit up with Christmas lights
my Christmas Pandora station
that it's officially Christmas season
the fact that I can now curl up on the couch,
 watch Christmas movies
and feel no shame
{I'm currently watching elf as I write this post}

What are some things from the past week
that you are thankful for?...

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful Thursday {Happy Thanksgiving}

Happy Thanksgiving 
to you Dear Friend!

I am thankful that tonight as I
walked into my parents house,
I was greeted by two very sweet and adorable puppies.
That as I made the trek down the hall to my bedroom
I was tripping over my nieces toys.

I am thankful for giggling, cuddling and sweet kisses 
from her as she was getting ready for bed.
It is currently 1am and I'm
laying in bed in the room I grew up in.
 I love that I can hear my brother's upstairs
{very loudly} 
playing Halo 4 together.
I am so very thankful for home,
to be home.

 As I lay here,
 there is an abundance of things to be thankful for.
None of which I deserve.
And yet God continues to pour out His blessings.
So right now, 
I am thankful for...
snail mail from North Carolina
plane tickets to Utah
surprise packages on my front porch
new running shoes
paper chain countdowns

midnight room rearranging
coming home from back to back to back conferences
and sleeping for 15 hours straight.
spending time with intern friends
sharing a hotel room for 5 days 
with this awesome girl...

catching up with friends
dreaming about the next year and getting excited
being able to watch God work
God's faithfulness
and His perfect plan
face timing with my dad while he is living in Hawaii
{I know, tough life right?...}
getting pictures from my dad of all the cool plants
 {and moss}
he gets to see while in Oahu
people inviting me over to help them garden
baking pumpkin pies from scratch

having a full time job
{that I love}
 and getting a paycheck
being able to pay for groceries
my bike
my car
my bed
my apartment
my roommates
our front porch where my small garden is starting to germinate

I'm thankful for each of the ways that God is growing me
and teaching me.
I am thankful for the times of pain and suffering.
Because my Hope in Christ grows stronger
and His faithfulness and love become more apparent.
It's in those times
  I get to know Him more intimately.
I am thankful for how He has and continues 
to shape me into the woman that He has created me to be.
I am so thankful that I am His.

What are you Thankful for on this beautiful 
Thanksgiving Day?...

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thankful Thursday 
Dear Friends!

And happy first day of November,
what a great way to kick start this month of Thanksgiving.

I honestly feel like it's been a year since my last Thankful Thursday.
Ok maybe not a whole year,
but it's been a very long 2 weeks.

This past weekend we took around 90 college students 
up into the mountains for fall retreat.
It's all pretty much a big blur.
But it happened,
and God did work.

And these past couple weeks through my
 exhaustion, stress, crabbiness, sensitivity, 
and occasional {or frequent} bad attitude.
God still continued to be faithful
and there is a vast amount to be thankful for.
{and gosh, I deserve none of it}

Today I am thankful for...
A God who changes lives
{who changed my life}
a God who loves me beyond all comprehension
an incredible weekend 
spent with incredible students
trying new things
my growing affection for each of my teammates
the Lords not so subtle reminders that I'm not superhuman
days off 
time spent alone
 BOTH of my freshman Bible studies
have I mentioned how much I love my job?...
wednesday morning discipleship with these 2 ladies

the mountains
crisp autumn air
my journal
gmail chatting with far away friends
a clean room
my simmering apple cider scented candle
fresh san luis sourdough bread
great friends that let me borrow their cornhole set
{time spent with my roommate Erin
sipping pumpkin spice latte's from the coffee bean
and carving our bottom of the barrel, 
last pick pumpkins from Trader Joe's}

my car 
learning to be more independent
running holes into my running shoes
learning to pray bold prayers
new flannel
paintings from Paris
planning an epic trip to southern Utah
being excited for my future
grabbing coffee with friends from church
That there is an amazing God,
who desires to be in relationship with me
and has promised to remain and walk through this life with me.

What are you thankful for today?...