Friday, August 30, 2013

10 things I'm grateful for right now.

Last night was a crummy one for me.

One of the things I've learned this last year is that I'm really empathetic, and though you'd think that was a good thing, I think that for me, sometimes, it's to a fault.

Do you ever get that? Where suddenly the weight of the world seems to hit you?
Like you're completely fine and all of the sudden you're feeling burdened?

It happened to me yesterday.


I've heard that sometimes making a list of the things one is grateful for can be a really healthy thing when one is feeling that way.

So here it goes:

1. My parents and family. Though they're not perfect, I don't know of many families who are and because at least I have them. Others don't and I can't forget that.

2. A bed. With so many others living on less than $2 a day a bed is a luxury.

3. Sleeping in. School starts soon and I'm going to be really busy when it does but right now I can relish in getting those extra five minutes.

4. My cat Luna. She is a precious little one and though sometimes she drives me crazy, she's a pretty hilarious cat and companion and I'm lucky to have her.

5. Friends, in all corners of the earth. They're spread out but they're there and I know that I can count on them for whatever. That's a gift.

6. Technology. A computer, a phone, other electronics. It sounds silly but so many people don't have
the ability to make a phone call or Skype with someone to connect with them, of course in our world that's more rare than before but still. I have the ability to use technology and so often, I take that for granted.

7. My relationships with Jesus. Seriously. This should realistically be the first, but I am flawed. I fall and He picks me up. I mess up and He forgives. I call Him Father and He calls me daughter (!!!). I am loved and nothing and no one can take that away from me.

8. Provision. My family and I don't come from a background with much and yet I'm in college. I have employment, I have a home. I have. I am so, so blessed.

9. Food in my stomach. I'm sitting here with a coffee in hand and I have food in my fridge. So many people in the world are suffering and starving. I'm blessed.

10. My future decided. I may not know what is still to come but I can rest in peace, knowing that the Lord is in control. I will choose to follow Him, and keep choosing Him because He is worthy.

So many other things...

What are you grateful for today?

P. S. For more inspiration go: here, here and here

Thursday, August 22, 2013

It's raining!!

Can you hear it!?!

It's raining outside! Like really raining and it's awesome!

And honestly, for the first time in a long time, it's a really nice thing.

It's been a dryer summer than normal and though that would generally be a good thing, unlike most people who love to soak up the rays in the summer while sipping on their iced coffees and scrolling through their Instagram feed, I am definitely more of a cold weather, wear cozy sweaters and scarves while holding a nice mug of hot coffee in my hands kind of gal.

I guess that's just the Oregonian in me talking, or the Seattle getting to me, take your pick, i'm not so sure either way.

In any case,

The smell and sound of rain brings me joy and I stop and wonder if people other than those in the Pacific Northwest recognize that about rain...

If they appreciate it.

I hope so.

Anyhow, summer can stay and come back tomorrow but for now, I'll enjoy this rain.