List What You are Grateful For.

  • Love
  • My family… My Aunt in Cali who is so strong and not afraid to stand up for herself and her family and is awesome… My Mom who is also so strong, and amazing, and supportive (she is a super hero)… My dad who has worked incredibly hard his whole life… My uncle who is like a big brother to me… My siblings… Yeah, I got pretty stinkin’ blessed in the family department and I am so grateful for all of them.
  • My incredible, patient, handsome, loving boyfriend; who tries to always make me smile, and understands the bad days with the whole diabetes business… I really sometimes can’t believe that God has blessed me with him.
  • For great doctors who listen to me, and don’t try to push a bunch of medications and stuff.
  • For my job as a barista; and my coworkers and boss.
  • That God just keeps supplying all that I need…
  • For where I live
  • For the stage of life I am in…
  • For the ability to be able to communicate my thoughts and feelings in creative ways.
  • For the chances I have had to live in different places and all the things I learned from those experiences.
  • For 2nd chances
  • Long summer days
  • Long talks with my love
  • The online community of people who share my disease and can relate… Diabetics Unite!
  • Meeting new people, and making new friends
  • The opportunities that the Lord has in store for me; that I don’t even know about yet.
  • The ability to continue to learn and grow as a person…
  • Happiness – and the opportunity to choose to be happy no matter what the circumstance.
  • Compassion
  • Kindness
  • The beauty all around us every day
  • The hardships
  • Learning from my mistakes
  • Forgiveness

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52 Lists: My Greatest Comforts

1. Long hugs from my boyfriend

2. Listening to books on tape or podcasts while driving

3. Hazelnut creamer in my coffee

4. My old burlap and pistachio green comforter

5. Any song on my top 10 list

6. Good morning and goodnight texts

7. Christmas trees

8. Jack O’Lanterns

9. Listening to my family talk

10. Talking with my love

11. Jackie and Bender on KISS fm (they make me laugh on my morning commute)

12. Snuggling with my dog (when she lets me)

13. Singing along to my favorite songs

14. Prayer

15. Writing pages and pages of journal entries

16. The feeling of knowing that I am completely loved and accepted

17. Taking long walks

18. Window shopping

19. Lazy days

20. Well crafted lattes

21. Deep conversations

22. Fresh sheets

23. Long showers

24. Strawberry scented shampoo

25. The sound of rain beating against the roof and windows

26. Cuddling close to my love while watching a movie together

27.  Purpose

28. Cooking something for someone special

29. Pinning things on Pinterest

30. Doing my makeup

31. Jesus

32. My boyfriend

33. My family

34. My friends

35. Watching new episodes of Dr. Who on my iPad

36. Books

37. The Band Perry

38. Getting a new tattoo

39. Dreaming

40. My tattoos

41. Clam Chowder

42. Gone, Gone, Gone by Philip Philips

43. Traveling

44. Making other people smile

45. The christmas lights hanging in my room

The ‘I’ in Life.

 

 

Some days I look at my behavior – and I shock myself.

I can’t believe I just said this, or did that. Especially when my actions or words are directed toward someone I dearly love…

Even some stranger who had the nerve to cut me off in traffic; or ride my bumper down the highway when the speed limit clearly says ’60 mph’ – and they are pushing me to go 70, 75, 80 mph – but, no big deal! Speed limits are only mild suggestions! Right………..!?

These instances that everyone goes through every day are the perfect example of being SELF-centered. Being Human.

Now, don’t get me wrong – it’s good to be centered…  But what are we centered on??? Are we centered on Jesus – or are we centered on SELF?

On Sunday morning, at the small Baptist church the boyfriend and I have attended lately, I felt like the pastor was speaking directly to me at different points in the sermon.

He didn’t need to look in my direction – but I felt the heaviness of conviction building on my heart all the same.

The pastor said: “Self is the original four letter word.”   I felt like the phrase hit me between the eyes… How many times a day am I only concerned about that ‘I’ in the word Life?  I’m ashamed to think that so many of my thoughts are centered on how events effect ME; how does this make ME feel; why is this happening to ME? Me, me, me, me, me.

It is an issue/boulder in my heart that I am praying desperately that the Holy Spirit will just keep chiseling away at.

To say the least, this issue of being SELF-centered is a great reminder that all of us are just one big construction site – that will never be completed until we see Him face to face. No one is perfect.

Just some stuff that was perculating in my brain as I try to center myself on Jesus – and put His Kingdom first in my life always.

I hope my thoughts make sense. If not I am gonna blame the Blood Sugar… 😉