Thankful Tuesday

Today was a snow day, which is really the only thing that snow is good for in my personal opinion. But it was wonderful to just relax and literally be stuck in my little house. Last week was really crazy and exhausting and the past few days I had been feeling like I had reached my end emotionally. Just ask my poor husband who has had to deal with my tears the past two days. I have been on this health journey since the end of December, and I have been working very hard to treat my body well and also get into my BMI. I’ve been working hard and not seeing the results I would like. But today I have come to a place where I know that even if I’m not where I want to be yet, it’s not for lack of trying. I am working hard and I am being faithful. I am treating my body well and I am not quitting. In fact not only am I not quiting but I am enjoying this journey (most of the time). I am learning how to cook and bake in ways that are new and innovative for me. I am working out consistently and I am working out hard! When I remember all of that it puts it in perspective for me. Would I like to see more results faster? Yes. But that fact doesn’t change the reality that I am working hard with consistency. This is a big deal for me, and I don’t want to lose sight of that. Weight loss or not I am still walking in VICTORY.

I think that’s a great place to start this week’s Thankful Tuesday. So, this week I am thankful for:

1. snow days

2. the gym

3. black bean brownie

4. a temporary full time job, where I can work from home during the move

5. signing the lease for our new apartment

5. a husband who encourages me and pushes me towards success

6. a husband who works hard at the things he is passionate about, like his full length album, and works hard even in the mundane things, like shoveling out our cars

7. daily victories

8. the opportunity to see God work through our move to NC

9. having coffee this week, and not needing sugar in it, and also not needing to drink it everyday

Last week felt long and exhausting, and I didn’t always have a very good attitude about it, but reflecting on life and the things I am thankful for reminds me that I really have a ton of blessings. Even in the frustration and discouragement God is still working, isn’t He? What are you thankful for??

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Thankful Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!! I don’t know how it is where you live, but we’ve been starting to get a glimpse of fall around here and I am SO EXCITED! I love fall, I love the crisp weather, apple picking, boots, scarves, and leaves changing color. It’s just the best. I’m sure the heat will make a return for a little while longer, but fall is quickly coming and I can’t wait! For some reason fall makes me extra thankful, perhaps it’s the fact that humidity leaves and with it my heat induced crankiness. Whatever the reason, I’m feeling extra thankful today, so without further ado THANKFUL TUESDAY!

1. Coconut oil- do you know about coconut oil? IT IS MAGIC! Seriously, it does so much. I use it in baking, cooking, dusting, shaving, and for deep conditioning my hair. It’s so multipurpose and it smells like the beach. It’s just so wonderful. Life changed.

2. Coffee- because of the obvious reasons. Do I really need to go into further detail? I don’t think so.

3. Jim Gaffigan- because he’s HILARIOUS! If you haven’t watched him before, go watch him RIGHT NOW. Steve and I watched his latest standup for like the umpteenth time last night and I laughed like a hyena. You can listen to it FO FREE on Spotify, and it’s called Obsessed. Go. NOW.

4. My marriage- because Steve makes me a better person, because being married challenges me and stretches me, because it’s fun and funny, because we get to dream together and work together and encourage each other. Marriage man, it’s tough, but I highly recommend it.

5. Laughter- because it just makes me feel good. It’s so fun to laugh and it just puts me in a great mood. I love to laugh and I love to make other people laugh, and I’m so thankful for the gift of laughing!

6. A counseling appointment tonight/my counselor- because I’m learning so much about myself and others and God and it’s changing me. Slowly but surely I can see and feel the change. Counseling is a gift and I am so so thankful for insurance that covers it!

7. My kitchen- because I love to cook, and I love to bake. One of my favorite things to do is cook a yummy and nutritious meal, whether it’s for Steven or for some friends, either way I love to foster hospitality by providing something yum. My kitchen isn’t just a place where food is made and stored, but instead I see it as a tool for ministering to the people God has blessed me with.

8. Coffee- because it just makes my day better. (yes I know this is the second time it’s on my list)

9. Lavender- because IT SMELLS SO GOOD and also has calming properties that make me feel more zen. I just ordered some lavender essential oil, so I’m pretty darn excited about that.

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10. Psalm 139:13-16 (NLT version)- because it’s basically my self esteem anthem right now. Who can doubt themselves when they remember that the creator of the world knit them together in their mother’s womb and made every part of their body? He knows who I am, He knows my name, and He intentionally created me. SO GOOD.

That’s all for this week folks. Now it’s your turn, what are YOU thankful for??

Thankful Tuesday

As I’ve written before, my word for the year is Grateful. I have been attempting to practice thankfulness with intentionality and consistency so I keep a daily thankfulness journal, I have a thankfulness chalkboard in my kitchen, and I wear a Giving Keys necklace with the word “thankful” engraved on it. I want my life to be one marked by the act of thanksgiving because thankful people are more joyful people. So in an attempt to foster more thankfulness, every Tuesday I’m going to post about the things I am thankful for. I’m borrowing this idea from my friend Chelsea, and if you blog/use social media, I think you should do it too because being thankful literally makes you a happier, stronger and healthier person.

So without further ado, welcome to the first Thankful Tuesday!

Today I am thankful for:

1. Coffee, for all of the obvious reason, especially the one where it turns me into a fully functioning human being.

2. My brother Caleb being born! (Today is his birthday, Happy Birthday bud!)

3. The book Boundaries, by Henry Cloud and John Townsend, because it’s changing the way I view relationships and is really and truly empowering me to make better choices.

4. Psalm 139, because who doesn’t need the reminder that they were knit together by the creator of the world.

5. A husband who will bring my car to the mechanic so that I don’t have to, he’s the best!!

6. On a similar note, a husband who works very hard in the heat and sun to make sure that our yard looks wonderful.

7. Chamomile tea, because it’s instant relaxation in a cup. Bless you whoever discovered chamomile tea, bless you.

8. My job and my awesome boss, because I know I am blessed to have employment that provides for my needs and even some wants, and because I know that some people would love to be able to have a boss like mine.

9. The money to buy groceries that are healthy and nutritious.

10. My church, River Church, because it is becoming home.

11. Having family that live near by, I’m talking to you David and Dee!

12. New friends and old friends that speak truth into my life.

13. Farmers markets

What are you thankful for today? I hope you’ll check back next week for the next round of Thankful Tuesday! 🙂

The year of thankful

This is the year of thanksgiving. The year of noticing the small things and counting them all as grace. The year of remembering that He uses all things for my good, and thanking Him for that. It’s also been the year of forgetting. Forgetting the blessings and the freedom. The year of getting caught up in the hard stuff, in discontentment and transitions. A little key hangs on a chain around my neck, inscribed with the word I need to remember the most… thankful, and somehow that word seems to be the hardest to live out in my real life. Truly living out Eucharisteo isn’t just some lofty concept. It’s real and it’s hard and it takes intentional work.So I’m calling out those places in my heart that don’t really feel like being grateful, and I’m reminding myself that there is much to be thankful for.

To be thankful in Lynchburg, a town that has given so much to me and yet it feels like I’m beginning to reach my expiration date in it. Contentment seems pretty far away because I feel ready for the next place and the next adventure and yet I know that the concept of the grass always being greener rings true. So I’m trying to learn the balance of restless and content, because knowing how to grow where you are planted has value and maybe the expiration date I have in mind and the one God has in mind are different, BUT I think restless contentment keeps one from complacency. After all part of growing up is learning how to balance.

To be thankful for transitions, because my life is chock full of em’ so I better start learning how to like em. Transitioning to a new church. Transitioning into being a wife. Transitioning into a new season, in fact the season I’m transitioning into is the season of transitions. I could either fight them or just learn to appreciate them. Each season has it’s joys and sorrows, and I am learning to see the benefit in it all. There are still times of tears and loneliness because being thankful doesn’t erase those things. It just gives you a new perspective to the pain and the transition. Thanksgiving gives you the lens you need to see there is purpose in the pain, even if you can’t see what it is just yet.

Those are some of the things in life that are harder to be thankful for, and then there are some things that are easy. Like my husband, I see God in Him every day, and I am thankful that through the transition he is there, comforting me and changing me for the better. Like my counselor, who is speaking truth bombs into my life left and right, awaking me to … myself, to the self that God made me to be. Like my boss Theresa, or Mama T as some of our co-workers call her. I know that I’m the luckiest person in the room because I get to work for her and with her. In the past two years we have laughed many laughs and cried many tears and I am better off because I know her. Like our new life group, because they are authentic and hilarious and wise and just plain wonderful. Like friendships that God is  developing, because they challenge and encourage me. Like a book I’m reading that God is using to fill my heart with hope. Friends, my cup overfloweth.

When I look at my life I find that there is so much to be thankful for. I count the everyday graces and they fill up page after page and I realize the things I am thankful for far outweigh the things that I’m not really lovin. It’s easy to miss them though if I’m not paying attention. I don’t want to do that anymore, I don’t want to miss the blessings that are all around me. I want to name them one by one, day by day. My life is filled with beauty, I just have to take the time to notice it.

What about you? Is it easy for you to notice the blessings, or are you like me and it takes some more intentionality to bring them into focus?

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