Thankful for Little Blessings

 I had to write this post. The blessings in my life this week have just counted so high I just needed to share. 
 

If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. I will actually start with today – it was the biggest that stuck with me.  – Matthew 6:31-33 (The Message)

 I got a text this morning that invited me to a girls night craft party at my church. I had heard about it but didn’t know if I wanted to go. Well, when I got personally invited I wanted to go. There was one problem. I had like no money. I was getting paid but I wasn’t sure because of little hours this week and big payments last week. 

 So I just took a deep breath and said – I am going. Money will work out. I got my paycheck and started looking at the stub from last month. My boss had under paid me by $8 the month before so that was added to my check. The cost of this craft was $7. I about cried thinking about the blessing that was. 
 

Then there was gas. The bane of my existence. The up and down over priced necessity. On my way home I decided to zip over to the station I know is usually cheapest. $3.14 a gallon. About 6-20 cents cheaper than anywhere else right now! Blessing! 

 So a few hours later I take off for church. I decided to take the highway since it was pitch black out already (Hello, Daylight Savings!) to avoid deer or other things. I was going along at about 75mph and what do you know. In an instant I went from almost hitting a deer to praising the Lord that it turned at the last second. BIG Blessing. No car damage, safe me, safe deer. 

 I greatly enjoyed my time and felt truly blessed to be around some great friendly woman tonight. I was thankful the whole night I was able to go and decided to go. Its hard for me to decide to do social things like that. The more I do it though the more I am comfortable. Also the more cool people I get to know 🙂

Some other things that happened I was thankful for or blessed by were – Having just enough money to cover all I needed last week, friends calling me a blessing for offering to help, being healthy finally when I needed to be, having time off to help other people (even if its difficult not having much work), getting to take my 7 year old cousin to Build a Bear for her first time (pure JOY!), rain (because it makes the darkness have purpose), time with my Sister (before that baby niece of mine comes!), and a God who loves me so much he gives me all I need every day, hour, minute, and second of my life!

 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. – Phillipians 4:19

Don’t look past the little everyday things that happen for you. They will make your life feel the most full and blessed. So start looking for the small things. The things people look past. Count it all as joy.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. – James 1: 2-5

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Life is worth Living

 I feel I have talked a lot about similar things before. However, its something I have been dealing a lot with lately. Learning to be happy and just enjoy every moment of my life. 

 You only get one life. You can never go back and do it over. So live it that way. 

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”  – Mae West

 

  My biggest issue I have dealt with lately is learning to be content single. Not that I do crazy things to not be single (still never dated anyone!) but just learning to enjoy my life and not worry about it! Not to complain and say “Oh another day single”. To instead say “This another day I get to live my life and be with people I love and THAT is enough (for now)”. 

 I know my life has a plan. I know if I am meant to have that special person in my life they will come. Until then. I need to just live though. 

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”  – Allen Saunders

 Living life is also why I have chosen not to do college. I knew because I had no real idea and or want for it. I would have wasted time, money, and stress on something I would have regretted in my life.

 There will always be things we regret doing. That is not bad. Its part of the living.  When the regrets outweigh the happiness in your life though. You know something needs to change. Also don’t take one regret from that day onto the next one. Nothing you regret is worth keeping around in your life. Its best to move on to the next thing. 

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 Life is something so precious. Don’t ruin it by trying to force your own way. Or regretting all your mistakes. Or being angry at someone. Or worse angry with yourself. Live life one second, minute, hour, or day at a time. 

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”  – Robert Frost

 

 It goes on wether you do or not. Its time to stop sitting alone and living in regret for yourself. Start living for the joy, the love, the fun, and even the pain. Just don’t let the pain take away the joy. 

 I know my life has been much more full and my heart much more easy since I have realized this. 

 

“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”  – Marilyn Monroe