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25 Things Part Two

This morning I posted 25 things for which I’m grateful for; this afternoon I’d like to post 25 things I still hope to accomplish/see in whatever time God allows me.

  1. See all of my family love God again
  2. Get married
  3. Have kids
  4. Finish my Master’s degree (well start…)
  5. Buy a car from this century
  6. Catch up on my reading list
  7. Have a rocking chair on my front porch
  8. Read the Narnia series to my children
  9. Visit England again
  10. Memorize more scripture
  11. Inspire a student
  12. See my first sophomore class graduate
  13. Paint a beautiful picture
  14. Learn another instrument
  15. Learn to dance
  16. Have nieces and nephews
  17. Dye my hair (bravery needed)
  18. Live near family
  19. Crochet a sweater
  20. Drive a stick shift
  21. Write a book
  22. Be a regular exerciser
  23. Hug a sloth (it’d be fun!)
  24. Live each day to the fullest
  25. See Jesus return
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Posted in Book Review, Gratefulness, Life

25 Things

On this morning of the completion of my 25th birthday, I would like to make a list of 25 things for which I am thankful God has given me.

  1. A God who shows clemency
  2. The promise of Heaven
  3. A family that supports and loves
  4. Friends who are real when needed and spoil me when needed.
  5. Churches who help me grow closer to God
  6. A cat who adores me
  7. A job that encourages my faith
  8. Students who push me to be better
  9. Books that entertain me
  10. A healthy body
  11. Tea to warm me to my toes
  12. A shelter from the world
  13. An always full belly
  14. Clean water
  15. Electricity (I am blessed)
  16. Blankets (I really hate being cold)
  17. Opportunities
  18. A car that runs (most of the time)
  19. Clothes appropriate for every season
  20. A conscience
  21. Past mistakes and diversions from more fatal mistakes
  22. Discipline
  23. Numerous Bibles
  24. An intelligent mind
  25. 25 years of life
Posted in Bible Study, Book Review

This post is a bit premature considering I haven’t finished the book series yet, but the heart message that God is teaching me is ready to share. It’s not a new lesson, but it’s one I need reminding of often. So many times I ask God what he has planned. I want to know the details of when and how events in my life will play out. Specifically now with my 25th birthday coming up, I wonder if marriage is in my future or if I’m better equipped to serve as a single person. I also wonder if this physical place is where I’ll be for a while or if it’s only a short stop. Through the Above the Line series by Karen Kingsbury, music, and scripture, God is reminding me of his promises.

There are several plot lines within the series’s four books, but one key idea is woven through them all. Bailey Flannigan, the young college student stuck between two guys, wonders if her dream of going to New York to act is really what God has planned for her. Keith and Chase, the movie producer team who take Hollywood by story, wonder many times if the trials thrown at them are a sign that the movie is not God’s plan. Andi, the former missionary kid, wonders if God is really even part of her life at all. Each one of them come to a key verse from Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Recently another verse keeps popping up in numerous places of my life. In Romans 8:28, Paul writes, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.” I know that I love God, and I know that he has called me to be in the place I am in right now. Just the other day, I was talking with a friend about his current situation in life and the part of Ecclesiastes about there being seasons came into the conversation. I am in a season right now where I feel both content and anxiously awaiting. The thing that God keeps reminding me though is that He has a plan that is perfect. I don’t want to step too far ahead of his plan with my wanderings or wonderings; instead I want to wait right here no matter how anxious I may feel about waiting and no matter how often I want to force some action to take place.

Finally, a song was played this morning at church that sealed the deal about my questions and anxieties. In her song “Trust in You”, Lauren Daigle sings about how even when things don’t work out the way she thinks they should, she still trusts God. She trusts that he “know[s] what tomorrow brings” and that “There’s not a day ahead [he has] not seen”. In fact she opens the song with these lines which to me are extremely bold: “Letting go of every single dream/ I lay each one down at your feet”. It’s so true; in order to see God work the most in my life, I have to focus on the season I’m currently living and stop wondering about the future. He has it all under control.

 

 

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Overwhelmed and Relieved

Tonight after a meeting at work, I came back to my dorm and felt completely overwhelmed for the first time this semester.  I really just felt like I was drowning in things to do, but I couldn’t put my finger on what needed to be done first.  There were many things pressing on my mind concerning summer plans, homework, and work commitments.  Drowning is the best way to describe the feeling, or rather gasping for air.  I needed music.

I needed to remember that “it is well.”  No matter what life and this world throws at me, God has it under control.  Actually that’s been my mantra for a while.  God has it all under control.

So I breathe and listen to this song.

Instead of trying to accomplish anything pressing, I decided to make a cake for a friend’s birthday.  Shh…she doesn’t know.  It is kinda pressing, because it’s on my list of things to do, but it doesn’t fall under the school or work category.  I was very pleased with the outcome, but I think I should write a cookbook about cooking in a dorm room.  I don’t have very many supplies such as measuring cups or mixing bowls.  I do have tupperware with cup measures on the side and a cake pan, though.  I made do.

Cooking in a dorm room
Cooking in a dorm room

I spread out all of the materials on my desk rather than carting it all down to the basement where the stove is.  That way I could mix everything and only carry down the cake pan and dirty dishes.  Hopefully the cake tastes as good as it looks and smells!

Here’s the recipe I used in case anyone is interested:  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/simple-white-cake/