What a wonderful world
Thanksgiving may be over and I may still have a food baby, but I finally have a chance to reflect on what I’m thankful for and write my thoughts down! And oh do I have so much to be thankful for! Here are a few of them:
Jesus // Jesus and I have a very special relationship. He loves me so well and He let’s me chose to love Him back, never forcefully. We laugh together. We cry together. We spend time together. I come to Him in prayer. And He speaks back so intentionally through Scripture, music, beauty, His people. And I often ask why me? Why does Jesus choose me to have this special relationship with? Why does He love a crazy girl like me, undeserving of His love? But what a gift this is because there is no other life I would rather live. So, deserving or not, I am so very thankful for this relationship that brings me closer to His Father, my Father. And I am going to continue this relationship and try to chose Him everyday as He continues to chose me.
Friends & Fam // I spent Thanksgiving Day with my mother and her bestie, Kim. We had a full day of Jesus, fun, and deep conversations. I’m so thankful for these ladies who show me how to love Jesus with a strong, feminine heart. We had thanksgiving dinner at the church. Father Pruett (pictures above, next to me) cooked for those who didn’t have anywhere to go for Thanksgiving. This act of service just warmed my heart; I’m so thankful for all parish priests, like Father Pruett, Father Cristobal (pictured above), and my spiritual director, who have said “yes” to God’s Will of devoting their lives to serve and shepherd God’s people! I’m also so thankful for all my friends who take time out of their busy schedules to be intentional with me. This truly means so much to me; thank you for letting the Holy Spirit use you to love on me.
Kansas City // I often refer to my college days as my glory days because Jesus loved on me so well there. I was constantly surrounded by souls that were on fire for Christ and their zeal was contagious. Moving away from this was very hard for me and to be honest, is sometimes still a struggle. Just ask my spiritual director. But to dwell in my past is no way to live, so I’ve been working on living in the present moment. As C.S. Lewis says in The Screwtape Letters, “For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity.” Living in the present moment means that I need to be grateful for the ways in which Jesus loves on me here and now. And oh has He loved on me! And oh does He continue to love on me! I’m so very thankful for all the friendships I have made here, the friendships that have continued after college (distance has nothing on us), work that provides way more than just shelter over my head and food in my belly, a faith that challenges me to strive for sainthood, and so much more!
Blog // Sometimes I question why I started this blog, but as I reflect on it, I’m so thankful I did! Vulnerability researcher Brene Brown says wholehearted people cultivate creativity and meaningful work- a work that satisfies, that doesn’t just bring in money. And I think this is mine. But even deeper than that, this blog has helped me detach from my perfectionism and grow in vulnerability. It has helped me be detached from seeing fruits of my labor from the Holy Spirit and being more than okay with just planting seeds for the Lord. And for this I am so grateful. Thank you so much for being on this journey with me and letting me be who God created me to be to set the world on fire!
Yes, Thanksgiving day is over, but being thankful doesn’t have to end. Let us be thankful each and everyday! What are you thankful for? Thank you for reading!