Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving To All!

The month of thanks is coming to an end and I can't help but say I AM SO BLESSED! :)

I am thankful for my family. My mom is an amazing, strong, and beautiful woman whom I admire greatly. She has put up with so much and is dealing so well. My dad is smart, funny, and is a great balance for my mom. My brother is one of my most favorite people ever-that's another post in itself. All four of my grandparents are awesome, healthy for the most part, and love me! I have beautiful, amazing, godly cousins. I have two great sets of aunts and uncles who make me laugh all over myself.

I am thankful for my friends at "home." Shawn, Whitney, Becca, Bethany, Zack...(i feel like i should have a lot more friends...) anyway, they are so good to me and I know they are there.

I am thankful for my DBU family...Kelsie, Ashton, Colton, Anna, Matt, Chris, Shelby, Hannah, Syeldy...they all have blessed my life so much.

I am thankful for the people who invest in me. Kimberly, Kathy, Brad... I am so loved and I appreciate them checking up on me, especially at such a hectic time in my life.

I am thankful for a roof over my head, wonderful food on the table, a comfy duplex to always feel safe at, a cell phone, ipod, computer, laptop, two beds to choose from while my brother's out of the house, and the most amazing car I could have asked for at sixteen! I'm spoiled!

I am thankful that my parents support my desire to go to a private, expensive institution and that they want me to adjust before making me get a job. I am thankful that my brother is not in the military this year. I am thankful that I have so many people who love me.

God is good. Even through the storms, He showers blessings on His children. Soak up His great, great love for you!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

twentythree!

today i am thankful for my friends. it seems like such a cliche, stupid answer...but the people who love me are amazing and beautiful people! today was filled with good times, fun yet deep conversations, and laughs with some people who greatly enrich my life. i know everyone thinks their friends are the best, but mine win :) they love me when i get crazy and point me in the right direction.

whether it's singing to my heart's content with shawn, laughing my head off with shelby, being sassy with andre, playing loud, obnoxious games of catchphrase at ihop with my dbu friends, talking youth group with brad and zack, friends make the ride worthwhile. love y'all :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

22nd.

Today I am thankful for the small things in life. Things like when the pastor at the church you're working at tells the youth pastor that you're awesome. Or like when someone you've been investing in for so long finally "gets it." Or like when you meet someone new who is so awesome that you can't believe you've lived for so long without knowing them. Finding money, having your meals payed for by a sweet friend, helping someone get through a struggle, even my current awesome blessing...HAVING ALL WEDNESDAY CLASSES CANCELED SO I CAN GET THE HECK OUT OF HERE WHEN I WANT. :)

God is good. He gives us massively wonderful things like nature, renewal, beauty, talents, hope, life, relationships...but he also gives us amazing small things, like a kind word, a beautiful sunshiney day, or sweet affirmation. I just love Him :)

21.

I cannot believe that Thanksgiving in on THURSDAY! So much to do before going home on Wednesday, so much to do before Christmas, so much to do DURING the break...yay.

Today, I am thankful for change, as much as I hate to say that. I dislike change with a deep, burning passion deep in my soul. I worry and worry and WORRY myself TO DEATH over it until it happens, and every time, I realize that change is not really that bad. Yet...I never quit worrying about it.

However, the old is gone, the new has come! I am THANKFUL that I have changed, I am thankful for the person I am today-even though it means I've had to learn things the hard way, go through some things...it's made me who I am, and now I use it to help other people, which is my most very favorite thing to do!!!

Though I complain about it and hate it deep down inside, change really is good, even when it hurts.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

DAY TWENTY

Today.

I am thankful for the passion I have for working with kids. They make me laugh. I love babysitting, I love talking to them and listening to them and watching them interact and learn. I hope I always have opportunities to work with them.

Friday, November 19, 2010

DIECINUEVE

Day 19.
I am thankful for Kimberly Ann Wirt, my FORMER (not old!) youth pastor. I am very thankful that after she left youth ministry, she 1) did not leave my church, and 2) did not leave me hangin'! She still disciples me. She's the first person we call when my family is going through something, and it really helps to have someone who knows what's going on.

KWirt, you are awesome and I love you very much! You truly are a servant leader.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Day 18 As I Break From This Terrible Paper Writing...

Huge math test tomorrow + math being my worst subject + huge Developing a Christian Mind paper due tomorrow + me not doing so hot in that class as it is + lack of sleep from this whole week = trying to keep myself awake and finish strong.

Today...
I am thankful for my mom. Mama. We are very close. I love her, all my friends love her, all the adults at church love her, you name it, she's loved. She's funny, beautiful, wise, a jokester, and fun. We have a great time together, and I love going home for the day just to hang out with her. She supports me and loves me unconditionally even through my OCD tendencies and meltdowns and silliness. I love you Mama! :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Favorite Number Day!

Today is the seventeenth. Seventeen is my favorite number. Yay for today.

Alright so today I am thankful for my dad. He is so stinkin' funny! He's really quiet but when he gets to talkin', you learn a crapload of stuff you've never even thought about before and you laugh a lot. He's really smart and I wish he could be at DBU with me because he always has the best ideas for papers. He read to my brother and me before we went to bed when we were little, things like Pinnochio and Ramona and The Chronicles of Narnia and he was the one who woke us up for school in the morning. "No lollygaggin'!" Yes...I haven't forgotten :) I love you Daddy!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sixteen!

I am thankful that my parents are alive. It sounds kind of strange to say, but I am. My friend Colton lost his dad yesterday. My precious cousins lost both of her parents fifteen months ago. My friend Ahseante lost his dad around a year ago, right after senior year started. My friend Matt lost his dad a few years ago. Anna, Brooke, Aaron, Jordyn, Labri, and so many more... it's not fair. It breaks my heart. I feel heavily burdened for these people. They say nothing is worse than having to bury your child. But then how terrible is it compared to being a high school or college student when you need your parents the most and having to bury them?

If you're in this list, I'm sorry. I hate it when people say that...but I truly am. I wish I could somehow erase time and tell them to take better care of themselves and not get heart attacks...to go to the doctor to catch the cancer early...to not get in the car and drive today... I feel heartbroken, heart-shattered for you. I am praying for you and I love you. I don't know how it feels but I'm here.

Thank you Lord for keeping Mama and Daddy safe.

Monday, November 15, 2010

13, 14, 15.

I am thankful for MUSIC! Music is so much a part of me. Growing up, we belted out no matter where we were. My mom stands at the dryer and sings at the top of her lungs. Awesome songs-oldies, worship, "classic" country (if Conway Twitty could be classified as classic.. :) ). My dad harmonizes with her and my brother and I chime in almost always. When my parents don't start it, my brother and I do. When we go driving together, Phillip and I can not say a word-only sing. And it is just as companionable as having a fulfilling conversation. I love that God created music and made it to where we could have it always. Music encourages, inspires, uplifts, bridges gaps, binds people together, is a constant. Music has helped my cousin heal tremendously. It's helped me heal tremendously. It is powerful! I have a passion for singing and I lovelovelove jamming out.

I am also thankful for the COLD WEATHER! I freaking LOVE winter. It is my absolute favorite! It's not even that cold yet, but I am thankful that it's cooling down at least. I love everything about winter. I have most of my Christmas gifts planned out-which was difficult because I have around 15 dollars to last me through Christmas, BUT-I got some cheap, homemade ideas and i am PUMPED! I can't wait for coffee shop hang outs, movie nights with my friends, jackets, warm clothes, the holidays, you name it!

Today, I am thankful for my friend Whitney Wheeler. She is my "forever friend." I don't get to see her often, but we always seem to pick up where we left off. She is one of the few people that "get" me, which isn't always easy :) I love her! She shares my passion for singing at the top of our lungs, loves the Lord, and is so beautiful. I love getting to spend time with her! I wish we could do it more. I love you, WhitneyDrew! God has blessed me beyond measure by your friendship.

Friday, November 12, 2010

DAY ELEVEN AND TWELVE!

Since yesterday was Veteran's Day and all, it sounds really cliche of me to say I'MTHANKFULFORTHOSEWHOSERVEOURCOUNTRY but seriously, I am. Both of my grandfathers served, my best friend is seriously considering the military and my brother got so stinkin' close to joining the Marines, so it does hold a special place in my heart. I am really glad there's not a draft anymore because my brother being in China in four months is one thing...I cannot imagine letting him go without communication with the constant fear of him dying. I understand obviously that he could end up doing that, but for right now I'm glad it's not that way.

Today I am thankful for technology. My brother called me from China last night and it pretty much made my entire LIFE! Then I got to thinking about how not even that long ago I wouldn't be able to facebook chat with him, read his blog, e-mail him, much less get a phone call! Technology is not my favorite thing and sometimes I wish I could just get away from all of it, but in the long run I would much rather have it for a time such as this!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day...I don't remember.

I'm stinkin' exhausted and I'm going to sleep very soon! So...today...

I am thankful for worship. I just went to Christ for the Nations and attended their Tuesday Night worship service. It was awesome and it made me realize how amazing it is to be able to worship. Isn't it awesome to have been CREATED to worship? Everyone-not just people who are "saved." I love belting out, sometimes not so beautifully, to my Jesus. I love watching other people worship and the different ways they praise God. I love the feeling of sweet, overwhelming peace after worship and the way He speaks in so many ways. I love making my Father smile. I love being able to pray over others and lay everything down at my Savior's feet. I love it. Thank You Jesus for the opportunity to praise You freely!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Day 8

Today I'm thankful for my cousin Shelby. She is beautiful, strong, sweethearted, and super fun. We have the best time together and I wouldn't trade our memories for anything. I hope it is always like this, and I have faith that it will. We've been inseperable since we were in diapers. We went to preschool and college together...I think that's pretty much awesome :) She has been through so much and continues to struggle; however, through EVERY struggle she looks for the reason, the answers. She clings to her Jesus in every storm and is very mindful of what HE wants, not what she wants.

Shelby Ann, I love you with my whole heart. I pray for you daily and am so incredibly blessed to be at DBU with you. Know that I am always here...ALWAYS. Through thick and thin, whatever trials and tribulations and happy times and good memories...the nightmares and the dreams that come true...I am your biggest fan, and I love you.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Day 7

Today, after being at church all day, I am thankful for the church I am "interning" for. I help out Sunday nights and the occasional Sunday morning with the youth group and help plan for different events. I am really thankful for the opportunity given to me. I feel insecure, overwhelmed, incompetent, and useless...but I am learning so much. I never thought I would be even serving with youth ministry, but here I am!

I am thankful that I get to see my friend Zack at least once a week, and to have met awesome people in the church. It's a smaller congregation and I've stepped foot in a Methodist church once before all this started, but I really am loving every minute of it. Though it's different, chaotic, and so different...I am thankful for this opportunity.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

More

I suck at this daily thing. After this week, it's a miracle I even know what day it is.

ALRIGHT

So, yesterday I was and am definitely STILL thankful for my future roommate Kelsie Kirby! She is so fun and sweet and I love her. I can NOT WAIT to live with someone who I can talk to and sing at the top of my lungs with and pull all nighters with and have freaking fun...because I don't get to do any of that right now! I am thankful that I met her in Old Testament and that we could get to know each other and ultimately be there for each other as things have gotten increasingly difficult this semester with school, family, relationships, and everything else under the sun. I CAN'T WAIT TIL NEXT SEMESTER!! :)

Today I am thankful for the fact that my parents support me. They not only are paying for my education, but they shower me with wonderful things like gas for my car, oil changes, 5 dollar bills, groceries, and hugs every time I come home. I thought every family was like mine, but the more people I meet here, the more I realize that not everybody has it as good as I do. There are people who have to work like crazy to just make the next payment and people who have no idea how they are going to make it to the end of the semester. Obviously after this year I am going to have to work, but they don't want me to work freshman year while I'm adjusting, and they've never put financial stress of me. I am blessed!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Day 4

Today I am thankful for my best friend Shawn and his family! They are really good to me and I love just talking and hanging out with them at their house. I am blessed to be a girl with a boy best friend, though it is way frustrating at times. I hate girls and I am thankful to have an awesome guy to be friend with.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

It's NOVEMBER!

Which means that this is the month that everybody decides that they need to be thankful. And then here in about 25 days, they will get into the hustle and bustle of Christmas and move on to giving and getting and decorating and being busy. But that's another story!

So, in the spirit of THANKSGIVING, there is a Facebook challenge: every day in November, write one thing you're thankful for. Because my dad really likes it when I update my blog and I don't want to annoy people with status updates on Facebook every day, I'm gonna do it on here.

For November 1, 2, and 3:

I am very thankful that I live in a country that lets me worship my Jesus without stoning me, executing me, and doing all sorts of terrible things to me. I am thankful that we have the freedom to vote for our leaders, even if we don't like the decisions they make all the time. I am thankful that I have running water at my disposal, a big diversity of different people, awesome yummy food of all kinds accessible at all hours of the day, and other great stuff like that.

I am thankful for my brother, Phillip. We're two years apart and pretty much BFF. He is a wonderful, wonderful guy and I am very thankful to have had a big brother who protects me, encourages me, and loves me even when I'm being a brat. I love you, Phillip Stewart!

I am thankful for DBU. It is a great place and I have known that since I visited in 2008. It is full of wonderful, beautiful, amazing, Godly people whom I love! Everyone is so helpful and encouraging and I know in my heart that if anything were to happen I would be in good hands here in my new home on the Hill! The DBU student, with exceptions of course, is beautiful, genuine, godly, and musical. I love it :)