2 Year Anniversary

two-years2 years ago I started this blog. I didn’t even realize that until I logged on and wordpress notified me. I love this blog and the community I’ve found here. I feel welcomed, and safe, and like I belong here. I’ve been so encouraged and touched by so many of you. Thank you for that. I can’t believe it’s been that long, but at the same time, it feels like it’s been longer.

Thank you for supporting me and reading all my random thoughts for the past two years. Here’s to the next one! 🙂

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Thankful

autumn-1072827_640I feel like I’ve been really negative here lately… If I’m here at all. I don’t like that. I don’t want to be just a dark spot on the internet, or in someone’s day. So today I thought I’d share some of the good things I’m thankful for.

I’m thankful for the beautiful day I had today, in activities, company, weather, all of it. It’s been a good day, and I’ve really needed one of those. 🙂

I’m thankful for friends who always uplift and encourage me. I’ve seen God work in so many wonderful ways through friendships, and I’m so grateful that I get to be a part of that.

I’m thankful for just having a place to sleep and food to eat. There are so many necessities that I just take for granted because I have them here. I don’t want to forget all the good things and blessings I truly do have.

I’m thankful for my family, for my husband and the family I came from, and the many others who have become like family to me. Their love and support means so much to me.

I’m thankful for the turning leaves and changing seasons. It’s always such a beautiful reminder that the world does not revolve around us, but there’s a God who takes the time to take care of each and every little thing. It’s beautiful. 🙂

I’m thankful for my church. There are so many out there that don’t live out the love God has for us, but I’m fortunate to be in one of the good ones that are truly willing to live out of truth and love, speaking it and breathing it, while being completely real, honest, and vulnerable along the way.

I’m thankful for this blogging community. I know I haven’t kept up the best with a lot of you (I do intend to read your blogs sometime in the hopefully not so distant future. 🙂 ), but I really appreciate this place and all of you, my lovely readers.

I suppose most of this can be summed up in safety, changes, and community, but I’m okay with that. Those are some really valuable and important things, and I cherish them deeply.

What are you thankful for this evening? I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

And Again We Go

Phew! I talked about chapters and changes, but I wasn’t quite sure just how much that really meant. The past couple weeks have been absolutely crazy. Storms hit harder than ever, and some may have finally been knocked to the ground.

I’m in a very transitional stage in my life. I know something more has to happen, is happening, and yet I’m caught in the middle, unsure if I should try to fight the waves, or take a deep breath and dive right in. I have a feeling though, that I ought to be doing a little of both.

sunrise-1641780_640It’s like we’re pulled into the ocean, unable to escape its grasp. Terrifying and beautiful. It’s easy to get caught in the waves, to thrash around when the world is spinning out of our control and we don’t know what to do with ourselves, let alone everything and everyone around us. But I’m learning more and more that God is faithful.

I don’t know how long this will last, or what it will take to heal, but I know that I’m not in this alone.

Autumn is always a time of change, some things end, others begin. It’s scary sometimes to know that winter is right around the corner, and sometimes it’s hard to feel alive, sometimes it’s like walking in a daydream not knowing if we ourselves are as dead, and cold, and frozen as the falling leaves and snow around us. (Okay, it’s a little early for snow, but still…)

We don’t know where this road will take us, we don’t know where this journey ends. It’s all in embracing the new beginnings and staying strong, keeping faith, through it all, good or bad. Because God never leaves our sides. Through the calm, and through the storm, He is Lord.