Hey guys! So my blessings jar/box experience was a little sporadic. In the end, I had many notes to read but didn’t put dates on any of them, although I wish I had! Nonetheless, it was so cool to go back and read about many of the happy God-moments of my year. Here are some that stood out to me-
- “I was surprised by how hard it was to say goodbye to the fam after Christmas break. This is a good thing.”
- “This month I’m learning how important it is to count your blessings… especially when you find yourself longing for more.”
- “Stayed up late last night laughing at everything. It feels so good to laugh.”
- “Gavin Peter.” (ask me about the story of this one!)
- “On my vacation to Mexico it was such a gift to listen to my 7year old cousin Kendra recite Psalm 51 to us by heart.” There’s nothing quite as beautiful as hearing children recite scripture.
- “The best part about ‘frosh’ week in second year was coming back to a place where I feel I belong”
- “I love my classes this term! What a blessing- I feel like I’m in the right program and I feel passionate about what I’m learning”
So, there you have it- a glimpse into little moments and realizations in my life this past year. Guaranteed, if I didn’t write all these things down, I would have forgotten them by now. It’s so valuable to create a way to remember those fleeting but important moments. I encourage you all to try to create a blessings jar this year, or do something similar. I’m going to try to write down a blessing a day in a journal. Let us know what you decide to do and let us know how it goes!
My goal for this year- love and serve people more sacrificially.
In Christ, Kristen.
Hello Sisters and Brothers,
I wish you a Happy New Year and now, I start talking about 2013. Well, more specifically I start talking about a little challenge I threw at you back in January! It’s finally time to open those Blessing Jars and look back on 2013, thank God for the good, maybe thank him for that bad too-it made us stronger and it made us rely on him more.
So, I will start us off! (I’m going to attempt to put them in order!)
- January 13: went skating with dad and Joely
- January 16: found every single chart for today’s pull = stress free day!
- January 18: won a signed Adam Comrie jersey at the royals and turned 20!
- February 4: found my glow ring in my pocket from Winter Jam, made me smile:)
- February 10: Nathan(my nephew) scored his 1st goal! I missed it, but I’m so proud!
- February 25: mom snuck a devotional in my backpack before I left for school (I found it while unpacking when I got back to my dorm!)
- March 11: got some hours at my old job for over spring break!
- April 9: warm weather! got out of 3hr class 2hr & 15min early!
- May: started journaling as a stress reliever. so far, AMAZING! look forward to it
- May 11: spent the day with my cousin’s daughter, went to dinner with my grandparents
- May 13: “That little girl came at a time when Granny needed it the most” -my dad, talking about my cousin’s daughter
- May 25: Royals win the Kelly Cup!
- June 27: got my job back!
- August 30: survived syllabus week at my new school!
- September 8: ran my first 5k! (with my brother and nephew)
- September 20: saw Skillet and Tenth Avenue North at Uprise!
- September 26: donated my hair to children with hair loss
- October 6: went to Knoebels for Dad’s 50th and rode Flying Turns!
- October 23: saw Anberlin at Union Transfer in Philly
- November 9: went to see Thor with my baby sister
- December 18: got my grades for the semester, passed all my classes!
Okay, now these are just some and I am really bummed out that I didn’t do this more often. I guess I just got too caught up in life to take the time to be appreciative for all that I have.
Looking back now, I wish I would’ve done this daily. So, that is what I am going to try to do.
As part of this wonderful new year that is upon us I am not going to make a list of resolutions, I am going to start with one and then each month, give myself something else to add to the list.
For January I will read my devotional as well as journal, those two things go hand in hand for me, so I count them as one!
As for the other months, I am going to take a look back at January and decide what part of myself I need to work on, what part of me God wants me to work on. Maybe he’ll put on my heart to do volunteer work or join a gym and start making friends and talking about my faith with them. Who knows!
As for now, I will do my devos every day and write about them as well as life in general.
And the blessing jar, well that’s a challenge for every year. And I will be starting it today. I’m not sure what my blessing is yet today, I think I have a few already-but one a day for 365 days is the goal!
I wish you all healthy and happy new years, enjoy 2014.
Spend 2014 strengthening you relationship with God. And even better, start sharing-faith, religion, struggle stories. Sometimes people don’t want to hear about how God is giving you amazing things in your life, sometimes people want to hear how you were at the lowest of lows with seemingly no way out and then a you looked to God and he helped you, but it wasn’t all right and all well in one moment, tell the struggle! The Struggle is relatable! We’ve all been there!
So this year, I challenge you, SHARE THE STRUGGLE!
Don’t be afraid or ashamed, be God’s handiwork, show that God took you and molded you!
Walk In Love,