Thursday, November 12, 2015

G.I.G.-Day 12

     Jocelyn wished out loud today that she had a time machine-so she could go *forward* in time. I thought that was amusing, because usually time traveling focuses on going back in time, but I can see that there could be definite advantages to jumping ahead a few days (or maybe even weeks!). Sometimes, I think that would be the easy way out. Just skip ahead past to whenever what is stressing me out is over, and it will all just be memories and the beauty of 20/20 hindsight. That isn't the way it works, and I try to remind myself that isn't how I would really want it to be anyway. But a girl can wish sometimes, right?

   Since I can't fast-forward and avoid my responsibilities, I guess I will just look for things to be thankful for in the midst of the work!

Today I am thankful for:

1. Fast food. You can vilify me if you want, but sometimes the Big M is what makes this rock-and-roll lifestyle possible. I won't apologize-please, keep your judgement to yourself. A red box of crispy, golden French fries... don't be jealous!

2. Coupons. Especially ones you didn't know you could use that save you big bucks at your favorite store (That would be Target in case you live in a cave). I gotta bank roll my fast food habits somehow!

3. Cartwheel.(Target's mobile savings app) Combined with my coupon, I saved even more money! See above. ;)

4. Hanging out with my mom while accomplishing things. Everything load is better when shared with a friend, especially when that friend is your mom.

5. Dinner with my family. Especially when I don't have to cook or do the dishes.

6. Toilet paper. And I am doubly thankful when it is on sale. Don't pretend that your life wouldn't be vastly different without this stuff.

7. A well-stocked floral room at church. The event that I am coordinating on Saturday will be greatly enhanced by the resources there.

8. Short meetings. I have been on the Pastor Search Committee since the spring. We have had some rather ...long meetings. Tonight we cut off just a little past an hour. Definitely grateful for that!

9. Being able to help. I really am thankful that sometimes I am in the right place at the right time and I can be of assistance in some small way.

10. Being helped. It is hard sometimes to admit that I can't do it all by myself, but I really do appreciate those who come alongside and lend their helping hands.

11. Kids who are good shoppers. They really are champs. I drag them from store to store, and they are so great. Even more so if I bribe them with a little popcorn.

12. Knowing I can rely on the Lord's strength for all things. It is a daily battle to not be stressed and worried about all the things that are on my calendar and in my heart. But the Lord has promised that He will never leave me or forsake me, and that I can do all things with His strength. I can't think of a better way to end than that.

    What is stressing you out? Is there anything thankful in that? Or do you just want a fast-forward time machine, too? ;)

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