There are many times in my life where I am envious of others.Â I will see someone who seems very happy and content and I will try to figure out what is secretly wrong in their lives.Â It is hard for me to trust that someone could be very content.Â I do not believe that anyone can ever be content with everything in their lives, but I know that there is a higher level of contentment that I am capable of reaching.
The Bible says, A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones (Proverbs 14:30).Â This week I think that I am going to start working on ways to be content in my life and find things that I am grateful for.
Starting tonight…Â I am grateful for:
- Having someone to snuggle up next to every night no matter what we went through that day
- Having a kitty to snuggle up next to any time of the day
- Being able to own a home, two new cars, and other nice things even though I still have not been employed
- Mom, Dad, and Ashley; Mom, Dad, and Amy
- Great friends
- God and His word
- Gold’s Gym
As I started writing those down, I realize that I could go on forever.Â There are so many things that can help me feel more content with my life that I already have.Â It is important to start appreciating them more.
Half an hour left before my first church council meeting! I know that I will have a lot to offer, and hopefully it will all make sense, but I am still a bit nervous. I think it is because I am the youngest member to sit on the council, maybe ever! Plus, I am just not sure what to fully expect. I will know soon enough!
Justin and I played Tetris for awhile Saturday.Â It was a lot of fun, and we ranked ourselves 9th in the world on the Tetris tournament.Â Pretty good if I do say so myself!Â John came over the next day and he and Justin beat our ranking, but I still felt worthy for awhile!
I am heading to the gym tonight after council, hopefully with Lindsey!Â It will be 3 of my necessary 12 visits this month.Â I am planning on more than twelve, but it is a great thing for me if I make it that many times!Â I also need to start working on not eating in the evening.
I finished the 1,000 White Women book that I recommended by Jim Fergus.Â It was incredibly amazing.Â I liked it so much that I went out and purchased his next book, Wild Girl.Â I recommend this one also.Â They are especially great books to read if you have any interest in Native American life and culture.
One last piece of advice, I downloaded this great solitaire game for my Mac the other day.Â You can get it at www.lavacat.com.Â It amazes me the way programs run on Macs!
There are so very many times that things change unexpectedly and are often unwelcome.Â Last Tuesday I walked into work very happy and ready for another day at the job.Â Very quickly bad news came that two of our managers were being sent to different stores, and by the next day we had two new managers.Â I understand the changes and the reasons for them, but I am not very happy about it.Â I miss them.
I recently received health insurance which is great, and it also means that I get half off of my gym membership.Â I have to go to the gym twelve times a month to get the discount.Â It seems like a lot of times, but I know that I can do it!Â Sometimes though, I feel like the more I work out, the less fit I feel.Â I must be building huge muscles!
Still applying for lots of jobs!Â There seems to be a good number of positions open, but so many people applying for them.Â I just have to keep praying and hope that the right job happens to me!
Church Council starts on Monday.Â Since I do not really need to keep track of the dates anymore, I am terrified of missing the first one!Â I am sure I won’t miss it, but there is still that worry.
I got a new Bible today that I am excited about.Â It is a TNIV/Message Bible.Â It has the TNIV translation right next to the Message translation so that I can compare the versions.Â It sure would be neat if I could read Hebrew or Arabic so that I could read the original writings.
Deep Impact is tonight.Â It is time for me to read the lesson so that I am prepared!