We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give

Boy was I exhausted yesterday!  Typically, Justin and I stay up together until around 11pm and then make our way to bed.  In our evenings we eat dinner, do work, do homework, watch some West Wing, etc.  While we are watching tv I usually cross-stitch or work on a puzzle.  Last night was slightly different.  I went grocery shopping after work and went home and made us dinner.  After that we settled down to watch the West Wing and I grabbed my cross-stitch and a couple of blankets.  I leaned back in the recliner, and that was it for me.  I was out.  Around 11pm I woke up and went to my bed where I crashed again.

I believe falling asleep so early was a good thing.  Usually sometime after dinner I start thinking about what snack I am going to eat at night.  This is not very healthy for a few reasons, the biggest being that you are not supposed to eat too close to bed.  I imagine this is especially true if you spend after dinnertime until bedtime in a recliner.  So instead of eating I slept.

I realized that as hard as my Lenten sacrifice already is, it is going to be much worse in March.  March will bring an Oscar party and my dad’s 50th birthday party.  I can guarantee that at these parties will be chips, delicious chips, with their delicious dips.  Thankfully, I did not give up crackers, pretzels or veggies.  But nevertheless, I am going to be challenged in a different way during those times.  I am looking forward to it 🙂

Today is proving to be a great day so far.  It is snowing outside, but I can tell that the sun is trying to peek through.  I received flowers from the President’s Office first thing at work this morning.  I had time at home to make sandwiches for my lunch and dinner as well as get Justin’s grapes and carrots to his desk.  I have class tonight shortly after work, which I am fully prepared for.  There are many days where I feel like grad school is overwhelming, but I am continually thankful for the chance.

I am continuing to remind myself that everything I do is for God.  Whether it is data entry at work, eating dried apricots instead of popcorn, or cleaning my kitchen, I am doing it for God.  Try to remind yourself of that today when you are doing something frustrating or not fun.  It’s all for God.

Quote by Sir Winston Churchill

2 thoughts on “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give

  1. Sister, I feel your pain. Chips (and their delicious delicious dip counterparts) are my nemesis too. I’m rooting for you and your Lenten sucess!!!

    What are you cross-stitching? How are your classes?

  2. I am cross stitching a couple of items for my mom’s kitchen. And a cute item for my grandma. And about 100 other ones that I haven’t finished yet. Grad school is good. I love it when I am in class and doing homework, I hate it all of the other times. Just have to get back in the swing of being a student!

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