An amazing thing has happened while I have been trying to find something to fill my cravings – I have stopped craving! I honestly did not think that I would stop wanting chips and popcorn when I am hungry or in the mood to eat. Which is dumb, because I want to want it! Now at night, I eat crap less. I sometimes still do eat something but not because I am hungry, but because I just think that I should be eating. The great thing about this is that I have started to recognize the difference between being hungry and just wanted to eat something. I have never been able to do this before. I am also choosing and wanting to eat healthier options. Don’t get me wrong, I am still eating crap way too often, but not as often as before.
While this great thing for me has happened because of giving things up for Lent, it has not caused me to focus on God as much as I wanted it to. God does asks us “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” I feel that when I make wise decisions about how I treat my body, when I eat right and exercise, I am treating the body that God lent me with respect and that I am recognizing Him in my life.
The goal now for the rest of Lent for me is not only to continue doing what I have been doing along with exercising, but to also recognize exactly why I am making these choices. When I prepare my breakfast/lunch/dinner in the morning, I want to think about the fact that God grew those strawberries and cucumbers for me to eat, He used His people to plant the ingredients that make the hummus and wheat bread, He gave me the animals that were sacrificed for my turkey and salami, and He gave me my beautiful hands to put it all together into a meal. When I drive to work I will thank Him for the incredible sunrise/rain/snow that I am driving through. When I am working I will appreciate every moment because so many are not working. When I am walking on the treadmill, instead of complaining I will praise THE LORD that I have legs that move when my brain tells them to. When I lay my head down at night I will realize how blessed I am for the wonderful man laying next to me and for the perfect cat purring on my pillow.
And at this moment, in the class that I should be paying attention in, while I am typing on my Mac, I am in awe of His creations, His blessings, and the amazing days that He gives to me.
Quote by Arthur Koestler
This weekend was so very full of Christmas! Fortunately, that makes me very happy.
Sunday morning Justin and I headed over to my parents to open gifts with them and my sister. Probably my favorite gift of that Christmas was the Gap candles that are not made anymore. If you know me, you know that I hate candles with a passion. One day last November though, I walked into a Gap, loved the scent, and bought a candle. I told my mom to get me some for last Christmas but they sold out too fast. I waited all year to get these candles again, only to find out that they wouldn’t be using that scent again. I found some online and sent the link to Mom, and yesterday I opened 10 of them!
After that, we headed over to my grandma’s house (my mom’s side) to open presents and have dinner with everyone there. I received some much needed bath towels as well as some cash for Justin and me. My little cousin Sierra received an American Girl doll, which was the highlight of everyone’s day.
Then it was off to Justin’s parents to open gifts with them and his sister. I received some great gifts, including my much wanted complete series of West Wing as well as a bit of student loan debt reduction. Justin received some great gifts there also, as well as a fisheye lens for his camera which I am STOKED about. I have always wanted one of those, and now we have them.
It was a full weekend that felt much longer than it was but led to much exhaustion today. I have to finish work today, work tomorrow, and most of the day Wednesday and then it is off to Nebraska!
I am so very busy this beautiful Christmas season, and I have no time to blog, craft, finish creative gifts, or clean my house.
But I do have time to be thankful.
I am thankful for a cornucopia (<–nice word huh?) of things. My job(s), my family, my husband, my cat, my friends, my cars, etc. Most importantly, I am thankful for my God and the cornucopia of things that He provides for me to be thankful for.
Just a quick life update.
I have a new job at St. Catherine University. I love it there. The people are all great and I am very happy.
I have applied to grad school, so I may get in and I may not. It’s all in God’s great plan for me, so I will follow as He leads.
Justin and I are doing well. We certainly have our moments, but we get through them like we always have.
Not much else to report. I am going to try to start updating this a bit more regularly. maybe I can get Justin to design a new layout for me! yeah right!
It’s Thursday, which is a great thing because Thursday’s are my favorite day of the week. I am going to go home tonight, cook manicotti for my wonderful husband, do a bit of cleaning and watch some great television!
When people are stupid, it makes them hard to love. God calls us to love every person because He does. Boy is that hard to do though!
One thing in my life that I would like to work on more is treating people with the respect that they deserve from me. I believe that everyone deserves respect no matter who they are and what kind of lifestyle they lead.
There are so many things that I would like to say, but the internet reaches so many people that I might get fired 😉
Anyways, tonight I get to have some great fun with my bestest!
I feel like I should update my blog seeing as I have this goal of updating it often. It’s not like I am too busy to do so, I just forget to do it 🙂
On Wednesday I am having shoulder surgery. Not a huge deal, just fixing some things that are wrong with it. Besides getting my wisdom teeth pulled, I have never had surgery before, and I am a bit terrified. They aren’t even cutting me open, but I think my problem is that I watch too many doctor shows so I have seen the incredibly unlikely scenarios happen all too often. After the surgery I have to be monitored for 24 hours to make sure I don’t have a funny reaction to the anesthesia. Justin can’t be at home the whole time, so he wants to set up a webcam. Sounds like him doesn’t it?
In other news… still no job :-/ I fortunately have many smaller jobs that keep the bills paid. I am very grateful to God for this because I could have nothing. I just didn’t picture life after college to be the way that it is turning out to be.
The great thing about not having a “real” job is that it doesn’t really matter overall. I have a great life! I am married to someone that I love very much no matter how much we argue about the right way to do things! I have a loving family and great friends. Plus I have God, who provides for me and never lets me go.
Sappy, I know… but what if this is my last post?
If it is… Dad gets my car 🙂