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This Little Light of Mine

I have something to confess. I’ve been avoiding my blog. It hasn’t been intentional, and I am only just now realizing it. And I think I know why.

My life is so wonderful.

That probably doesn’t sound like a good reason to avoid writing to an audience, but hear me out.

My life is so wonderful, in fact, that I feel guilty about it. Guilty to the point that I haven’t wanted to share the good stuff. I know that sounds odd, and I’m just now finding words to pinpoint this feeling. I watch people around me struggling with various deep and real hurts, both close friends and the world at large, and it makes me feel guilty for how blessed I am. One of my spiritual gifts is that of mercy – being sensitive toward those who are suffering, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally, so as to feel genuine sympathy with their misery, speaking words of compassion but more so caring for them with deeds of love to help alleviate their distress. Acting in this capacity – listening, comforting, encouraging, and empathizing – is one of my greatest joys.

In this world full of pain, I can’t help but wonder why I’ve been given this bounty of blessing. But then I am reminded that I have walked through heartaches in the past, and that I’m allowed – called, even – to be thankful for the place that I am in now. We are each on our own journey, and there’s no reason to feel lacking if mine doesn’t look like yours. Life naturally ebbs and flows with both favorable and unfavorable seasons, and maybe God put me in this place of gratitude so that I can minister to the bruised and tender spots on others. I am blessed so that I might be a blessing to those around me.

God gave me this epiphany last night – he wants me to be joyful. In fact, it is a gift from Him, one of the very fruits of Christian life. I don’t have to stifle my joy. No need to minimize it for fear of disrespecting the tough circumstances around me. The same way I can use my painful experiences to relate to others, I can use my joy to point to God and His goodness. I have much to be thankful for, and I can openly thank Him for it. He doesn’t want me to dim my light, He wants me to shine it brightly for the whole world to see.

I am renewed by His words of encouragement, for this reminder to not be ashamed of the good times, but to rejoice as they occur. Amen and amen.

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Thankful Thursday

Yesterday was crazy busy in a way that left me no time to post my usual “What I’m Loving Wednesday” piece. I hate to leave my dear readers hanging, though, so I’m picking up the slack with a Thursday version instead. It actually works out quite nicely, given that Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I can’t think of a better time to count my many blessings. This won’t be all-encompassing, as I’ve got a to-do list a mile long and a very small span of time to accomplish it in, but here’s the abridged version.

I am thankful for my great God. I am thankful for His pure forgiveness, for His grace and mercy, and for the fact that He is the definition of love. I am continually challenged and renewed as I grow in my relationship with the Lord and learn more and more about how much He loves us.   

I’m thankful for my family, both immediate and extended. I’ve grown up engulfed in love, and it is one of the most fortunate things in my life.

I’m thankful for my friends, who fill my world in so many different ways.  You are all immeasurably important to me. And there are too many of you to post pictures of, so just know that you each hold a special place in my heart.

I’m thankful for this guy. He makes my heart whole. I could write a novel on this topic alone, but I’ll save you guys the mush. Just know that he is humble, respectable, thoughtful, sacrificial, romantic, supportive, and understanding in ways I didn’t know were possible. All that, and much more.

I’m thankful for my blog readers (you didn’t think I’d forget you, didya?!), for my faithful church, for my great job, for the ability to run, for my opportunities, and for this life. I’m thankful for music, seasons, health, holidays, laughter, freedom, blankets, and books. And for so many other things, I can’t even begin to call them by name. Man, I am just one warm and fuzzy ball of thankfulness right now.

But at this very moment, y’all, I am thankful to be leaving for Hawaii in the morning! I am just hours away from boarding a flight to paradise, and it’s finally hitting me. I have been casually packing and preparing for the event for a while now, but this morning I woke up, and BAM, it’s real, I’m going to HAWAII!! In a matter of hours! I’m giddy beyond words, and I can’t wait to get this party started!

May you all take time to be thankful this week, it’s good for the soul!