Tag Archives: Thankful
08. Oct, 2012

It continues…

It continues…

On a day when  nothing seems to be going right and I keep messing up my words, just continuing my list is the best I can do.

81. A family where at the end of the day I can still be confident they love me, even if I don’t deserve it
82. The smell of clean laundry and how it invades my unit
83. A day to just relax and watch movies
84. My tattoo being fixed and looking so much better
85. Hugs at the exact moment you need one
86. The rain that is making the grass such a beautiful shade of green
87. Mis-matching socks to make me smile

26. Sep, 2012

Just another day at the Springs…

Just another day at the Springs…

Today I figured I would just leave it to the list of things I am grateful for :)

26. A tattoo artist that is passionate about his work
27. Sitting outside with friends for lunch, just so we can soak up more of the sun
28. A little boy who chose to try his first activity at camp because I asked him to
29. Learning the meanings behind Maori kids names, such huge depth to a lot of them
30. Feeling the cool breeze against my face
31. A lost envelope of finances returned to my family…3 weeks later
32. Listening to the voice of my neighbor as she worships God with her incredible gift
33. Bean bags left from my friend, which make my unit a lot more comfortable
34. Having a full day of instructing and realizing why I love my job so much
35. Finding out I am much more confident in front of groups than I used to be
36. Being able to curl up and watch a movie because of a generous giving heart from a friend
37. The sense of anticipation that is building for kids camp and the lives that will be changed
38. My dad downloading the broncos game so I could watch my team…even though they played terrible
39. Random trips to sushi with friends
40. The groups of campers that make my job easier
41. The groups of campers who are off their rockers because they help me appreciate the groups that run smoothly
42. For my pile of rocks that remind of who God is and what He does in my life
43. That the rain held off today so we could run with the scheduled program

This photo was taken at work while we were waiting for sports teams to show up…gotta be grateful for some down time!

19. Sep, 2012

Truth or Dare?

Truth or Dare?

I came across a very interesting concept from one of my friends today and it challenged me into action. Today I will embark on a game of truth or dare. You remember the game from your younger years? I was not particularly fond of the game. I was always trying to weigh up in my mind whether or not I could simply slip into the woodwork without doing anything. I shied away from dares because I knew the minds of my friends (no offense guys but we were crazy!), but I also did not want the risk of having to answer a question about myself truthfully. It’s a terrible game of risk and either way it reveals something about you to the others playing the game. I guess for me I hated the feeling of vulnerability the game left you with.

So then, why would I choose now to play the game of truth or dare? I am choosing to embark on this journey because I believe I need to. I believe this game will require me to become vulnerable to God and to those around me and share where my heart is. I think this game will change this heart of mine for the better. It will challenge me to see the good in the ins and outs of everyday moments.

What then is this game of truth or dare?  “The dare is: record 1,000 gifts of grace and beauty. The truth is: grace can be found in every moment – happy, sad, scared, sacred, frustrating and beautiful. The risk is: exposing myself to testing and change.” (Julia McMahan)  In this it becomes more than a game because it will cause a real life change, which is hopefully for the better. This dare is asking me to record my thankfulness and through it I pray that I become a more grateful and thankful person.  You see I struggle to be thankful in difficult circumstances. My instant reaction is not to look around and see the beauty that has been bestowed upon me but rather to dwell in the muck of the circumstance. Somehow I don’t think God would want my heart to be like that.  He has been challenging me lately to move away from my learned response of negativity and to start living in the beauty of the moment.

Do I think this challenge will be easy? No, I am not naive enough to think that changing an old habit will be simple. I know without a doubt that hard times will come. Times where I will think this game of truth or dare is more trouble than it is worth. Yet at the same time I think that if I am able to cling to God and keep walking forward in obedience, that He will meet me there and teach me new things. I believe that when we get to the other side, the risk of this game will have opened my eyes to the grace and beauty around me. And that my friends, will make this game worth it.

Here goes:
1. A beautiful spring day in which I am allowed to work outside
2. The fact that so many people come through these gates that we have a chance to show God’s love to
3. Laughter from a friend
4. A quick note of encouragement
5. Sunglasses that make the colors all around look clearer and brighter
6. Coffee…always a good thing!