Saturday, July 26, 2008

thankful friday

Yes, I know my title says "Friday" and that it's Saturday, but I didn't get a chance to blog yesterday. That is not a big deal or anything since I blog all the time, but this is a very cathartic thing for me and I love it.

So my mom does this "thankful Friday" sort of email with the women in the small groups my parents lead, and I think it's a great idea. I was just emailing someone (you know who you are if you are reading this!) about how I really try to focus on praising and thanking God when I am in the midst of stress or difficult situations. That doesn't mean that it's always easy or something that I am good at all the time. But I find that when I focus on him, the stress I am experiencing at the moment dissipates and doesn't really matter. And when it all comes back up again, be it moments or even weeks later, I have to do the same process again. So glad God is patient!

Here are some things I am thankful for this Friday/Saturday:
God, who knows what we need.
Kevin's ability to make me laugh
Seth's love of trying new things
my family's constant and unwaivering support
IKEA meatballs that are now available
6 new placemats that cost a total of 67 cents
a car that we can drive
a bigger refrigerator
friends who understand

Of course my list could go on forever, but all of those things were at the forefront of my mind today as I spend several hours with a friend conversing about all sorts of things while trying to help her figure out what she actually needs for a baby due this winter. Sometimes I think we spend time focusing only on the really big things, which of course are incredibly important to be thankful for, but sometimes it's the really little things that I stop and thank God for. It's those little things that let me know that God is watching over me and knows me better than anyone else.


Stefanie said...

Helps put things in perspective when you're having a bad day- huh? My small group leader used to have us do that everyday, now we email acts of service everyday. Our goal is to serve others at least once a day, helps you get out of selfish thinking and on to others!

Karin said...

Hi Kristen,

Thanks for posting on my blog, didn't know anybody out there knew it was there. I just started it after reading others, and as an exercise to start to slow myself down and try to pay attention to life. I have been sneaking peaks at your blog but have been reading Stefanie's more frequently. Got hooked back up with you all during the Spring and following Ryan's journey. Anyway, have a great day, and thanks for posting.
Karin Haubold

Julie said...

Okay, so where did you get those placemats so cheap?

I am back in BP by the way. Let's plan to get together... I still don't have your number... call me! Unless you don't want to get together...then no need to call :)

New Beginnings said...

Glad you guys are enjoying the car. Its a blessing to us to be able to pass that along..IKEA meatballs are the we used to get them and have several meals from them..Have a great Weekend love reading your blog and hearing about things in Budapest/Diosd

jennifer said...

I like the idea of "thankful friday" it puts things in perspective.

I am thankful that we are in touch again!!!