Steadfast & thankful week 1

Through most of 2017 it has been difficult to be thankful. So I decided that for the last 61 days of the year I was going to find something every day to be thankful about. I am sure that some days this will be a difficult task, but I am up for the challenge. Every day I will post what I am thankful for on my Instagram account with the hashtag #SteadfastAndThankful. Please feel free to join me in this quest, I would love to see what you are thankful for too!

Colossians 4:2
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

My goal is every Sunday to have my blog post be a compilation of what I have been thankful for through week.


img_2645Day 1:
Today I am thankful for becoming a part of the Grace & Salt ink brand ambassador team. These beautiful inkDori traveler journals have been such a God sent this year. A definite bright spot in a sea of darkness.

img_2657Day 2:
Work today was a terrible. One of those days you are glad to never have to live through again. But I am thankful that we all pulled together as a group, got things done and did our best to stay positive through the frustration.

img_2663Day 3:
I spent my evening putting together these fun little packages. I am thankful I was inspired by Grace & Salt Ink’s “I Sent Love In An Envelope” and started to send out fun goodies to friends.

img_2666Day 4:
Today two of my friends got married. It was a beautiful wedding and I was thankful they allowed me to be apart of the setting up process. They are both so amazing, I know they will have a wonderful marriage.

img_2726Day 5:
Today my cousin ran a half marathon close to me. Which meant my parents and I went out and watched. It was a lot of fun to spend time with family and I was very thankful for the wonderful memories we made.


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The unopened package.

Today was a bit of an eh day. I have never been much for Halloween, but I usually come up with some kind of costume to wear to work, and it is always cat themed. I have been a pain old cat, a crazy cat lady, Schrödinger’s cat and this year I was Puss in Boots. I went for a run during trick or treating to check out some of the costumes, but because it was a colder evening I was not able to see much because of coats and sweatshirts. Over all a pretty uneventful day.

Although my day was pretty slow I was able to impact someone else in a big way. At the beginning of the month I sent out a package full of goodies to a friend far away. It took the long trip across the ocean to England and there it sat on her desk for a few weeks (yes weeks). I tried to be patient waiting for her to open it hoping she would like what I sent, but I am not a patient person. I tried to not bug her too much, I know she is busy and has had a crazy month of her being sick, then her daughter getting sick, on top of owning her own small business. But once a week or so I asked her if everything got there ok, and every time I got the same answer, she was saving it for when she had a chance to enjoy the contents.

img_2637Tonight she finally opened it!

She posted a lovely picture on Instagram and commented on how God used it to teach her that sometimes it is important to MAKE time for things, because the perfect moment may never exist. She also sent me a string of messages about how excited she was about each thing inside. There was washi tape, some of her favorite pens that are not available in the UK, candy and a few things of my own creation.

This package must have been a God thing in many ways, because He used it not only to impress a lesson on her, but also one on me. Sometimes, it is impossible for us to know the full reach of our actions. Most of the time we do not get a huge pat on the back via social media when we do something that impacts another person in a positive way. Like this package that sat unopened for weeks, the result of our actions may not be known for weeks or be trackable back to us. In the end, none of that matters. The truth is every day if we live our lives with a happy spirit and spread love to others, we could be just the thing to make a difference for someone else.

I was so blessed that God used my package to brighten her day and to remind both of us to seize any opportunity that could bring happiness. I think that is a lesson that we all could stand to be reminded of now and again.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

 

Here is her beautiful comment that was posted with the picture above:

It’s the end of October and what a month it’s been! I feel a bit like it’s just been one thing after another! Our bathroom at home tried to come downstairs via the kitchen ceiling, I was ill and in bed for a week (which I never do), then our daughter has been ill. It’s been the Christmas sale, which is awesome and exciting but also involves a lot of work before and after, it’s been non stop. This amazingly beautiful #happymail arrived a couple of weeks ago. Yes *weeks*, and it’s been sat on my desk unopened. “Are you nuts!?” I hear you gasp. Well yes, I might be. The problem is, I’ve been blessed to have had a lot of beautiful happy mail arrive this last month, and with all that’s been going on I haven’t replied to a single one yet. And when this arrived the guilt I felt was huge. I thought of all the mail I haven’t yet replied to and how I haven’t even really fully appreciated the goodies I’ve been sent because I’ve been so chaotic. I saved this parcel, to open when I had “more time” to appreciate it and then thought maybe if I saved this one until I had more time I would not have another guilt upon me. But actually that was just plain stupid. I felt guilty for not opening it, as well as not replying to everyone! Today when I woke up (after a bad nights sleep stressing about everything) I decided to make a change. Instead of being chaotic and letting things get on top of me, I was going to be intentional and make time in my day. I got up early and had some quiet time with my Bible. I confess, this is something that I haven’t done in too long! I got stuck into the Psalms and remembered why I love them so much. This evening, once little one was in bed, I did some work and then I took time for me. I had some “self care” time, ate ice cream and watched a movie. Then I have come and sat on my bed and opened this beautiful parcel and my heart has just exploded! My sweet friend Christi sent this to cheer me, the letter actually starts “I know you have been super stressed…” it’s full of fantastic treats like chocolate and my favourite biros that you cannot buy in the UK, as well as some awesome craft treats and the sweetest letter. If I had made time when it arrived, how much it would have blessed me in the stress! And would have cheered me no end whilst I was ill in bed. Not opening it was so daft! So what am I saying? (Other than I can be an idiot!?) I think I just want to encourage you all to not wait until you “have time” for things, instead MAKE time for things. Make time to look after yourself, otherwise you just end up burning yourself out. Make time for self care, whatever that looks like for you. Let your friends love you and care for you, even if you cannot repay the favour straight away! Make time for the things that bring you joy and restore your soul. You’re not too busy to do these things. You can be intentional too, and I promise you won’t regret it if you do. I am going to bed tonight so much lighter and happier because of the things I made time for today! Look after yourselves XO


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An extremely happy thing.

Some mornings I wake up and my mind is going a mile a minute, but my body has not caught up yet. These days are trouble from the start. Once I finally drag myself out of bed, my mind has already traveled far away on an imaginary adventure and does not want to come back to reality.

This morning when I was dreading the rest of the day, an extremely happy thing happened! I got a message from one of my instagram friend, Rebecca who runs the business Grace and Salt ink. She told me that I won the photo contest she was running, I honestly did a happy dance right where I stood.

The contest was to take a picture of your pocket prayer journal as it travels with you. I have found great comfort in my journal, so I was happy to participate. In fact I posted a few pictures for the competition. My winning image was a short video clip I took while I was on my hike at a local state park. There is a waterfall in the background with the peaceful sounds of running water. It was a wonderful day, and I am glad I can add another layer of happiness to it.

Throughout the past few months I have been amazed by the connections I have made, and those that have faded away. I have been so blessed by my growing friendship with Rebecca. It is nice to have someone you can message with a prayer request and is always quick with an encouraging word. Seeing her pictures pop up in my feed always makes me smile, especially when they include her adorable daughter.

Today goes to show you that some days start off a little rough, but can end with joy. I think it is important to remember that because if you are never searching for the silver lining, you may never find it.

My winning entry:

 

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.


Want to get a Pocket Prayer Journal of your own? 
Find them at Grace and Salt Ink. These wonderful little journals are perfect to help you remember prayer requests or to put prayers on paper that are too hard to say. The concept behind them is inspired by 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 [ESV] “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances”

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Color vs. Colour

Social media can be amazing. It connects people from all over the world. Instagram is a particular favorite of mine, I love having a peak at other peoples adventures and sharing mine with them. Sometimes you come across someone who touches your heart, mind and inspires you. Even better, sometimes you do the same for them.

For me, I have a few Instagram friends that I look forward to seeing the world through their eyes on a daily basis. One in particular is from England. Not only do we like and comment on each other’s posts, but we have also been known to send supportive private messages to each other. Both of us are creative people, so it is fun to share our projects and learn from one another.

It is nice to have a “faceless friend”, someone that you feel like you can relate to and doesn’t judge you. A person that when times are hard, goes out of their way to communicate with you and send words of encouragement, even though they will not see you tomorrow, next week or in the years to come. Unfortunately, I will probably never stand face to face with any of the people behind my favorite accounts. Still, I feel fortunate to call them friend. I hope they feel the same and know how much they mean to me.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.