First of all, Sophie wanted me to show everyone where she likes to sit when I write my blog posts.
This morning, Brandon and I attended the church that was my home church before I moved to Ohio.
This was also the church where we were married.
I love visiting because I made so many wonderful friends while I was there.
This picture shows just a couple of those wonderful friends. Stephanie and Toni are both amazing women with strong faith. I loved getting to see them both and hug their necks!
One of the verses that stuck out today while I was listening to Pastor Mike was Psalm 118:24.
Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
I’ve heard this verse many times before. It’s one that my husband likes to say when I’m in one of my “lovely” moods and I need a
slap in the face gentle reminder to snap out of it.
I am not trying to sound preach-y because I leave the preaching to my pastor (he’s better at it!). But hearing the verse today did make me think. It reminded me of the expression “Carpe diem”, or “Seize the day.”
What do you think of when you hear the expression, “Seize the day”? Not going to lie, this is the first thing I think of:
If you’ve never seen the movie “Newsies,” you must rent it. My friend, Alissa, and I used to rewind that movie a million times to learn every word to every song (and to stare at Christian Bale… hey, we were 12 and he was cute).
But the SECOND thing I think of is, “Am I making the most out of today?” Am I living out God’s plan for my life?
And to be completely honest, often the short answer is “no.” I know that there are many days when I’m just going through the motions.
Truly, I am so incredibly blessed. I have an amazing husband. I have wonderful friends and family. But do I tell them enough how wonderful they are?
When I read that verse (Psalm 118:24), it reminds me that every day is an opportunity to not only thank God for all He has done, but also show appreciation to those that I love.
So I am taking this moment (and this very public blog post ) to tell my friends and family: I LOVE YOU!!
The following is just a FEW pictures of people that I love. This is by no means an exhaustive list… but I’m limited both by space and the number of pictures that are on my mom’s computer (you’ll see a theme… wedding photos are all I’ve got!).
Wedding party… lots of our friends and family included here!
Most of my family
Grad school buddies… Julie, Desiree, Sara, and Christine
High school friends… Stephanie and Nicole
Just a FEW church friends (stole this one from facebook)… Heather, Pamela, and Erin.
Again, not an exhaustive list. But all of you know who you are… and just know that I love and appreciate you all!
Question for ya…
What are you most thankful for TODAY?