give thanks – day 25

Thankful for caffeine. In all forms. Diet Coke and non-fat lattes especially. Fact: I wouldn’t survive a 40 hour work week and grad school without them.

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give thanks – day 23 & 24

Procrastination is both a blessing and a curse. I have the ability to be completely oblivious to things that are due while still managing to crank out great quality work. This weekend. Not so much…

I have managed to get myself into quite a hole as the next week approaches. As my semester winds down, the list of assignments due piles up. I spent the entire weekend locked in my apartment in my sweatpants trying to survive.

I feel like someone has tied cinder blocks to my feet and thrown me in the Atlantic. I haven’t been able to come up for air yet (this post is yet another method of procrastination). The only reason I haven’t cleaned my room yet is because this is THAT serious. I know you do it, the only time your room gets cleaned is when you should be studying. I had to skip that step (maybe the magnitude of the situation is now sinking in).

However, in the midst of the craziness I am reminded of how wonderful this opportunity is. I am stressed to the max, but that’s my own fault. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to pursue my Master’s. Most people don’t get that opportunity. And though I am working full time and doing school full time, I am SO grateful that I won’t have any loans coming out of this endeavor. To be able to start my career (whatever that may be) with no debt holding me back is something to praise the Lord for. I’m thankful that my parents helped me through undergrad and have guided me on how to wisely pursue my Master’s as to avoid debt.

I’m also extremely tahnkful for the opportunity to study under brilliant, godly professors with a wealth of knowledge and experience for me to learn from. Thankful that their teachings don’t stay in the classroom, but they flow over into my life. Thankful that they realize that sometimes 70% is 100% of all I’ve got to give, and they express such understanding. What a blessing! What a treat to have such an incredible school and faculty!

So thankful for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Thankful for their ministry to me, the community, and the nations. They are Colossians 1:28-29 teachers –

“We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.”

give thanks – day 21

Right now I’m thankful for my sky bed. For those of you who don’t know. I sleep on a half lofted custom made bed, compliments of my Uncle William. It’s beautiful and full of storage areas underneath. Sometimes I fall off or drop things off of it and complain how i am still a student with a lofted bed, but on nights like this when I’m exhausted….I love it. And am thankful for a warm place to lay my head and rest.

give thanks – day 20

I know it’s a bit early, but since my family celebrated Thanksgiving last weekend, I have been in the Christmas spirit!

The trees are lit and decorated and I have dusted off all my Christmas CDs and found all my holiday playlists.

I love to sing “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and all the artist variations of classic holiday hits. However, I find myself focusing and thinking on the lyrics of several others “Mary Did You Know,” “O Holy Night,” “A Baby Changes Everything,” “O Come Let Us Adore Him,” and even “Little Drummer Boy.”

I am reminded of the true reason of Christmas. My heart is full of joy and my eyes of tears with gratitude that God has given me the greatest gift of all in the form of a baby in a manger. Not only that, but that Jesus agreed to step down from heaven to become a humble servant in order to tell of the Father’s love, be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, and allow us a way to be reconciled to God.

That is something to be thankful for. Thankful for Jesus’ ministry of reconciliation. Thankful that The Lord orchestrated that good news to be shared with me. Thankful for the opportunity to be Christ’s ambassador in a lost and broken world.

I pray as artists record and perform the Christmas songs this season that they would understand what they sing, and that the Lord breaks their hearts and draws them close to Him.

give thanks – day 18 and 19

Thankful for leftovers. Especially Thanksgiving leftovers.

Since we did our Thanksgiving this past weekend, I enjoyed leftovers yesterday and today. My loving mother sent me back to NC with tons of deliciousness perfectly pre-packaged for me to sort and enjoy while working last night and today.

I just ate half a turkey sandwich. With real turkey. Not that fake deli crap. Yum

give thanks – day 17

Thankful for my incredible family, the memories, and the traditions.

Today, we went to the tree farm, got a Christmas tree for the house. Then we started the process of laying out all the lights for the outdoor tree. Halfway through we left for thanksgiving dinner with the family. Finished the day the lighting of both the indoor and outdoor trees.

The star on our outdoor tree has been in the family since my dad was in 1st grade. It’s been on top of a Bowles Christmas tree every year. Today was the 25th anniversary of the lighting of our outdoor tree and the 50th anniversary for that star.

It was a full day, but I have ended the day with such a full heart. I’m thankful for my family and all of the weird, awesome, and slightly redneck things we do.

They are my favorites.

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