Hello Sweet Cheer: Thanksgiving & Hurt Feelings

11.28.2012

Thanksgiving & Hurt Feelings

Hi bloggie friends!

     I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving spending time with friends & family!  I sure had an awesome few days off of school & work!  I got a hair cut, had a dermatologist appointment & even got to catch up with my best friend over breakfast on Saturday!  I spent five wonderful nights at my parents house in McKinney & got back to Lubbock Sunday evening.  Here are some fun pictures from my visit with family & our Thanksgiving celebration!






     Unfortunately, after such a great week I came home to find out that my house had been broken into while my roommate & I were away.  Womp womp womp.  Huge bummer!

     My roommate got home first & texted me about it while I was still on the road.  A few of our things were taken, our house was a wreck, & my feelings were hurt.  I don't know how else to describe what I felt when I found out.  I felt violated.  I felt hurt.  I was super bummed out.  It's a weird feeling to know something like that happened & there is nothing you can do to change it.  I've had a rough time sleeping the past few nights which is tough, not to mention I'm starting to get sick.

     Even though it stinks & I'm frustrated about the whole situation, God has taught me two very important things over the past few days.  First it's been cool to realize how God is still God in every situation.  He is still concerned with the details & still has His hand on everything.  For example, I feel extremely blessed that I didn't get home first.  My roommate walked in to see the house in shambles & I had a few hours to prepare myself to see what had happened.  Also, my roommate Josefine doesn't have a car, so I'm incredibly thankful that she wasn't there when it happened!  If she had been there they might not have known & that would have been an entirely different experience.  The Lord is really teaching me how He is constantly working in our lives & how He is still orchestrating the details, things that seem minute but turn out to be very important.

Missing this simple piece of jewelry today.

     The second thing I feel like the Lord has taught me is, ironically, thankfulness.  I just feel blessed to have a roof over my head, food in my fridge, & a cozy warm bed to sleep in.  Those things aren't rights, they are privileges & after having my house broken into, I'm even more aware of that.  I am blessed to have a car to drive & clothes to wear.  Although we are now transitioning out of the season of Thanksgiving & into the season of Christmas, I find it so important not to allow the heart of thankfulness to leave us.  I think more than anything this season should be an extension of thanks with an addition of selflessness!

     My challenge to you is this: For the next month or so, try your best to focus on doing things for others.  Not with an attitude of pride but with an attitude of service.  We are so blessed in this country with so many freedoms & a lot of privileges so I pray that we might be able to reflect on the blessings in our own lives so that we can focus on being a part of the betterment of others' lives!

Happy Wednesday & welcome to the Christmas season!

Mere

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