August 18, 2011


GOOD morning! Literally. Because of the high I'm on right now, John 1:16 popped into my head, stating: "From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another."
This is true everyday that God's blessings are abundant, but this morning I feel it especially! (Thank goodness I don't have a daily limit to my blessing jar!!)

How has God blessed me this morning?
1) God gave me the strength to run 6 miles/10 km without stopping! I felt on top of the world when I arrived home, and I wasn't even a walking corpse by the end of it. My body is definitely much stronger than it was at the beginning of the summer! A few days ago I even accomplished the P90X Plyometrics workout! (I looooathe squat jumps. Enough said.)
Anyway, my running route is parallel to an open field, and this morning it was filled with Bison. (How exciting!) But as I ran past, this one big brown rug just looked at me like I was some kind of a freak. In reply, all I could say was, "hey, I'm not the one with funny-lookin' mushroom cut. And what's with your friend's afro?" But it's okay. I've never been one to care for the opinions of bison--I'm stronger than that.

2) When I came home from my run, I found a beautiful envelope on the table just sitting there waiting for me to open it. It was a Taylor Swift card (complete with Will & Kate stamps!) from one of my best friends!!! And when you open it, it blasts "Fearless" in your ears and the world just stops and everything is just pure bliss. This card meant the absolute world to me. It's not easy to explain, and it's not something I like to admit, but lately I've just felt very discouraged, judged, and belittled by some people in my life and Satan likes to use little things like that to get to you; you know, the more often you're told things, the easier it is for you to believe them. Words are dangerous and powerful, but they can also be beautiful, lovely, encouraging, and inspirational! So receiving this card in the mail was exactly what I needed. (Talk about God and his incredible timing!) The lovely lady who sent me this card reminded me of who I am, how God has changed me in this past year, and how far I've come. Her words brought tears to my eyes because she taught me how to love myself again, and God's gonna bless her for how she's allowed Him to use her in my life!! (This definitely isn't the first time she's changed my world, let me tell you.)

Thank you God for blessing me with such amazing and encouraging friends. And thank you for Taylor Swift cards. And thank you for funny-looking bison. :)

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