Friendsgiving

ImageThis past weekend, my friends and I got together for Friendsgiving. (For those of you who don’t know what that means, it is a celebration of Thanksgiving dinner with your friends, according to Urban Dictionary.) We ate a wonderful meal together, played games, and talked about what we were thankful for. And as I sat in that room eating amounts of food beyond the capacity of my stomach and laughing till I cried, I realized that I have so much to be thankful for. Here are some of those things, in no particular order:

  • Friends. They make me laugh when I don’t want to and they make me a better person.
  • Family. They have always given me so much support and love, even when I didn’t deserve it.
  • Husband. He is the positive in my negative and loves me unconditionally. We fit together like turkey and gravy.
  • My dog, Oreo. He always greets me at the door with a smile (if dogs could smile) and a wagging tail.
  • My job. It is more like a family, and I am thankful that my passion has become a paycheck. The dream.
  • Health. In a world surrounded by sickness, I am so blessed to be healthy and thriving.
  • Music and Songwriting. It has become at outlet in the most opportune times and I love seeing how God is using some of the songs for His glory.
  • My house. Every time I walk in the front door, I feel like I should be more grown up than I am. And when it is filled with friends and family, it becomes a home. Blessed beyond words.
  • Food. Not only do I get to eat every day, but I get to eat wonderful foods that are a luxury to most people around the world.
  • Water. It’s clean and conveniently in my fridge. Yet another luxury that I take for granted.
  • My church family. They are so generous and loving, and I am glad to call myself a CCVer (attender of Christ’s Church of the Valley).
  • The space heater in my office. It warms my toes and my heart in the cold mornings.
  • Christmas. My favorite time of year, full of friends, family, fireplaces, and carols.
  • Prayer. I am so grateful that I have a medium to talk to my God every day, and I am thankful that other people use that medium to bless my life.
  • Technology. I can keep in touch with my friends in Africa and high school all in one facebook.
  • Clothes. Another luxury that I take for grated, and use to define my personality in so many ways.
  • The Cross. Without Jesus and His sacrifice, I would be lost. In Him, I have found new life and salvation.

I could go on. I am so blessed and s0 grateful. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on those blessings, and I encourage you to do the same. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

PS… if you are interested in hosting your own friendsgiving, here are some helpful rules that we went by: Rules Of Friendsgiving

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Love Week

LoveLOVE fills the air this week. It’s Valentine’s week… a time to share your heart with the ones you love. It could be romantic… it could be brotherly or sisterly… it could even be with your pet. Love is everywhere.

I am grateful because I have many people around me who love me and I love them. My husband is such a blessing from God. He is kind, humble, hilarious, and my best friend. My family is so supportive in everything I do. My dog greets me with so much love when I come home, and cuddles with me on the couch. My church family gives me strength when I need it and points me in the right direction always. I could go on. I am so blessed and feel so LOVED on this Valentine’s week.

But more than the love of my husband, family, friends, and dog… I am so blessed to serve a God who loves me despite all of my failures and downfalls. He loves me so much that He sent his only son to die on the cross for my sins. That was the greatest display of LOVE in all of history. And I am so blessed to serve a God who accepts and forgives and loves unconditionally.

Happy LOVE week everyone. May love fill your minds and your hearts, as we reflect on the love of others and the immense love of our God.

-Ashley