I just want everyone to know that I have the best bloggy friends. All the uplifting and thoughtful comments have put a lot of things in my life into perspective and I appreciate every single comment. I have received wonderful emails from many of you that truly are amazing. It as if you all know me so well and tell me exactly what I need to hear. Does anyone else feel that way when you read other's journey through their blog? It is simply amazing!
So I have been extremely busy with work and no time to read. However this morning when I got up I promised myself that I would spend at least one hour if not more doing something for me. So around 3 PM this afternoon I stopped what I was doing and spent the next two hours reading Crazy Love, Watching video suggestions from the book on www.crazylovebook.com, and watching the wonderful videos that Angie Smith and Jessica Turner have on the Bloom Community. If you are reading Crazy Love and walking with many other women in this journey thru the Bloom Community I would love to know. So if you would leave me a comment.
Now onto my thoughts on the first chapter of Crazy Love:
First the girls (meaning Angie and Jessica) discussed ways on How do you consistently remind yourself of God? I thought that this was a great question. I am no way perfect or think of God every single moment of every day and I use to think going to church on Sunday was good enough that I was doing the right thing. However this changed in me over the past few months I believe that we need to think of God and Be All We Can Be every single day. I have one particular friend that I truly believe is a TRUE example of living and thinking of God every day. This person is someone I admire, I love her strength, and commitment to God. I tell Chad all the time I want to be more like that person (expect I say her name). So over the past few months each day I have spent many long walks thinking or worshiping to God and in this way I feel I am allowing myself to grow and life a more Godly Life. I however loved the idea of journaling each day as a way to remind myself of God. In my journal I would have 4 sections, first section would be prayer requests or people that are on my heart that need pray, second would be verses from the Bible or Songs that have touched my heart, third would be my thoughts as I am reading Crazy Love or My Journey through Infertility, and fourth would be All the Things I love and feel blessed to have in my life. This way on those sad days like many of the sad days I have had this week I can step back and read all the wonderful blessings in my life. So if you would like to share I would love to hear how you constantly remind yourself of God.
The overall chapter was about appreciating the surroundings that God gave us and not taking it for granted. With all the noises and rushing around I do I know for sure that I don't stop and think WOW God created this world for me for all of us to enjoy. He created me and all the details of my life no matter how BIG or small. What do I do I spend the days not appreciating what he has done for me now. As life happens and I forget. I should appreciate and know God as well as he knows me and that is a challenge for me. But I do hope that this journey of reading this AMAZING book by Francis Chan will allow me to grow closer to God.
A touching and thought provoking statement in one of the videos on the Bloom Community that just spoke to me today was, "How can I be grateful for my life and not take it for granted because if I don't than I will think that life is owed to me!" How many of you feel this way? I know that I need to be more grateful of my life because one day the life that I have now could all be gone in a blink of an eye.
I look forward to reading more of this book and taking more time to be with God and think about all that he has done for me. If you have not joined the Bloom Community it is awesome and you will not be disappointed. Have a Blessed Night!