Throughout the past few weeks I’ve been doing a lot of reflection on my life so far. I’m not sure if this is because it’s only a matter of months till I’m 20 and I’m coming to the realisation that I’m almost two decades old and most certainly not a child or teenager anymore, or if it’s from other things. The more I venture out of my shell and met people both online and offline the more I get a better perspective of life and how good mine is in comparison to some.
Like all, I have good days and bad days but no matter what type of day I’m having I want to start making a habit of staying thankful and grateful for the things in my life. There have been key events that I can look back on and immediately thank God for, the healing of anorexia is the one my mind goes straight to. But I don’t want to just been looking out for the big things in my life that God has had a part in, I want to be making a conscious effort to be seeking out his kindness in the little thing in day-to-day living.
So this is what this series is, one big growing, continuous list of things I am grateful for.
I hope you enjoy.
Where I live
The fist thing that sprung to mind when I started writing this was where I live. As I write now, the window is open and the sun is pouring through my room. I can hear the bird, see the hills from my window and feel a breeze on my arm.
I live on the English and Welsh border in a village not too far away from a gorgeous meadow and hills. I’ve lived here for about 16 years and even though I was born in the town, the country side will always be my home. My grandparents and Dad still live in the towns and it’s when I go to visit them I’m the most thankful for where I live.
One of my childhood friends lives a little further out from the village and even though we’ve drifted apart over the years, my memories with her are some of the best from my childhood. She lived in a beautiful house in the valley and the time I spent with her outside just having fun is something I’ll deeply cherish. I’m so thankful that I grew up in such a beautiful environment where I could meet up with my friends at the meadows and see the hills and just have fun.
As of late I’ve had a love hate relationship with my job. I dread going to work every single day, but once I’m there I do end up enjoying it for the majority of the time. Most of my frustration comes from changes I can’t control and the fact that it’s just not what I want to be doing with my life right now- in other words, I’ve entered the world of adulthood.
But when I step back and really look at things, I am happy to be there.
The people I work with are fantastic, they’re such a diverse bunch of characters and I can chat and laugh with all the shop floor staff. I can truly say that when I leave for university I’m really going to miss them. Yes, days are stressful and customers are just down right rude at times but I am thankful to have a job. So many people my age struggle to get into work and I stumbled into mine by accident, so the fact that I have a job is something to be grateful for.
The books I can read
As an all round book lover I can’t imagine a world where I couldn’t read. I can’t imagine not ever being taught how to understand the beautiful, powerful things that are words. But not being literate is a reality for some people, not everyone in the world can read and that’s such a sobering thought.
I’m currently reading Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik and there’s nothing more I enjoy right now then winding down for the evening, sitting on my bed with a book in my hand. It’s nuts to think that where I was born determined if I would have the opportunity to read or not.
My bunny slippers
How random right?!
I recently got a package in the post from the adorable person that I have the privilege of dating, and one of the items in it were these cute slippers. I’ve only had my current pair for six months but because of the issues with my feet I’m wearing them constantly round the house. To put it nicely, they’ve seen better days.
I’m grateful everyday to have such an incredible and loving person in my life. They were an absolute star when I suffered from anorexia and the played a massive role in my recovery. So not only am I incredibly thankful for them, but I’ve also got some cute footwear that will mean I’m not in as much pain around the house.
The first time I saw how precious my bible is was when I was at an event called new wine last year. Going through the market place I can across an organisation called Open Doors. They were educating people about persecuted Christians around the world. The bit that caught me by surprise was that they were smuggling bibles to Christians all over the world. They we’re just giving bibles out, they were smuggling them to people.
I still can’t fully comprehend people being persecuted for their faith. I can’t quite process how I can walk into a church and freely worship, when people around the world gather in secret in fear of being caught. I can’t process that people can be arrested for opening a bible or being found with one. It’s bonkers and my heart goes out to them.
I have two bibles by my bed, my little NIV one and my big study bible and I am so thankful that I can have those two possessions freely on display and I can read them anywhere.