Saturday, November 3, 2012

It's Good to be Alive

Have any of you ever had a day where your heart just wants to burst because you feel so blessed?  A day when every breeze, blue sky, and white puffy cloud speaks to your heart of Jesus' love for you?  Well, I've had a lot of those days recently.  I don't know if it's just because the weather has been so beautiful lately, or what.  All I know is that my heart overflows with love for my Lord and peace covers me like a warm blanket on a cold, winter day.  Part of the reason for this, I think, is that I'm happy with where I am in life right now.  Sure, I'm not doing as many photography sessions as "I" would like, I have stuff I wonder about constantly, etc. but I'm confident and happy where I am right now.  Every day is a gift to me from the Lord.  I'm constantly amazed how God, who controls the very breath I take, has blessed me so much.

As some of you know, my aunt died of cancer about a month ago.  Her death has really brought life into a bigger picture for me.  I've been trying to spend more time focusing on people and not stuff.  People are what matters (next to Jesus, of course!) and so often I get lost in "I need to do this" or "I need to do that" that I fail to stop and look around.  To look at all the people who have blessed my life, to stop doing what I want and to serve others, all the while attempting to bring glory to Christ.  

Every day really is a gift.  My aunt's death taught me that.

Whenever anyone in the family leaves the home, I always have that thought "I may never see them again."  Not that I'm a worry wart about it, but it just reminds me to spend as much time with them as I can.  No one knows when Jesus will call them up to Him and the last thing that I want to happen, is for me to wish I had spent more time with them.  So, I've started coloring with my little sister, playing card games with my little brother, and, overall, just attempted to get my eyes off of me and what I have to do, and onto others and what would bless them.  

Ever since I've started to see people's needs before I see myself, everything has just seemed more beautiful.  I walk around as if I'm floating because life is just that beautiful.  Living is beautiful.  Breathing is beautiful.  Because every breath, every life points to Jesus.

My favorite song right now is called Good to be Alive by Jason Gray.  It perfectly sums up all I said in this post, so please watch and enjoy!

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