Contentment.

Contentment“The grass is always greener on the other side.”

I was reading a blog post by the lovely Stephanie Wilson on the topic of contentment.

This is something I have struggled with for as long as I can remember. I remember all the way back in 4th grade, looking up to the incredible 5th graders and thinking how great life would be as a 5th grader. It happened again in middle school, looking at the 8th graders, and then again in high school looking toward senior year. In every phase of life, we are looking forward to another part of life and believing that this portion of life will be better simply because of where we will be.

This is something I am currently dealing with. I keep looking forward to my life after college, after finals, after classes, to my “real life” with a big girl job and a family and my life laid out for me.

God is really working on me in this area, not only being content in the place in life that I am at, but also using this time to the fullest. God has me where I am for a reason, he has me in this semester off, where I am just working. He is using this semester to grow me and teach me to trust Him.

LC

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Consume todo mi interior, Dios. Justicia y amor me abrazan, Señor, Te amo desde mi interior.

Hi hey hello,

I know I have mentioned this more than my fair share of times, but I am leaving Monday for my mission trip to Panama. This is such a surreal experience. I am leaving in t-minus 7 days, leaving the country, getting on a plane and flying to Panama. With the trip so close, you would think that I would be welling up with excitement, but much to my dismay, I am not as excited as I thought I would be. At this point I figured I would be unable to contain my utter joy that I was leaving so soon, but I am not.

Don’t get me wrong, I am excited, but right now, I am caught up with all the details. I am helping plan the VBS for the kids we help work with and right now, it seems like I have so much to do. It may not seem like I have to do a lot, but I also may be translating for a few people giving their testimonies on top of translating in general, and I am getting a mite overwhelmed. I am trying to focus on my spiritual preparations, but I just cannot narrow my scope. I know that once I get there things will fall into place, and so I really just want to push things out of the way and prepare my heart, but it is rather difficult.

Title Lyrics: Desde Mi Interior – Hillsong United 

Any ideas for clearing your mind? What do you guys do?

-LC

Be taken hostage, under the knife’s edge Pay all the ransom for you

Hi hey hello,

Oh how wonderful nights are,when I can actually go to bed before the wee hours of the morning. I feel much better today, much more like posting a fantastic post.

Tuesday, we had our second to last home game of my last year of varsity soccer. We played a high school in town, which for us is not always the case, and we won! The score was 3-0. It was a fantastic game. Everyone played phenomenally. It was amazing. The team we played were also really good sports. There was only one guy on their team (who happened to be the smallest guy on the team), was kind of a butt. He got a yellow card, and when the coach asked what for, the ref said “He said the f word like 10 times.” It was hilarious. I nut-megged a guy, he thought that was insane, coming from a girl. They are really funny.

Last night a few friends and I went out looking at Christmas lights. I will write more about that later!

Do you guys like to go look at Christmas lights? Do you decorate your house big or not really?

Have a great Thursday!

-LC

PS. I got accepted into two colleges now! Score!

She don’t know what she wants to be, with all the pictures in the magazines.Holding hands when she’s mad at me

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I hope you all had a relaxing weekend, or if not, I hope it was a productive weekend. Mine was not necessarily productive, not throughout the whole thing. Yesterday I powered through some school work, stayed up until 1 am doing an AP Lit assignment. It was not relaxing either, Friday night, I was out until 2 am doing something with my school’s leadership program. I would love to write all about it, but the information cannot be disclosed. Not because it is illegal or horrible or anything, but because the leaders do not want to have to come up with a new scenario every single year.

It was amazing though, seriously and amazing time. I am telling you, if you attend CCS and are in high school, I urge you to do the Senior Leadership Program. It is amazing, I have grown so much as a leader through this program. For those of you who do not attend CCS, do some leadership training somewhere. It is so beneficial. I cannot tell you how much it has helped me, not only in school, but in work, and college application processes and what not. It is amazing.

Needless to say, I did not do a whole lot on Saturday, I went to the parade downtown with my family. It was truly amazing, the weather was splendid, the kids loved it. It was their first parade, the way Diana’s eyes lit up when she saw all the horses and police officers, the dancers, and floats. She was awe-struck. I also got to see my best friend’s dad, which was cool. I do not get to see him often and he is fun to talk to, so it was nice to see him. My family finished putting up our Christmas decorations today, got all the outside lights up and the light-up deer and Christmas tree my mother had to have put up. Overall, it was a good weekend, not full of sleep, as was planned, but a nice one.

Title Lyrics: Hey Mama – Mat Kearney 

How was your weekend? Did you go to a parade? Does your town have a Christmas parade? Do you attend? Do you have leadership training? I know, random right?

-LC

Layla, I’m begging, darling please. Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind.

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I hope you all had as fantastic of a Thanksgiving as I did. I love getting together and seeing family that I don’t often see. Oh how, even now, I miss my little cousins (well,second cousins). They have grown so much since last year. They are so funny and busy. They are in school now! I got to see my older cousins and their families, a lot of time was spent astonished at the fact that my graduation is a mere 6 months away (WOAH!), especially since I will be the first grandchild to graduate from high school, at least on my dad’s side.

Enough reminiscing, I have yet another soccer game tomorrow. This game is against one of our biggest rivals, Taylor County. They are big guys who like to play rough and hit you are hard as they possibly can. This rivalry developed the first time we played them, it was a rough game, and so it has continued ever since. Last year, at one of the games, some words were exchanged between a guy on their team, and one on ours. Some racial comments were made and things got a little sticky. The guy on our team is now our assistant coach, so we have a score to settle, sort of. Wish us luck!

I will have all of my Thanksgiving pictures uploaded as soon as possible, I have been really busy, and the Internet, as I stated before, was a little sketchy at the hotel. It will probably be later this week, but it will be as soon as possible! I should probably also find the cord needed to transfer the pictures, that might be a little bit helpful.

Title Lyrics: Layla – Eric Clapton

Did you have a wonderful Thanksgiving? What did you do? Stay in town? Visit family? What weird traditions does your family have?

-LC

If the bombs go off, the sun will still be shining. Because we’ve heard it said that, Every mushroom cloud has a silver lining

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So, today is the day. The big day, Turkey Day, Engorge Yourself Days, otherwise known as Thanksgiving. This day is so widely celebrated as a day where we get together as families and eat food, and then watch football, the eat some more food, and maybe even consume some spirits. But do we really remember why we celebrate this holiday, we are supposed to be thankful for what we have. Now, I do not want to rant on and on, so I will move on.

I want to not just be thankful today, but every day of my life, because I am so blessed. I mean, I have three good meals a day, a big comfy bed, enough clothing, a roof over my head. That is a lot more than a lot of people in the world can claim to have. I also have a family, with two parents and lots of siblings, that more than a lot of people in America alone can claim to have. On this day every year, people sit down and think about what they are thankful for, but then move on. Why not be thankful everyday? I want to be able to say each day that I found something to be thankful for, no matter how huge or minuscule.

I will begin this challenge with a list however, of the things I am thankful for in my life.  I will keep it brief because I have scores of things to be grateful for:

What I Am Thankful For:

  • Family – who love and support me
  • Friends – who are there to kick me into shape when I need it
  • God – to loves me and guides me even when I am a total jerk
  • Music – for keeping me sane
  • You guys! – for encouraging me and keeping me accountable for this little blog

I love you guys! I hope you have a splendiferous Thanksgiving, full of family, thanks, friends, love, and of course a little food. I will hopefully have pictures up from our party this weekend!

Title Lyrics: Cave In – Owl City

What are you thankful for? Family? Friends? Work? School?

-LC

Became as mad as rabbits, with bushels of bad habits….

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This weekend was the weekend of my school’s play. This year they did It’s A Wonderful Life. Words cannot describe how amazing they were. Every last actor did a fantastic job, but not only the actors, but the crew and tech people were awesome. All the crew guys and gals did an amazing job making every scene flow and gel, without too much interruption. The tech guys were awesome, everything was on cue. Overall a terrific job, and there is still one more performance.

I have been to both performances so far, and I will be attending today’s as well. If you have some today, at 11 am at Community Christian School they have their final performance. You will not be disappointed. For students, tickets are 5 dollars, for adults tickets are 10 dollars. Each and every member that put together this production has worked so hard and their hard work has really paid off. Each year this school puts on an amazing performance, topping the previous year and we always think nothing could possibly be better, and then somehow our incredible director tops that.

Really, guys, they are so awesome and have worked so hard. It is worth the money and time to go see it.

Title Lyrics: Mad as Rabbits – Panic! At The Disco 

What is your favorite play? Do you act? Sing? Dance?

-LC

If you can wait till I get home, then I swear to you, that we can make this last…

Hi hey hello,

Sorry for the lack of post today, I was not feeling good last night when I was supposed to write this. I felt like junk and was tired, so I went to bed. I hope you all have an enjoyable day, I am at school as I write this, so I need to go!

What do you do when you don’t feel well? Any ideas for a pick me up?

Title Lyrics: If It Means a Lot to You – A Day to Remember

-LC

I’ve never seen a smile that could light the room like your’s… would it be okay, if I took your breath away?

Hi hey hello,

I love relaxing days, where you get all your responsibilities done in a reasonable time frame and have time to just sit and maybe even breathe. Soccer practice was a breeze, got to see a good friend, got ahead on my AP studies, caught up in my online courses, received an acceptance letter from the college I would like to go to, life is good.

It is days like these that remind me to stop and look for God. I know He is there always, but sometimes in the hustle and bustle of daily life, I forget to look for Him. But in these times, where I do not have to be going at a million miles an hour all day, it is easier to see the simple things, His love, mercy, grace, compassion. It is wonderful.

Title Lyrics: You Had Me at Hello – A Day to Remember

What do you all like to do when you have a little relaxation time?