Being continuously grateful is one of those things that I have to remind myself of constantly. Yes, sadly, I can be a big brat. If something doesn't go my way--I like to complain. If I don't do well on a test--it isn't my fault. But for the most part, those are the worst things that I have to worry about. I'm honestly scared to know how I would handle it if I had bigger problems. I know it will happen one day, and I pray that I will be ready when it does. My roommate's Dad is about to be deployed for his second tour in August. Dana and I lived together for two years and I never once heard her complain about it. I admire that so much, probably more than she ever knew. At this very moment, I'm packing to leave for two months. I'm fairly confident that I will come back home to everything exactly as I left it (Lord willing). My family is in good health, and although some friends will be missing, I will be able to move back to Starkville to finish my degree and start applying for graduate schools. It is easy to be grateful for everything I have when I sit down think about it, but I tend to forget when I am going through something "tough." But I think that's God's way of reminding me that he is there and he is going to take care of me. Don't forget to say thank you to someone who has helped you out this week.
"If the only prayer you pray is thank you, that will be enough."
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. It is not your doing; it is the gift of God." Ephesians 2:8
"If you learn to appreciate more of what you already have, you'll find yourself having more to appreciate." Michael Angier