50 Essential Values to Renew in Your Life

Let's redefine the modern women and embody these virtues and traits in our everyday life. Over the last few months I've been thinking a lot about the type of life I want to live. What type of person do I want to be? What will help bring about contentment?

Values give you a sense of purpose. They reflect who you are on a daily basis, in everything you do at home and at work. More often than not, I see values getting pushed aside and compromised. It's time that we change that. It's time to bring back the values that matter in life. By doing so, you'll discover that you have been purposed to flourish, shine, and prosper.

These values can be found throughout the Bible. It's the instruction book to life. Nora Conrad wrote a great piece on becoming a Proverbs 31 woman, and I highlighted a few of her points in this list. Practice these essential values everyday to build a cornerstone to happiness and begin living a calmer, more well-rounded life.

1. LOVE

Love as God first loved us. True love is selfless; it puts other's needs before our own.

2. VIRTUE

Have the character to what's best. Even if no one is watching.

3. GRATITUDE

Gratitude changes everything. Practicing gratitude helps you realize that there is so much in your life to be thankful for.

4. HUMILITY

Humility should be one of the most celebrated virtues of our culture. We should cultivate a healthy perspective of how minimal our contribution is to the scheme of things.

5. WIT

Employing a natural sense of humor is always appreciated.

6. WISDOM

Sought and gained through experience and hardship, to obtain its full worth, wisdom must be given away to other.

7. MODESTY

Rest in a place of dignity and hold yourself a standard always cherished.

8. HONESTY

A virtue that will never go out of style, true honesty keeps your heart pure and your mind free of doubt.

9. DEVOTION

When your life, faith, or foundation is shaky, staying devoted emphasizes that it's important to you.

10. COMPASSION

Let your heart be moved to help those who need it.

11. ELEGANCE

Effectiveness, simplicity, and refinement exhibit a sense of dignity.

12. GRACE

Carry yourself with simple elegance, behave politely, and have the disposition to be generous.

13. INTEGRITY

Uphold yourself to morals that can not be compromised.

14. FOCUS

You'll discover clarity in your life by focusing on things that truly matter.

15. TOLERANCE

Rather than showing contempt, tolerance shows respect, patience and courtesy – all important values in their own right.

16. SACRIFICE

In our journey through life, putting others before ourselves allows us to gain perspective of what really matters.

17. DISCIPLINE

Self discipline is a learned behavior. Instead of letting choices be dictated by impulses or feelings, make informed, rational decisions on a daily basis.

18. ENDURANCE

Maximize performance by practicing regularly over time. Keep going, even if it gets really hard.

19. CONFIDENCE

Remember, you are capable and worthy of anything, but be humble enough to keep yourself from being arrogant.

20. OPTIMISM

Sometimes you'll see the glass as half empty, and that's totally fine, but remember that the half empty glass has the potential to become half full.

21. SINCERITY

Be genuine and real with your words and actions. Say and do things from the bottom of your heart.

22. HOSPITALITY

Encompass the skills of welcoming friends, family, and strangers to claim the joy of homecoming.

23. SIMPLICITY

Eliminate unnecessary clutter from your life–toxic friends, unused items, or one of the many things you've said yes to–and find that life is more fun when you have your favorite things to focus on.

24. JOY

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

25. WARMTH

Smile at strangers, give hugs freely, and be the first to say hello. Exhibiting warmth will let happiness bloom in others.

26. PEACE

When you experience peace, you create a space for happiness, love, and light to shine on in.

27. PATIENCE

Instant living gives way to impatience. Practicing patience provides a great feeling of inner balance and strength.

28. KINDNESS

By being intentional about applying kindness towards your actions you can truly change the world.

29. GOODNESS

Be good to those around around you by cherishing and loving them.

30. FAITHFULNESS

Earning the trust of others will enrich your life and the people around you as well.

31. GENTLENESS

Speak with a gentle tongue, as harsh words stir up anger.

32. SELF-CONTROL

Be quick to forgive and walk in patience, kindness, and grace from day to day.

33. TRUSTWORTHY

Be honorable, dependable, trustworthy and great opportunities will come your way.

34. HARDWORKER

Wisdom and honor don't come to those who are lazy. One must be willing to work harder than they ever had before.

35. PROVIDER

Care for others; provide for their needs before your own.

36. EARLY RISER

She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls. Proverbs 31:15 God never intended for use to sleep half of the daylight hours away. Use your time wisely. A restful night's sleep will leave you refreshed for a full day ahead.

37. BUSINESS SAVVY

Work hard. Learn all that you can about how to deal with other people in a professional setting.

38. ENERGETIC

Fuel your body with whole, natural foods, antioxidants, and exercise rather than consuming energy drinks. Your energy and happiness will last so much longer.

39. STRONG

Life gets hard; really hard. But if you can rough it out, you'll come back stronger than ever.

40. BRAVE

Courage is life's blood that fuels us. Constantly display it by trying new things, being unique, or tackling a fear.

41. DEPENDABLE

Do what you say, when you say it.

42. CHARITABLE

When you practice the art of gratitude, you'll begin to see how wonderful it is to give to others less fortunate.

43. HONORABLE

To entail a perceived quality of worthiness and respectability is true honor.

44. RESPECTFUL

Speak with respect to others and never degrade another being.

45. FLEXIBLE

Keeping an open mind allows a fresh perspective to enter.

46. THRIFTY

Having the latest and greatest and most expensive things doesn't necessarily mean you're the happiest.

47. PLAYFUL

Never lose your sense of wonder, no matter what age you are.

48. CREATIVE

You have been given hands with the potential to create beauty out of the unlikely.

49. UNIQUE

You bring unique talents to the world. Rather than trying to be something or someone that you are not, just be yourself.

50. HEALTHY

Improving your health gives you the energy you need to do the things you love with the people you cherish.

What other values would you add to the list? How will you practice these values in your own life?

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#MaddyStrong is a Beautiful Way to Live

#MaddyStrong As I write this, it's 7:22 p.m. I'm on winter break. I'm supposed to be finishing up my scheduled blog post. I'm supposed to be having amazing weekend adventures with my best friends. Instead, all I can think about is a girl I've never met.

Three days ago, a girl from our sister college, Walla Walla University in Washington, was hit by a truck while riding her bike near campus. She was airlifted to a hospital in Seattle with numerous severe injuries. News of the accident spread rapidly through social media, and people from around the world began to lift her, her friends, and her family up in prayer.

But a day later, Madison (Maddy) Jewel Baird passed away. She was 20 years old.

When the news of her accident spread to our campus that Tuesday evening, we all gathered together to pray. Even though Walla Walla is states away, you'd be surprised at how interconnected the Seventh-Day Adventist (my religious denomination) community is. I have friends from Washington that knew Maddy, one of which is my roommate; she and Maddy worked together at a camp in Oregon in the summer.

Now, a day after Maddy's passing, my Facebook feed is filled with videos, pictures, and memories of her. Just by reading these posts, I can tell that she had a warm, happy vibe about her that affected everyone she met. She'll be greatly missed.

But why do I care? I didn't even know who she was before.

Well, I care because it could happen to me, it could happen to you, it could happen to anyone. Your life could change in the blink of an eye. We live in such a fast-paced, materialistic world that we don't even take enough time to marvel at the beauty of nature and simple things in life.

But Maddy did.

A link to her blog, Sisters of Simplicity, was shared on Facebook. The first post on the homepage was enough to make me cry:

A home A structure, a building, a cage, A piece of dirt that outstretches from within the earth; We put a price tag on it. We build upon the land and call it ours The mountains, the valleys, the ground It is more than money can ever offer. its not just a structure, it’s our home In the midst of building the world up The earth sits waiting and rejected God’s canvas is put on sale. The worlds beauty sits among the ruins. The rainforests cry out. The ground shakes out of anger Yet, will anyone here their plea. Let us not forget the beauty of the earth, Do not forget.

Because of her story, I want to be #MaddyStrong. This is the hashtag being spread on social media as a result of her accident. It's meant to be an encouragement to live life to the fullest, just like she did. She's inspired me spread happiness wherever I go. I want to be a light in this dark world. These 7 principles are what I've learned from her:

1. Get outside and experience God's creation.

2. Eat healthy. Your body is a temple of God.

3. Be creative.

4. Never underestimate the power of a simple smile and "Hello!"

5. Beauty is often overlooked when it becomes part of a routine.

6. Sometimes the best things are the simplest things.

7. Breathe in the beauty of a new day.

This earth we live in is such a beautiful creation, but it's covered in sin. I can't wait for Jesus to come back, when Maddy and others will awake to the voice of Jesus and all mourning will end. "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." (Revelation 21:4)

So even though I never met her, the legacy that she left behind causes me to look up and remember why I'm here on earth. 

Let's rediscover the beauty of God's creation. Let's cherish the little moments that make life so meaningful.

Let's be #MaddyStrong.

Finding our Way By Madison Baird

“Lot’s of coffee shops Some silent talks an old gas pump beauty disguised as a grump broken and slow the car has nothing to show waiting and hoping laughs and joking lost and stranded not sure quite what we’ve been handed This is life Empty, confused and filled with strife people try and make plans Truth is it’s all in Gods hands I’m waiting Empty handed and contemplating. We gotta just enjoy the ride for soon we will run out of time.”


To get the complete story about Madison Baird, please visit here.

For more information on what Adventists believe, visit this website.


 

Generosity

generosity It's time for another Community Brew post today, hosted by Madison of The Wetherills Say I Do and Rachel of Oh Simple Thoughts! This month's topic is all about generosity. Just like last month, I know that I'm a day late posting this due to my crazy finals schedule these past few days, but I'm super excited for this month's topic, which I think is especially fitting for this time of year.

Christmas time is a very busy time. All the preparing and running around can make you feel more stressed than relaxed. Still, every year, I see something different in the way people act this time of year. They're more generous. Now I'm not saying that people are selfish during the other three seasons, but I see all this gift giving making a positive impact on people's lives.

I've been impacted by someone's generosity very recently, and it got me thinking about a few things, which I'll get to in a moment. First I'd like to share the story (because we all like stories, right?) :)

Yesterday morning was my last final for the semester (yay!). Turns out, I didn't completely study all the right material and my confidence on the test was shattered as I looked at the first page of the test. Needless to say, the test didn't go over as well as I had hoped. A little depressed, I went to the campus bookstore to return my rented books (a.k.a. get rid of the book for that class) and pick up a package that had arrived earlier in the week. When I went back to my room to open it, I discovered that it was from my "secret elf" Charlene of the Great Christmas Exchange! Excitedly I opened the box and smiled from ear to ear when I discovered what she had chosen for me: a beautiful mug from Crystal Faye with my blog name on it, a Kate Spade notepad, a box of green tea, and a sweet Christmas card. I'll be showing photos of these amazing gifts later in the month, don't worry.

Back to the story. I nearly cried of happiness because of the thoughtfulness she had put into the gifts. She discovered what I liked and tailored it to fit me. Her generosity truly made my day!

Someone else gave an amazing gift of generosity over 2000 years ago. God gave us his only son to die for us, the ugly sinners. We weren't deserving of that, but did that matter to God? No. He did it out of his love for us. That's what generosity is. It's selfless giving, modeled after the great gift we were given from God.

So I encourage you to show generosity this season and then continue to do so all year round. If you need some ideas, I've listed a few here:

10 Ways to Be Generous

  1. Buy someone a meal: at the cafe, restaurant, or the person behind you in the drive through.
  2. Volunteer your time
  3. Leave a platter of treats in the lobby of your office, dorm, or apartment building. Extra credit if you include a handwritten note and a list of ingredients (for folks who are plagued with allergies)
  4. Buy an Amazon gift for a random stranger (you can search for wishlists here)
  5. Leave a generous tip for the waiter
  6. Compliment strangers
  7. Tape quarters to parking meters
  8. Sponsor a child in a third world country
  9. Donate your stuff
  10. Offer to help carry groceries for the elderly or moms with young children
What are your thoughts on generosity?
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Love Letters // 04

Love Letters | The Kardia Blog Dear Caleb Hiapo,

I am definitely the luckiest girl in the world. Last Friday for our anniversary you cooked me a four course meal, complete with background music and candles!! You planned it out and stayed up late to get everything ready, and it turned out AMAZING! Thank you so much honey! I loved it so much! You definitely get the best boyfriend award, although I think I already gave you that award a few times...but another one doesn't hurt, right? ;)

Dear Briggitte,

You are the sweetest girl I know! You're always there when someone needs to talk, you make an effort to show people that you care, and you always know how to brighten someone's day. I'm so glad to be able to help you get everything organized for Outreach and Community Service for Campus Ministries. I love seeing you take leadership and help others :) You're amazing!

Dear Thanksgiving break,

You're here!! Finally!! I've been looking forward to you all month! In less than 12 hours I will be home again :) The craziness of this past week has really burnt me out, and I'm in dire need of some rest. Please go by slowly so that I can enjoy every minute.

Dear city of Lincoln,

I really wish you would learn that when it snows, you plow the snow off the streets, not just dump a whole bunch of salt on the road. All the packed down snow and ice just makes driving even more dangerous. The world doesn't end when it snows 3 inches. You're part of the midwest, c'mon!

Sincerely,

A Minnesota Girl

To: Me (and you)

From: God

Sweetheart,

I know that it's difficult to wait. You may even feel like you're becoming an expert at waiting. I know what situation you're in though, and I have something for you to learn in the process. So keep waiting and start learning. Your patience will be rewarded. I guarantee it.

- Your heavenly Dad

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8 The end of a thing is better than its beginning; The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Ecclesiastes 7:8

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Seasons in Life

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I am so excited to bring you another Community Brew post today, hosted by Madison of The Wetherills Say I Do and Rachel of Oh Simple Thoughts! This month's topic is all about Seasons. I know that I'm a day late posting this due to my crazy busy schedule these past two days. Nevertheless, I always look forward to these posts because I get to share from my heart.

Esther 4:14 || Isaiah 40:31 What has God taught you about seasons in life? How have you learned to move from one season to another? What is your current season in life and how are you learning to grow in that season?

When I think of seasons, I think changes in life; changes that may sometimes push you out of your comfort zone or changes that you eagerly accept.

I absolutely love what Madison had to say on chasing seasons. As a person who loves dreaming about the future and what's in store, I find that I have to learn to slow down and cherish the season I'm currently in. I have so many dreams I want to fulfill, such as graduating college with a double major in only four years, getting married, decorating a house, starting a business, growing my blog, the list goes on and on. As much as I want to be in control of the path of my life, that is completely out of my hands and in God's only. What I've learned over the past few months is that God has His own timing, and things don't always go the way you thought they would. You may stay in one season longer than another, or you may change between multiple ones in a short amount of time. But if you're constantly wanting to get to the next season, you'll never fully enjoy what's happening in the moment or learn what God is trying to teach you.

Right now, I really want to move on to the next season in my life, but I can hear God saying "Not yet", because I have some things to learn. Things like patience, priorities, and not being wasteful. So if I had to choose one word to describe the season I'm in currently, it'd be growth. I'm learning to be a leader, learning to work with people, learning to apply things in life. I'm growing in my spiritual life day by day and growing in knowledge as I go to classes and study every night. Yet the one thing this season has really taught me is patience. It's not all about me and what I want. Just because something doesn't go the way I wanted it to doesn't mean it's ruined. That's being selfish. God's using this season of growth and learning to mold me.

So take time to reflect on what season you're in. Don't try to rush God's timing. Seasons in life will come and go, but your memories of those seasons will stay with you forever.

 What do seasons mean to you? What season are you in? 

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P.S. Why gratitude matters.

Packing for Operation Christmas Child

My Operation Christmas Child packing process! | The Kardia Blog Happy Friday! :) Last week I shared about Operation Christmas Child and how I'm participating in the #OCCBlogShare. Today I'm super excited to be able to show you what I packed in my shoebox gift :)

This year, I chose to pack a box for a boy in the 10-14 age range because that age group receives the least amount of boxes. If, for whatever reason, they don’t have boxes for them, they usually are given either Boy 5-9 or Girl boxes.  That breaks my heart. An older boy deserves to receive gifts that they can use and cherish just as much as younger children do. Many people decide to pack for a younger child because they're easier to choose gifts for, and they may have children around that age. Honestly, packing for an older boy is just as much fun! :)

My Operation Christmas Child packing process! | The Kardia Blog

Here's what I included:

Operation Christmas Child box for a BOY 10-14:

  • Soccer ball
    • I decided to start with a fun item that would be the central gift of the box. Boys LOVE balls, especially soccer balls. I want him to open the box and find a gift that he can immediately enjoy and have fun with.
  • Pump for the soccer ball
    • To get the ball to fit in the box, I had to deflate it, so I included a pump so he can actually use the ball.
  • Hand powered flashlight
    • This is a useful gift that is still really cool. Instead of getting a regular old flashlight and sending over some batteries, I bought him a hand powered one. It's super bright and all it needs is a few cranks and it's good to go! It even comes with a carabiner clip, so he can have it with him everywhere he goes.
  • Men's travel cosmetic kit
    • This travel sized kit include a toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, deodorant, mouthwash, and a plastic reusable pouch. I took out the shaving cream because it was in a can that might explode, and I bought an extra tube of toothpaste because the small tube won't last very long.
  • Bar of soap
  • School pouch
  • Scissors
  • Notebook
  • Box of pens
  • Packet of pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Two packs of gum

I packed all of this into a clear, plastic bin with latching handles. A plastic bin is so useful, and he can use for other things once he's taken his gifts out of it!

If you want to see what I packed and how I packed it, check out my packing process in the video below! Just hit play! :)

(Note: I added the pencils and gum after I made the video)

Packing a box was so much fun, and I can't wait to do it again next year! I hope to volunteer in the distribution center again too, just like I did in high school. I love seeing all the shoeboxes getting ready to be shipped off to the welcoming arms of boys and girls. If you packed a box this year, I encourage you to link up with Haley of A Beautiful Exchange and join in on the #OCCBlogShare fun!

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What gender/age group do you like to pack for? Have you ever volunteered at the distribution center?

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P.S. Today is me and Caleb's 3 year dating anniversary!! :D Take a look at some of our couple's photos a friend of mine took!

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child | The Kardia Blog

Happy Friday everyone! :) I don't know about you, but when the time changed last Sunday all I can think about now is how close we are to the holidays! Thanksgiving, Christmas, friends, family, food, giving, happiness, sparkle, smiles - it all makes me so happy! I can feel the joy in the air, and I just want to spread that joy and love to everyone. So, today I am really excited to share about something that I love to do to spread joy during the holiday season to those who may not otherwise experience it.
A few weeks back, Hayley from A Beautiful Exchange invited a bunch of bloggers to participate in an Operation Christmas Child linkup. Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a charity project sponsored by Samaritan's Purse. Every year, thousands of people pack up a simple shoe box (or plastic box) and fill it with gifts that are gender and age appropriate. When packing your box, you can choose whether you'd like to send it to a girl or boy, and pick an age group (2-4, 5-9, or 10-14 years old). Once you pack your box, you can drop it off at your nearest drop-off location and from there, the gifts are distributed to children that wouldn't have had the chance to receive a gift for Christmas!
But even if you don't have time to shop for and pack a box, you can still share God's love to these children! Operation Christmas Child has this neat opportunity to build a shoebox online! You can select items from a list of gifts and even add a personal letter and photo. Your "virtual" shoebox will then become a real shoebox, as Samaritan's Purse will pack it and ship it for you! How cool is that?

Pack a virtual box for Operation Christmas Child! | The Kardia Blog

If this is your first time participating and you don't know where to start, Hayley has made a wonderful document with everything you need to know! Participating in OCC is an amazing experience. Caleb and I are super excited to go shopping for items to include in our box this weekend! Next Friday I'll be sharing what we included and show a little more of my packing process. I encourage you to join us using the hashtag #OCCBlogShare and linking up your packing process post next week!
Join us as we share God's love and change lives through the power of a simple gift.
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Have you ever participated in Operation Christmas Child before?

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P.S. Have you ever heard of Project Impact?

Daily Bible Reading - Relationship Goals

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Last month my relationship goal was to spend more intentional time together as a couple. I'm proud to say that after settling into a more stable routine, we've had the chance to spend some good quality time with each other :) This month my goal is to focus more on spending intentional worship time together. Last week I shared 100 Ways to Love Your Wife (and 100 Ways to Love Your Husband) and the first thing that I highlighted on the list was "Start and/or end each day by holding hands and praying together with your wife." Granted, I'm not married, but I still love having time as a couple to be with God.

So, my relationship goal for this month is:

Setting aside time to have daily Bible reading/worship together

The closer you grow to God, the closer you'll grow to each other. Just because you may be busy doesn’t mean you can let your relationship with God take a seat on the back burner. Here are a few suggestions you can use to start or improve your daily worship time:

Make time for worship every day

Everyone is busy. But if a relationship with God is important to you and your relationship, make time for it. Whether it's in the morning or evening, get into the habit of sitting down without any distractions, just to worship. We have our worship every night before I go back to the dorm to sleep. I find that spending that time together to free our minds really helps us to become less stressed.

Use a couples devotional

I'm a big fan of The 5 Love Languages. So the other day when I found out that there is a devotional book based off of it, I got really excited. The One Year Love Language Minute Devotional is a quick daily guide on how to express love to your loved one. The book covers different topics such as expressing feelings, effective apologies, dealing with fear, embracing emotions, and tons more! There's one for every day of the year! Not to mention that it's also less than $13 on Amazon ;)

Do a Bible study on a topic you're both interested in

Talk together and decide on a few topics you both would be interested in doing a study on. Grab a Bible study plan and/or commentary and spend each day going through and reading about the topic. Discuss how you can apply it in your relationship.

Start a family Bible

Caleb and I want to get a Bible with big enough margins so that we can make notations and turn it into a family Bible. I think it's a great idea especially if you want something your kids can use as they grow up and use it too.

Pray together

Taking the time to pray together will help strengthen the bond not only between you and your significant other, but it will keep you connected with God as well. Take turns praying and giving thanks for all that He's done for you.

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What are some of your relationship goals for November?

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Love Letters // 03

Love Letters | The Kardia Blog

Dear Caleb,

It's been one month since you moved here to Lincoln! I am so blessed to have you in my life :) Thank you for making an apple pie with me, even though we were both busy and never got around to taking the pictures of it (the whole point of making it in the first place!) It was sooo good. I can't wait to make another! Yum!

Dear Kiara,

I am so glad to be best friends with you! :) All our inside jokes, random singing, being walking buddies - those just cover the surface level of our relationship! I know that I can go to you if I need someone to talk to or listen to me. And you should know that I'm always there for you too.

P.S. You still need to draw me a lion ;)

Dear Yik Yak,

You're basically the anonymous twitter for college students! Now if only people from my school didn't post negative things and ruin all the fun...

Dear Phone Case,

Thank you for protecting my phone for the millions of times I've dropped it. Concret, leaves, stairs, and falling off my bed have nothing on you! Keep it up! You look real cute too ;)

To: Me (and you)

From: God

 Precious Daughter,

Life is hard. Life is demanding. Life may feel like one constant waiting game. But don't lose hope. Waiting may seem to make up a good portion of your life, but never have I left your story go unfinished. I never will. Just wait, trust in me, and obey. I can make things happen that you never thought would be possible.

- Your Hope

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11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

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Love Letters // 02

Love Letters | The Kardia Blog
Dearest Caleb,

Words can't express how happy I am to finally be together in the same state as you! Day to day life dragged by really slowly without you here. I know you hate strongly dislike Nebraska, but yet you packed up everything you have to move here... to be with me. And I love you for that :)  You are such a blessing to me. For real.

Dear Karina,

Can I just say that I am so glad I get to call you one of my best friends? :) Even when you're exhausted and worn out, you still manage to be one of the happiest people I know! Your bubbly personality is why so many people look up to you. Don't give up, love! I can't wait to see what God has in store for you!

Dear Downtown Lincoln,

You looked absolutely beautiful last night. I just wish I had more time to walk slowly, hand in hand with my love, down your lighted streets. The cool breeze flowing through the warm night was perfect. Don't let nights like that go away! I'll be back.

Dear Payday,

Please come soon!

Sincerely,

A Broke College Student

To: Me (and you)

From: God

My child,

Next time you spend the night tossing and turning, unable to fall asleep, remember this: You are safe with me! Close your eyes and find rest and peace in me. Sweet dreams!

- Your caring Father

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I will lie down in peace, and sleep; For you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Psalms 4:8

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Gratitude

Gratitude | The Kardia Blog Today is my first post as part of a linkup called Community Brew. Two of my favorite bloggers, Rachel of Oh Simple Thoughts, and Madison of The Wetherills Say I Do, began this linkup to give bloggers the opportunity to open up, be honest, vulnerable, and build community with others. Sometimes the prompts are on marriage, sometimes they are about life in general, but today's topic is on gratitude. I'm really excited to talk about this topic because its something that has been on my heart lately.

Earlier this month I shared my September Goals, and one of the things on my list is to begin a gratitude journal. Honestly, I've be slacking on that. Life has been a whirlwind these past few weeks. I feel like I've been barely able to keep up with everything. Between work, classes, friends, homework, hobbies, meetings, and projects, I don't have much time to relax.

And I don't like it.

I'm constantly doing one thing or another. Sometimes I want to scream and cry because it's just too much and I wonder why I'm spending so much time on things like homework and meetings. I get frustrated with my teachers because I have too much due on the same day. I wish I didn't have to go to work or class at 8:30 in the morning and just sleep in instead. Then I stumbled across this saying:

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It's so true. I took a moment to be by myself and sat outside earlier today. I spent the time in conversation with God, not complaining about how busy I am (although I did ask for peace, guidance, and the strength to complete things efficiently), but being thankful for all that He's done for me. I felt so much more alert and prepared the rest of the day. My outlook on things had changed; I was more positive.

How little time we spend being grateful for what we're blessed with.  We let life bog us down and take our focus away from what truly matters. My personal verse to remind me to take time to be thankful is Colossians 3:15-17.

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

I'm excited to share that I will be using my gratitude journal beginning today! I want to be more intentional on taking time to be grateful.

10 Things I'm Grateful For:

  1. The crisp air of early fall mornings.
  2. The chance to get a good education.
  3. Conversation dates with my girl friends.
  4. A warm bed to fall into every night.
  5. The sunlight that streams through the trees.
  6. A loving family.
  7. Laughter that brings me to tears.
  8. New friends
  9. Kind strangers
  10. A God who loves me

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What are some things you are thankful for? How do you show gratitude even when you feel burnt out?

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Love Letters // 01

Love Letters | The Kardia BlogDear Caleb,

I miss you so much. These past few days have been rough. Not being able to be with my best friend is really hard. But every time I see your picture pop up on caller ID, I smile. I smile because I realize just how special you are to me :) I'm so proud of all the hard work you do and for not only dreaming of what you want, but actually doing it. I've never met someone more driven than you. I can't wait to be with you again! I love you.

Dear Weekend,

You are looking so promising, being 3 days instead of just 2. You bring with you a holy and special day of rest. A much needed day of rest. I'm so excited to have the chance to relax and recharge after this crazy busy week.

Dear French Manicure,

Why couldn't you last at least a week?!

Dear Blog,

You are now a week and one day old!! I'm so glad I decided to start you and I'm more than excited to see what is in store for us!

To: Me (and you) From: God

My Daughter,

Do not be anxious. It's easy to feel lost in this fast-paced, get-it-done-now, do-this-and-that world. When you are feeling lost, alone, or overwhelmed, remember that I am your shepherd. I will search for you myself and keep you safe. Count on it. Cast your burdens on me.

Abide in me and you will find rest.

- Your loving Father

Love Note 

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

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