What I learned in 2013

Not all friendships last forever. Sometimes, things need to end, so you can be reminded that the only thing that lasts is God.

It’s okay if friendships end. You know that silly, cliche quote: “If one door closes, another one opens?” Sometimes, that’s really true, and sometimes, you realize that door wasn’t so wonderful from the outside as it was from the inside.

Don’t settle for “good enough”. Always strive for better. Are you happy with your group of friends? Make new ones. Are you happy with that B in your lit class? Aim for that B+. Going to mass on Sundays and doing fine? Add confession, daily prayer, adoration and/or daily mass into the mix.

There are things that you have no control over. That’s okay, too. Sometimes, you can physically do nothing, but don’t lose hope.

Never underestimate the power of prayer. God loves His children, and He hears their cries and their petitions. He will comfort them.

This year was full of lessons, and I am excited to find out what God has in store for me in 2014!

God weeds out the good to put in the better.

Yesterday, I was wondering why fate would have it that some people who were so important in my life last year were no longer part of it. I knew that God had a plan, and that it was best that they weren’t in my life, but I wanted to know why it hurt.

That’s when it hit me.

This summer I gardened. I sucked at it, but I planted sunflowers, daisies, tomatoes, peppers, basil, mint and much more. I remembered when I was getting the ground ready: how I had to dig and pull out rocks and weeds and all sorts of nasty stuff before I could put the seeds in. 

That’s what God did to me. He pulled out the weeds, and it hurt, but now he’s sowing the seeds, and something beautiful will grow from it.

Daily Smash Book – 8.14.13

Listening – to Ripper Street on Netflix

Eating – just ate a Thai food smart ones frozen meal

Wearing – black workout pants, a pink tank and a blue patterned tank layered over.

Feeling – Hungry, even though I j u s t ate

Weather – 76 degrees and fair

Wanting – Roxie to snuggle with me 😦

Thinking – that I should probably start packing for school…

Enjoying – watching TV… nice and relaxing.

Mass? – Yep! With Dan, Andrew, Julia, Sarah, Alyssa, Caroline, Quinn and Michelle.

Gym – Yes, with Sarah and Michelle

Favorite part of today so far – Just sitting and watching TV (Ripper Street, Scrubs, and now Downton Abbey)