Sunday, April 21, 2013


The last few days have been incredibly emotional for me. It's amazing how complex and crazy life can be one moment, and yet quiet and still the very next moment!! 
I cannot wait to share all about my marathon experience (spoiler alert- I finished!!) with you, but for tonight; my heart is just a little bit too full. 

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." 
-- Melody Beattie

Tonight, no matter what is going on in my life; I'm choosing gratitude. Please allow me to share just a few of the things that I am thanking God for tonight.

My identity in Christ. In Christ- I am whole. I am complete. I am enough. Because of Jesus' work on the cross, this life has purpose.

My family. I am so blessed to be surrounded by so many precious and amazing people who love and support me no matter what. These relationships are the most important thing in my life and I am so grateful to be part of my HUGE, crazy, loud, loving family!!

Running. Such an amazing gift- it has taught me so much in life.

Second Chances. Everyday is a new day. Night ends and the sun comes up. Each day is a change to become who we were created to be, to flourish.

Laughter. The ability to appreciate the crazy little things in life.

Friends. I am blessed to have some amazing women in my life who have made my life so much richer by their friendship. They pray for me, encourage me, get coffee with me, try crazy projects with me and love me for me.

Where I've Come From. The Elizabeth today is not the same one who once was. I have changed- not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. I am a work in progress. I am grateful for who I once was, and the choice I made to change into the person I am today.

Where I am going. Change is tough, and it takes courage. But I know that flourishing as the woman God made me to be means embracing who I am today and choosing to work for who I can be tomorrow. I'm a work in progress. The best is yet to come.

Do you choose gratitude?
What are you thankful for today?

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