Coffee Dates & Cuddles

24 October 2013

This week has been one with chaos, disappointments, frustrations, and as usual many many questions. Each time we look too far ahead into the future we expose ourselves to anxiety and when we look back towards our past we expose ourselves to depression. A friend of mine posted this quote:
"Worry is allowing problems and distress to come between us and the heart of God. It is the view that God has somehow lost control of the situation and we cannot trust Him. A legitimate concern presses us closer to the heart of God and causes us to lean and trust on Him all the more." ~Gary E. Gilley
This quote convicted me in more ways than one. So rather than keeping a mental checklist of all that's going wrong or all that I'm unsure about here's a list of all that I am grateful for.

I'm grateful for life. Before I was 20 years old four of my friends had passed away - having never seen their 21st birthday.

I'm grateful for marriage. Not only am I blessed beyond measure with the spouse that God chose for me. But in this marriage I am being challenged daily to be the woman that God wants me to be. Whether I wanted to or not I am growing and changing - its somewhat thrilling.

I'm grateful for friendships. Women have come from near and far to support me in some of my toughest moments. I have been praying for friendships for about 4 years. God put amazing women in my life 3 years ago and then 1 year ago I moved away from them. Again I began to pray for friendships and again God blessed me with wonderful women who pour into my life in more ways than one. If you are reading this you are likely one of them.

I'm grateful for seaweed snacks. I can't eat tons of potato chips but honestly these taste similar and are so much better for you.

I'm grateful for food. There is nothing like being able to nourish the body and the spirit. Not only do I love to eat good physical food but spiritual food is what sustains me the most.

I'm grateful for family. I'm not able to connect with them daily because of the distance - but it sure feels good to know that no matter how far away I go, I always have a home in my family.

I'm grateful for movies and literature that inspire me. Storytelling is such an art.

I'm grateful for wisdom. God continues to open my eyes daily and to both the large and small things that make up my life.

I'm grateful for coffee dates with friends. There is just something about dating your recharges the batteries and helps you to connect in so many ways.

I'm grateful for pockets of stillness in my day where I can be creative. It's just nice to be inspired to do the things that bring me joy.

I'm grateful for cozy couches for resting and cuddles with loved ones.

I'm grateful for Fall! As the season changed so has my season in life. It's busy and kind of chaotic but there have been so many lessons I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Lastly I'm grateful for this outlet for my thoughts. I feel so safe sharing here and so encouraged by you all. 

Your Turn: What are you grateful for?? It can be big or small.


  1. I'm grateful for God's love, for my life, for my opportunities, for my husband and family. Also: delicious food and candy :)

    1. By the way, your recipe book looks amazing!

  2. what an uplifting post! it's always great to reflect on what we're grateful for because things could happen in a second.

    i'm grateful for everything in my life: my career, family and friends!

    Vodka and Soda

  3. I'm grateful and thankful for YOU! You are such a lovely open peaceful soul xx

  4. Love this post! I am thankful for family- it makes the world go round for me!


  5. This is beautiful! I'm thankful for so many of those things too! It really does help us put our lives in perspective when we remember what it is we're blessed with!

  6. Wow! So much to be grateful for! I love your list and I absolutely love that quote! I am grateful for you, my friend! For a Lord who loves us so much we can't even fathom, for an incredible selfless servant husband, all my friends and family, a job and the beautiful weather outside right now :)

  7. Love this post, Charity! That quote is really inspiring. Thank you for sharing it. I am thankful for my family, my friends, for the opportunities that God has given me and that after spending 3 days on the couch with a terrible sinus infection I am finally on the mend!! :) Sending you love, my friend! xo

  8. Adorable post, Friend! And is that a glimpse of your cook book? Cute! It looks so organized!! Let's see, what I'm grateful for is everything! God has given me a full plate, but it just makes me grateful for the good things He also gives me! It's the little things that makes me feel the most grateful, a beautiful sunrise or sunset, good cup of coffee, and great friends!

  9. Grateful for you sweet friend! You are so strong and I admire that you can put things in perspective like that. :)

  10. Love this post!! You were born to blog! You know exactly what to do and how to do it on here.

    I am grateful for life. Not knowing the day nor the hour, I am once again blessed to see another day!
    I am grateful for my wonderful hubby. He is my true soul mate that I prayed for and that was sent from God (I truly believe that).
    I am grateful for my TRUE friends. I only have a couple and the couple I do have a virtual friends and friends I've never laid eyes on (how cool is that).
    I am grateful for the knowledge that God has given to me. From my education to my career, God has equipped me with so much.

    Thanks for sharing girlie!!

  11. Love this!! I love the recipe book too is that a book you can buy and then you fill in? I'm grateful for you! I hope we can meet up soon!!

  12. So many things to be grateful for! Thanks for posting such a wonderful post. :)

    I would like to know where you got your recipe book though? If that's all right? I love how you were able to use those photos in the book! You're right, the size is perfect for the book!

  13. YES! Gratitude keeps me going: without it, I'd waste away. I'm so glad for fresh produce in my refrigerator today! It's going to be a good week in the kitchen. =)


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