10 Things That Make Me Happy!

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I like to think I’m a happy person. I’m pretty positive when it comes to life and I like to surround myself with people who are like-minded in that aspect. I’m not a fan of the “I hate life” outlook and I really love when people smile through hard times. So I decided to make a list of ten things that make me happy. There are obviously a whole lot of other things that make me happy but here are ten.

1. Jesus. He clearly has to be number one. Worship excites me. As a Christian, if Jesus doesn’t overwhelm you with joy, there’s a problem. We have someone who takes care of all of our worries, someone who loves us SO much, and someone who is always there for us. How could that NOT make you happy? The reason I can smile through hard times is, without a doubt, Jesus.
2. My family/friends/boyfriend. I’m way too blessed when it comes to those who surround me. I constantly feel loved and encouraged by the wonderful people in my life. I’m always being pushed further into my relationship with Jesus because of these people and I can’t express into words how happy they make me.
3. Lord of the Rings. Okay, yeah, I might actually start crying tears of joy if I go into how happy Middle Earth makes me.
4. Oreos. I nearly died this morning when I found out they’re coming out with cookie dough Oreos… do I really need to say more? So much happiness in one little cookie… or two… or three… or four…
5. Dogs. Dogs are just great. They’re never sad! How… HOW can you look at a puppy and not smile? It’s impossible. They’re so loveable and fluffy and amazing. Don’t judge me when I turn out to be a crazy dog lady.
6. Hugs. Nothing can change a bad day like a tight, warm hug and my friends give the best hugs.
7. Phone calls. I used to be a little intimidated by phone calls but now I wish I received them more often. I’m not talking like two second business-y phone calls, I’m talking about random calls just to talk. They could last five minutes… or two hours and either way, it’s great.
8. Kangaroos. I have an obsession with kangaroos. They’re soft and cute and they bring back good memories. You can’t be sad while petting one… unless they kick and kill you… but that’s not important.
9. Netflix. Netflix erases stress, it really does. Stressed about homework? Put the homework aside and put on an episode of your favorite TV show! It causes a lot of laughs and a lot of procrastination. Two of my favorite things!
10. Sunsets/sunrises. I vowed never to take another 8AM class but I would take another in a heartbeat just to watch the sunrise every morning. I absolutely adore sunsets and sunrises and I’ve been known to scream and take 300 pictures… God is a freaking artist, okay?

There you go! Those are ten (out of about 20,000) things that make me happy! Maybe I’ll write a blog about positivity soon.

3 Reasons Why I Don’t Drink

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I don’t drink alcohol and I never plan to. Here’s why.

[Before you can understand my reasons behind it, you have to understand these two things. 1. I know, I KNOW that drinking in small amounts is not a sin and that most Christians probably drink. I'm not condemning that or saying that it's wrong. But for me, personally, that's not what I want. 2. All of these reasons are personal to me. This is about my personal relationship with Jesus. I understand that yours is different than mine.]

1. Alcohol affects my witness.
I’m not very outgoing. Talking to strangers, friends, family about topics that could potentially be uncomfortable is not my favorite activity. I’d much rather let someone else do the witnessing but I haven’t been given a choice. My friend Kylee once made the statement that not drinking is an instant conversation starter. If someone sees me not drinking while everyone else is, they’ll ask why. Instant opportunity to talk about Jesus.

2. Alcohol affects the way people see me.
When I see someone checking out at Wal-Mart with a pack of beer, my first initial thought is far from “Christian”. This person could easily take months to finish off all that beer, or a day. How could I know? When people see me, I don’t want them to question. I want them to immediately label me as a Christian. There are more affective ways of doing that than drinking.

3. Alcohol can cause sin.
As I mentioned in my disclaimer, alcohol isn’t a sin, but being drunk is. In reality, what does one drink usually lead to? More drinks. Some people are really good about being cautious but not everyone is. Not only am I at risk of sinning by allowing myself a drink, but let’s say several people are at my house and alcohol is available, I’m tempting everyone else to get drunk.

Again, I’d like to repeat that I’m not pointing fingers or trying to convince anyone to do things my way. These are just my personal reasons for not drinking.

The 1 Thing to do Before Getting Married

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This post was recently floating around the internet and though, I agree that I can’t imagine myself getting married before the age of 23 and sometimes that causes me to judge those who do, they’re not wrong. As I read through this article, I got the point. I understood where the writer was coming from and I understood why people were sharing it. Then I read the list of “23 things to do instead of getting engaged before you’re 23″ and it lost me. Making out with a stranger, baking a cake, dating two people at once, disappointing your parents, hanging out naked in front of a window, and being selfish are not going make you more ready for marriage than the 19 year old who just got engaged to her boyfriend of four years. After a few days of seeing this list being shared by Christians with comments such as “I’m planning on accomplishing everything on this list before I get married!”, I saw a response article being shared. My first thought? “HALLELUJAH! Someone else disagrees! Yay humanity!”… until I didn’t agree with that one either. While reading through the article, I liked where it was going. It states that if eating a jar of Nutella is all you get out of life outside of marriage, then marriage looks pretty darn good. Good point. Everything in the article had so much potential and then when I got to the actual list, it all came crashing down. While sponsoring a child, traveling, learning a new language, reading the Bible, and writing letters are definitely characters of a more classy and productive bucket list, it still failed to be what I was looking for. So here I am, about to tell you what I think is “The 1 Thing to do Before Getting Married”.

1. Have a relationship with Jesus.

Before you can start a relationship with someone else, you have to start a relationship with Jesus. Before you can love someone else, you have to love Jesus above that person. Before you can get married, you have to learn what the Biblical definition of marriage is. It truly doesn’t matter how old you are as long as you (and your significant other) have a growing, healthy relationship with Jesus. If you’re 18 and Jesus is done using your single self, go! Get married! I’m sure He has a thousand things planned for your new married self! If you’re 30 and getting married will only slow down the work you’re doing for Jesus. Stay single and keep working! It, also, really doesn’t matter how many things you cross off a bucket list because, let’s be honest, cutting your hair or reading a classical fiction novel has absolutely nothing to do with marriage.