Thoughts on Thursday: Gratitude

Again… how time flies! I cannot believe it’s already Thursday, AGAIN! It has been such a busy February. In fact, 2014 has been filled with a whole lot of “busy” days, but am I complaining? NEVER! My heart is full of gratitude, and I cannot thank God enough for all His blessings.

Now, let’s get onto my “Gratitude” post!

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Here’s how these posts will work:

I will list anywhere between 1 to 10 things, people, happenings, whatever it is I am grateful for on a weekly basis. On days when I feel extra grateful for something/someone special in particular, I will dedicate that post entirely to it/her/him.

February 27, 2014 Grateful Heart “SPOTLIGHT”

Today’s “Gratitude List” will be dedicated to a single person. This person has been nothing short of a miracle, a true blessing from above, my best friend, the love of my lifemy anchor, my rock.

I’m not one to be super romantic or mushy, but God has put it in my heart to express my gratitude for my husband today. Expressing my feelings have always been easy for me, but I have struggled with showing my “romantic” side. I just cringe at the thought of super mushy lovey dovey stuff (contrary to popular belief  – to those who know me very well on a personal level).

Regardless, I’d like to take time out of our busy lives to say a great, big, HUMONGOUS ***THANK YOU*** to the man who works hard with minimal complaining, is always willing to lend a hand, wakes up early in the morning to spend quality time with God, tries really hard not to laugh at my lame jokes but ends up cracking up, takes great care of me when I’m feeling sick/emotional/exhausted, shares my joys, loves action/war movies as much as I do, picks out romantic comedies to watch on a Friday night, knows exactly what to do when I’m feeling gray, loves on our furbabies who mean the world to me, tries his best to repair broken things, loves on me when I can’t seem to love myself, never gives up on me, supports me, and most importantly, loves our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.

It is impossible not to praise God for blessing me with such an honorable and respectable man. We’ve had our fair share of bumps in the road, and I’m sure there will be plenty more of rainy days in our marriage. I pray God will continue to be the foundation of our bond and that He will see us through during times of darkness, sadness, even happy moments, and in life through and through.

With that I’d like to end on this note…

Try your best to see the GOOD in your spouse. We are not perfect, but as long as we are willing to fight for each other, constantly put in work to better ourselves, never give up, God will pull us through whatever storm that may come our way. Everyone’s circumstances are different, so be prepared to intently listen to God’s voice – really listen to what He is trying to tell/show you. His plans may not be your fairy tale ending, but I believe God knows what’s best for usBe grateful for the love you have been blessed with and never take things for granted. You are not guaranteed tomorrow.

What are you grateful for today? Please do share!

Be BLESSED,

JJ 🙂

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Wednesday Talk: Scripture of the Day

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is TRUE, whatever is NOBLE, whatever is RIGHT, whatever is PURE, whatever is LOVELY, whatever is ADMIRABLE – if anything is EXCELLENT or PRAISEWORTHY – think about such things.” 

-Philippians 4: 8

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This particular verse captured my heart at lightning speed this morning. There are so many negative variables in our lives on a daily basis that it feels almost impossible at times to remain positive and to think about genuinely GOOD things. Reading this today reminded me once again how GREAT God truly is and how He never fails to provide exactly what we need to hear or read at the right time.

I have been struggling with several rather dark issues and situations as of recent – not necessarily on a personal level – but some of my dear friends have been experiencing a lot of darkness in their lives, and it has been breaking my heart thinking about how heavy their hearts may feel right now. As a friend/Sister in Christ/family, all I can seem to offer is my prayers.

Regardless of how I feel, I know God is always behind us, with us, beside us, next to us, but most importantly, before us. To me, that is more than enough to keep my mind, body and soul fueled with positive thoughts.

May you feel His Presence, His Love, His Grace and Forgiveness today!

What Scripture fuels your soul? Please do share!

Be BLESSED,

JJ 🙂

Thoughts on Thursday: Gratitude

Where has the time gone??? This week has been flying by, and I’m doing my best to enjoy every single “busy” moment God has granted me.

Here goes my Gratitude Post of the week!

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Here’s how these posts will work:

I will list anywhere between 1 to 10 things, people, happenings, whatever it is I am grateful for on a weekly basis. On days when I feel extra grateful for something/someone special in particular, I will dedicate that post entirely to it/her/him.

February 20, 2014 Grateful Heart

1. Warmer weather (30-40 degrees is much more enjoyable than -50)

2. Internet (I’ve recently learned a lot of people don’t have access)

3. Family Video (There’s something so heartwarming about physically walking into a video store and walking around until you find that one movie you’ve been waiting to see! 🙂

4. Lunch date with my Sister in Christ, Sue (It’s always so refreshing to sit and chat with her.) 

5. Pen Pals! (Snail Mail/Handwritten Letters)

6. A song called “Let Them See You” – JJ Weeks Band

7. God’s Provisions

8. Quiet Time with God

9. My students who fuel me and inspire me to improve regularly

10. My beloved family and friends

What are you grateful for this week/today/in general? Please do share!

Be BLESSED,

JJ 🙂

Mani Monday! China Glaze

Mani Monday #4!

Mani Monday! China Glaze

Products used:

Base Coat/Nail Hardener + Strengthener: L.A. Colors

Polish: China Glaze in CUSTOM KICKS

Design/Accent Nail: Nail Decor set (from a store called Daiso in Korea)

Top Coat: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Note: I applied 2 coats of the China Glaze in CUSTOM KICKS to achieve the perfect polish look. 1 coat would have been fine if I wanted a toned down/less intense look, but I wanted a true reflection of the color in the bottle.

Note II: After applying polish on my fourth finger, I immediately placed the nail decor stars followed by my trustworthy top coat by Seche Vite.

Sending you endless winter love from Chiberia (Chicago + Siberia)! 😉

Be BLESSED,

JJ 🙂

***If you have any nail polish color recommendations/colors you’d like to see, please feel free to comment below.***

Thoughts on Thursday: Gratitude (Late!)

Thursday was a busy busy day, but I figured… better late than never, right?

I have so much to be grateful for, and it always amazes me at all the things, people, places I have to be thankful for. Please enjoy my humble “Gratitude List”!

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February 13th / 14th, 2014 Grateful Heart

1. Opportunity to mentor students

2. Hubby and my Valentine’s Day simple, yet special traditions (exchanging cards, Hubby surprising me with a stuffed animal and make chocolate covered strawberries at home)

3. Grateful to be able to say the words “I love you” to those I cherish & love

4. God’s grace

5. My very 1st Filofax planner to document my daily happenings

6. Connections made with fellow Sisters in Christ via social media

7. Seeing my former junior high teachers (& the teachers actually remembering/recognizing me)

8. CCM (Christian Contemporary Music)

9. Hugs from my students

10. Being able to snuggle up to my forever Valentine(s) – Hubby & our furbabies

Happy Valentine’s Day!

What are you grateful for today/this week? Please do share!

Be BLESSED,

JJ 🙂

Mani Monday! Milani Nail Lacquer

Mani Monday #3!

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Products used:

Base Coat/Nail Hardener + Strengthener: L.A. Colors

Polish: Milani Nail Lacquer in BET ON RED

Design/Accent Nail: Ulta Shine On 4pc Nail Lacquer Collection in SPARKLES FLY

Top Coat: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Note: I applied 2 coats of the Milani polish to achieve the look I desired. The Ulta polish appears much darker in the picture above, but it is a truly beautiful deep, almost black colored polish with fine red specks in it.

Sending you lots of LOVE on this freezing winter Monday from the midwest!

Be BLESSED,

JJ 🙂

***If you have any nail polish color recommendations/colors you’d like to see, please feel free to comment below.***

Thoughts on Thursday: Gratitude

I’ve been doing Daily Gratitude Lists for several years now, and it is one of the most uplifting, heart-changing habits of mine. Several of my close friends have also started doing them and have shared with me how the lists have changed their lives.

Before I start my weekly Gratitude post, I would like to give all credit to Pastor Erwin McManus from Mosaic Church in California. God has spoken through Pastor Erwin every Sunday while my hubby and I were still living in California, and because of Pastor Erwin, I began my Daily Gratitude Lists. I cannot express my appreciation and gratitude enough to Pastor McManus for helping me reform my heart.

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Here’s how these posts will work:

I will list anywhere between 1 to 10 things, people, happenings, whatever it is I am grateful for on a weekly basis. On days when I feel extra grateful for something/someone special in particular, I will dedicate that post entirely to it/her/him.

February 6th, 2014 Grateful Heart

1. Sunshine on a super cold winter day

2. Christian Contemporary Music station on Pandora

3. My hardworking, dedicated hubby

4. My furbabies curled up & sound asleep

5. Room temperature water to keep me hydrated

6. My devoted Tae Kwon Do students and family members

7. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

8. God’s Grace

9. My very 1st Filofax on its way to me

10. This blog = my heart, my life God has blessed me with

What are you grateful for today? Please do share!

Be BLESSED,

JJ 🙂