Monday, August 17, 2009

Ten on Tuesday

Top 10 Intangible "Things" I Can't Live Without:

1. a Bible-teaching, Bible-preaching, Spirit-filled church. "my church" is the best in the world, High Point Church.

2. the godly, Christian mom friends in my MOPS group. every mom needs a circle of like-minded, relatable friends.

3. good music. currently i can't live without KLTY and the Black Eyed Peas. research has shown that music reduces a person's stress. music triggers momentous and happy times in a person's life, taking the mind off of stressful events or situations. all i need is some "Boom Boom Pow" and i'm way less stressed out.

4. my "me" time. i wake up an extra hour early to have time to myself, to do whatever i want to do just for me. the house is quiet. no one needs me (yet). i can think and pray in peace. this time is precious.

5. social networking. specifically Blogger, Twitter, and Facebook. call it what you want, a hobby. an outlet. addiction. whatever, i like to feel connected and part of something bigger than my IRL world.

6. a good relationship with my mother-in-law. i am so blessed in this way. she's so cool, loving, caring, not overbearing or intrusive, a great grandma to our kids, and knows a lot about practically everything. i can't imagine not having a good relationship with her.

7. my backyard. maybe this is tangible, if you want to get technical. but i know for sure that i couldn't live without it. it's big, has plenty of shade, it's private, and it has a playground that (so far) BigGirl hasn't outgrown.

8. health insurance. i thank God every day for DaddyHalls' job and the health insurance that comes with it. there's a wonderful sense of security that comes with knowing i can take my baby to the doctor if i need to. and i couldn't live without that.

9. speaking of security, i could not live without a solid, growing relationship with the Lord. He's my Father, my provider, my strength, my protector, my healer, my comforter, my everything. He's there for me when i need anything. i didn't always know this and i didn't always have a relationship with Him. but now i do and, God, i'm glad.

10. last but not least, i could not live without my memories of lost loved ones. my dad, my Grandpa, my Popop, my Pa, Maggie, and my Father-in-Law, to name a few. i cling to the memories, recalling them quietly throughout the day. i hear their voices, see their faces, and imagine being with them again in Heaven someday. thank God for memories.

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