Today is August 17, which is a very special day for CoCo’s Chitchat! One year ago today, I repurposed my blog (which was a writing advice blog) to be a Christian living blog. And I’ve loved writing every single post since! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them as much as I have writing them. If you’re new here, welcome and thank you for visiting! I encourage you to read the “Welcome”/home page if you haven’t already and continue reading this post.
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of CoCo’s Chitchat, I decided to write a special post with things that I am thankful for. I came up with one thing for each letter of the alphabet, and then wrote why I’m thankful for that thing. I hope you enjoy reading about what I’m thankful for, and maybe get to know me a little better!
Adults – I am very thankful for the adults that God has placed in my life. So many people besides my peers have helped to make me who I am today: my parents, pastor, youth pastor, youth leaders, and even my Abeka Academy video teachers (especially Mr. Crockett and Mr. Smith who both teach Bible classes). I’m grateful for all of their influence in my life.
Blogging – As I mentioned before, I absolutely love blogging and am so thankful that God has given me the ability to do so. I love being able to share what God is teaching me with you guys.
Camp – I’ve been so blessed to be able to attend enriching Christian camps over the past few years. If you can’t tell just by reading my blog, I love camp. I’ve learned so much by attending and heard from God so many times while at camp. I know that God doesn’t change with my surroundings, but there’s something special about camp for me.
Dogs – I love my two dogs. One is a chubby mini schnauzer/terrier mix and the other is an adorable mini dauchshund. Neither of them particularly like me, but they’ll sit with me when their favorites aren’t around.
Education – I’ve been homeschooled all the way through so far with Abeka, and I LOVE it. It’s a rigorous curriculum, but honestly I think I would be bored with anything else. I’m so thankful that my parents have sacrificed as much as they have so that I can get such a quality education.
Fun – The obvious answer for F would be friends or family, but I like to be different so I chose fun instead. Like most people, I like to have fun. I’m thankful that God has allowed us to have fun and to laugh. He’s not just a God of rules and commands; He wants us to have fun too, as long as it’s godly fun.
Guidance – I’m thankful for God’s guidance in my life. If I had to depend on my own wisdom and judgment, I would be totally lost. But because God is leading the way, I don’t have to worry about a thing or fear the future. I trust that God knows what He’s doing and that His plans are best. All I have to do is listen and follow.
Heaven – Doesn’t Heaven sound absolutely wonderful? I mean, really–streets of gold, no more tears, worshipping at God’s feet for eternity. It’s literally paradise. And all who have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ and have accepted Him as their personal Savior are promised a home there. I hope Jesus comes back before I die, but either way I can’t wait to get there. I’m thankful for God’s irrevocable promise of eternal life with Him.
Ice skating – For the past two years or so, my best friend and I have gone ice skating quite regularly. We just skate around the rink and talk, but it’s always one of the highlights of my week. We’re both writers, so we often discuss our current projects with each other. Recently, we’ve also started running at the rec center together.
J – I orginally had this one as C for Christ, but I wanted to do camp so I changed it to Jesus. It’s an obvious one, but the gospel is the foundation of my life. If Jesus didn’t come down to earth, die on the cross, and come back to life, then everything on this earth is meaningless. Utterly meaningless. Jesus Christ is the best gift God gave to us. Also for J, I would say my journal. I haven’t been so good about writing every day these last few months, but I’ve still written at least once a week. It’s an amazing thing to be able to go back and see what God was teaching me, what prayers were answered, and what was going on in my life. Along with my blog, my journal helps me to remember the goodness of God in my life.
K-LOVE – The very first thing I do when I get in the car (besides strap myself in) is turn on the radio. K-LOVE is my favorite station and is usually what I listen to, unless they’re doing their pledge drive. I’m not the only one who finds that to be ridiculously excessive, am I? Not to go off on a rabbit trail but their pledge drive is terrible. I have their phone number memorized simply because they repeat it so much. So anyway, I’m not thankful for their pledge drive but every other week of the year I love K-LOVE.
Letters – I’m thankful for every letter that my pen pal has sent me. My day is always better when one shows up in my mailbox. We’ve only known each other since the beginning of the year and we’ve never met in person, yet I would consider her one of my closest friends. Love you, girl! 😘
Music – I LOVE MUSIC. I often use song lyrics to get a point across or reinforce what I’m saying. I saw a shirt once that said “Fluent in movie quotes”; well I’m fluent in song lyrics. Music is a huge part of my life because it helps me connect with God and just because it motivates me. I’m definitely thankful for Christian music.
Night time – Most of my best conversations with God have happened at night. There’s just something about looking out my window at the night sky and talking with God. Also, night time means sleep. 😂
Omnipotence – For the letter O, I thought of octopi, orangutans, the color orange, and the Old Testament. But the thing I’m most thankful for is God’s omnipotence. He can do absolutely everything. Even as a young child, I appreciated the fact that God was in complete control of everything. I liked having someone to fall back on when things didn’t go the way I wanted them to. My God can do anything, which leads us into the next letter…
Philippians 4:13 – This verse has been a great encouragement to me the past year. It’s on my wristband, Popsocket, and even my journal. It helped me get through my baptism, my public speaking class, and just day-to-day life. I really can “do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
Questions – As strange as it sounds, I’m thankful for the questions that God has put on my heart. Like, why did God create the tree in the garden if He knew that Adam and Eve would eat of it? How is it that God didn’t have a beginning? When is He coming back? Some things just aren’t possible to know or understand, but some questions have led me to pursue answers and grow in my faith.
Room – I’m VERY thankful that I have the privilege of having my own room. I love just hanging out by myself and reading a book, listening to music, or praying. I’m glad that I can just close the door and (for the most part) be left alone to do what I want.
Sisters – I have the absolute best sisters. We almost never fight and for years now we’ve had an unspoken agreement that no one tattles on the others (not that we do anything that needs to be tattled 😉). I love them so much and will forever cherish all the memories we have together.
TobyMac – I have so many favorite music artists but one of them is TobyMac. I’ve been to two of his concerts with a friend and they were amazing! So many times I’ve just put his music on and sang along, and it always puts me in a good mood.
Ukulele – I’m very thankful for my ukulele. I had my audition for the worship team today, and I think it went well. I can’t sing for my life, but I think my uke playing was decent. I’ve played pretty much all day every day for a week! It’s fun and although I’m nervous about being on the team, I know that if I make it, God will be with me and help me.
Vacations – Every year in October since 2009, my family has gone on vacation to the same exact spot. It’s my home away from home and I love it. I am a bit sad that I haven’t had the chance to see other parts of the country, but at the same time I love that I can look forward to going back to the same spot year after year. We leave 7 weeks from today!
WCC – WCC is the absolute best church (not that we as Christians should favor one over the other because all gospel-preaching church’s are important in God’s eyes 😉). My pastor is an amazing speaker and person and I’m very thankful that God has us where we are. I greatly enjoy Sunday morning service. Most of the people there have an amazing faith and love God with their whole hearts. It’s just an amazing church and I’m so happy to be a part of it.
X – Let’s be honest, nothing except xylophone and x-ray really starts with the letter x. One word that contains an x that came to mind is “exceedingly” because of Ephesains 3:20 – Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…” This verse has been really comforting for me recently, so I guess that’s what I’m thankful for for the letter x. It’s a stretch, but it’s MY list so anything goes 😂
Youversion – I love Youversion. It really helped me to develop a habit of reading the Bible every day, plus it has so many amazing devotional plans. Not to brag, but just to give you an idea of how much I use it, the app says that I’ve completed a total of 368 plans since last July. Without it, I might never have read the Bible or be spiritually where I am today. I’m extremely thankful for it and all the people who work to keep it running.
Zealots – I’m thankful for all of the Christians who have lived zealously for Christ. It reminds me of the verse in Titus that says: “who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” I memorized that verse for school a few years ago, and it’s always what I think of when I hear the word zealous. I’m thankful for all of the martyrs who have stood up for what they believed in. It’s inspiring to know that others have a zealous faith like that.
And there you have it! It was surprisingly hard to come up with things! There’s lots I’m thankful for, you know, but not necessarily something I would tell you and write about. It was really fun though, and a great way to get me thinking about all the things God has blessed me with. I would encourage you to do it sometime!
As evidenced by my list, God has been very good to me. It makes me want to serve Him even more and do even more for His kingdom (not because I’m in any way trying to earn blessings). It makes me want to give what He’s given me back to Him so that others can come to salvation. I want to use my time, money, and skills to bless others. Writing this blog is one of the ways that I like to do that. I hope and pray that the things I write here are encouraging and inspiring and help people grow closer to God. I’m looking forward to writing more posts in the years to come. Onward into awesomeness, y’all.
Thanks for reading, and God bless! ❤