Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Gold In The Darkest Moments #7

It's been far too long since I sat at my laptop and thought about the things in my life that have made me smile recently.  I went through a stage when my Gold In the Darkest Moments posts were my favourite posts to write.  But then life got busy and I was also struggling to think of what to write for these posts.  But after my bible study this morning I realised that it's not just the big things I should be thankful for, I should take the time to share the little things that have made me happy as well. 

I'm currently sitting in my pj's cuddled up on my giant teddy bear (thanks for that Mhairi!), while feeling a little sorry for myself cause I've been choked up with the cold for a little while now and it's making me feel pretty lousy.  But, I'm going to push my icky ill feelings aside so I can share with you some of the things in my life that have made me happy recently. 

1.  My new slippers.
Like I said, you need to be thankful for the little things in life!  I got some lovely new slippers from George by Asda because my old ones had seen much better days.  These slippers are so cosy and after a long day at work I love putting them on and unwinding with a good book.

2.  Delight & Be
Delight & Be is a website and blog for young Christian women who are interested in the creative arts.  From baking, to fashion, to photography, there's something there for everyone!  This site has been so great for me growing in my faith, but also with improving my photography and my writing style.  I'm part of a few of the Delight & Be Facebook groups and I love these girls so much.  They're all so happy to listen to each other, pray for each other, and love each other.  Their hearts for Jesus are so wonderful! 

3.  A day in St Andrews
If you follow me on instagram (a cheeky little hint for you there) then you'll have seen a few of my photos from my recent trip to St Andrews.  I went there for a day to see my wonderful friend Annie who I'll be staying with in Australia next year.  We had such a lovely day together, and although the weather was windy and so, so cold we had such a wonderful time exploring St Andrews.

4.  Cosy nights in. 
It's winter so I'm spending many evenings snuggled up in my pj's, watching movies, listening to Christmas music, and doing Christmas crafts while it's socially acceptable to be snuggled up in my room all evening. 

5.  Frosty mornings. 
I had a lovely walk down to the bus stop the other morning, frost covered the ground and I could see my breathe.  Everything looked so crisp and fresh, it's got me very excited for Christmas!

6.  My mum, dad & sister.
I've been feeling pretty homesick recently so when I chatted to my mum and dad on the phone for quite a long time the other night it made me feel a lot better.  I also stayed with my sister a few weekends ago, it was so nice to properly catch up and go to church together. When I was younger I didn't appreciate my family, but now I'm realising how fortunate I am to be blessed with such an amazing family who make me feel so loved. 

7.  for King & Country
I love finding new music to listen too.  I sometimes struggle to find Christian/worship music that I enjoy but then I happened across for King & Country and I've been listening to them whenever I get the chance.  I absolutely love their newest album "Run Wild. Live Free.  Love Strong" their style of music is unlike anything I've heard from a Christian band and lyrically I think their relevant and raw which is great.  They've also released a Christmas EP this month which is so lovely!

8.  Free To Be Me by Staci Eldredge
I got this book at the beginning of October when I was back home for a couple of days.  I had heard of Staci Eldredge before but hadn't read any of her books but when I saw this at the Faith Mission bookshop I had a feeling it would be good for me.  So far I'm really enjoying it and I've learnt so much from this book, Staci writes in a way that you feel like you're having a chat with her in a coffee shop which I really enjoy. 

9.  Hot Chocolate.
It's the kind of weather that makes me drink countless hot chocolates.  I'll also never refuse marshmallows and whipped cream to go along with it, what can I say, I like to treat myself!

I hope you enjoyed this post, I'm really enjoying looking at my life in a way that I wouldn't otherwise do and appreciating the things that make me happy.  Let me know in the comments what's made you happy this week, I'd love to hear from you all.

This post is part of my Gold In The darkest Moments series, you can read the other posts from this series by clicking here