Livin' life in the fast lane and lovin' it!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sooo I realize it's been WAY too long since I've updated my blog but it really amazes me at how fast the time has gone by since the last time I posted - crazy!

Texas was wonderful as it always is. Nothin' beats the hot Texas sun and time with the ones you love the most. I am truly grateful for my family and all that they have done for me and continue to do for me so that I can be what I want to be someday. They support me 100% and give me love unconditionally. I'm so grateful that Heavenly Father has sent us to this earth and organized us into families. Sometimes our situations with them are rough and we face challenges as families but that's what brings us closer together. We realize we need to reach out and help our loved ones in their times of need and I know it's because of the innate love of family that we're all born with. I can only imagine what it will be like to one day sit down with all of the members of my family and talk with them and thank them for all that they've done for me and I've also realized how important it is to express that love and appreciation to the ones that we are here with today.

I've now ventured my way back to Utah and I am having a great semester thus far. My classes are definitely not the easiest (especially my Spanish ones) but I have found a deeper love for learning and applying what I learn in everything that I do. I feel SO blessed to be here at BYU. It is truly such a wonderful place to be. There are definitely times where I wish I was just a little closer to home but honestly I wouldn't have it any other way. The people I've come in contact with here, the places I've been, the things I learn everyday, and the memories I've made and continue to make are seriously priceless. I truly believe that people are placed in our lives for certain reasons and we go through the experiences we do to learn and grow - that's what life on earth is all about!

One of my favorite classes this semester is my New Testament class. It's over the the 4 Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John) and it has been such a wonderful class so far. I've heard about Jesus Christ before and the things He did while on this earth but I've never really studied His life as a whole. He was truly perfect in every way possible. I've learned that as I learn about Him and try to align my life with the ways He taught I am a happier person and life seems to flow better. Something that my professor said one day was, "Know Christ, know peace. No Christ, no peace." Just a couple of sentences but there's seriously so much truth and depth to them! Even though we are all human and make mistakes if we turn to Jesus Christ and follow His example and let him wash away our sins we can have that peace and I know that to be true with every fiber of my being. I know I am nowhere near being perfect but as long as we are constantly and consistently trying to He will help us and pick up the slack.

I've come to realize the importance of time the past year or so of my life. I can remember being in high school and always lookin' forward to the day I would graduate and get outta my "podunk" town of Childress, Texas. Now that I look back on it I realize just how much easier life seemed to be then. I didn't have to worry about buying my own groceries, making sure my clothes were clean, cooking myself dinner, or having to pay rent. I now have many more responsibilities and things to tend to and bigger decisions to make compared to ones that I made in high school like where to go for lunch. I'm not complaining about the freedom I now have but I realize that time is precious and I wish I would've cherished the times that I had back at home. I got to see my family everyday, I got to play sports and learn so much from being a part of a team, classes were SOOO much easier than they are now and life was just a lot simpler than it is now. In no way do I want to seem like I'm complaining about my life now because as I previously stated I am so happy to be here in Utah and at the place in my life that I am, it's just that I realize now that I need to cherish the moment that I'm in and live each day like it was my last.

Just as Tim McGraw says, "Live like you were dying."

I also realize now that I wasn't grateful enough for my mom and all that she did for me without ever being thanked for. My mom has taught me so much without even necessarily trying to and I will be eternally grateful to her for that and for all that she does for me now. She has always had us kids as her top priority and has sacrificed so much for our happiness and well being. I hope to be a mom to my children like she has been to me.

To end this post I just want to say that I know of the divinity and perfection of Christ to be true and that as we place our faith and trust in Him we will be able to be made whole and have a peace within ourselves. 

He is always there for us when we need Him. 
He's just waiting for us to come unto Him to be healed. Why wait any longer? 
If you want to know more about Christ and my beliefs on Him take some time to go here and I promise you will learn and feel of His love for you as you earnestly seek Him.