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when life gives you lemons…

It is your reaction to the simplest gifts that may determine where your life takes you!!

Well…that sure made an impact…

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As we say goodbye to another year, reflections are made, goals and resolutions are set, and most try to think about what this coming year will bring.  For me, I think 2014 will bring something big, I feel God is saying get ready because something is coming.  I cannot say whether or not it is good but it will be big.  This past year brought many things for me including, but not limited to, tears, laughs, frowns, smiles, punches (only friendly ones of course), and some of the best hugs ever.  A friend told me once that things will eventually balance out.  If you are down for a while, eventually that same amount or even more good will take place.  That is what I am hoping for this new year.  I look back and see a lot of pain, hate, tears, frowns, and things that being a junior in high school, I would not have expected.  But yet what I also see are many encouraging text messages, a lot of laughs, and friends who were there through thick and thin and stayed through it all.  I have said it before but I will gladly say it again.  I have been blessed with an amazing group of friends who have been there, who trust me and we have a mutual knowing that we are there for each other. From Water World, to homecoming, to scary movies on Halloween, all the way to a surprise party to kick off break, this year definitely had it’s ups.   Yet, I cannot say that I would change this year if I had a chance.  If I were asked if I wanted to change the sad parts to happy, or the scary parts to joy, I would say no.  Some may wonder why, some may think it is cliche.  If I had not had this year, I would not be as strong as I feel I am now.  I am learning very quickly that “If God will bring you to it, He will bring you through it.” Well my friends, I am still sitting here writing or rather typing out my thoughts on the year, maybe encouraging others to look back at their year and realize how much they have grown, from where they used to be.  So, here’s to you 2013, for making this a year to remember and making me realize that I am strong, and that sometimes being strong means asking for help.  2013, you truly made an impact.

Bible Verse for 2013: Philippians 4:13 I can do all through Him who gives me strength.

Word for 2013: Impact

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That time of year…

photo taken by: Free Range Stock
photo taken by: Free Range Stock

Around this wintry and cold time of year, people are gearing up for finals, family, food, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day, and much much more.  For me, this time of year it means my birthday, and then finals. As I turned seventeen this year, I was surrounded by people who I love and enjoy being around.  I got to spend the Sunday after my birthday with two amazing people.  I did not ask for much for my birthday, I just asked for letters.  Of course, being friends I was asked things like “are you sure that’s it?”, and “that is really sweet Kyra”. To all of these I simply said, “yes, that is what I want, one from each of you in group”.  If I had to choose a sentence that made me smile most, it would be from one birthday letter, stating, “…you requested a letter from each of us. And honestly, that is such a small request from someone who deserves so much”. It is crazy to think at one point I thought I was all alone.  Well I can tell you that right now I am NOT alone.  Not here on earth, nor will I ever be alone, I am walking with God and He has blessed me with people to cherish.  Anyway, these encouraging things, the Christmas songs in the hallways, the Christmas parties, and of course the hugs and smiles, have each given me a bit of strength in order to look with a positive mind for finals.  Students across the nation, including myself, are studying, getting ready to study, taking a break from studying, sleeping, going on Pinterest, etc., I mean we all have our own way to deal with the stress that comes with the end of the semester and the feeling that break is so close and almost close enough for us to grab and hold on to.  However, the tests, papers, presentations, or if you are lucky, study days instead of a final, take a tole on things like sleep, social life, and in some cases personal hygiene. My goal this year is to get all A’s, and I can guarantee that I am not the only one with this in mind.  I can do it, I know I can.  Stay strong my friends, only one more week!! Study hard, smile sweetly, and in the voice of one of my close friends, ALWAYS keep it classy!!

…and a little bit of pixie dust!

Photo taken by: Chance Agrella
Photo taken by: Chance Agrella

When I hear “and a little bit of pixie dust”, I think of the Disney Tinker Bell series and the “motto” , “Faith, Trust, and a little bit of pixie dust”. This saying could be interpreted in many ways, but the main thing that stands out to me is the faith.  I was baptized in April of 2013, and believe it or not, on that day something changed and I have been trying to keep my faith in Jesus the center of my life.  Faith to me means believing in something that you cannot see or believing in something that has yet to happen.  It reminds me of Hebrews 11:1 (NIV), “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and being certain in what we do not see”.  I have my faith in Jesus, and he showed me this past Thanksgiving holiday how incredibly blessed I am.  My Uncle came for a visit, I managed to stay alive when running a 5K, and I was able to be with my family and enjoy the conversations and the laughs.  I am beginning to trust the plan that God has for me, but He has also placed amazing friends and relationships in my life where there is full trust.  Trust is a big part in how we determine who we tell and what we say.  Is it easy? Not always, but the joy of telling someone something to get it off your chest is a positive feeling, and hopefully in telling there is a gain in trust.  The pixie dust, for me, are the small things that make me smile.  This could be a hot meal for dinner, the peace and relaxation of watching snow fall on the ground in silence, the feeling of a hug to make the day better, or even watching a movie after a long stressful day.  All of these apply to me, and trust me when I say that they sure do make me smile.  I guess I will put it this way, faith gives me a peace of knowing that I have someone watching over me at all times, trust helps me to know I am loved, and the pixie dust are the small joys and when put together, the feeling I get is nothing like I have ever had before, the feeling of knowing that I am Kyra and I was made beautifully and wonderfully and I am completely content with that!

…but the best of friends…

Photo taken by: Chance Agrella
Photo taken by: Chance Agrella

Sitting here sick gives me time to look back on recent events and smile.  Looking back to exactly a week ago, to last Tuesday, a group of friends and I went to dinner at Texas Road House for Conner’s Make-A-Wish event.  There were six of us in total, and after making some last minute plans, we were looking forward to a night of good food, laughter, and the opportunity to help an amazing kid receive his amazing wish.  The event was from 4 to about 9 and we all arrived there around 6:15 pm, and the wait was going to be about 45 minutes.  Although the joyful atmosphere, the peanuts on the ground, the staff dressed as Disney characters, and the feel of Christmas was exciting, I along with two of my girlfriends decided that PetCo would be a fantastic way to run out some of the time.  I had known about the glow-in-the dark fish, but the three of us decided to have a community fish and then pass it around every weekend or so, probably one of the funniest conversations I have ever had. It ended with the fish sitting on the table at dinner and how everyone would look at us funny, but it would have been our fish.  It turns out that PetCo does run out the time, because not long after we returned, the buzzer went off for us to be seated.  While at dinner we laughed, joked, and clapped for the birthdays going on around us.  At one point earlier that night, we were saying how maybe if we told one of the servers that it was our birthday then maybe we would be seated sooner.  That conversation was brought up again in the middle of dinner when my friend was joking with another friend about how he told the server it was her birthday.  There were about four other birthdays going on around us, and when the fifth one came around we were all wondering just who else had a birthday, because there was no way it could be us.  Sure enough, however, while I was looking around to see who was the lucky winner of vanilla ice cream with whipped cream and chocolate, I watched as our lovely waitress placed the little cup of sugar in front of me at my place setting.  I automatically assumed that it was the guy who was bugging my friend earlier, and I was incorrect.  Turns out that it was my friend who was seated next to me, and she had managed to keep it a secret the entire dinner.  Good for her!! I for sure could never have done something like that without laughing really hard or confessing the minute I told the server.  I have never been sung to for my birthday before, and even though I turn 17 in a little over a week, it was still a little exciting.   I can also say that I would not have wanted to be surrounded by any other group to share that moment of surprise with.  God has placed amazing friends in my life, and I am realizing that friends will go out and celebrate your birthday with you, but the best of friends will go behind your back and surprise you by having the servers at Texas Road House sing to you!!!

when life gives you lemons…

Photo by: Sandra Trajkovska
Photo by: Sandra Trajkovska

There is a saying that is often used. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. And although many of us have heard of this, many of us also come up with our own saying in order to match how we are feeling. Some may say, “When life gives you lemons, throw them back because you wanted apples instead”, “When life gives you lemons, you have to also ask for sugar and water first in order to make the lemonade”, for the inner rebels, “When life gives you lemons, make some orange juice, because who cares and I want to”. For me, I have been on this faith journey so my saying would be, “When life gives you lemons, praise God, free lemons!!” It all depends on how you perceive it. Perspective people, perspective!  Now, I know and understand that life is bigger than a couple of lemons, but if you look at something one way when it is small, then I believe that you are likely to look at something the same say as it continues to grow.  For example, if life gives you lemons and you are grateful, wouldn’t you also be grateful for something bigger like a new job, or even a new-found relationship (not necessarily dating).  It is finding joy in the small things.  If I had something to encourage you to do this week, it would be to do just that. Find joy in the small things, because God brings joy, and God is greater and mightier than all.  I have been blessed with many things and honestly I do not always find the joy, so I guess I will need to take this challenge and start seeing my world as many little blessings and watch as these blessings continue to grow.  What will your version of this somewhat famous saying be?  That my friends is up to you.

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