do we praise and thank God enough??? cuz i don't think i do // psalm 107 + nano update


Being thankful - it's a Thanksgiving type of thing. You sit down at the table and someone suggests that everyone goes around the table saying one thing you're thankful for. Some people say "family" others joke "wifi" and kids usually go "the food". And, I wonder, how has this happened? 

How have we forgotten that Jesus literally shook the world and saved us from the sins that are continuously consuming us? 

Tunnel vision is a real thing. I never really understood what tunnel vision was, until I went on this "ride" last fall. Basically, it was a huuuugee tube stuck in the ground and I sat down on a sled and zoomed down it. But, oh my gosh, guys, the whole at the bottom IT WAS SO SMALL. like how was I supposed to fit?!??!? 

Also, it was so dark. I could only see one thing, everything else had vanished. I feel as if this is a sense of how I live day to day. I walk around, getting things accomplished. I have school to do, chores, DIY projects, errands to run, friends to chat with - which these are all fine things, but somehow, I seem to forget something so big.

That this life isn't the beginning or the end. That these days are only a short speck in the eyes of God and that eternity is forever and ever and ever x413547529952193534


Psalm 107 is a beautiful poem of truthfulness which David writes down. It's 43 verses long, or believe me, I would be writing the whole thing. You gotta go read it, k. There was one repetitive line that David kept repeating "Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness. And for His wonderful works to the children of men!"

We don't give thanks to God enough, do we? 

Last night, there was a tornado warning where I live. My family and I went to the basement for like a half hour to wait it out. It was cozy and relaxing. Everyone snuggled and watched The Magic School Bus. Shortly after, I found out a tornado (or a possible one, still not 100% sure i guess) was by my grandpa. Huge trees in his front yard were ripped out of the ground like a toothpick. 

And, not until this morning, hours and hours later, did I realize something.

I hadn't thanked God that my grandpa was alright. like ouch. 


So, maybe there are days when I remember to praise Him for all of my Lord's wonderfulness and some days where I get tunnel vision. All I know is this  - I don't wanna forget the important stuff. I don't want to sweat the small stuff. And, I need to thank God more.

After all, my heart is still beating cuz of Him. My lungs are still filling with air and if I only have one day left on this earth to say it "OH GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD!"

btw, camp nano is actually going good and I'm at like 13k in my novel SO MUCH PAIN IM INFLICTING ON MY PEOPLE LIKE OUCH SORRY GUYS

EVER FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TUNNEL VISION??
ANY RECENT TORNADO OR STORM PROBLEMS?

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  1. "How have we forgotten that Jesus literally shook the world and saved us from the sins that are continuously consuming us?" <---- THIS THIS THIS. Thank you for this post, girl. <3 <3 <3

    (also, there's been no good storms this year yet and I'm SAD because I want a really good storm so I can read and listen to crazy thunder. I guess I'll have to wait xD)

    ~ Savannah
    scattered-scribblings.blogspot.com

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    1. aww you're like so welcome Savannah girl <3

      (also just you wait they'll come and then you can read with the crazy thunder xD)

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  2. I JUST LOVED THIS POST!!! that's all i can say XD

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    1. OH GOSH THANK YOU SO MUCH <333 that's all I can say ;)

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  3. can I just say I LOVE THIS?
    and also HOORAY FOR 13K GIRL.

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    1. yes, yes you can and THANK YOU for saying so <3
      eeep I KNOW GOTTA KEEP WRITING

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  4. Oh gosh these photos. <3 <3 Just shot a hole through my heart.
    I totally understand what you're saying!! Great post. x
    God is good.

    Sophy
    lavender & blue

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    1. ouuuuuuucchhh don't tell me that!! lol such terrible mental images you're giving me
      aw thanks Sophia <3
      Yes, yes He is!

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  5. So true! Loved this post, and I truly needed to hear it. <3
    So glad you're grandpa is all right.

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    1. *hugs you* and, I needed to write it <3
      oh, thanks!! Me too xD

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  6. Yes, it's so hard to keep eternity in focus! We get so caught up in our life on Earth when HEAVEN is where we're going to spend most of our time eventually! And yea. I know I don't praise God enough. Isn't it weird how un-thankful we can act sometimes?

    love the pictures, btw. :)

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    1. uhhggg ikr?!?! It's truly part of the curse - I feel like I look down and not up enough. YES GOSH we are such un-thankful creatures! God is just..amazing to put up with us

      eep thanks girl!

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  7. Um... YES!!!

    I feel you. When we need God, we pester Him non stop, but when He does what we ask Him for we almost take the credit for it ourselves or attribute it to the nearest logical source.

    God is worthy. Worthy of our praise. And it is sooooo good to praise Him, too. Thank you bunches for this reminder!

    Hannah

    graceineverything.com

    Instagram: @graceineverythingblog
    Twitter: @graceforhannah

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    1. uhg why why why it makes me feel so ashamed but this is truth. WE NEED TO CHANGE IT

      God is so worthy - He DESERVES our praise. We are nothing - especially without Him. Thanks for commenting, Hannah!!

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  8. Thank you so much for this post Julia! It was really good!
    We had a tornado come close to where I live last year and completely flattened some houses. Actually here lately, we have been getting a lot of tornado watches and warnings.
    I'm so glad your Grandpa was alright.
    And your pictures are VERY lovely as usual! :)

    littlebitofsunshineweb.wordpress.com

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    1. aww you're so welcome, Maddy!
      Oh yikes!! That's terrifying.. I don't think anything like that happened, but it was confirmed as a E1 tornado - obviously not big but still scary!
      Me too <3
      awww gosh!! Sarah took them xD I just edited them - thanks <3

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  9. wow, like wowowoow
    This is so powerful and so true! This was so thought provoking to me, on how really unthankful I can act sometimes. Great post, and cute photos!

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    1. uhg, ikr. I like can totally relate - i mean OBVIOUSLY I wrote this post bc of it hahaha thanks girl <3

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  10. This was a great reminder! Thanks Julia :)

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  11. dude i needed this. SO WELL SPOKEN (err...I guess written? ;) Thank you!

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    1. dude i needed it too and ACK you're the best thank you <3

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  12. this post <3 preach it, Julia. thank you so much for this!!

    Ellie
    www.uniquelyyou1.blogspot.com

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    1. hahaa thanks Ellie *grins* you're so welcome <3

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  13. 'How have we forgotten that Jesus literally shook the world and saved us from the sins that are continuously consuming us?' WUUUUUUUUT. Girl, this post was amazing. Quite appropriate that I'm commenting on Good Friday, huh? xD
    I agree, we don't give thanks to God near enough. And I also think that when we give thanks for Jesus' sacrifice, we should remember JUST HOW THANKFUL WE SHOULD BE. I mean, this perfect man, God in the flesh, living among us, enduring scorn, mocking, flogging, nails through the hands, thorns through the temples, rejection, death, all because He wanted to be with us SO BAD...that's pretty powerful.
    AND GIRL I WISH I HAD STORM OR TORNADO PROBLEMS. I looooove severe storms and tornado warnings (I like the novelty of a tornado but when there is actual danger...not so much xD). It's tornado season, and we live in tornado alley, AND YET THE SIRENS HAVE ONLY GONE OFF DURING TESTING. *pouts* Oh well, my time will come. xD
    Have a glorious resurrection day, Julia!!
    -Ariel

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    1. Hahaa yes - very, very! and, I'm very glad you liked this post. <3
      No, we don't! And after everything you're listing I AGREE EVEN MORE SO. like geesh who am I?!?!
      ACK YOU'RE CRAZY HAHA! Tornados really aren't that fantastic - I mean I love the weather and tv shows about it but in real life ehhhh I'd rather have sunshine and warmth xD
      You too, Ariel!!!

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  14. "I don't wanna forget the important stuff. I don't wanna sweat the small stuff." < exactly what I've been learning lately! So good. Also YES, I live in Georgia and we've had so many storms/tornados over the past few weeks. Crazy.

    Hailey
    www.haileyhudson.wordpress.com

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    1. It's such a good thing to learn!! I've been so inspired by a lot of little things in my life. <33 yyiikkes! That's scary - glad you're okay! Happy Easter <3

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  15. I *just* found a birds nest in our back shed, and so I jumped at your bird's nest pics, haha :). I am *almost positive* I see an egg in it, but I'm so short and I won't touch it. So, I hope the mama hasn't been locked out at any point, and I hope the little birdies make it <3.
    And this post- yes! I think we all struggle with not being thankful enough. Just... God has given us SO much, some of which we'll never even think of/we take for granted.

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    1. Oh that's neat! awww me too
      I know...don't we? Its so sad AND wrong! It should not be like that at all - I mean we are living because of Him!

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  16. you know a post is gonna be great when the title slaps you in the face with conviction

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    1. ouch yeah geesh i didn't even think about that sorry kid

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