Today, the theme of our chapel service was Thankfulness.
One of the points that was brought up among the speakers was being thankful for the little things. This was a good reminder for me. I get so stressed with school work and the end of the semester that I forget to take time to step back and be thankful for some of the little things that I take for granted. These are things such as even being able to attend Bethel College, to get the college education, to have a laptop to write my papers on. To be thankful for my health, that I have all of the necessities and so much more. That I have such wonderful support systems in my life including my family and friends.
Last year, I wrote a blog about what I was thankful for and so I wanted include its contents here because it is still applicable along with a few additions. As you read the reasons that I am thankful, take time to think about what you are thankful for, including the smaller things you may, like me, have taken for granted.
In this season of Thanksgiving I thought it appropriate to write a blog about the things that I am thankful for about Bethel. Thus I have titled my blog “A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart” which comes from Veggie Tales and one of their songs called "The Thankfulness Song." (If you are interested in seeing/hearing the scene with the song in it here it is!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhcI-HXicwY!
I am thankful for the tennis team and am excited to begin our spring season together.
I am thankful for the choral groups I am a part of and the tremendous music we make together.
I am thankful there are study rooms in the library available when I need a place of peace and quiet to study.
I am thankful for Mojos and their tasty drinks and delicious cinnamon rolls! (Who also have a great environment for studying).
I am thankful Bethel is such a nice campus, small enough to feel like a close-knit community.
I am thankful for my whole mod of girls: Alli Rudeen, Katelyn Melgren, Alyssa Scheuerman, Melinda Regehr, Michelle Unruh and my roomate Allie Hipp. We have such fun times together, even if it is sometimes getting on each other to study:).
I am thankful that Bethel is close to home so I can still see my immediate and extended family often (and come home for laundry and my mom's delicious cooking!)
I am thankful that my sister Miranda although now graduated from Bethel and married, is still in the area so we can have frequent lunches together.
I am thankful for the professors and their dedication to their students and their availability to help on an individual basis.
I am thankful for friendships that I have built on campus along with closer relationships within my mod.
I am thankful for the beautiful scenery on campus, especially with the new landscaping they have completed thus far.
I am thankful for the "little things" that I mentioned above.
And last but definitely not least, I am thankful for simply having the opportunity to attend Bethel College.