Feelin’ Good

By Lauren Schwab

As another year comes to pass, I have felt it all. Sadness, regret, fear, loneliness, anxiety, tiredness, exhaustion and pain. Despite this, I have felt happiness, clarity, hope, anticipation, excitement, fulfillment and gratitude.  It is easy to let our negatives outweigh the positives and it is also easy to let them get a hold of us. We can spend time thinking about what we don’t have and comparing ourselves to others who have more or have what we desire. This can keep un feeling sorry for ourselves until we see someone with less. We should never feel sorry for ourselves and I have heard we are exactly where we are because we chose to be there. One may argue, there are some external circumstances out of our control such as the family and geographical location we are born into. Though we may not be able to control this, we can easily control our attitude and I have found the attitude of gratitude exceeds all.

In hard times, I have found myself asking why me? Why was I born in Ohio to the daughter of a pig farmer? Why not the baby of those with fortune and fame on the west coast or Europe? Yet in the same, why not those in an South African orphanage? You see, God decided and we can’t know all His answers. However, we can know what He did for us and discover His assignment for our lives.

My friend Rachel recently went to Africa to fulfill the mission Christ has placed on her life. Here is her story:

One of my 2014 resolutions was to start this blog and to be consistent with posting my life and the care we give to our pigs.  I do desire to gain a following and for people to step into my life in hope they will gain a better understanding and appreciation for farm life and faith in God. Writing fulfills a sense of purpose for me. I know for sure if I don’t tell my story either it won’t be told at all or someone else will tell it for me. I have been reflecting a lot on how I am recognized and what will I want to be remembered for. What do I want people to say about me? What will be written on my obituary? I know someone else will be writing it, so what will I want them to document? What should be recorded are my dreams and aspirations now that I must make a reality.

I can either spend time feeling sorry for myself and all others have accomplished, or I can make it happen. I desire to travel the world. I desire to go on a mission trip to a South African orphanage and love on the children and let them love on me. I want to share the love of Jesus Christ because he is my Savior and He makes me feel good. He makes me praise His holy name and I thank Him for all He has done in my life and all He is going to do because I know He has great things in store. I hope this post resonates with you in some way and makes you evaluate how you feel about your life. What will be said and written about you? I write so much about my faith because the Bible tells us to honor God in all we do and what I do is farm and write. Thank you to anyone who has taken the time to read my blog. May God bless you and light a desire in your heart to share your story with others.

As 2014 comes to a close, I am feelin’ good about the year to come and I can’t wait to share it with you!

 

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