It’s been a while since I shared a thankful post and a few readers mentioned that they enjoy them. I enjoy writing them but I fell out of the habit, and once you stop doing something, even something that you enjoy, it can be hard to resume. OK, on to the thankful post!
First off, I thank God for preserving my life so that I could see the end of the month. I believe He did this through the gift of intuition: I don’t know why I was hesitant to do something that I wouldn’t ordinarily think twice about doing, but my cautiousness saved the day so I will always follow those nudgings, even if they don’t seem to make sense! Sometimes we know exactly what God protected us from and sometimes we have no clue. There’s an old Amy Grant song called “Angels” with the lyrics: “God only knows the times my life were threatened just today / A reckless car ran out of gas before it ran my way / Near misses all around me, accidents unknown / Though I never see with human eyes the hands that lead me home.” Read those words over and let them soak into your soul. We only know about the close calls we witness, but imagine all the unknowns, the things that could have happened? I am thankful!
We celebrated my dad’s birthday and that was a blessing and a source of thanks, especially because of health scares. God has been faithful, and my dad would be the first to tell you that. My prayer for my dad is that God would bring him total and complete healing as a reward for his faithfulness. I’m excited about what lies ahead for my dad, and I pray that the Good Lord would allow him to achieve all his goals.
My sister celebrated her birthday in August too. She doesn’t look her age at all, and I can’t believe she’s a mom of three! I admire how easygoing she is about motherhood but I’m most grateful for her loyalty. I know that our friendship will only deepen as we get older and I’m thankful for that. I wish my sister could see in herself what I see in her!
I’m thankful that my parents are celebrating 43 years of marriage this month—God has been faithful! I asked them to share some advice about marriage on Instagram (go to my account and look for the highlight called “Family” to read or listen). I’m learning from my parents about marriage, especially from how they handle differences in opinion. There is a lot of grace, forgiveness, and understanding in their relationship. They’re not perfect but they’re real, and I’ll take real over perfect any day!
I’m thankful for the lessons that marriage is teaching me. The learning isn’t actually fun, but unlike learning calculus—which was also not fun—the lessons I’m learning in marriage will actually apply to other areas of my life and I believe they will make me a better person than I used to be. I wrote about marriage on this Instagram post and received some vulnerable comments in return. Interestingly, what I ended up writing wasn’t what I thought I was going to write; I was planning to write an anniversary post about my parents but this is what came out. Sometimes you feel alone, like you’re the only person who feels the way that you feel—this is why I think it’s important to share, so you can connect with others who understand.
I got my first (and hopefully only!) ear infection this month and I thank God for the diagnosis and the antibiotics because the pain was serious; it shocked me. The way the pain connected to my jaw area and affected my chewing was intense!
Have I ever expressed thanks for books? Books are a huge part of my life and with advances in technology that allow me to listen to books on the go, I “read” every day. I sometimes despair that I won’t be able to read all the books I want to read in my lifetime; that’s how much I love books (but that’s what retirement is for, right?). Self-help and self-improvement books are my favourite because I need to train my mind to think thoughts that’ll lead to actions to improve my life and world…or do my actions change my thoughts? It depends on whose work you read!?
Last but not least, I’m thankful for my changing mindset. I read a lot about mindset because people who are against-the-odds successful, including those who are famous today, were ordinary people when they started. They didn’t have any special power that I’m lacking, but most believed that they would succeed if they kept going, kept asking questions, and kept taking action. They believed that they were smart enough to figure things out, and they did. Very few of these people knew where they would end up but that didn’t stop them from starting. I’m an inspiration junkie so I eat up these stories but when I caught myself actually calling out a negative thought that I would normally have allowed to linger, I knew I was changing.