Oh, Tuesdays, and your 7 little things. It’s been a while. It’s wrongly been a while. While in my heart, I’ve been thankful for many things, I haven’t written them down in months like I had tried to get in the habit of doing. I blame busyness, but almost everything in life which gets pushed to the side gets the busyness excuse. Busyness is a business all in of itself. I intend to try to get back into my habit of taking a small respite on Tuesdays and writing down 7 things I am thankful for this week. It’s always a good reminder to me how faithful God is and how He truly does answer prayer.
Here are the 7 things I’m thankful for this week:
1. I don’t know if “thankful” is the right word, but I was “honored” to host both Mothers for Mother’s Day last weekend. I’m the only one on both sides of my and Samuel’s family who isn’t a mother, so I wanted to serve the mothers in our family on Mother’s Day. Not that I have any experience with it, but from what I hear, Motherhood is tough. It was a blessing to me to be able to serve them for one day. My mother and my mother-in-law have both been so encouraging and helpful to us over the years, and I was thankful I got to spend the day with them and enjoy their company. I am so thankful for the both of them. The older I get, the more I realize how special the two of them are. They both inspire me to be a better woman.
2. Our house is all unpacked. Most of you know, Samuel and I moved for the fourth (and final) time nearly three months ago now. Whoa…time flies. In my mind, it was only yesterday that I thought this house would never be finished, but here we are three months in, having the time of our lives. We LOVE our home. There is still plenty of decorating to be done. More pictures need to be hung, more vases need to be bought, more bookshelves need to be put together, but all in all, we are completely moved in. And it’s peaceful. For the first time, since we got married nearly 2 1/2 years ago, we aren’t waiting on our housing arrangements to change. It’s such a sigh of relief. We were vagabonds for most of our marriage, and while it was a joyride, it feels so relaxing to just be home.
3. I’m thankful for our church and the community we are building around us. Samuel and I made a point to immediately get involved with a church when we moved here. We moved in on Friday and went to church on Sunday at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, North Carolina. We knew that was home for us. The doctrine is solid, the teaching is incredible, and the people are wonderful. We love our Sunday class and our Bible study group. I can’t wait to see what God does in both of our lives as we grow there.
4. I’m thankful for my husband’s work ethic. He has so many projects going on at work, and I’m so proud of him. He doesn’t just do what’s required, he goes above and beyond everyday. He inspires me to live and work harder. He takes each day and sucks every drop out of it. I’m so proud of you, Honey. I’m so proud of everything you are accomplishing in your career. I’m so thankful for you, and I’m so thankful you go above and beyond your calling everyday. You amaze me.
5. I’m thankful that it’s finally feeling like spring outside. I know this is so minimal, but seriously, winter took his sweet time letting go this year. I don’t mind winter. I appreciate all four seasons, but I was really ready for the warmer weather. I’m so thankful for the heat outside. I’m thankful for that warm sunshine that is shining outside right now. It’s that little detail that brightens my day, all day, everyday.
6. I’m thankful for the doctors who have been assisting my dad. My bear of a father has had several serious health issues for years, but they seem to have gotten worse this past year. I’m thankful for the wonderful doctors who have been so responsive and so determined to get him well even though he stubbornly fights the process every step of the way. I know he struggles daily with how all of this is affecting him, but I’m thankful for modern medicine, and for all the ways God has given these doctors the ability to save his life, time and time again.
7. And finally, my new novel has been released. I know. I can’t believe it either. It feels like only yesterday I pushed the publish button on my first novel Happiness Lost, and now I just published my second novel, Lucky Me. The writing experience was completely different from Happiness Lost, and I think readers can pick up on that in the read. The characters are different, but the overarching messages of both are the same: What really makes us happy? I don’t outright say this in either novel, but I think it is implied that we will never be happy, satisfied, or joyful when we only pursue worldly ambitions because only Christ and Christ alone can fully fulfill every part of our being. We can find happiness in many things, but we can’t be truly joyful or fulfilled without Him.
And if you are late to the party, Happiness Lost is http://www.amazon.com/Happiness-Lost-RL-Wallace-ebook/dp/B00FE33C7G/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1400614725&sr=1-1&keywords=happiness+lost