Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
I know I have been a little MIA lately. One word: finals! However, I am now back and have lots to blog about! The theme of my life lately seems to be thankfulness. This has nothing to do with the Thanksgiving holiday oddly as it may sound. I feel Gabe and I have both been so busy with our jobs that all I can do is think about how blessed we both are to have jobs to be busy with. In addition, my nephew was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (forgive my memory if I have already mentioned this) a week or so before Thanksgiving. This defiantly put a new spin on thankfulness since diabetes is something manageable versus a terminal diagnosis. I stayed a few days and one night in the hospital with him and I was able to sleep in his hospital bed with him all night! Talk about one of the best days of my life!!!!! We slept horrible and woke up every 2 hours for the nurses but we had quality time together. He turned 7 not long ago so he is growing up and I know I won’t be able to hold him and he won’t want me to give him kisses much longer. And yes, when I hold him know his legs hang to my knees and he is very heavy. Everyone tells me he is too big to hold but I remind them that I am his Aunt Traci and this is just what I do! I bought him a Duck Dynasty shirt Wal-Mart one morning because he didn’t have any cloths and he loved it! He asked his mom if he could wear it every day to school LOL. We ran up and down the halls because once they got his sugar regulated, he was ready to go! We danced and got tired of the hospital together. We counted carbs and just laughed. Despite this being a hard time, I knew the gift God had given us by allowing us to keep him here on earth. Even to watch his sister rub and his shoulder and say “you ok bubby” was so sweet.
After that, I was exhausted and still had finals, Thanksgiving, and other things going. God provided as he always does. I finished school with great grades (that was all God)!!!! Thanksgiving was a wonderful day despite feeling under the weather. Work continues with busyness and that is a blessing. Gabe’s work is busy and that is a blessing. We have a home with heat, we have working vehicles, we have food and plenty of it, we have a tree waiting to be decorated, we have our health, and more than that, we have a huge family that loves us on all sides (my family, my aunts and uncles, my Nanna Bo, my granny and granddaddy, my in-laws and all the aunts and uncles).
It is so easy to lose sight of all we have in the busyness of the holiday season however this year, God will not let me. Every day I thank God for so many things and I truly feel the Holy Spirit is showing me how truly rich my husband and I are.
“In all things give thanks” is what God has brought home lately. I will talk more about this in another post but God has reminded me that being thankful extends far beyond our situation. Being thankful is about the attitude of the heart and is a choice one makes despite circumstances.
Love you all and hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!