Since joining the InspyRomance team last spring, I’ve always worked ahead on my posts. When November arrived, I said, “God, please give me a message for this month’s blog post. But not about Thanksgiving. Everyone else will be posting about that.”
Do you know what happens when we give God directions? He laughs!
As my deadline approached, I kept praying but didn’t receive any inspiration.
My son-in-law went on a business trip last week and brought back…a cold (or something), and then shared it with all of us–his wife, their 8-month-old baby, and yours truly. This week has been difficult, to say the least. Whomever is feeling the least lousy at any given moment cares for the sweet, sick baby and works to feed and water everyone else, including the dogs.
So here I sit, the day before my deadline, coughing and blowing my nose, with nothing to submit. And then the still, small Voice whispers one of my favorite phrases: There is always, always, ALWAYS something to be thankful for.
Before I left their house last night, my daughter mentioned several things for which she was thankful in the midst of the storm that has been this week. I added to that list. As I turned into my driveway, God dropped the perfect thought into my mind: incredible blessings.
I wrote a blog at the end of 2020 titled The Incredible Blessings of 2020. That was a storm unlike anything the world had experienced in our time, a life-changing, tumultuous year that affects us to this day. Here is a summation of those thoughts:
- Health: When the pandemic hit, I panicked like everyone else. Being over 60 put me into the “higher risk” or “vulnerable” category. A couple of underlying medical conditions added to that. There were so many unanswered questions. But we have learned a lot over the last eight months, and working closely with my health care providers, I have come to realize that I’m not as “vulnerable” as first feared. My chronic neurological condition will have no bearing if I happen to contract COVID-19. In addition, I’ve been able to make some changes and bring several factors of my health under better control. I’m probably in the best shape I’ve been in for many years and took ZERO sick days from work in 2020. ZERO!
- Finances: The most incredible financial blessing of 2020 for me is that I still have a job and didn’t miss a paycheck the entire year. I can’t emphasize enough what that means. In addition, I have the option of working from home part of the time, and in an isolated room onsite the other part. I am incredibly fortunate and blessed.
- I was able to get a puppy in late October. This was something I had been planning on for about a year, and it came about quickly and unexpectedly. The companionship has been a real blessing. Having a little ball of fluff to hug throughout the day lifts my spirits.
- My mantra in 2021 will be that no matter what comes, there is still always, always, ALWAYS something to be thankful for, and I will take comfort in one of God’s most precious promises, that He will not change, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
That is still my mantra as we head into 2024. My dear reader friends, how may I pray for you today in your storm? Leave a comment—no details required—and be assured that I will pray on your behalf. It may not change the outcome, but you will feel less alone.
*MACY is a border collie mix with some Aussie