I’m in the homestretch of what has been an epic era of garbage living. Not that I didn’t have a lot to be grateful for in the midst of it, I did. I had a company that hired me with little to no experience when I needed a job and a place to live. They let my dog come live with me when she was without a home and finally, they treated me like family when I needed one.
In less than a month now, my son will be home from deployment — he’s been gone since the end of April and my family will reunite. So I’m thrilled. But before that happens, he has another month of pretty poor living conditions. I have to move to my new state and get my obnoxious dog there on a flight (pray for me!) I have to arrange to have my son’s truck in San Diego when he gets home, then fly the volunteers home, etc., etc.,
It’s a dangerous place to live in the future. When this happens, I will… I have always tried, in the midst of these trials to be grateful for all the blessings that God allowed me. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I love to complain, but ultimately, I am the most grateful person on the planet. My kids are healthy and successful — in that they are all doing what they want to do. Is it the close family picture I wanted? Well, no. They’re scattered all over the west living their best lives.
In the next two weeks, I have to move, buy a new car, get settled, then get to San Diego for my son’s homecoming and it all feels so overwhelming for my ADD self. That’s when I know that I have to stop. To breathe. And to be still and know…
There really is no better way to handle stress and loss than to be grateful. Write down three things every day that you are grateful for — it’s so easy to get lost in what we don’t have, when in reality, God knows exactly what we need. He’s giving us the lessons we need to make us better humans who are closer to Him.
If you’re struggling, I encourage you to be grateful. I’ve had a difficult journey the last few years, but God was always present. He used Christians, He used non-Christians, but never did He let me fall.