To be Grateful

Ya’ll,

It’s been a hard month. A hard month of figuring out what it really means to be content in the madness. I just wrote an assignment for seminary about resting in the Lord, and what it means for all of life. I should take it to heart.

This world, ya’ll. We are all crazy busy. We are rushed, hurried, and worried. We forget to look up and realize all there is to be thankful for. We may not have all we desire, but the Lord gives us all we need. I have parents who let us come home after a disaster in the Caribbean Sea. I have a husband who loves me in a way I never could have imagined, the way the Lord commands us to love. I have friends who love me, who protect me, who care for me and check on me. I live in AMERICA, ya’ll. We have freedom to do as we please, unless of course we’re being hateful and harmful. We have so much.

Thanksgiving last year was quite different than it is this year. This time last year, I was preparing to leave the man I love, endlessly, to surprise my family whom I’d not seen in three months. For those of you who know me, I don’t go a day without seeing my family or talking to them. Especially my brother. He’s my partner in crime, forever. This year, we’re here. I’m at the COFFEE SHOP, completing homework assignments drinking apple chaider (apple cider and chai tea put TOGETHER). Ya’ll. It’ll change your life, that drink. It’s fall in a cup. Truly. And that’s coming from a basic pumpkin girl.

I think it is high time that we all pause for a bit to rest in the Lord. To rest in His arms that hold us all up daily. That rest will seep into every aspect of our lives, teaching us and reminding us that life is not all that difficult. There are two rules, as my Uncle Sean would say; to love the Lord and love each other. Everything else just falls into place. For that, I will be grateful. I love the Lord, and I try my hardest to love every person.

The holidays always seem to make folks either super grouchy or super excited and full of all of the goodness of life. I am the latter. The holidays brings so many people together, but it also emphasis those who would rather be apart. That’s hard. But the Lord will mend the brokenness. He will provide all that we need to get through this life on earth. The holidays are a time to be thankful, to lift each other up, to laugh and smile and breathe in the cool air. Have I mentioned it was FORTY degrees this morning?!?! Praise the good Lord for not hot weather!

My heart aches for us all, to be content and joyful in this life. To be thankful for every season of life. To be thankful through the hard times, the good times, and the in-between times. To be thankful in the middle of somewhere.

Till next time!

Author: Amanda

Hi Ya’ll!
My name is Amanda, and I live on an island with my husband while he attends medical school! Life on an island is a lot more difficult than one may think, with no car, no always stocked grocery stores, no constant supply of warm clean water. However, I wouldn’t trade this journey for all the coffee in the world. The Lord answered our prayers, and led us to the most perfect med school!
While my husband studies how to be a doctor, I am on the slow train to a master’s degree. Bless our hearts, right?
Things I love are: My sweet husband. We met 13 years ago, at youth group, dated after college, and we’ve been married for three years! I have a traveler’s heart, though I’ll be quite content to stay in one place for a while once med school is complete. I adore puppies! We adopted two from the shelters back home, and we adopted another one on the island! I always have a list of books to read in my kindle app, of which I’ll never get done with, I am certain. I am a proud, hopeful Southerner, and we try to spread the Southern hospitality and kindness!! I love all things coffee. I’m at the level of “could be friends with the Gilmore Girls.” They’d love me, I just know it.

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