I thank God today for…

…traveling mercies for my parents
I mentioned they were traveling and I am so thankful that they arrived home safely. They had a wonderful time away and got some much needed rest (my mom said my dad was snoring by 10pm like he does at home). When someone in the family is traveling, we always meet in the living room and say a family prayer before they leave, and when they return, we say a prayer once we enter the house. It’s a great way of acknowledging that God is the one who ensures that our goings and comings in one piece and in good health occur, by His grace.

I’m usually afraid of flying, but since the distance of my parents’ flight was less than two hours, I wasn’t too concerned for some reason (I feel like it’s the longer flights that are more likely to have things go wrong). However, even as I was sitting in the car waiting to pick my parents up at the airport, I remembered not to be so cocky; that there are no guarantees in this life. People get killed all the time doing the most mundane things. Every time I can leave the house and come home safely, even if it’s only a short trip 5 minute’s drive away, I will be thankful.

…His protection over me
I’ve been living alone now for over three months, and I have been moving around more since living on my own: going to visit my parents and going to visit my friends. I’m not afraid of the dark, but even the bravest person might get nervous approaching a dark house sometimes, especially if you have to walk through an unlit parking lot, right?

But even when I come home at three o’clock in the morning, I feel safe in my neighbourhood. The entryway to my place is well lit and so is the street in front and I just feel like I’m being watched over and protected when I’m in the front of the house. In the back however…let’s just say I don’t linger back there.

…hope
I’ve been feeling down lately, and disappointed with my daily existence because it lacks excitement. I shared this with some friends and they gave me some suggestions on how to get out of my blahs (YNC’s blog entry didn’t hurt either!). Even though I haven’t acted on the ideas yet, just having ideas was motivating and I’m more positive about what could be coming up in my life next. I can’t believe that July is nearly over, and I feel like I have wasted the year thus far, but there are still five full months that I can make the most of. All is not lost yet!

…helping hands
I pride myself on being fairly independent and self sufficient, but lately I have been asking for help and receiving it, and I am thankful that I have people that I feel comfortable asking for help from, and I hope that they feel blessed or good by helping me out. Ann is giving me pointers on some web design related questions I have, my sister and one of my brothers finally came to my house and helped me move the world’s heaviest television (clearly GNG isn’t rocking a flat screen yet) and my couch. I can’t even name all the ways in which family and friends have stepped in and offered me their talents, belongings and money, most in relation to me moving away from home but some completely motivated by the fact that they want to see me happy, and do what they can to ensure that. It feels good to be loved.

…being a homeowner (officially!)
You know how I mentioned I’m a homeowner? Well up until two days ago I was lying! I know: I’m terrible. I had purchased a place and moved in in April but until the place is registered by the city, I cannot pay my mortgage; I had to pay rent. This rent does not go toward the actual mortgage so in a way it felt like I was wasting the money, something that I didn’t want to do. I had originally been told that it would be registered in June 2009, which would have meant only 2.5 months of renting. When June came and went I contacted the builder and they told me it would be registered in July 2009. This is the last week of July and I was getting discouraged that once again the registration date would be moved but it wasn’t. Hurray! My contact at the builder’s office is on vacation and I appreciated that she actually emailed me while she was away to let me know this news.

…inspiration
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before but I am just in awe of all the Nigerians who are doing amazing things. I’m talking about entrepreneurially: it seems we are just so full of ideas! Many bloggers have writing aspirations, and many are working toward achieving that goal. Others are involved in the entertainment business, still others have been blessed with artistic talent that they are expressing through fashion or accessory design, handmade crafts or web design. One of our very own bloggers is an expert cake designer too!

Every time I discover another talented blogger who is working on these entrepreneurial goals while doing their regular job or going to school, I’m just blown away and awed. I have mad respect for the following people (this list is by no means exhaustive): Bob-ij, Gidan Nodza, Olamild, Oyato, Seye and Vera. They continually inspire me to remove the two ideas I have from the realm of “maybe” and make them realities. It is so hard to put your ideas out there, to commit to the extra work you will have to do on top of your regular work to see your dreams come true, but I know the payback will be worth it. I appreciate the inspiration of all of these people, and all the other bloggers whose names I didn’t mention.

Is it weird that I’m suddenly intrigued by the challenge of trying to write a book?

18 thoughts on “I thank God today for…

  1. Not at all!

    I've been intrigued by the challenge of writing a book for the last 15 years of my life!

    Recently though, I'm beginning to take it a bit more seriously. So you are not alone!

    Thanking God with you for your parents and the fact that you have officially become a home owner. yay!!

  2. Lovely post, dont feel discouraged, lifes like that sometimes be happy you are afffecting people with your posts, they give me something to smile about! cheers.

  3. â–ºRita

    Thank you so much! I hope your week has been good so far; have a great weekend!

    â–ºO'Dee

    I'm happy to hear from you and I saw your latest blog entry! I'm glad all is well on Sanni St.

    â–ºEnkay

    Oh, book writing! I can't even wrap my head fully around it…it's certainly an undertaking requiring some dedication.

    â–ºTomi

    Thank you for the encouragement! I am almost afraid of being unhappy about how things are going sometimes because I don't want any unpleasantness to fall into my life, all in the name of "excitement".

    Have a beautiful rest of the week and weekend.

  4. It's nice to know that things seem to be going on great for you.

    Keep doing what you know how to do best, and keep gettign inspired. All the best always!

  5. Love your spirits gurl..Good to hear your doin fine and makin great strides as well…The sky is your steppin stone…

    Cheers

  6. God will see you through my sister. You should write a book if you feel the urge to do so. I can’t wait to get a free copy by mail.

    Somedays we feel down but only our passion for success keeps us going. Hope you feel much better and am praying you don’t lose your place. Would keep you in my prayers.

  7. we also do that too- pray before and after a journey… :) good to hear they r back home safely.

    i am thankful for the gift of life

  8. Wow! Hurrah to being a home owner and yes random events kill people daily. All we can really do is hope in God.

    x!

  9. OMG! I didn't see the shout out. Thank you very much. Dreaming is one thing, believing is another, but living your dream is just because of God. Thanks!!

    x!

  10. Happy that you are now 'offically' a home owner.

    Bloggers got talent you know. I think for the writing bit, the fact that one can maintain a blog for well over a year or more is a good indication of writing talent.

    Go for it babe!

  11. Praying before and after travelling – feels like a long time since we did that at home. Maybe cos i am no longer at home.

    Congrats on the new house. When is the house warming?

    I am proud of any youngie that decides to venture into the pool of entrepreneurship. I wish more could do so.

    Writing a book starts in one day. from writing a paragraph in your journal to writing a full chapter, and one day–Ta da! you are on New York best seller list.

  12. I'm thankful for everything God is doing in your life. Thank God for your parents safe trip…and please i think you should act on those ideas of yours!

  13. Thanks for the shout out! I love how you mentioned each of your blessings. I just wrote about the importance of doing this so it's good to see that I wasn't just making things up :)

    What kind of book are you going to write?

  14. â–ºblogoratti

    Thank you! Your comments are always so encouraging and appreciated.

    â–ºTrybes

    Aww, thank you.

    â–ºsolomonsydelle

    I wouldn't be suprised to hear that you've got a book in the works…or one that's on its way to being published.

    Thanks.

    â–ºYNC

    lol free copy ke? Shebi you will glady pay to support me!

    Thank you for including me in your prayers…it is appreciated.

    â–ºaloted

    I am thankful for the gift of life too. Have a great week!

    â–ºbob-ij

    You're so cute! I love your faith and I can't wait to see your dream come to life.

    â–ºThirty+

    Thanks for the encouragement! I'll keep you posted.

    â–ºNaijagirl

    Thanks for the congratulatons! I'm sure that you would be a great entrepreneur if you put your mind to it!

    â–ºWritefreak

    Thank you and I will act on these ideas of mine and try not to be such a scaredy-cat!

    â–ºAnn

    My pleasure. I try to mention the things I am thankful often on this blog, because I have a tendency to whine so it's good to remind myself that God has been very good.

    As to what kind of book I might work on…I have no idea!

  15. I’m thankful on your behalf and I wish you all the best in everything. Please, WRITE THAT BOOK!

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