This the first month that I can say the winter weather is finally behind us—I’m so thankful for this! God brought many other reasons to be thankful in April; read on to find out what I’m talking about.
- April 6 is a special day for our family: two years ago on that date, my sister and her husband got married, and one year ago on that date my nephew was born—a child is a pretty great first wedding anniversary gift, if you ask me! ;)
- I’m thankful for health: on Easter Monday I went to the hospital and when I was released several hours later it was with a clean bill of health. I’m thankful that my mom insisted I go because I wanted to go, but I didn’t want to worry anyone. In the end going and getting a doctor to say that my symptoms did not indicate anything serious released my anxiety. I’m thankful for Canada’s health care system, that I didn’t have to think about the costs of going to a hospital before going—many have to (Note: it’s not cool to burden the system by going to the emergency room for every small thing; and any immediate concerns about health should be addressed right away, even if the cost is something else—we only get one life!)
- A member of the “connect group” (church bible study/social group) that I attend told me that she likes that I often have praise items to share. That made me happy because I know that thinking about my thankful post items during the month helps me look for good things to thank God for rather than focusing on things that aren’t going well. I still have negative thoughts every day because I’m human but instead of focusing on that I try to address what I can in my own strength and increase the number of good thoughts I think. Think this is crazy? Read the comments about having a positive attitude on this post.
- The Nigerian Blog Awards concluded almost two weeks ago (view winners)–praise God! He totally had my back, allowing everything that needed to be done to get done…mostly!
- I’m thankful for freebies: I love getting things for free (or for very little money) so any opportunity to do so works for me. I’m actually going to write about some things I do to enjoy those extras in life while saving money. A few months ago a colleague brought some of her kitchen supplies that she no longer needed to the office and I was able to make some of her “junk” my treasure. When I was thinking about that it reminded me of other secondhand (third-hand, fourth-hand) items I own and how acquiring them when I first moved out of my parents’ house allowed me to meet my immediate needs then upgrade some of them over the years when I had more money to do so. I’m not sure if a lot of Nigerians are into getting things secondhand but it’s a great way to get what you want at a reasonable cost (“free” is verrry reasonable!).
- The best thing that happened this month is the safe arrival of my sister and nephew a couple of days ago, back in Canada! They were gone for five months and I’m thankful for their protection and good health while they were away, and for the journey back. While we’re happy to have them back, my heart goes out for the family that is separated once again. I can’t fully understand how hard it is but I know that God will see them through.
What are you thankful for?