It’s here: the last Thursday of April! Another month is nearly behind us, just like that. I hope you had a great month; one that was filled with plenty of things that caused you to say “Thank you, God!”. If you’re a GNG Insider, in a few days I’ll be sharing what I’ve been learning about this whole “looking for love” business. Sign up to receive my monthly messages and you’ll be all set!
Here’s what I’m thankful for this month.
- April is a big month in our family, specifically for my sister and brother-in-law: their son was born on their first wedding anniversary (don’t mind me: it never gets old!). We started off the month with a family celebration to mark the two events. It’s hard to believe that my sister and her husband have now been married for three years and that they are parents to a two-year-old! And to think they’ve known each other for five years already?! Time flies for real and God’s hand has been in their relationship from the very beginning—I give God thanks for their love and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.
- This month I started getting to work 30 minutes earlier so I could leave work 30 minutes earlier. For most people 30 minutes wouldn’t be a big deal but because I’m a night owl, I didn’t really believe that I could do it consistently. This is my fourth week and I’ve been doing very well with it and I know that’s all God. I only wake up to an alarm, but last week I went to bed late and forgot to set my alarm. Despite that I woke up, sans alarm, and when I looked at my phone the time on the phone was my EXACT wake-up time. That’s not a coincidence o: it’s all God.
- Despite how safe air travel is, I give God thanks that my dad arrived home safely from his work trip.
- A member of my extended family gave birth to a healthy baby at what many consider an advanced age. In fact, at church last Sunday the guest preacher mentioned this same age and made reference to it being beyond childbearing years. I’m glad that God’s ways are not (wo)man’s ways, that we can all have hope that God will do anything He wishes, in His time, regardless of what society has spoken on us.
- After four years and eight months, my final car payment is scheduled to come out of my account today—isn’t that timing just perfect? I’m thankful for God’s provision of a job that made it possible to buy a car and make those payments every two weeks for over 4.5 years. I also give thanks to my parents for their generosity (giving me access to their car when I didn’t have one and also giving me a generous contribution towards the new car) and for the way they and my sister celebrated the event of getting a car with me.
- I’m thankful for my closest friendships, for people who listen to me, who let me talk and get emotional in their presence without it being awkward. For my married friends in whose house I feel completely comfortable and help myself to things without asking. For people who encourage me and believe in me. Friends who care enough to ask how the things that are important to me are going. I’ll be writing more about friendship and I think in preparation for this God wanted me to be reminded of the good aspects of the friendships I have.
- Finally, I’m thankful for the obligatory-trip-turned-mini-vacation that I’ll be going on this weekend. Thanks to the Central Bank of Nigeria’s decision regarding the Bank Verification Number (BVN), I’ll be traveling to the nearest location to get my biometrics done. As God would have it, I recently discovered a Christian artist, Lauren Daigle, and she’ll be performing in this same city on Monday, opening for Hillsong United! So that’s how a plan to take one vacation day has resulted in me taking three vacation days and making plans to thoroughly enjoy myself, starting with traveling by train rather than driving, and staying in a hotel even though several kind people offered to host me (there’s nothing like paying for a hotel for multiple nights to make you feel like you’re on vacation!). But you know what? God has always provided for my needs and many of my wants, from birth to present day. I’m reminded to celebrate that more, rather than take it for granted as I often do.
The icing on the cake is I get to meet a buddy and fellow masterminder face-to-face for the first time! I’m thankful for the timing of this trip that will allow many good things to happen (by His grace, of course!).
What are you thankful for this month?