Welcome to the first of what will be many thankful posts this year (by God’s grace)! I hope you had a good January and had big and small things to thank God for. Here are the things that I’m thankful for this month.
- The biggest news in our family is that my sister’s husband arrived in Canada after a relatively smooth immigration process! We thank God for showing himself faithful through the whole process (from the submission of the application to him getting the green light to come), for protecting my sister and nephew as they were in Nigeria this time last year, for bringing them safely back, and now for bringing my sister’s husband here. It’s a long trip that you can’t appreciate until you make the journey yourself. We give God all the glory. I did a Periscope broadcast on the day that my brother-in-law arrived, and he made an appearance on the broadcast; check it out!
- I thank God for my health. My knee started bothering me recently, so I went to see a doctor last week and he has prescribed a course of action that I believe will be successful. I’m thankful for medical interventions and for Canada’s health care system. I have a lingering cold but after a few more applications of Aboniki to my throat I’m sure I’ll be fine. I can’t believe that I hadn’t used Aboniki before this week!
- I had two bits of website-related hassles that are now (mostly) resolved; thank God. First of all, Good Naija Blogs was down for a while, leading me to call tech support at least ten times. After a lot of back and forth, one smart woman finally fixed my problem—it turns out it wasn’t something that I could fix, as the other tech support people had been telling me. Then I found out (thank you, Adeola) that the Nigerian Blog Awards website had been hacked, with malicious code inserted into pages of the site! The good news is the horrible content that had been added is now gone, but I had to pay extra to remove the malware, and I’ll have to pay even more to remove the actual links–grr!
The lesson here is if you use WordPress, please, please, update your plugins regularly. Even if you don’t log in to your blog account daily, make a note to log in at least weekly, just to check if any plugins need updating. Also, deactivate–or better yet, remove–plugins that you’re not using so that you cut down on the chances of this happening to you. If you think your site may also have been hacked, Gertrude has a helpful blog post on the topic.
- Me and deals right? Ok, so Starbucks had this deal where they would give you a sticker for each latté you bought, and once you’ve collected five stickers you could get a free drink in January, but you had to buy all five drinks before Christmas. I had managed to get four stickers, three of which were from a friend who was buying lattés, so I was short one sticker, and Christmas was long past. A sweet smile and a tale of woe from me to the Starbucks employee and he graciously gave me the free latté–oh, the little things!
- Last but not least, I’m thankful that I’m slowly getting more clear about what’s important to me and making decisions with my best interests at heart. I’m a people pleaser who doesn’t like to disappoint others, so it’s not easy for me to put my needs and feelings first but it’s necessary, otherwise I get resentful and I wallow in regret, and I don’t want to be that person.
What are you thankful for this month?