Thankful: September 2014

This month I’m thankful for:

  1. …My brother-in-law, who celebrated another year of life earlier in the month. Aside from being an important part of the equation that resulted in my adorable nephew, he’s been a blessing to me personally, taking the role of older (by 9 months!) brother seriously by advising and encouraging me from time to time. He’s thoughtful, he does a good job of keeping in touch, and his character is good.
  2. …A little money in my pocket because money isn’t exactly flowing right now! My internet provider had mercy on me and didn’t make me pay the extra charges I had accidentally racked up, saving me at least $50. Another company reversed an erroneous charge on my account, and the bank credited my account too. Ask and you shall receive indeed!

    On a related note, I’m thankful that I have enough funds for my wants as well as my needs—God is so good.
  3. …My friends who cemented their eight-year relationship by getting married this past weekend. They’re happy and I’m glad I was there for this next step in their lives.
  4. …The new group I joined because it will challenge me positively and encourage me (I hope it’ll also give me opportunities to be a blessing to others). I’ll share more about it in this month’s love note—sign up to receive it if you haven’t already!
  5. …Patience. Once upon a time, people didn’t replace things that still worked just because a newer model was available. Ok, maybe some people did, but that “must get the latest model” mentality doesn’t serve me well—instead it makes me resent the “out of date” thing I own and wish for something newer.

    When it comes to technology, I’m finding it harder to be patient. A great example is smartphones: I got my first iPhone, the iPhone 3GS, in 2010 and I was so happy to have a phone that could do all these cool things. Newer models came out (the iPhone 4, then the 4S), I shattered my phone’s screen but rocked it for a year looking like this before replacing it in early 2013 when I upgraded to the iPhone 5. Since I got my phone four new iPhone models have come out (5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus), which is unheard of in such a short period of time. My patience is being tested, especially since my current phone is acting up and the very newest iPhones look so sleek (yes, despite the bending they’re apparently susceptible to!).

    But! My phone works (sometimes it’s hard to remember that the phone’s primary job is to help you make and receive calls!) and it’s an improvement over the 3GS. By waiting 1-2 more years before upgrading, I’ll be saving money (important due to #2 above), I’ll build character by resisting the urge to join the “the newer the better” movement, and the best thing is I’ll probably get a better product since they’ll have worked out all the issues with the latest model. (All true, but I’ve also been not-so-secretly hoping for a Christmas miracle that allows me to get a new flashy phone sooner—this is why I’m thanking God for patience!)

    I’m also thankful for patience as I wait for a number of things to happen in my life: job-related decisions, projects I’m working on, and my personal life. Patience isn’t easy—must be why they call it a virtue.

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  1. And last but never least, I’m thankful for the one guy I just can’t get enough of: my nephew. Watching him grow and develop has been a wonderful gift.

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19 thoughts on “Thankful: September 2014

  1. Happy birthday to your BIL.
    I join you to be thankful Jummy.
    I am thankful for my family well being.
    Thankful for my parents health.
    Thankful to GOD for giving me the strength to control my anger because the ISH I read sometimes makes my fingers itch! THANK YOU LORD! #

  2. You may not know it, Jummy, but I can see your growth every time I visit your blog (re: patience). Your writings, your varied expressions and tone have evolved beautifully in such a way that it’s hard to miss! Your thankfulness is very contagious – and these are things you shouldn’t take lightly. [When praises go up, blessings come down. Praises opens the heart of a king] ;)

    You will get there. Just be diligent and faint not. You have a tribe of cheerleaders rooting for you. I’m thankful for YOU and your persistence. :)

    • Oh Maggielola! What a lovely comment to read—THANK YOU. I can’t even put into words how much I appreciate it—I’m so glad that a difference is noticeable; may God continue to have his way in our lives. Thank you very much.

  3. Unfair to say that it’s “unheard of” for four new models to come out since the last update, since two models of iPhones came out last year and again this year. Samsung has even more to choose from.

    • Oh I think you may have misunderstood: I wasn’t talking about model years; I was saying that in the time I’ve had my iPhone four new iPhones have never come out as they have now. When I got the iPhone 5 the 5S and 5C weren’t out yet, so it wasn’t like I got the older model. I wasn’t talking or thinking about other brands.

      • But you got a phone when it was new(ish), right? Or was it the tail end of the “season?” If my contract ran out in say, July, and you believe the new phone would be announced in September, I will wait until the new phone (i.e. go month-to-month). But that’s just me.

        • The iPhone 5 came out near the end of September 2012 and I got it the first or second week of January 2013, but even if I had gotten it later in the year my point that iPhone has never had so many new phones come out in a short period would still hold true, since they started releasing two phones at a time in September 2013 with the 5C/5S.

            • Then you’ll be delighted to know that I wasn’t criticizing Apple! But if I had been, I don’t understand the question or parallel being drawn by asking if I would criticize Samsung. Anyway, now you know that my point was that the temptation to buy a new iPhone is greater because there are more options in a shorter amount of time than ever before.

  4. Awww. thank God for your nephew!! :-).. And his father too.
    As in, the phone matter is serious oh! I just got the iPhone 5S and really feeling ‘cool’ with my self and now not one but TWO newer models have come out.. It’s so easy to become a junkie if one is not careful.. I resist! lol

    Thank God for your life Jummy xx

    • Lol yes o, it’s hard not to want to be a junkie o! My friend just got the 5S and it’s beautiful! I’m sure you’re living it.

      Thanks as always for your kind words, Ayo—your personality just shines through!

  5. Awwwww your nephew is growing so fasttttttt! Bless him. Thankful for your brother in law too. I’ve been tempted by the IPhone 6 too….I wish I could get one for free lol. That’d be so ace!

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