The past three days have been hard. Very hard. Feeling particularly bad since last Thursday and disappointed/frustrated in my lack of improvement. Not my favorite. But last night one of my dearest friends and closest confidantes in the wide world, one who sees me, knows me, and knows my struggle, challenged me to write something every day about how I am blessed or what I was thankful for. Not easy today, but a much needed paradigm shift. So here it goes. One blessing for each of these very difficult three days and one extra for tomorrow:
- I am beyond thankful for my husband of 25 years who stands with me and supports me through the hardest things. He listens to my pain, sits with me when I cry, and loves me regardless. He helps me wherever he can and encourages me when there are things only I can do. I honestly don’t know how I would keep going without him.
- Air conditioning. It’s July in the Sacramento Valley. Enough said.
- 3Exactly-the-right-level-of-ripe nectarines from a roadside fruit stand, just a few miles and a few hours removed from the trees that grew them. Golden perfect reminder of teen summers spent working at a nectarine ranch fruit stand.
- People from all phases of my life, near and far, who have reached out to me to encourage me in this part of my journey, share their own stories, and give me solutions/thoughts that worked for them. It means the world that you would take the time to communicate and let me know you hear me, you see my challenges, and you care.
The point in all of this is that God is good and faithful no matter what is hard in my world. To quote my friend Susie, even on bad days, “There’s a lot of good.”
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
2 Corinthians 4:8-9