December 2, 2015

Hello, December

Hello, December! So far you've been pretty enjoyable, even if it's only day two. But to be honest, the days months leading up to you weren't all that I expected. I experienced a handful of lows that have weighed heavy on me such as a neck issue that has been a constant battle and may possibly lead to surgery along with my job coming to an end as soon as I got back from a wonderful getaway to NYC with my husband. But you know what? I don't want to waste anymore time trying to figure out why certain things happen.
I recently came across something that said "trials and obstacles are the Lord's chosen methods of discipline and His appointed conditions of success." and even though I know this to be true, it's not always easy to believe. Yes...I'm human and I question God and find myself constantly ask him "why me?". Am I the only one who does this? I hope I'm not alone!
This past Sunday at church, the sermon was about being thankful. Coincidence? I don't think so! As we were leaving and getting ready to grab lunch, I realized that I have so much to be thankful for but don't take the time to "count my blessings". Constantly I find myself thinking about how I deserve better. I feel I deserve my dream job, friends who are perfect, a marriage that is in a constant honeymoon stage and much more. But while we live here on earth, nothing will ever be perfect and we can't keep trying to understand everything God has up his sleeves.

So where do I stand and how am I feeling? Blessed. And hopeful. Like I said, it' not always easy to see the blessings God has put in front of us and all the things we have to be thankful for. Yesterday, I literally got out pen and paper and wrote all the positive things that have come out of my recent trials and obstacles (a lot of its revolving around being unemployed because I've never had to go through this before)...
  • Even though I've been battling a neck issues for years, I don't have to live with as much pain as I would if it weren't for physical therapy and medicine to help lessen the pain.
  • I have a husband who works extremely hard and because of that, I don't have to be scared about our finances while I'm seeking employment.
  • Because I don't have a job at the moment, I'll be able to help Will out by getting Christmas gifts for everyone on our lists during the week so that we can spend quality time relaxing together on the weekends.
  • My mom is also having knee surgery at the end of the month and I'll be able to go stay a few days to help her out while in recovery. Sorry I couldn't do this for you dad when you had yours!
  • I've been able to get back into a normal workout routine and try out new classes like Zumba.
  • I've had time to deep-clean and organize all the miscellaneous things around our house!
  • Will and I spent Thanksgiving and my 27th birthday with my family in Greensboro
  • We went and picked out our first tree together and got to decorate it and fill it with ornaments we've been collecting.
Whew! What a lengthy blog post y'all but this topic is near and dear to my heart so thank you to those who made it this far! Let me end today's post by asking you to join me at attempting to be more content with who you are, where you am in life, and what you have TODAY.

Oh, and before I forget, come back tomorrow for a fun post of my getaway to New York City! I can't wait to share all of my favorite places we went, restaurants I recommend and the itinerary I created and will be sharing.

10 comments :

  1. Thanks for a great reminder to remember all the things we have to be thankful for! I needed that :)
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  2. Such a great reminder, though I am so sorry that it had to come at the expense of your job. But the Lord never closes one door without opening a better one, we just have to trust in His timing. At least it came at a time of year that there is so much going on, now you can enjoy it all the more!!

    Calling you tonight on my way home from work!!

    xo Mary-Katherine | Gold-Hatted Lover

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  3. Sorry that things are a little rough right now, but I love how you are looking for the positives in your life. And how fun to go and get your first tree together. Have a great day! :)

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  4. This is such a great post, being content with our lives is one of the hardest things to do but it is also so rewarding. God has perfect timing and He is opening the perfect door for you!

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  5. Melissa- what a great post! I think you are absolutely correct. Being in a similar situation as you just a few years ago, I truly felt it was meant to be when I stumbled across a job that was much more of a fit. ALSO, think about all the quality time you are going to be able to spend with the pup!! I always think about that when I work from home and they are SO excited I am there. What I would give to spend the holidays relaxing with my furbabies instead of scrambling to finish end of year budgets (yuck!) Enjoy the holiday season and let me know if you need any help with resumes or anything! Miss you lots!!

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  6. Yes! I am all about being more content lately..we already have so much to be thankful for!

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  7. Such a good reminder about being thankful!
    Kari
    www.sweetteasweetie.com

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  8. Such a great reminder to always be thankful - little and big! It's great you've been able to get back into workouts - Zumba is my favorite, I like to do it most mornings and it leaves me ready and energized for the day!

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  9. So sorry to hear about this girl but keep your chin up and I'm praying you find a job soon. I'm right with you and I know job hunting isn't the most fun thing to do, but everything happens for a reason and I know you'll find something great :)

    xo, Kristina

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  10. I could definitely benefit from writing down positives and things I am thankful for...there are definitely times that I just more focus on the negatives and let those outweigh all the good. Thanks for the post! And good luck on the job search!

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