November has been a difficult month for my husband and me.
Michael’s co-worker, the one I blogged about who was injured at the mill, died. He had been doing better than expected, but he contracted a blood infection that led to heart failure. We’re also facing a personal sorrow in our own family. Besides that, Michael has yet to be moved to the long-promised day job. He is spending this Thanksgiving working his regular 12-hour shift. I’m spending it alone at our apartment. As winter comes, the days are so short. Some days it seems the sun never comes out at all. Between sickness, cold, and rain, I can rarely muster the will to get out of the house.
Despite the struggles – perhaps because of the struggles – we see clearly how much we have to be thankful for.
God is giving me peace where peace is needed. He is constantly teaching me to be still and know that He is God. I have never been more aware of how blessed I am to have Michael. There is no one I would rather go through life with. He understands how to be what I need when I need it.
Being apart from family is just a reminder of what a wonderful family we have. Others are not so blessed. And they aren’t so far away. Our friends new and old keep life bearable. It’s amazing to me to support base of people and church that we already have here in Indiana and all those back in Missouri and across the country who are somehow with us when we need them most.
Although Michael’s job can be challenging and is dangerous, we are blessed that he has a stable career and income. We are blessed that God has kept him safe so far and is laying a foundation for the future, whatever that may bring. We are blessed that I am able to stay home. It has given me time to get more involved in church work, which I feel very called to. It has enabled me to be flexible so Michael and I can take advantage of all the time we have together, even when that means staying up all night and sleeping half the day and having “weekends” any day of the week. It means that I have unlimited personal days and sick days when I need them.
We have so much to be thankful for. I haven’t begun to scratch the surface. God asks that we give thanks and praise in all circumstances. And He provides enough blessings, even during turbulent times, that it’s not hard to find the reasons for thanksgiving. It is good for the soul to be thankful. Let’s not forget to do it every day.