“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Life has changed over the last month in an enormous way. Jobs and schools have transitioned to online from home and only “essential” jobs and travel are encouraged. The coronavirus pandemic has put everything on hold and has taken the lives of thousands of people. It’s an extremely sad thing to behold. I am in no way saying that I’m thankful for this virus, but I am saying that there are still many things to be thankful for during these uncertain times. I tend to look for the positive in life and over the last month of staying home, I’ve found myself thankful for the following:
•Omnipresence. I’m thankful that God’s presence is not bound to the walls of the church. I’m thankful that I can feel him no matter where I am. I miss worshiping God with my church family, but I’m thankful that God still shows up even if it’s just my family of three. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20
• Mercy. All of the signs point to the fact that Jesus is returning soon. Every day that we wake up is another opportunity to get things right with Him. Each day is another chance to choose to follow after Him.
• Basic needs. I’m thankful that we still have food, shelter, electricity, clothing, etc.
• FaceTime. I’m so glad that I can still see my family and friends through video chat!
• YouTube. Whether it’s watching church services or learning how to make bread, YouTube is where it’s at.
• Spring. Imagine if this had happened in the dead of winter. Having lunch on the deck, rocking on the porch, and playing in the yard is living my best life.
• Compatibility. Headlines of an increase in domestic violence and relationship issues makes me thankful that my husband and I don’t seem to get tired of each other’s company. It’s always been my heart’s desire to be with him 24/7.
• Home. I’m thankful that I’m not stuck somewhere else. I’m thankful for the unrushed atmosphere that being at home brings. I’m thankful that there is time for projects I’ve been putting off and time for learning new skills I didn’t see myself learning just one month ago.
• Reflection. I’m thankful for this time and space to reflect on what is truly important and to resolve to let past bad decisions, actions and feelings go! I’m thankful for some peace and quiet to actually think about changes I’m making from here on out.
• Family time. I’m thankful for the opportunity to spend time with my daughter and husband. We have so much fun together. Watching my daughter blossom and grow as she discovers the world is amazing and we will never get this time back.
• Home-cooked meals. I’m thankful that we’ve been eating at home for a month now. The goal was to eat more at home anyway. This has almost forced us to follow through. It’s healthier and easier on the wallet. I’m enjoying cooking and being cooked for. Ha!
• InstantPot. Right along with home cooked meals, I’m thankful for the InstantPot we were gifted a few years ago. It’s truly a time saver!
• Home exercise equipment. I’ve said a hundred times that my $30 treadmill has been one of the best investments. I’m thankful that my ability to use a treadmill and lift some weights isn’t dependent upon access to a gym. I can keep investing the time to keep feeling well.
• Online Library Reading Programs. I’m thankful that we can still borrow downloadable books from the library or even purchase books on the Kindle app.
• Alarm-free slow mornings. Ahh! Yes! No explanation needed.
What are you thankful for during these uncertain times? I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments!