It’s been year since I posted on this blog. It’s good to be back and in the swing of things again. The past twelve months have been filled with some pretty huge changes for our family.
Our oldest graduated high school in Kenya, then started University in the US. Our youngest started high school. Two of our three kids learned to drive. We spent almost six months in the States on a sabbatical that didn’t turn out to be as restful as we hoped. Then just over a week ago, we left our oldest in the US to fly back to Africa, leaving our youngest at boarding school on the way.
It’s been pretty emotional for me as I learn to adjust to a mostly empty nest while I miss the boys, but God showed me something profound—at least for me—recently. He showed me that he wants me to have a heart of thankfulness, even when things get tough.
Usually when January first comes around, I pray that God will give me a word or a theme for the year. This year, God has reminded me of how much I have to be thankful for in spite of the loss that comes with an empty nest and other changes we’ve been through. My boys might be far from home, but they both love their schools. My daughter’s still at home which means I get at least another year with her before she graduates. We just moved into a new house and despite the fact that we don’t have stable electricity at the moment, I’m thankful to be able to spend the night in the same bed every night again.
So this year, I’ve decided that I’m going to write down the things I’m thankful for through, then read through them at the end of the year as a reminder of how good God has been. Because He is faithful, no matter what season of life we’re going through.
What about you? Do you ever get too busy with life to remember the blessings? What ways have you found to purposefully thank God for His love and grace?
Praying a blessed 2016 for each one of you!