My friend Krissy is getting married on Saturday. And guess what happened on Monday a week ago...She got an appendectomy! Sheesh, what's with appendectomies and major life events around here? Despite her less than ideal situation, she has a great attitude, counting her blessings in a situation that might otherwise be frustrating. A little change in perspective is so refreshing!
So I'm going to follow her lead and count my blessings - taking a fresh look at my current day-to-day complaints for the aspects of them that truly are blessings.
Complaint 1: I only get 8 weeks off for maternity leave, and my coworker in Canada who is having a baby at the same time as me gets a year!
Blessing 1: Um, hello? I get 8 weeks off! I have a job! The last time I had 8 weeks off was in high school! And I have 8 weeks off paid, so I can continue to shelter, clothe and feed my baby, which are not guarantees in this world, as I learn every day in my job.
Complaint 2: This baby be sittin' on my bladder and I'm starting to get real pain in my lower back and abdomen thanks to her head which is sitting quite firmly in my pelvis.
Blessing 2: My baby isn't breech!
Complaint 3: I'm tired all the time and not sleeping well (thanks to aforementioned pain and bladder).
Blessing 3: I'm in a situation in which I can afford to take breaks and naps. I'm not working in a field for too many hours. When I need a nap, I can take one in my air-conditioned living room on a couch and not on the bamboo floor of a humid shack. My sleepiness means that my body is working hard to make a baby, and I have the proper nutrition to get it done!
Complaint 4: Things just got a bit busier around here, as Mikey Duck was asked to help out the deacons and also to be a small group leader...and we start on Monday. Great timing, right? Busy-ness stresses my fish-sized brain out.
Blessing 4: We have a great church and a great small group that we can be involved in and where we have found a home! (And I'll just nix small group at my house for a month...or two. :) )
Complaint 5: Due to unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances, our money situation isn't what we had planned. (Don't worry, we're fine, we're just not in as ideal of a situation as we had planned for!)
Blessing 5: Hello, McFly? Though we're not Warren Buffet, we also eat 3 meals a day (plus snacks for preggo), we have a nice place to live, we have a car that runs and I've never had to wear rags in my life.
These are just a few of the many, many blessings that I have. We talked about it in small group this week and it's so true: Most of the time what needs to change are not our circumstances, but our attitudes. Our circumstances can rob us of joy - but unjustly! Joy comes not from comfort or money or the perfect life, but from a proper perspective - that God loves us and he is our ultimate home!