I am thankful for my husband who has been nothing but helpful and understanding in the midst of all of the chaos. From cleaning the house to taking care of the children, to grocery shopping, to being my personal nurse, he has not complained once and has bent over backward to make sure that I am taken care of. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for all he has done and continues to do. All this in the midst of trying to move fifteen hours away to Arkansas.
That's right. We are moving to Arkansas in a little over a week. Our time at First Baptist Church in P-burg is coming to a close and we are on to a new adventure with the folks of Central Baptist Church in Arkansas. Our current church body has become our family and we love them so very much. I am extremely thankful for everything they have contributed to our lives in the past three and a half years. This week alone they have stepped up and helped with the kids, cleaned my house, brought meals over, and some are still here packing up our belongings and visiting, such a bittersweet (but mostly sweet) time. The amount of love I feel in my heart towards these incredible people is hard to articulate. Again, this is part of the outrageous blessings from God. It will truly be hard to leave here.
I am thankful for our new church body in Arkansas. The people down there have expressed their love, excitement, and their anticipation of our arrival. We already feel loved and cared for and look forward to years of building relationships and serving alongside these new precious souls.
I have learned that choosing to focus on the blessings helps take a bit of the sting out of the hard stuff we face. It is easy to look around and see the things we wish would or wouldn't happen and focus on the trials we face or the hardships coming or way, but I believe if we look up we will find much to give thanks about. A sunset, a thunderstorm, a baby's cry, a toddler's hug, a warm hand to hold, a bed to sleep in - these are all things worth praising God for. I choose to do this more often.