Thankful in all things

Sometimes all it takes is a gentle nudge from the universe and your entire perspective about a situation changes.

I’ve been experiencing a really trying challenge lately and it has been incredibly frustrating on every front; emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I’m not going to elaborate on the challenge, because this isn’t about that. It’s about my mindset and focus shift.

But last week while I was driving home from work and dwelling on this challenge I turned the radio on in the car and received the gentlest of nudges. The host of the radio show told a story about a woman who was also experiencing a challenge and instead of praying and asking God to help her through her challenge, she woke up everyday and thanked God for what she wanted the outcome to be. And eventually, it came true! In her case, she needed some extensive dental work. So every morning she would wake up and say “Thank you Lord for my new teeth.”

Her attitude in the story made my ears perk up and made me sit taller and *listen.*

Then a couple days later, while still dwelling on my challenge and how I was going to get through it, a song came on the radio and I felt as if the song was being sung directly AT me. And then a second song. And then a third. All in a row; without commercials or interruptions.

Finally, Sunday morning at church our minister finished up a four part series entitled Enough, based on the book by Rev. Adam Hamilton.

There was a scripture passage that said “give thanks to God in all things.” Our minister made a huge clarification though, he made sure we understood the difference between FOR all things and IN all things.

He said he knows it’s hard to be thankful FOR the hard times, but we should still be thankful IN them.

Which really made me think about my challenge. Am I thankful FOR the challenge, no. Not at all. But, I am shifting my thinking about it. I am thankful IN the struggle. Because I know that once I’m through it, the outcome will be much more meaningful and blessed because I really had to struggle to achieve it.

So, thank you God for the outcome I desire but haven’t yet achieved. Thank you for guiding me through the challenge and reminding me that patience is needed in all things. And thank you for your unending love and wisdom, and for the ability to recognize Your presence in my day to day.

Meeting With Our Minister

Last Thursday Brett and I met with Dr. Michael Gardner, the Senior Pastor at our church (Old Mission United Methodist).  We had our first meeting with him about the wedding.  We didn’t know what to expect since neither one of has been through this before and since Dr. Mike is new at the church, nobody really had any advice about it.

When we arrived at the church, he was waiting for us and greeted us just as warmly as he does after each service.  We all walked back to his office and we sat there and talked with each other like we were all old friends.  We found out that Brett and Dr. Mike have met before and the Dr. Mike actually was the pastor at the church Brett attended as a kid – funny how things seem to come full circle.  Mike did Brett’s confirmation, it seems fitting that he’s the one doing our wedding.

I feel like Dr. Mike is just as excited as we are about the crazy adventure we’re taking this year.  The initial meeting went incredibly well, and we are excited for several things:

1. We are excited to be part of the Old Mission family.  It is a wonderful church with an amazing congregation and I’m so glad we became members.

2. We are excited to start not only our personal lives with one another but spiritual lives as well.  I feel so blessed to have a partner who takes his faith seriously, but doesn’t hold it over me or try to convince me that the way or what I believe is less important than what he believes.  We are spiritual equals.

3. We are excited that we get to have our wedding at Old Mission.  It is truly one of the most beautiful churches – and I can’t wait to take the most important vows of my life there.

So, that’s how the meeting with Dr. Mike went, and that’s where I am with the process.  We will have to meet with him a couple more times before the wedding, and we’ll have to meet with the wedding coordinator sometime next year closer to the wedding.  I am giddy with excitement!

As always, thank you for sharing in the excitement of the next year!