Being thankful can be tough at times. When life is going the way we think it should, it’s easy to be grateful. But the minute things start getting rough, we stop focusing on what we do have, instead complaining and obsessing about those things we don’t have.
Since moving to Mexico, I can say that I’ve experienced this first hand. I was definitely yanked out of my comfort zone with this move and it showed in my attitude. I lost sight of how good and merciful God has been with me and instead questioned why He had taken me away from all things familiar and comfortable to me. I focused on what I had “lost” instead of being grateful for what the Lord had allowed me to have.
So, I’ve decided that every week I want to post 5 things I am thankful to God for. I hope that through sharing it will encourage me to be more and more aware of all the blessings in life whether big or small and regardless of the circumstances.
And here is the beginning of my list =)
This week I am thankful for…
- my salvation in Jesus. I would not be able to live life fully without His forgiveness and love. Without Him, there would be no point or meaning to life!
my family. I am grateful for the parents God has given me and for how they raised my sisters and myself. I feel fortunate to have two great sisters who I can laugh and talk with. I also love being part of such a loving and fun extended family; for my cousins, aunts, and uncles.
Only fear the LORD and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.
I Samuel 12:24
So, seeing as how Lenny is out of town this week and my options of things to do around here are pretty limited, I’ve decided to try and take up a new hobby. Knitting!!
Why knitting? It just sounded like a good choice! Seriously though, on Sunday Lenny and I were walking around the centro and wandered into this huge store where they sell anything you might need for sewing, knitting, and a whole bunch of other crafts. So, I decided I wanted give knitting a try. I bought some yarn and needles, looked up some YouTube videos, and have begun my first project: a scarf….i think…anywho, this is what I have so far.
After just two days of knitting, my hands are already sore…is this normal?? Does anybody know?? I hope I don’t get Carpal Tunnel! I was surprised at how simple knitting is. What it really is going to take is alot of practice!
As my first project advances I’ll be posting pictures. And if anyone has any suggestions please let me know!
On June 4th, 2011 at 4:30 pm, I married my best friend.
Yup, I know that sounds so cliche, but it’s true! After being best friends for 8 years, God decided the time was right and turned our friendship into something more. I am so very grateful for the wonderful husband God has given me. These four months have truly been a blessing, filled with so many new adventures and experiences.
A quick look back at the last four months…
I was sick for the entire first month following our wedding! I loved Lenny even more after that trying time. He took care of me, got me medicine, and comforted me when I thought I would never get better.
We learned we were moving to Mexico sooner than expected and began the preparations for the move. I never even unpacked most of my things at my new home which was a blessing in disguise because it made the packing for here (mexico) so much easier.
We had our first Yard Sale together! Lenny will confess that he was not at all on board, but when my sis and I decided we were still going to go through with it he jumped right in. And he was NOT sorry! We made a pretty penny =)
In the beginning of September we made our first trip to California as husband and wife. It was great being in my home state with my amazing hubby!
It has been a great four months…
Happy Anniversary, Lenny! I love you =)
The outside of the cathedral. It really is an impressive and beautiful building.
This was taken on Tuesday at around 1:00 pm. I was surprised at the amount of people sitting in the pews.
The inside of the cathedral is split into various rooms or sections. This is one of them.
A view from the back row.
Good news!! We have finally found an apartment in Mexico! After two weeks of looking and failed attempts, our real estate agent showed us and apartment that we really loved in the area we wanted, at an amazing price! We are so thankful to the Lord for providing this apartment for us.
The process isn’t over yet though! There is still the issue of having a background check done and getting all the paper work in order. We have learned a great deal about what it takes to rent an apartment here. While driving from place to place, I found myself remembering when my sis and I were apartment hunting last year….in Greenville. Let me tell you, apartment hunting in the States is a BREEZE compared to here! All you basically need in the States are some paycheck stubs, a credit check, a deposit, and you’re ready to go. Not so here, my friends. First, you need to make an appointment to see the apartment. This is what we had to do before we found our real estate lady. And let me tell you, it is not as easy as it sounds! As a foreigner, once you have found an apartment you need someone here in Mexico (a friend, family member, etc) to be your co-signer. This means they need to provide a form of identification, proof of residency (in our case, my husband’s friend had to provide a water and electricity bill) and they need to own property in Mexico that has been completely paid off. Whew!!!
With all of this though, we can say that we have had a great experience! Sure, it was difficult at times but we were able to laugh and have fun during the whole situation! Slowly but surely, we are getting used to life here and hope to get more and more comfortable as time goes by. And now we can say that our apartment hunting is over…at least for now! Lord willing, we will be signing the contract on Friday and be moving in by Saturday….can’t wait!
I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1
Apartment hunting requries patience. After almost 2 weeks here, looking at all different styles of apartments, deciding on one, having it fall through, and other hurdles, I kind of felt today like I was running out of it.
We know that God has something perfect for us but humanly speaking, it can get frustrating and stressful at times! This then started a king of vicious cycle within me today. I struggled with being impatient over not finding an apartment, which in turn made me realize that I was actually being impatient with God: this then led to frustration towards myself for not being patient! Oh, the irony!
The Bible talks alot about patience. We know that is a fruit of the Spirit. We know that God favors it and that it is something that is blessed. Why is it so hard at times? I think because so many times we fall back into our human desire for control. We need an apartment now. What can we do to make it happen? We try to do it ourselves. When we don´t have patience what are we saying? What am I saying? We are saying that we need to be in control, that we lack the sufficient faith in God to trust that He knows what He is doing.
This is what happened to me today. I forgot that God is in control! I began to feel so impatient about not having an apartment yet because I lost sight of who is in control! I forgot that I have to wait in Him.
The root of patience is faith and trust in God.When we have patience towards God we are showing faith and trust in Him. We are saying that He is in full control of our lives and we trust Him to provide whatever it is we need in our specific situation or circumstance.
It´s great to know that even when we fail and are impatient, God never is (Psalm 86:15) and we can wait securely in Him.
So, this past Sunday was my first time being in church here in Mexico City and it was such a blessing! Thanks to some wonderful friends back home, we were able to get in touch with a missionary who is pastoring a church about 25 minutes from where we are.
We found out Saturday night that the service began at 11:00 am but after talking with the Pastor he advised us to get there no earlier than 11:15 =) Getting off topic here a little bit, let me just say that traffic in the city on the weekends isn’t half bad…truthfully, it’s pretty nice! The roads were relatively clear and there wasn’t ANY bumper to bumper traffic….a huge blessing for us! Anyway, after a 25 minute drive, we arrived at church.
We were so touched by the friendliness and genuine care and concern that we found. The Pastor and his family welcomed us warmly and many of the people there came up to introduce themselves and make us feel at home. Which we did. God allowed us to meet a fairly newly married couple who we clicked with right away and so many other people. After a week of being away from home and our church families, it was so great to be able to connect with other believers again and enjoy the fellowship!
After church ended at 4 pm, we were invited to have dinner with the Pastor and his family. Again, it’s hard to describe the gratefulness we felt to have such sweet fellowship with not only fellow believers, but with people who could also understand the difficulties and challenges we can face living in Mexico, and who could offer advice and encouragement.
Lenny and I went to sleep that night with such a feeling of gratefulness towards God. It’s amazing to realize that He always knows what we need and supplies it in His time.
We loved this church but want to prayerfully consider other options. Pray for us as we make a decision on where we can most be of service!