5 years ago, I had surgery to remove my kidney and the cancer that was attached to it. I’m not going to write a long drawn out post, as I did that last year, but I just feel compelled to not let the day go by without me sharing a little bit. This day always brings to me a reminder to count my blessings. Is life tough sometimes? YES. I’m no different from anyone else. We all have times in our life that are stressful… illness, family issues, financial problems, an unhappy or stressful job situation, valleys in our spiritual life, many times fueled by some of the aforementioned things.
The important thing is to appreciate the ebb and flow of life. Even when we have troubles, they are splattered with wonderful blessings and moments that God gives us. If my life had ended 5 years ago, I would have never seen my daughters perform in a musical. Never seen them milk a cow or ride a roller coaster. Never seen my precious nephew. Never seen my husband baptise my oldest daughter. Life is precious, and we need to appreciate it. All of it.
If you haven’t read Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifs, I highly recommend it. It talks about recognizing all the things around you as gifts from God, and how we should give thanks for even the smallest things like muddy floors, for example, because it means we have precious little children who’ve been enjoying life to the fullest outside. Today and every day, I’m choosing to embrace life and to be thankful for it, and I challenge you to do the same.