February 11, 2011

Name Them One By One

As any of you who have been following me any length of time know, last summer and fall we were at Ft. Benning for SoldierMan to complete his Infantry training. While we were there, we made some really great friends. And then, we were all scattered to the four corners of the world. And I've missed them so much as we're all settling into our new lives.

The other day I got a group email from one of them, basically outlining how things have not gone as they had hoped at their new duty station. This was not the first. I've heard stories of deployments being radically moved up (like, moved up a year!), miscarriages, housing issues....all horror stories that make my heart hurt for my friends and really sad I can't be there to give them a hug.

But it's really made me stop and evaluate where we are right now and what our life is like. I know it's popular to say, "Life isn't all unicorns and rainbows," but you know what? Sometimes it is.

We have been extremely blessed ever since we got here to El Paso. God has really smiled on us and I don't mention that near often enough. He deserves a lot of praise and glory for taking care of us, and I'm apologizing, to Him and to you, for not sharing enough how He has been faithful to provide for us.

We found a house to buy and were able to get it at the price we wanted, and sign for it on the day we wanted. It has plenty of room so we already have been able to use it to make new friends, which has always been our goal of having a house: being able to host people to love 'em like Jesus.

SoldierMan got the job he hoped he would get, and is in a great company with very good coworkers.

Of course, we have our two sweet puppies, which were sort of unexpected, spur-of-the-moment blessings.

And the Army, which gives us a steady paycheck, health insurance, and security for the next few years (at least).

We still don't have a home church here yet, but we aren't worried. As you can see, God is taking care of us, so we know He has that all worked out, too.

I'm not trying to make light of any of the difficulties my friends are having. I hope it doesn't come across that way. I think it's important that we share our hardships with each other so we can bear one another's burdens (Gal. 6:2) but I think it's equally as important to share our joys, if only so we can remind each other that "this, too, shall pass." I know I've needed to be reminded of that often.

I guess the point is, always remember to count your blessings, and to remember Where they come from, so that when the road gets hard and dark, we can look back over the full account of our lives and see where God has brought us and brought us through.

And if you can't see that right now, or if you don't really know what I'm talking about, shoot me a message. I'd love to talk to you about it.


  1. I grew up (and currently am) Jewish, but during undergrad when to a Church of the Brethren church. Part of the services is the Sharing of Joys and Concerns. I always thought it was poignant that Joys comes first. We bring a lot more sunshine into the world when we focus on the joys inspite of the concerns. I am trying to do just that. But sometimes I do think its much easier to dwell on the bad then celebrate the good!

  2. and by when to I mean went to! Ugh. not enough coffee today!

  3. Thank you for the post! It made me stop a moment and say a quick prayer, because I am the same way. While things have not always gone the best way, He is still good

  4. It's always easier to talk about the negatives rather than the positives so good for you! Life ain't too bad! There's always daily hardships that may carry over to the next day, next week, next month, etc, but overall, I can't complain either!

  5. =) I'm glad that things have been going great for you. And isn't it funny how things that happen to other people can make you that much more thankful for the things you have in your life?

  6. I am so glad things are going so well for you in Texas!!

  7. Thank you for this post! I love it! Nothing has gone the way our family planned (besides my pregnancy - Praise God!) this year...but we're still so blessed. I don't have any major complaints either! Sometimes, I wish things were different (like I wish we were in Korea or I wish that I had taken a teaching job) but know that we made prayerful decisions based on the information that we had at the time and it all worked out for the best! :)

  8. Your posts always make me stop and think, and I really appreciate that. This one made me stop and also say a quick prayer of thanks, things for us are going really well right now too and sometimes it is way easier to focus on the negative. It's nice to have people remind you to be happy about the way things are right now, in this moment.

  9. That's great that things have been going so well for you guys!

  10. Quite honestly, things have been going extremely well for us as well. Things just fell into place when we moved here back in August. We got the house right away, moved in right away and have not had any problems adjusting. We had the very same experience when we moved to Washington DC from Germany. Things just went really smoothly. I don't know if it's because we are really good at planning everything or if we have been lucky...


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