Monday, March 12, 2012

The Blessing of Perspective


Counting every day blessings has been fun for me.  It has caused me to focus on all that is good in my life and to thank God.

But I recently hit a snag!

This week is all about moving.  I have to admit that I allowed myself to wallow in self-pity for a time.  Instead of being grateful, I spent too much time thinking about what I've lost over the past few years.

I remembered that it was two years ago to the day, that I had to leave my dream home.  This was how our house looked on March 13, 2010.


It was such a sad day for me to leave this place behind.  I went from almost 4,000 square feet to a 1,000 square foot home much further out of town.

We sold our furnishings.

We replaced them with a few items to use during this transition.

What we didn't count on was new visitors each day.
Wild bunnies, jack rabbits, quail and even coyotes ran in the backyard.  Greg and I fed the rabbits and loved watching them nibble away at the carrots we scattered.

And now, it's time to move ...again!  But this time it will be to an 860 square foot place closer in to town and work and family.

Have I mentioned I don't enjoy change?

In the midst of this change, I was able to buy back some of our original furniture!  How thankful I am to sleep in my own bed with the linens I carefully chose.

I am so grateful for friends who reminded me of things I needed to hear.

My friend Terri reminded me that she grew up in a one bedroom apartment in Queens with her parents and those were some of the happiest times in her life.

My friend Ruth lives in New York City.  She wrote: " That's bigger than the average Manhattan one-bedroom (750 sq ft).  And my friend lives in a 450 sq ft studio in The Village."


As I link up with Ann of A Holy Experience  for Multitudes on Monday, I want to count my every day blessings.

#374 A place to call home once again
#375 A quicker commute to work
#376 Friends who tell the truth in love
#377 Realizing that wherever I go ...God is with me
#378 Recognizing that material goods are just stuff and none of it is lasting
#379 Greg's family who are going to help with painting and moving
#380 The surprise of being able to have some of my original furnishings back
#381 A smaller place to clean
#382 Saving gas money as the commute to work is much quicker
#383 I will be able to ride my bike to a few of my favorite places like Bertha's Cafe and Le Grande Orange
#384 I will have my office furniture back
#385 We will be close to Greg's mom



Blessings and love,

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13 comments:

Joani said...

So wonderful that you were able to retrieve some of the furniture. It's just stuff....family & friends are what counts. Just think of the adventure & the newness of planning the decorating once again. You are in my thoughts & prayers. It will all work out. Hugs.

Debbie said...

Good morning Deb! I will admit that I don't do change well either, but you sure have managed to find the good in this. Closer to work and family is a BIG bonus, as is a smaller place to clean! ; ) Getting back some of your original things is also a treat. Truthfully the only time I miss our bigger place much is when we are ALL together and I feel like we are stepping over one another. But that doesn't happen very often anymore anyway. And the rest of the time this place is cozy and perfect for the two of us. At the end of the day as long as we have each other and our health, we have everything we need. Looking forward to hearing about your new place as you settle in and make it home. HUGS!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Well you know how close to home this is for me too...and I cried through the post! God is faithful and He gives truths and encouragement through so many. The battle belongs to the Lord...your thankful list reminds me also how much He is still doing in our lives. I wish I was there to help you create your new home.

BARBIE said...

Oh friend I understand. As you know, I've been there. When we lost our home, I thought I would just curl up and die. But God was so faithful to provide a large home for us to rent, which by the way is too expensive and we will be moving again in the Summer or fall, after my daughter's wedding. You have beautiful perspective here. I will be praying for you!

Cindy said...

I don't like change either but I'm actually at a stage of life that finds me more open to it. The only thing is, I want it on my terms and God doesn't always work that way, as you well know! lol!

I'll be praying for this transition to go smoothly for you and that the Lord will show you all the good things in it.

JottinMama said...

May the Lord bless you, Debbie - as you move! May He bless you with peace and surprise you with joy throughout this whole process, friend!

Just prayed for you :)

Hugs,
Kate :)

Carrie said...

I loved your post. And you're absolutely right - it's only stuff. We're confronted with "what would we save?" thoughts whenever nasty weather threatens our area and I'm amazed how very little I want to save! Actually, I'd love to scale down...and possibly move to a smaller place one day. A long-term goal of mine is to sell or donate 1/2 of our possessions. Perhaps than I'll be able to breathe - and LIVE - better! I appreciate your courage and honesty. It has blessed me.

NanaNor's said...

Dear Debbie, It's been awhile since we've connected and I've missed you! I love Ann's writing and her perspective and your post has blessed me! I know many of us don't like change at all but the fruit it yields somehow helps.
I know your job has blessed you richly. I still hope if I ever get down to Phoenix that maybe we'll get to meet face to face.
Blessings on your week.
Noreen

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

What a beautiful post and a great reminder....Thank you

Laurie said...

Oh, Debbie, you have once again shared your heart and lifted up so many, me included. I am praying that all goes well with your move and I am so thankful that you have some of your furniture back, to make your new home seem more like "home". I am thinking of you this week,dear friend.

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

Debbie,
Hope your move goes as smoothly as possible. Having just moved a few months ago, I empathize with how disconcerting it is.

Nothing is where you need it, and you can't remember where you put anything for a while. :)
It will be better in a bit.
Blessings to you - Marsha

Denise said...

That is so wonderful that you are getting some of your original furniture back Debbie. I hope this move will be positive and joyful for you; it will certainly be nice to get rid of the commute!

Blessings on your journey!
Denise

Smelling Coffee said...

Precious Debbie, I am praying for you & Greg as you transition. And I'll look forward to reading all of the blessings that come from this change. I love you!
Jennifer

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