So yesterday I’m on The Instagram (yes THE Instagram *heh*) scrolling away when I spot my girl @JPlovesCOTTON‘s post about her 30 Days of Thanks series for the month of November. I hop on over to her blog, JanicePerson.com, and peep her 1st post and I got excited and inspired to do the same series over here. I’m thinking a month long reminder to be grateful and count my blessings can’t hurt. I totally missed yesterday but I’ll start it off with two things for today so I can catch up.
I wouldn’t say November is a favorite month by any means, probably quite the contrary to be truthful. I’m not a cold weather girl and November seems to be the gateway to snow and blizzard season in my psyche. The most redeeming values this month usually has to offer are my brother’s birthday, my anniversary (we got married in a warm place though lol), (ironically) the Thanksgiving holidays and, if it’s a year we’re traveling to the Virgin Islands, the promise of an upcoming holiday season complete with sun, sand and sea.
Come to think of it November’s not half bad at all. Ha!
And there you have it … just like typing out my thoughts on November forced me to have a more positive perspective, typing out what I appreciate on a daily basis should do the same (and hopefully inspire you to be grateful as well). This entire month I’ll be sharing one thing I appreciate every day. Feel free to join me in the comment section by listing things you are thankful for in your own life.
Without further adieu.
I am thankful for …
Wow, what a year what a year what a year. In 2012 I gave birth to my first child, a beautiful 8lb 1oz baby boy with a head full of black hair, a smile on his face, a cheery disposition, and Spina Bifida. They told me he wouldn’t live. They told me to abort him. They told me I wouldn’t carry him to term. They told me a lot of other horrible things you wouldn’t wish on anyone much less a first time mother dealing with depression. But God.
He made it. We made it. I now have a “talkative” happy-go-lucky big ole bunkachunk 16 month old “toddler” who is the joy of my day and reason for getting up in the morning. I can’t believe they encouraged me to not have him. Crazy folk. Who could ask for anything more?
(and remember I have to do 2 for today to catch up so here goes)
…my sound mind.
I had been struggling lately you guys. My depression got so low about a month ago that I reluctantly saw a doctor about potentially taking medication. Then I did some research on omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin D and their link to depression, unstable mood and inflammation, all of which I deal with. I immediately started taking my cod liver oil with vitamin D again and BAM! I instantly felt significant improvement. It’s been a month now and I feel better every day. I also try to get sun whenever possible, especially in these gloomy autumn days. 2 Timothy 1:17 says that God gave us a spirit of “power, and of love, and of a sound mind” and I’m here to tell you that He has literally given me “the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness” this past month. So I’m thankful for my sound mind because I do not take it for granted.
So what are you thankful for?
See you tomorrow.