I don’t know about each of you but as a single, the holiday season can sometimes be hard. This series on OSP has been especially good for me to help change my perspective. Instead of focusing on what I don’t have, I am focusing on the blessings that the Lord has placed in my life, even the blessing of singleness!
1. Quiet Time-One of my favorite things to do every morning is drink my coffee and sit in my brown oversized leather chair, reading my bible and journaling. I enjoy the stillness and quietness of my house. I realize that this special time may look different once I am married, so I am learning to cherish them even more today!
2. Loud Time-I also enjoy being around people. Throughout my single years I have hosted dinner parties, Monday movie nights, cookie swaps, Halloween parties, girl’s sleepovers, youth sleepovers and countless game nights in my house. I have also left at 9PM to go to a friend’s house for the newest episode of New Girl and to catch up on her date that she just returned from! Me and some friends make late night Dunkin Donut runs–just because we can! I cherish these times now because again, they may one day look different!
3. I am thankful for the time I have had to rely on the Lord above anyone and everything else. The Lord has/and still is teaching me the importance of His presence in my life. When loneliness sets in, I am reminded that I am never alone. That Jesus is always with me. My faith and trust in Him is growing daily because He is my closest companion and friend.
4. Like Carrie, I am thankful for the truth that is found in scripture where it says to, “Rejoice with those that are rejoicing and mourn with those that are mourning.” The mourning part is at times easier. Over the years, as I have watch close friends celebrate milestones in their lives that I deeply desire, the Lord has been gracious in allowing me to learn how to genuinely rejoice with them. I know it is a lesson (a hard one) that I will look back on and contribute to my single years!
5. Compassion and understanding. I am thankful that I have a better understanding of people who have to wait for a desire to be met. It could be a job, a child, a spouse or anything else. It is a compassion and understanding I may not have had if I didn’t experience wait myself. For that, I am thankful.
Honestly, my list could go on for pages and pages. I am thankful for the opportunity to travel, for the mission trips I have been able to go one, for all the new things I have been able to try, for the new people I have met, the bible studies I have been a part of, the financial understanding I have gained and the opportunity to serve others. Singleness is not a curse, it is a blessing just like marriage! (A blessing that offers up many funny stories of blind dates and set-ups–but that is a story for another post!) Today, make your own list. What are you thankful for TODAY, where you are? My prayer is that we all start focusing on the blessings in our lives TODAY so we don’t miss out on what God has right in front of us!