Blessings in Disguise

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since I last posted. Life has been keeping me pretty busy. I finished up my 4th year of teaching 1st graders. My oldest daughter passed her EOI.  My youngest daughter found out she made the volleyball team for her school for next year.  My Grandpa Lee has been in and out of the hospital for over a month. My grandmother’s remodel on her house is nearly finished (she’s been living with my parents for a year). My parents have been trying to get their pool open. And on and on and on. But that’s life. Each day we deal with the “everyday” things that must be done. Sometimes these tasks aren’t so bad but sometimes they’re no fun at all. They can even be mentally and emotionally draining. However, there are blessings to be found in the ordinary, everyday lives we live. Blessings in disguise. Let me give you a few examples from my own life.

I seriously dislike going to the grocery store. I mean, seriously dislike. But it has to be done or everyone in my house would starve. Ok, not everyone but definitely my oldest daughter (no offense dear, you know I love you). So when it’s time to head to get the food I try to change my mindset. I focus on how much I love to cook. If I don’t have the food then I can’t cook for my family. I focus on being able to provide for my family. According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 people in the United States goes to bed hungry. That’s right here in our own backyard. I am blessed to be able to feed my family. It seems like a simple thing , to buy food, but for many it’s a true struggle. Blessing in disguise.

Today is my husband and I’s 6th wedding anniversary. It is also the 1 year anniversary of my Grandpa Doral’s heavenly homecoming. While some of you just read that you said, “Oh how sad, he passed away on your anniversary”, I don’t feel sadness about sharing the day. I am honored to share it. Yes, I miss him. However,  I am also happy that he is free from pain and sickness. The fact that he met Jesus on my anniversary is a bonus. Every year I can celebrate my anniversary but I can also remember my Grandpa’s glorious meeting with Jesus. Blessing in disguise.

These are just a couple of examples from my life. There are many, many more. So what about you? Do you dread the grocery store? The laundry? Waiting in line at the DMV? How about attending funerals or weddings (don’t gasp, I know some of you hate going to weddings)?

You hold the ability within yourself to find the blessing. So here’s my challenge to you…keep your eyes, mind and heart open over the coming week and seek out those blessings in disguise. I would love to hear back from you on what you found. Nothing is too small to share.

Blessings to you all!

Steph