This morning I woke up to a warm bed and a sleeping husband on the bunk above me (we’re staying with family). I woke with a reflective heart. I couldn’t help but to think about all the things I am thankful for. I read something this morning that really challenged me to check my heart and reminded me to think of things that I believe in and am striving for in life. The dreams and aspiration that have been put in our hearts are there for a reason and I was reminded today to not forget them. There have been things (when I say “things,” I suppose I mean dreams and passions that make me want to strive for more in life) that have been placed in my heart years ago. I am still waiting for many of them to come to pass. I occasionally have to remind myself to believe that they will surely come and not let my heart become weary, and, in the meantime, not allow discouragement to creep into my thoughts and heart. As part of that process, I like to reflect on the many important “wish list” things that I am already blessed to have in my life..
Here are a few of those things:
A family that loves each other. I am truly blessed to have a family that looks out for each other and loves each so much. I always tell my Mother, “You don’t even know how much I love you, do you?” I feel this way towards every family member in my family. To have a close family has always been a dream of mine over the years, and although it has taken time for us to be able to get closer, it has happened.
A husband who loves me. I waited 29 years for my husband. He is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I truly believe I am the lucky one and that he is my trophy husband. I love him so much and wouldn’t be where or who I am without him.
Good health. My health has always been a struggle. I grew up learning doctor lingo and hanging out in waiting rooms. Long story short: After several years of being plagued with migraines my mother asked the doctors to do an MRI to look for a tumor. They found one. By faith my father provided for my family and paid for much of the medical bills. I went in for brain surgery in 1988 to have a tumor removed from my pituitary and lived to tell the story today. I must take medications daily to do what my pituitary is supposed to do. As a residual issue from the tumor, I later had to deal with a brain aneurysm. That is a whole other story, but suffice it to say that it has been recently taken care of and I have been given a clean bill of health. I am happy to say that I don’t have to worry about that anymore.
A job that I love. I am doing what was put in my heart several years ago when I was in high school. I can’t believe I am living my dream.
Now, although some of my things on my “wish list” have not been fulfilled, that doesn’t mean I will stop believing. I will continue to be hopeful and encourage others to believe for the things in their hearts to come to pass. Sometimes encouraging others in their dreams helps me take the focus off of myself, and seeing their passions and dreams fulfilled brings joy to my heart and encouragement in my own dreams.