It is a cool, overcast day, but I have the benefit of a comfortable home in a lovely park.

The challenges that my husband and I have faced over the past eighteen months have been overwhelming at times, however, we continue to weather our personal storms.

Hurricane Dorian continues to move toward the Atlantic today, and I am sure that the Maritime provinces are sighing a sigh of relief as it leaves them. Many people have been traumatized by this enormous hurricane. The Bahamas are still reeling from the destruction it has caused them.

The eastern seaboard of the U.S. has its’ share of damage too.

We all suffer storms in our lifetime; some are easily overcome, while others linger far longer than we’d like.

I have come to the conclusion that one way through the difficult times is to be thankful.

Thankful, for our homes, family, friends and good neighbors.

Thankful to be independent, and able to perform the simplest things for ourselves, such as showering or bathing, making that first cup of tea or coffee without help, dressing without aid, and a myriad of other activities throughout the day without help.

Thankful to get up each morning because we can. Many people can no longer care for themselves, and so to be strong enough to do so unaided, is a blessing.

My hope for today is that everyone affected by Hurricane Dorian receives all the help they need, and that they are thankful to have survived.

I am sad for the Bahamian families who have lost loved ones, and are now suffering the additional trauma of being relocated, having lost everything they own, because of this storm.

Be thankful for everything and cherish your family, friends and neighbors, as well as, church family (if you are a believer). Each person is a gift, and while we might have lost someone near and dear, we need to hold on tightly to the memories, and live life anew. A new day is a new opportunity to make a difference in your own life, or to be an encourager to somebody else.

‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7

Enjoy this day, and everything in it.


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