There is officially only one week left until Thanksgiving. In order to prepare my heart and my mind for the holiday, and to reflect on the year and seek out the good, I am trading my weekly blog post for 7 Days of Thankfulness. I highly encourage you to join me in this endeavor. Let’s refocus on our blessings and the good things that have come out of this year – and yes! I do believe that there is still goodness to be found.

Day One: Health

No one in my immediate family has contracted Covid-19, and that alone is something to be thankful for.

Last week I shared that my husband Jake was dealing with severe anxiety. I’m grateful that he has recovered from the trauma that multiple anxiety attacks place on the mind and the body, and that we were finally able to get caught up on some much-needed sleep. I’m so appreciative of everyone’s prayers, comfort, and support, and I’m thankful to have that support system moving forward as we deal with any future anxiety – both mine and now his.

I’m blessed to have found long-distance running as a sport and a hobby. I started taking running more seriously in December 2019, and I have logged more miles in 2020 than I have in my entire life. I’ve run my longest distance to-date (9.5 miles) and I’ve broken several personal records for 5k time and pace. I ran a 5k with a pumpkin for #gourdyspumpkinrun (because I’m crazy, apparently). I’m beyond grateful that I have not only a running group of amazing women to run with, but also family AND friends who enjoy running as much as I do. There have been some setbacks, sure, but overall 2020 has been my most active year in a long time.

These are the highlights. Trust me, there are plenty of lows surrounding my health and my family’s health, but this isn’t about those. I don’t want to finish this year dwelling on the negative. I want to be able to look back through the negative and pinpoint the positive, the moments where God was at work or the moments where I purposefully chose happiness, contentment, peace, and gratitude over fear, resentment, restlessness, and hopelessness.

Relevant Scripture:

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

“She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.” Proverbs 31:17

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8