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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Jones

Good Gifts

I find myself looking out the windows of my new home ALL OF THE time now! From the morning sunrise effects to the mid-day rain over the mountains. Sunshine illuminating the peaks and creating shadows and then the sunsets that truly paint the entire sky with colors and shades I don’t even know how to name. I don't want to miss anything!

I stand in awe! I know I will not be able to see every moment always from my living room windows or patio deck, but for now, I am soaking it all in. I smile, I laugh, I tear up, I even have cried. I dance, I rest, I unpack, I pray and I praise.

Today, I talked to a Client of mine who reminded me that there are no coincidences. Everything is on purpose. Everything happens for a reason. He also reminded me how important it is to experience life and then take time to look back and reflect. Recognize the good, the hard, and what could be changed next time. What a blessed conversation for today.

Much reflection is still to come about this new home ownership gig, I am sure of it. This is only the beginning. When I think about how many people have been cheering me on, praying for me, supporting me, giving me gifts along the way so that I could sign my name on all those loan and real estate documents Monday, I give thanks! It is quite overwhelming, in the sweetest of ways, to think about how many people God has placed in my path at the very right moment to nudge me along and encourage me to keep taking one faithful step at a time.

The process of buying a home for me, makes me think of those flip books we used to make in art class. Where you make one little change from page to page. Minimal and minuet and by the end of the book, the people or the scenery is complete. I think back years and years. I had to make shifts in the way I viewed money, how I budgeted. It took some time to emotionally work through the original dream I had of purchasing my first home with a husband. It didn’t just happen in a quick nano second. This has been a journey. Some journeys are quicker than others, but every part of them has a purpose.

I know that I will continue to experience the good gifts God has planned out for me here, even if it is as simple as a new sunset every evening. Does it blow anyone else’s mind that no two sunsets have or ever will be the exact same? I want to be aware and pay attention. I don’t want to miss anything! To live in a place like this is truly heavenly. I’m trying, but it’s hard to fully put into words how incredibly loved I feel.

What are you grateful for? What good gift has God blessed you with?

What journey are you on? What are you reflecting about?

It would be an honor if you shared what is stirring in your heart. No story should go untold. May you be so blessed and encouraged to continue forward, taking one faithful step at a time.

“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.” -Psalm 37:23-24



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