Dearest Reader, on thanksgiving here in the USA, I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a lovely thanksgiving weekend; I hope you all have a wonderful time with your family and all your loved ones.
Here’s a bit of an update about what’s been going on from our end. November was a blessed month and tremendous growth has taken place on this journey called life. At Vanessa’s suggestion, we undertook something called the Daniel-Fast together for a 21-day period. In my understanding, it’s a combination of Prophet Daniel’s special food intake in the Bible (fruits, vegetable and grains, no processed foods and no animal products whatsoever), and his 21-day fast for a specific prayer request. I concluded my 21-day Daniel-fast with a 3-day dry Esther-fast, finishing weak physically yet very strong spiritually. I’m looking forward to receiving answered prayers in various dimensions of my life.
Even now with the fast over, I am still eating only natural foods; I have also become acutely aware of what is and isn’t real food, something I have been oblivious to literally all my life up till now -I didn’t realize just how much my body runs on chocolate, God’s mercy, and pure stubbornness, it’s a miracle I’m alive! I’ll probably need to gain just a bit of weight back, ever so slightly, as I do look gaunt with sunken eyes and shallow cheekbones, this from someone with high cheekbones structure. But fear not; Christmas is right around the corner and I should fatten up in no time at all.
I had a pretty busy flight schedule in the first half of this month, which has ended with me being home these last two weeks of November, save for a one-day mad dash to Amsterdam and back in under 24 hours. I have been home this whole time where I busied myself with tidying up my lair, rearranging my furniture, and finding a home for everything. I picked up Francine Rivers’ Christian fiction novel, ‘A Voice in the Wind’, a fine read I must say. I’ve always loved her after reading ‘Redeeming Love’ many years ago, back when I had no idea I would be called to live the story myself. Also, being on the Daniel-fast had me cooking all my meals from scratch this month, even meal-prepping to take with me on my flights, I feel quite domesticated and I must say I love it! I feel rested and restored, and I have rediscovered my love for just being a homebody; and you believe it’s my favorite pastime? I have no idea how I’ve ended up being the one gone away from home all the time; God knows all my life, I never had any ambition to travel at all; I am no jetsetter. As it were, in my ideal life, I would never leave the house! I am immensely enjoying indulging my feminine side.
I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading the series on what to expect from this new season of blogging. Crafting the new name and the blogging concept was neither from my own ingenuity nor human dexterity; it felt more like a calling beyond what I can explain from this realm, sort of like a finished work that I will only get to understand if I lean in and press on. So bear with me as I push through, and hopefully you all help me press on, some of these things take a village, and I’ll confess I am in need of pacesetters.
On a side-note, my rebranding was necessitated by another’s request to please remove all their pictures from all my social media platforms, a request the judge granted moving forward because I did not contest it. I always thought it immature that when couples break up, they scrub each other’s presence off of each other’s social media platforms, it never occurred to me that it such an action might not have been entirely their decision; it certainly wasn’t in my case but I have done my part to oblige. For me, it was easier to just not post anything this year as I felt that was a much more measured and balanced course of action. Matthew 5:4o tells us that “if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.” For me, my ‘coat’ too, was giving up the blog name as well since it was inextricably linked to another that preferred to be unconsciously uncoupled from me. And that’s that about that. And yes, it’s still raging over here, but God will keep in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on him (Isaiah 26:3).
Oh, and my fender-bender court date came and went uneventfully; the case was dismissed because the car isn’t in my name; needless to say, I am counting my blessings.
What else is going on with us, let’s see… Earlier this week, I picked up my son, Jan, from campus for this short break. Thankfully, we are not alone this thanksgiving as we are celebrating together with Sathia’s family here in CT. Sathia is Jan’s friend; you might remember I visited the Dominican Republic with his mum for a few days of relaxation back in January. I am so thankful to be home this thanksgiving, so very grateful that my son doesn’t have to celebrate all by himself. Coincidentally, I will be home for Christmas as well -how faithful is our father, how merciful? I am awed at the continuous unmerited and unearned favor he continues to bestow upon my life.
Speaking about Christmas, our home is already set for the merriment season. With the exception of Christmas, I am not one given to holiday or seasonal decorations for the home, so this thanksgiving is going by decoration-less as well. On the brighter side, the Christmas tree is already up and the mood is set, ready to celebrate the birth of Christ our savior. Living in Belgium, Christmas began really early because December 6th is when Sinterklaas sneaks in to give gifts to the children. As such, our tree has always gone up around thanksgiving weekend.
Here are a few iPhone pictures of us at home to share with you all; thanks to all of your prayers, we have been faring quite well by God’s grace. Jan and I have been loving church so very much; I’ve been able to go weekly and he’s been attending every fortnight when he’s home. This past week, I was able to attend the Wednesday prayer meeting and the Friday Bible study where they are currently studying the book of Revelation –a brave undertaking as any Christian will attest. That about sums up our blessed month of November.
For today, dear Reader, I want to thank you for bestowing upon me your most precious gift, that of your time and attention – taking time out of your day to stop by and read the blog. I see the stats and I’m edified that so many of you are clicking on the link to catch up with what’s going on from this end. I pray God’s blessings over your life in this season of your life, may your thanksgiving tables be filled with love and laughter. Fernando Ortega’s song ‘Home’ comes to mind here, take a listen here.
Thanks Chris for letting me know my comments are blocked. Migrating this website to the new page comes with its headache and hopefully we now have our comment section back after talking to my hosting service about 9 times now. It really would be nice to get your feedback on these new direction we’re headed.
I have several story-time posts scheduled to post over the next few days; I hope these will edify and bless, for the Bible tells us that we are made overcomers by the blood of the lamb, by the word of our testimony, and by loving not our lives to death (Revelation 12:11). Lessons concealed help no one, so might as well share them to enrich another’s life, or even just give a good laugh, why not? There’s enough foolery in there to give you all a good chuckle if not a good cry at just how wretched I was before Christ found me. I do expect to get some tutting (for shame!) in the comments so that’ll be quite alright 😉. I’ll catch up with you all in the next blogpost, God bless you all. Cheers, ღ Ms. Grey ღ