Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thankful Thursday

As our time here in the States begins to wind down (less than two weeks now) I'm beginning to think about returning to Doha and leaving "home." This has led me to thoughts of what I have to be grateful for in both places.

Here in the States:

  • Wonderful grocery stores which organized and well-stocked
  • Great one-stop shopping such as Target and Wal-Mart
  • Bookstores
  • Of course, family and friends

Back in Doha:

  • Beautiful weather (well, right now anyways - we don't need to talk about the 120 degree summers!)
  • My great car
  • Our wonderful church
  • Our beautiful home
  • Job security
  • The financial peace it's bringing us to
  • My great husband

So, with the exception of family and friends, what I miss most about America is shopping. Which is fabulous here.

But it's good to realize that my life in Doha is really nice. It's been a hard adjustment. But being over here has made me realize that my life over there really isn't that different. To be sure there are minor inconveniences, but overall, it's a good life. It's clearly evident to both Hubby and I that this was totally the hand of God that moved us there. That alone goes a long way towards making me "okay" with living in the Persian Gulf.

So today I'm thankful for the contentment that God has brought me. Knowing that I'm alright, no matter where I'm living, is a huge blessing. The biggest part of that knowledge is the realization that God is with me wherever I go.

I know that lots of my bloggy (and real-life) friends have also moved over the course of the last year. I hope that you are all beginning to feel settled and at peace in your new homes. It's definitely a struggle, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Oh, that light? It's God.

(For more Thankful Thursday posts, be sure to visit Grace Alone.)


Leeann said...


Good for you!!

Now to get Emily to the same conclusion!


Kathy - mom of many said...

Hi Lori,
How much longer will you be in Doha? Are you planning to move back to Fl? Or still hoping to move to the deep south like you once were?
Nice post about being thankful, it's a good reminder to us.

Nancy M. said...

I'm glad you have found your peace! That was a wonderful post with only positives.

Debbie said...

That certainly is a good lesson to learn. I'm glad you've had a good time shopping though in the US. I'm sure it's been fun visiting family and friends. But you've got a new home now and contentment is a good thing.

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

What a great post! Our home here is temporary- can't wait to meet all you bloggy friends on the other side of heaven :-) Happy TT!

Cheryl said...

Sounds like a really exciting life! I live in the country on a huge mountain. I have not been very far from here. You have a sweet thankful post. Thanks for sharing~Happy Thanksgiving~

Denise said...

Praise God for leading you to sweet peace.

Overwhelmed! said...

I'm so glad that you're content in the knowledge that God is with you no matter where you live. I've moved around a lot and another thing I've learned is that you'll always make new friends at your new location, and still be able to hang on to the dear friends you're leaving behind! Good luck with your move!

I’m actually stopping by to let you know that I’m hosting another Favorite Ingredients Friday Soup Edition recipe exchange today! You participated last year and I’d love it if you’d participate again this year with another one of your favorite soup recipes!

Anonymous said...

That's great that you have so much contentment in your new home. I give you a lot of credit for being so open-minded. The one thing I would have a hard time with is not receiving mail at home. Are you getting much mail at all? I pray you have a safe trip back.

Anonymous said...

This post made me sigh and relax. Thank you for reminding me of contentment. I am content, really I am! I just forget sometimes! Enjoy your weekend.


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