Today I’m thankful for…shelter. I know this is basic, so basic that people forget to be thankful for it. After graduating college, I came back home to my mom’s house. In college, I came and went as I pleased. My mom was not the type to call everyday, send me care packages or anything like that so we really didn’t have contact until I came home to work on the weekends. Even then, I didn’t stay home very much so it was definitely a culture shock when I all the sudden had to check in and let her know my whereabouts and what time I would be in.
Soon I got a job and I was probably making about 800 bucks every two weeks. It sounds good, right? A kid right outta college making that kinda money with no bills…and it probably would’ve been, if I didn’t have any bills but I did. I had a cell phone bill, car insurance, credit card and a new student loan. So that $800 really wasn’t stretching too far. My mom soon wanted me to begin paying rent which I didn’t have a problem with but after a while, we began “butting heads” on how my money should be handled and soon I was told that I had 30 days to leave.
At the time, I thought it was so unfair. I always knew I wanted to own a home and wanted to discuss budget in order to pay my bills, pay rent and save for the home of my dreams. She saw that as me defying her and so she stood her ground about me leaving. I was really heartbroken but little did I know it was the best thing that could’ve ever happened to me. I was actually ended up purchasing a condo in one of the richest counties on the East Coast in less than the given 30 days.
I learned a lot living in a completely different area, a lot about me, my comfort zone, those around me, co existing with different cultures and a lot about how the real world worked. I had to totally trust God with everything and I even had a saying “Every month my bills are paid is a miracle.” I knew God did it every month because there was no way that my check could cover everything. 5 years later, I sold that condo and purchased a townhouse double the size. I’m not bragging but sometimes you have to recall your past victories and live from those moments to positively influence your future. I’m truly humbled and grateful because that motto still rings true. There are still days, weeks and/or months where I’m not sure how I got through but I did and I know it’s only because He makes sure that I am victorious.
Since I’ve moved, my mother and I have a better relationship. I see her now because I want to and not because I have to. If she gets on my nerves, I simply go home. I have a place to go. My home is full of peace, love and solitude. It is my sanctuary to a cruel, fast paced world and I’m so grateful to have a safe haven.
Can you relate? Do you have a story that was negative and you know God turned it around for your good? What are you thankful for today? I would love to know. If you would like to discuss, please feel free to comment below.
See ya tomorrow,