Unexpected: A Thanksgiving Update

Y’all, November has been a month.

I was supposed to be writing a novel.
I was supposed to be getting my life together.
I was suppose to be wicked productive - not 7 charts and 4 letters behind.

But did any of that happen?

Mmm.. nope!

You see, November is National Novel Writing Month, and, as such, I had planned on spending the month of November writing my first novel.  Granted, I had no idea what I was going to write about, but I was going to write nonetheless.

In addition to that lofty goal, I was going to finally get ahead of all my residency tasks, keep up on my housework, faithfully workout twice a day, change my diet, and start counting macros.

And then November hit - hard - throwing all my great hopes, plans and ideas out the window, as I battled stress, anxiety, and unexplained health changes that made it a struggle to simply make it through the day. Add to that a bricked phone and unforeseen circumstances that prevented me from being able to see my immediate family over the holidays, and you’ve got a pretty good picture of my past month.

Yeah, November did not go as planned

Though, if we’re honest, none of this year has really gone according to plan.

I didnt expect to be in Houston.
I didn’t expect to be attending a Lutheran church.
I didn’t expect to have a tropical storm hit that cancelled my plans to go see my best friends under 12 hours before the flight took off.
I didn’t expect to like it here.
I didn’t expect to find community.
I didn’t expect to get sick.
I didn’t expect to spend 4 major holidays away from my immediate family in the course of one year.

But, here I am, on an early morning Thanksgiving flight, facing this life of unexpecteds.

And, while thankfulness through this journey has not been particularly easy, as I sit here, I know God has been good, and I have been blessed.

He has been beside me through the physical, mental, and emotional storms.  He has given me strength to overcome every obstacle. He has been faithful, providing all I need for even the most taxing days.  Yes, He has provided exceedingly abundantly beyond all that I could ever imagine. And, more importantly, He has paid the price of salvation - a debt that I can never repay.

And so, as another Thanksgiving Day dawns, the call to thankfulness and praise resounds across this beautiful world - from the peaks of mountains high, to the sweeping valleys below.  As you hear its glorious song, may you find beauty in the shambles, joy in the sorrows, peace in the chaos, and strength to face whatever unexpecteds may lie on your path today.

Happy Thanksgiving!

‘Til the next time,

Hannah

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