With this move to Florida, God has given my husband and I back all we lost. A steady income. A nice place to live. A warm climate. Free cable. Two bathrooms. An ice maker... the list goes on.
But what truely amazes me, is I only need half of what I lost.
When we first dropped cable, we moaned for days. We bought an antennae and learned to love whatever was playing when and if we had reception.
When we moved to a house with one small bathroom after leaving three, I hated rushing so my husband could use it too. But I learned to shower faster.
When we rid ourselves of boxes and boxes of our belongings so we didn't have to rent a larger truck to move, I wondered if I would ever get over the loss. But I was able to ride in the same truck with my husband and enjoy his company.
I learned to buy used for practically everything. Clothing, household items, knick-knacks. I also learned to tell friends we couldn't eat out anymore, and enjoyed making new recipes at home.
I learned to shop discount grocery stores and not waste leftovers. I learned that finding books for three for a dollar can excite me as much as finding the perfect new shoes.
Last weekend, I bought two custom framed prints for my bare walls at 90 percent off with a 25% discount. I paid eight dollars. I will learn to love those water colors just as I have learned to love whatever God gives me.
What excites me most through all of this learning time in my life, is how I discovered that things don't make me who I am. Things don't bring me that joy that they once did. Things come and go. What I need most is the security that God knows what I need.
His way. Not mine.
But as I like to say, His plans are always much better.