I've started this blog post with the above photo because it's what got me thinking about how blessed, lucky, fortunate (whatever word you want to use) Ezra and I are as a couple. But as much as we are all those things, we are also not afraid of a little hard work.
Ezra and I were going for a walk the other night, talking all things life: jobs, apartments, friends, family, Hamish....when I saw in the distance a white wooden table on the side of the road for collection. I was pretty excited, but also pretty hesitant it could just be junk. The reason I got so excited was because we are currently renting out our old apartment using Air Bnb - which means we have had to double up on all our furniture!
This white table was one of the final items we were looking to buy, and here it was just sitting on the side of the road! Now I must admit it wasn't perfect. There were a couple of loose screws, and it was in need of a bit of a clean up - as well as the fact we were still over a km from home, so we had an interesting walk ahead of us. But we were so excited by our find, that we were prepared to put in the work for it.
Our first response once we realised that the table was going to be perfect was 'Thank you God.' And yes, we regularly as a couple thank God for the wins in our life - no matter how big or small. It's the small things that add up to show how blessed you really are. It's usually the small things that people forget to be grateful for, that can lead you to take so many things for granted and not appreciate what you do have. Ezra and I feel so blessed to be living the life that we do. We are by no means rich or 'making it rain' but we have everything we need, and we have a way of making things work no matter what the budget.
I've mentioned previously how much Ezra loves to research, and that actually plays a massive part in us living the lives we do. We have everything we need because we are not afraid of putting in the hard yards, being patient, and waiting for the best price for things. OK, OK So Ezra is the one who does the hard yards and is patient, but hey - it's his gift. Just the other day he bought a coffee machine. Now to most people (including myself) it seemed like quite an impulse buy. But what I later found out was he had been looking at this certain coffee machine for about 2 years. He had researched exactly what he wanted, and ended up finding one on gumtree for an absolute steal! I'm always so impressed by his patience as it's definitely not a strength of mine.
So I share these stories not to say 'We are so blessed/lucky/fortunate - YAY for us! But to encourage you to always look for the wins in your life no matter how big or small. We personally are so thankful to God and realise we wouldn't be where we are without God's goodness in our lives. But no matter what you believe, remember to always be grateful and focus on the positives in your life. No matter how bad your day - there's always something you can be grateful for, and there will most definitely be someone doing it harder than you are.
Look for the wins, be grateful for what you have, and don't be afraid of a little hard work to get the final product.