I stood there at the luggage carousel like I’ve done a million times before at the airport. This time was different. Everyone walked away with their bag. I left there empty handed.

Arriving home, I washed the last load of clothes that were left before I had gone on my vacation. But, the smell of something burning was a sure sign my 20 + year old Whirlpool was waving its white flag. It gave up the ghost.

A week later, after picking up my precious four-legged companion from his extended vacation, I was thrust into my first experience dealing with the effects of a flea bite gone awry. There is a story behind this adventure which I shall save for another day.

Moving forward, several weeks later, I returned home from a commitment to a women’s Bible study. Stepping into a much warmer home than normal, I ended up with two visits from an air conditioning technician and a grand deeper in debt.helpnov2016

As October arrived, I was excited to utilize my skills after a slow season, when Florida got the worse news ever.  Hurricane Matthew, larger than we’ve experienced, was on its way, thereby canceling many work opportunities and commitments.

Losing power for over 24 hours and a refrigerator of food gone bad was minimal to what others faced.

As I sat in the quiet of my safe haven, storm winds flailing around me, I pondered over the course of these past months and the word “inconvenience” encapsulated my circumstances.

I have a life full of convenience from hitting a button or flipping a switch, to the blessing of good health and the opportunity to own a home, a car, a dog, and hold a job.

Before the summer of inconvenience began, words from my pastor pierced me during our quarterly prayer service. He quoted 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.

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An excerpt from my journal entry during Hurricane Matthew:

Lord, I have believed lies from the enemy and I put them at your feet. You go before me and you will never leave me. I might be physically alone during this storm, but you have been with me the whole time. Thank you Lord that –

  • My family loves me and is praying for me
  • I know and have God to get me through
  • I have a community if I need help
  • Even if it’s just peanut butter, crackers, and water, I’ll survive
  • I am healthy and strong in mind body and spirit and I can do all things thru Christ who is my strength
  • Oh and, my luggage was found, new washer is installed, my dog is better, and the A/C is repaired. Athankunov2016men!

During this month of Thanksgiving, let us be reminded to be thankful all year long for everything. Not just the conveniences!

Nicole Santapola

About Nicole Santapola

Nicole Santapola began her relationship with Christ after 30 years of religion being a mainstay in her upbringing. Experiencing a divorce, Nicole found herself a single woman leaning on God's promises and learning both His faithfulness and love. She calls Discovery Church home. She began attending in 2002 and through bible studies, women's events, and restoration counseling, she was baptized at East Campus in 2006. Nicole has a passion to share God's love and encouragement to others particularly in the area of health and wellness. She has followed holistic health and nutrition and through education and cooking classes, she teaches and shares this with others. She loves to cook and bake mostly plant-based dishes in her home and visit local vegetarian establishments. Her walk began with Romans 12:2, "Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind".

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