Hello everyone. I hope you are having a good week thus far. Today I wanted to give an update on how we – along with our extended family – are doing as well as share something that’s been on my heart the last week with Thanksgiving just a few days away. If you haven’t done so already, please subsribe to the blog so you will get a notification when I write on here. I’m tiring to get better and keeping yall updated, and don’t want you to miss a post!
Updates from the Frantz clan
For all those who’ve been praying for both mine and Chris’ dad, who have been battling sinus infection and the flu (aka COVID), I want to let you know they are on the mend. Also, I’ve been looking for another job that pays a little bit more and is closer to home. Well, God has definitely been gracious to Chris and I because I received a phone call the other day about going in for an interview next week, the downside is it will be working in the cafeteria, but since it is better pay I’m hopeful I will be able to pay off some debt and start saving for going back to receive my BA in ESL and Early Childhood for Special Education. Please be agreeing with us in this area as I am wanting to finish my degree within the next three years. Thank you to all those who have sent text, emails, and the like to us regarding all of this and just for your kind words of encouragement!
There Is Always Something To Be Thankful For
Because Thanksgiving is right around the corner – two days to be exact -, I have been thinking about how crazy this year is and how I can be more thankful. I know, there doesn’t seem to be much to be thankful for this year, but I would argue that if you look just a tad bit closer you might be surprised at all the blessings around you. For example, the dreaded COVID has tried hitting our house and has hit my in – laws over the past few weeks, and yet we are all back to full health and have breath in our lungs. That my friend is something to definitely be thankful for. Also, in the midst of people who are without a job, Chris and I are thankful that he is able to work from home. Regardless of how hopeless this year has seemed, I bet if you wrote down all the things you still have or the people in your life you will find at the bear minimum five to ten things you can be thankful for. Paul, previously Saul, is a good example of being thankful even when we don’t see or feel it. Paul lived most of his life after becoming a Christian in chains and isolation. If anyone had something to complain about it is this guy. Yet, despite the hardships he faced he wrote things like, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God…” (1 Thess. 5:18) and “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…and be thankful” (Col. 3:15) If someone like Paul can be thankful while being chained up, dirty, and isolated, don’t you think we can find things to be thankful for too? God has so generously blessed us, especially if we live in America and have all of our basic needs met every day. This is hard for me to grasp sometimes because I am like a lot of people who tend to have a bit of fomo – fear of missing out -, or are jealous of others because they “appear” to be having a good life on social media. However, I’m reminded yet again of God’s goodness and mercy that He showers on me once again and regardless of how crappy 2020 has become, I still have something to be thankful for, and I can still give thanks to God because of the blessings He has given me. You might be like me and have to remind yourself twenty times a day, but there truly is good things in your life, even if you can’t see it right away. Let’s not just be thankful one day this year, let’s choose today we are going to purposefully look for ways we can be thankful and extend that gratitude to those who have blessed us or might need a blessing.
Praise Reports & Prayer Request:
Angela: As I stated above, I have an interview with a school not far from home. It is more hours and more pay, and I would love to have it so I can pay off debt and save for going back to school and getting my bachelors in education.
Chris: Both Chris and I are super thankful he has been able to work from home. We hate that it took a pandemic to do it, but are praying that his work will allow him to work permanently from home indefinitely.
Chris’ Dad and Angela’s Dad: Both are feeling much better, and now just believing for them to not feel as tired and their appitite would return fully.
Angela’s Business: As some of you may know, I take landscape and architectural photos in my spare time. I feel led to do it professionally – when I am not working with the school or attending school -, and would love prayer that people will begin to buy the art I’ve created thus far.
Thank you to all those who are praying for us and send us letters, emails, and text messages. We appreciate it greatly and love sharing our journey with you. May you have a safe and wonderful thanksgiving, and we look forward to sharing more with you soon!
Chris and Angie Frantz