Florida Memories: Be Thankful, Be Content

Philippians 4:11 ESV, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.”

It dawned on me recently that it has been quite sometime since I have shared a Florida memory. However, I remember the Florida days often, and still find it hard to believe how quickly those four years there with my daughter passed by.

I remember standing in the line at Publix (Florida’s famous grocery store, that I do miss, especially the $5 Sushi on Wednesday’s), and I ended up getting into a conversation with the lady behind me. She told me she was sending the items in her basket to her father in Venezuela. I looked down at her basket and saw various health items, simple yet needed things, like aspirin and other types of over the counter medicine. She explained that in Venezuela it is difficult for him to get those things.

Photo by: Oleg Magni of Switzerland 🇨🇭

It is important for us to be thankful for the basic necessities of life. It is easy to take for granted walking into a store and grabbing aspirin, lotion, and toothpaste. However, in other parts of the world, many people do not have access to these things or can not afford them.

This Florida memory reminds me to not complain, and instead to be thankful and content in whatever state I am in. I am thankful I had that short, but meaningful conversation with the lady in Publix.

Doral, affectionately called “Doralzuela”, due to its large Venezuelan population, is a city located right outside of Miami. I had a job interview in Doral when I first moved to Florida. Come to think of it, my dentist in Florida was also Venezuelan. Remember to pray for Venezuela and people everywhere who are less fortunate; and keep taking action to help better the lives of others as God gives you opportunities to do so. And always be thankful for the blessings God has so freely given to us.

23 thoughts on “Florida Memories: Be Thankful, Be Content

  1. Great reminder to always be thankful of the small things we take for granted. Sometimes when I am in the shower I thank God that I have water in abundance to take a relaxing shower. Many people do not have the basic necessities that we take for granted. Wonderful memory, Dawn. I can see that you missed Florida. How is your daughter? Is she still in Spain?

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    1. Thank you Beverley. That’s wonderful to thank God for water to shower. That’s something too that many people do not have. Yes, there are things I miss about Florida but glad to be close to family in Virginia. She is good and still in Spain. She says she is living her best life over there lol. They sure get a lot of days off. They had the whole week off for Easter, and she was off today for some city holiday. I was just happy for the 1 day on Good Friday 😁

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      1. I am glad that she is enjoying herself. An entire week for a holiday! That is incredible. I got Easter Monday and good Friday. I wish mother’s day was a holiday.🙂 Be blessed.

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