Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thankfulness

Here's a cheery note: I've been dreading this holiday season just a bit.

My extended family has gone through some changes during the year, and the holidays are going to be a little different. I have kind of been stuck thinking about how things have been in the past. I know, I know...nothing stays the same.

I've just had a hard time accepting that.

Today, though, I am thankful for a loving God that knows all of our stuff. He knows our struggles. He knows our successes. Most of all, He knows our hearts.

I am so blessed. God has given me a wonderful husband and an incredible daughter. Our families are great. We are healthy. I am so humbled and so thankful.

God has used the events of this year to show me that times of change are inevitable. The trial is in dealing with the changes.

Will I remain mired in the gunk of the past or will I seek to find joy in what lies ahead?

He alone knows the paths that each of our lives will take. There will always be challenges that we must face. Mercifully, He prepares us for them along the way. God never promised that our lives will be uncomplicated. He assures us, however, that it will all work together for good. Even when it doesn't seem like it.

I am thankful for the fantastic experiences of our year, but I am also thankful for the tough ones. I know that both lead me closer to the person that God intends for me to be.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Count your blessings.

Eat lots of pie.

8 comments:

Joanne (The Simple Wife) said...

Amen.

And, of course we're going to eat lots of pie!

Amy said...

I couldn't have said it better myself. You are a great person and have weathered the storms of life. God is so amazing!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jen said...

AMEN! :-) Hope you enjoy your day!

Stephanie said...

I completely agree . I hope your day was great.Ours was.

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Kayla said...

I just started reading your blog yesterday and think that you write beautifully. I hardly ever leave comments on random blogs, but my husband has been worrying about somethings in his past and he showed me a Bible passage today that helped him:

Philipians 3:13-14 - Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

Rocks In My Dryer said...

Very well said. Hope y'all had a great day.

Fresh Girl said...

What a wonderful post! Thank you. I just wandered in here a couple of days ago from Shannon's blog, and I thought Thanksgiving was as good a time as any to say Howdy. ;)

Howdy! Hope you and your family had a lovely day together.