What I’ve Learned

I haven’t done a “what I’ve learned” post in a while. Not that I haven’t learned anything, I’ve just been busy being a student of life! The last 11 months have been absolutely challenging. There were a number of times that I wanted to just throw in the towel. The stress was unbearable at times. I can’t tell you how many times I looked up and said, “God, I can’t take one more thing.” And that is not to say that I thought God was the root of all of my situations, but I know He sees it all and knows what I am going through at any moment.
However, in spite of all of my stress and challenges, I saw God putting some things in place on my behalf that would help me grow. He put things in place to draw me closer to him. And he has removed some things to test my faith. I’m so thankful for the blessings and the test! I’m learning how NOT to place such a fine line between the good and the bad. So many of us have a tendency to say, “God is good,” when things work in our favor and “How could God let this happen,” when things don’t work in our favor. But when I sit back and look at where I am right now, and I really can’t complain. Everything that has happened, has brought me to where I am right now. It’s not such a bad place. I have a roof over my head, a job, a car that is paid for and runs, fairly good health…I really can’t complain. There are so many people, within walking distance who don’t have half as much. There is no way I can complain.
In the midst of me putting out fires, tying things down and trying to hold stuff together, God has opened, and continues to open up opportunities for me to share my passion for writing. He has surrounded me with wise counselors and prayer warriors. When I am ready to surrender to the stress, there is always someone around to encourage me. I have to thank Him!
I don’t care if you don’t believe in God or a higher power or anything pertaining to spiritual matters, the fact is, if you woke up this morning, you have everything you need to feed, protect and clothe your family, you should be thankful.
That’s really it in a nutshell: Be thankful no matter what! It’s not a once a year task. It should be a way of life, whether things are good or not.

1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18

12 thoughts on “What I’ve Learned

  1. Zzzisle, we spend so much time focussed on the wants, we often forget that we have everything we need. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  2. Thank you for that! You’re right, being thankful needs to be continuous, not just a once a year a thing. We should be thankful in the good AND in the bad. Despite of what may be going on with us and around us, there is so much to be thankful for.

  3. Thankful for: you let me know about this, 2) have enjoyed time with my son today in close, 3) we were able to put out the toaster fire, 4) have time to write today, 5) health is good today, 6) am not completely broke today, 7) my mother has agreed to come visit me and my son, 8) more that has not been specifically mentioned.

  4. Thankful for too many things to mention here, but top two: GOD’s Grace: that HE loved me so long before I ever learned to love HIM; and GOD’s Mercy: that he’s forgiven me for every stupid, foolish, evil mess I’ve ever made.

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