Thankful for the hardships

2014 has been a tough year. Sometimes, it’s too hard to appreciate the small things during the tough times. I probably didn’t appreciate much during a large part of the year, but I want to turn that around beginning today. I’m going to move forward with a spirit of gratitude.

Near the end of 2013, my husband and son were in a car wreck. Our camper was totaled. His truck was very close, but they decided to repair it. Thankfully, no one was hurt. That’s the important thing. I’m so, so grateful for that. Moments like those, make the world come to a stop, not because of what actually happened, but because of what could have.

Unfortunately, that wreck seemed to start a spiral of unfortunate events for my husband’s truck. It has been in the shop four times since that wreck. But still, I am so grateful because we’ve had the money to cover those expenses. Bad things happen. Sometimes, you have to take a time out from the stress of it all to appreciate how you’ve come through everything.

My stove broke. My air conditioner broke. Most recently, we discovered we have a water leak. All of the water lines are going to have to be dug up. This is still ongoing. Thankfully, my step-dad is a huge blessing in my life. He has been able to fix almost anything that has broken around here, and because he loves me, he works for free. 🙂 I’m so grateful for him.

My step-mom battled breast cancer and won! 🙂 My dad is battling leukemia and is doing great! 🙂 I have so much to be thankful for. My dog was diagnosed with cancer this year. We love her like a member of the family. We’re choosing not to put her through surgery because of her age. Right now, she is pain-free and happily snuggled up on her couch. It is a blessing that she seems to be doing so well.

My husband fell and shattered his knee cap this year. He was out of work for six months. Still, I am grateful. His knee was bad before he fell. Now, after surgery, recovery and rehab, his knee is stronger than it has been in a long time.

The hardest part of this year was losing a family member to cancer. She was an angel in my life. I could talk to her about anything. She was particularly close to my son. He walked on clouds around her. That is the way she made him feel. I will forever be grateful for the time I had her in my life.

It’s been a tough year, but I am so grateful. This is the month to give thanks. Don’t forget that, even if times are tough. 🙂

I am so grateful for my life! It hasn’t been easy lately, but my faith has brought me through it. 🙂

Published in: on November 7, 2014 at 10:05 am  Comments (2)  
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He Sits as a refiner and purifer of silver…

Author Unknown- 

Malachi 3:3 says: “He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver..”

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.
That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work.  She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up.  He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities…

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: “He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.”

She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire.

If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed. The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?”  He smiled at her and answered, “Oh, that’s easy — when I see my image in it.”

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has His eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.

Published in: on October 10, 2010 at 10:34 am  Leave a Comment  
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When you’ve had too much life…

I tell you what, everyday life has really thrown me some curve balls lately, mostly financial ones. Two broken down cars, a dead riding lawn mower, some unexpected medical bills, and on and on. I’m sure you know exactly how that feels.

It makes me want to scream, “Enough!” My pocket book went dry with the first curve ball. We can stop now!

Then, I got to thinking about my friend. She’s such a trooper. She’s a single mom with twin girls. She works three jobs. She’s gone through the broken down cars, and she has NO lawn mower. She pays monthly on all those unexpected medical bills… And, I’m complaining? Okay, I’ll shut up now.

We all run our own race. We all have ups and downs. We all have those specific challenges that we feel like there’s just no way we can handle.

When you’ve had too much life, think of that one person that inspires you. For me, it is my friend. Who is it for you?

Published in: on October 4, 2010 at 8:29 am  Leave a Comment  
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