Gratitude is easy when life goes our way, but what about all those times when it doesn’t? This past week has been absolutely crushing and phenomenal for me. I’ve been torn in pieces, then pasted together, all the while held in the arms of my loving Father.
Some doors have been closed, others have been opened. I’m so excited to see where these new possibilities will lead, and I’m a little afraid to walk away from the doors that are closing.
There’s a sense of peace throughout all of it. I’ve been waiting so long for answers and guidance, and this week God just placed them in my lap.
There’s pain and there’s relief.
I’ve been happier and more at peace today than I’ve been in a long while. And yet, I have all these mixed emotions whirling around inside me, waiting to burst out, begging for that chance.
I’ve cried. I’ve laughed. I’ve smiled until I’ve wondered if I’m coming off a little crazy.
The thing I’m learning is that it doesn’t matter so much where this journey takes me, what matters most is how I get there.
I can plan my life out and try to package it up nice and neat in a little box, but life doesn’t always fit into our plans. It does, however, always fit into God’s. I am so thankful for that.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough” ~ Oprah
I feel anxiety on an almost daily basis. Some of the anxiety is just natural from living this life, and some is a tad more serious. I found this article, and there were a few things in particular that really struck me that I wanted to share with you.
“To believe with certainty, one has to begin by doubting.”
“Maybe, even though God made the night and knows there is nothing in it to fear, He gave us stars to light it because He knows we might be afraid anyway.”
What great comfort there is in knowing there’s a God who loves us and will always be waiting for us with open arms, waiting to give us rest.
Phew, it’s been a busy week. It’s been filled with things that have made me question my life and analyze it even more (I’m hoping in a good way)… And I just feel more at peace with my life than I have in a long time.
I’m not entirely sure what changed, maybe it’s being brought back to a place where grace can abound and where this life seems so small, yet so precious.
I want to embrace my life as it is, and live fully to the potential that has been placed inside of me. I’m not sure what that means for me yet. I have several opportunities that I need to think and pray about. It’s the beginning of something.
I’ve realized so much about myself and my thought processes. I’m not sure that I’m ready to talk about it yet, but that will come with time.
This peace is an incredible feeling, I’ve needed it for so long. Now that some of the burdens have faded into the background I am finally beginning to see clearly. That fear could still pop up at any time, but I hope that these moments of clarity will be stronger.
I’m increasingly realizing just how important self-awareness is. I knew it was important before, now I’d go so far as to say it’s absolutely essential.
I do not know where this journey will lead, I have a lot to explore and discover, but I’m beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
This past week was crazy for me, the upcoming one most likely will be as well. But through it all I’ve had some simple little reminders to always be thankful through it all.
Gratitude is becoming less common by the day, it seems. It is an art form I do not want to go without. There’s so much value. And I’ve been amazed by how much some simple thankful words can change one’s perspective.
I have a feeling this coming week is going to be filled with more little reminders than I am yet aware exist, but I am grateful for every one of them.
I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed evening.