Thanksgiving and Christmas are times when we stop and appreciate the good things that have happened during the year. If we make an ongoing habit of looking for blessings throughout the year, we will be doubly blessed.
It is in the simple things of someone reaching out to us to see how we are doing, or saying thank you when we least expect it, or just simply listening, that harshness and tragedies can be reduced.
Sometimes in our haste to move past these times, we miss the blessings God is giving us – new growth and a new appreciation for what I have, no matter how small.
Blessings – they are there in the everyday routines of life. But we seldom see them because we are so caught up in our work and worries.
Sometimes in our tragedies and sorrows we think there is nothing for which to be thankful. Yet I have found it is precisely in my tragedies and sorrows where I have found God waiting to provide comfort, strength, and hope.
Today on my blog and podcast, I’ll share some things I’m grateful for.
Life is full of challenges and sometimes it seems like we are going from one hardship to another with little time to recover between.
But what if we looked at adversity in a different way?
Would we see something of value for us going through hardships and difficult times? Here is a piece I wrote in 2014 about what I learned from adversity.
Adversity a blessing? You’ve got to be kidding!
Who would even consider such a thing? Who wants difficulties? And how can misfortunes or hard times ever be considered a blessing?
Most of us would agree that a blessing is something fortunate that has happened to us for which we are thankful. We think of them in the moment as a relief from pressure, something unexpected that reduces stress or makes us feel good.
I have discovered, however, that many times blessings come disguised and are only realized later. We are required to make tough choices within the challenges we face. Making those tough choices has taught me to think beyond the moment.
This was especially true when I was creating a new life for myself after the death of my husband. I knew I not only could survive, but I could use my skills to rebuild a meaningful life.