Often times we get so caught up- with work, caring for a family, school, and just life in general. We never slow down and process what we are really thankful for.
This picture is from Thanksgiving 2015. And boy, oh boy, I never expected my life to take the turns it did. From my grandfather passing away to several weeks in intesive therapy, I never knew how much would change in just two years.
Another thing is, when we do stop and process what we are thankful for, we don’t thank God for the trials AND the triumphs!
Without all the trials I’ve faced I would not be nearly as strong as I am today. I would not have met some of the best people I know. I wouldn’t have truly experienced God’s overflowing grace for the broken souls. I’ve had a good bit of trials but I’ve also had joyous triumphs over the emeny. Some of my biggest accomplishments are being released from intensive therapy, working through my eating disorder and chosing to begin the long road of recovery, and overcoming self harm! I say this with comfidence- without God I would have never done any of those things! With my loving, heavenly Father I would not be alive today.
One thing I am thankful for that I defintiley don’t recognize enough is that I am thankful for life. Like I said, without my particular life I would never be as strong as I have become. I am thankful that each day I wake up is a new day to choose to give it to God and say “have it all Lord.” Each day is a new day to find victory in my Savior because He has alreay won all my battles. “It is finsihed,” He said. Death is deafeated. The grave has been ovecome. And this is great news. As one of my favorite songs says, “Where You lost Your life so I could find it here. If You left the grave behind You so will I
I can see Your heart in everything You’ve done
Every part designed in a work of art called love
If You gladly chose surrender so will I.” He left the grave behind His and so will I. He gladly chose surrender so I will do my very best to lay it all down, daily, at the cross.
Another thing I am thankful for is my body. Without my body i wouldn’t be who I am either. I am fearfully and wonderfully made, there is no flaw in me, and He created EVERYTHING bautiful in it’s time. I often struggle to see my vessel (body) as God sees it- beauty full. He sees me as perfect and flawless, so I will be thanful for the healthy, working body God gave me.
A third thing I am thankful for is my family. Without them, just like about everything else in my life, I wouldn’t be here. They love me no matter how many times I mess up. My mom drives me to the endless amounts of therpay appointments. My dad prays over me when I need it most. My sister is there for me at school and makes me laugh like no noe else can. My brothers love me like only older brothers do. I am thankful that I have a family that has shaped my faith tremendously.
Fourth, I am beyond thankful for my God. His reckless love for me is astounding. His overflowing grace that washes over me is refrshing. His love that is deeper than any trap I could fall into surronds me even when I feel hopeless and lost. He has stood and will stand by me through every trial I face to this day and i am forver grateful for that. I can’t express my love for my God.
Last, but certaintly not least, I am thankful for all my friends. I am thankful for Renee who sticks with me no matter how stuborn I am. I am thankful for Abby who listenes to my endelss crap and is basically my second therapist. I am thankful for all my friends who make me laugh endlessly till I’m rolling on the floor. I am thankful for the girls in my therpay group that support me and more improtantly show me they understand. I am thankful for everyone in my life that has made me who I am today.
So, GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTNCES. There is joy. There is hope. There is something in everyone’s life worth being grateful for.