A season of gratitude

 

It never ceases to amaze me the way God is constantly pointing me to His goodness and His grace.

 

Having walked through what has been a season of tremendous pain, God has been sweetly showing me His love and has expressed it in many different ways….

 
I'm currently reading the book Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, and I was in no way prepared for how God intended to use it in my life.
 
Within the first few pages alone, I was undone. Nancy had shared a quote from Joni Eareckson Tada that shook me to the core and had me in tears. Here's what she said,
 
“I'm grateful for my quadriplegia. It's a bruising of a blessing. A gift wrapped in black. It's the shadowy companion that walks with me daily, pulling and pushing me into the arms of my Savior. And that's where the joy is.”
 

As I read that quote, I couldn't stop the tears from falling.

 

For so long now, I have been carrying around the weight of this trial, wondering why I can't just “shake it off” and move on;

 

There's been so much healing that God has done in me, and yet, there's so much I still don't understand, so much sadness that lingers;

 

however, after reading that quote, I realized something very, very important;

 

I realized that though this season still hurts, that I am no longer fighting it. In fact, I've come to a place where I've surrendered it to God.

 

For so long, I felt as though I were fighting the trial and resisting whatever God might be trying to teach me;

 

and accepting what's happened and the way things are between us and our girl seemed impossible to do.

 

And yet, once I read that quote and let it sink in, I realized that I was no longer fighting…

 

I realized that I had come to a place where, instead of me fighting the trial and longing for it to be gone, I can now see how the trial is bringing me closer to God.

 
You see, this season of sorrow and the memories of all that's happened, have become my bruised blessing; my gift wrapped in black.
 
It's a shadowing companion that walks with me daily, pulling and pushing me into the arms of my Savior.
 
And I've found that that's where joy truly is.
 
 

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3 Responses to “A season of gratitude”

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  1. I love that quote. She is such an inspiration with her life and trials she has faced. I love when God refocuses my attention and reminds me to be thankful, even in the hard things. Gratitude can be hard in the storm. Thank you so much for sharing!
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    • Patty says:

      Mel, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today, I hope you visit again! Gratitude is hard in the storms, but with God there’s always so much to be thankful for! It helps me to look back and see what He’s done for me in the past; it strengthens my faith!

  2. Laurie says:

    There are always lessons to learn in every trial I have been through. Gratitude is key to growing.
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