Putting on my new perspective you might say!
It was pointed out to me today that we should not only spend time being thankful for the things that we have been given and that God has blessed us with; but we should also take time to be thankful for the things that have been taken away... the things that God has saved us from.
I know firsthand, that when going through trials and tribulations it is so easy to turn around and blame others, or get MAD at God for not giving us what we want or giving it to us the way WE want it.
Wow, it is so easy.
The hurt and pain that we feel inside tends to overtake us and we lose perspective. (how many times have I written about perspective?!) We get so focused on the things we want and things that are important in this world.
I'm going through a divorce - it's no secret.
And I've been hurt and angry and confused... and well, 100 other emotions I can think of.
But today - I was reminded, that no matter what people say, no matter HOW people judge, no matter how the story is told and where fault lands, the fact of the matter is... quite frankly - I love you all, but I don't answer to anyone but my God. And as long as in my heart I know that I'm following His will and I did right by Him, I am at peace.
I fought. ME. MYSELF... I fought to hold a marriage together.... when in fact, it was never my fight to fight.
I should have given this ALL to God long ago....
God sees a bigger picture.
And sometimes... he takes away. And many times, that is beyond our human comprehension.
We are blessed with gifts from God. And believe it or not, we are blessed when he takes away.
It may not feel like it sometimes, but I believe it to be true. Because I do believe there is a bigger plan that God has in store.
So, in hindsight..... I looked back over the past year of my life today...
And I have so many things to be thankful for.
~I am thankful that I had to ability to go back to school this past year and GRADUATE~
~I am thankful that I made a career change at this point in my life and can now say I have a job I LOVE!~
~I am thankful for ALL of my family - I am TRULY blessed!~
~I am thankful for my friends - they have been my ROCK for years and abundantly so as of late~
~I am thankful that my daddy DID get to walk me down the aisle~
~I am thankful for my son and the wonderful young man he is growing up to be~
~I am thankful to say that I have loved and been loved~
~I am thankful for my parents and the way I was raised and the foundation they gave me to stand on~
and oddly enough....
~I am thankful for all the things I wanted in my life, that God saw fit to spare me from. I am thankful for "unanswered prayers" that were truly answered in a way to protect me and keep me closer to him.~
~I am thankful that this past year has shown me things and taught me things that I might never have understood otherwise.~
~But most of all, I am SO thankful that this past year has brought my walk closer to Him.~
I am thankful that people judge me and talk about me and question why I'm different. It means I stood for something... and that something is my GOD!
And I am MOST thankful that I ALWAYS know that His arms are around me and protect and comfort me when I need it the most!