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Hey there! The new year being a few days away got me thinking about the year 2016 as a whole. In some ways it was a good year, and in others not so good. We had some truly wonderful experiences this past year; some wonderful memories that we’ll always remember! On the other hand there was some things we would like to forget. I find that I grumble and complain a lot about those times. God started working on my heart about being more thankful. I would like to think I’m pretty thankful for all the blessings in my life, but what about the hard times? Sounds crazy, huh?
A lady my family has been good friends with for years did a devotion at our church’s ladies’ Christmas party a few weeks ago that has really helped me with this. She talked about how as a child every year she would get socks and underwear for Christmas. Like we all probably have, she opened them and with droopy shoulders and would say, “Oh, it’s just socks and underwear”. Now when it came to those gifts she had asked for, like toys, she would jump for joy with excitement!
The older we get, the more we learn to appreciate those gifts of socks and underwear at Christmas (or at least I do!:)) In our daily life God doesn’t always give us what we want or think we need. He allows us to experience hard times to teach us and help us grow. As we mature and grow we learn to appreciate those “hard” times or “trials” in our lives(or the socks and underwear;)). We know that God uses those times to grow and shape our character.
I think we all could say we’re thankful for the good and wonderful things in our lives, but what about the difficult ones? It’s a hard thing to do. I’m still working on it myself. But the more that I allow God to shape my thinking, the easier it gets. He is truly doing a wonderful work in my heart when it comes to being thankful.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Looking at the past year in this perspective makes me smile and say to myself, “Thank you God, it really was a good year!” So take life one day at a time. Let God help you through the hard times. Let the “Socks” and “Underwear” of your life shape you into a better person. Know that no matter what, we learn from them and move on to new beginnings.<3<3<3