Choosing Gratitude When Life Hurts
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This is the time of year that we all focus on Thanksgiving and how much we have to be thankful for. But sometimes it is a bit more of a struggle.
This year our family is facing a tough holiday season as my father-in-law recently found out he has a very aggressive cancer. Surgery is scheduled the first part of December and there is no guarantee that the cancer will be taken care of.
Because we will want to be available to help in any way we can, our plans have had to change a little to prepare. It seems like this year the holidays crept up on me and I was already behind. Now we are scrambling to get ready for Christmas — the shopping, gift making, etc. — before December. Not the way I had planned to spend my week leading up to Thanksgiving.
I had plans, but God had other plans.
Can we find hope and thanksgiving even in the midst of these trials?
I know we can as we look to the One who is our all in all. Since Jesus is here, since He is with us, we have MUCH to be thankful for!
I am thankful for family and the special gift God has given to me through each of them.
I am thankful for Jesus and the hope we have that no matter what we face here on earth, we have a better home waiting for us!
I am thankful for being able to be home with my kids. Having them working right alongside of me as we prepare for Christmas.
I am thankful that my in-laws are close to us so that we can be there for them during this difficult time.
I am thankful that good memories are being made each and every day.
So..life happens..and life hurts sometimes. But we have SO much to be thankful for.
How about you? Are you facing some difficult times this holiday season?
If so, can you find things to be thankful for in the middle of it all? Please share in the comments!