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Gratitude Comes in Big and Small Ways

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With Thanksgiving knocking on our door, I am inspired to be mindful of being more thankful for the little things around me.

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

Robert Brault

One of the little things that comes frequently to mind is the sense of financial stability.

This came in the form of having our Military job. When my husband was deployed, we never had to question when we would get paid.

Likewise, when my husband was younger, before he began struggling with PTSD, I never had to question if he would be going to work. He just did.

This financial stability seemed so routined and normal, but now our life has changed so dramatically, life is no longer “normal”.

Our financial stability has improved, even more so since I got a job, but it is still stressful at times, as my husband has many health issues that prevents him from going to work consistently.

Although, financial stability would seem to be normal to most people, our reality is that it really isn’t.

I have learned a pay check is something you should not take for granted.

What is something you are grateful for today?

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Pasts Are Memories, While The Present Is A Gift

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Today’s Encouragement is to remind you to not get so wrapped up in the past that you forget to live in the present.

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”

Will Rogers

I live in the shadows of my husband who suffers with PTSD and life stopped for us for what seemed like a long time. When life began to spiral out of control back in 2014, it was like life stopped there.

We lived through such a difficult time for so long that it was hard to see that we could start over or at least start where we left off.

It wasn’t until years later that life began to slowly recover from that horrible year and we were finally able to begin the slow process of rebuilding our lives and now we are finally back to a point where I feel like, instead of suffocating, we are able to breathe again.

Do you have a similar experience, but maybe your circumstances that sent you there are different.

Maybe yours stems from the loss of a loved one or from a tragedy? Maybe you had a difficult marriage and the loss of it has torn you up into what feels like tiny little pieces?

It doesn’t matter what the circumstances are that sent you to this difficult spot, what matters is that you have been able to move forward from it.

This is God’s desire for us. He doesn’t want for us to get stuck in our difficult situations, He wants us to use our experiences to grow from. With everything, there is always something good that comes from it. Sometimes we have to look hard for it, but as long as we find it, that is all that truly matters.

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.

Isaiah 9:2 ESV

Sweet friends, please know that it doesn’t matter how deep your pain is from your difficult experience, what matters is that you are able to move forward now.

Do not let the emotions of the past, hold you up in seeing the blessings of the future.

HD Benson

Allow yourself the time to heal from the open wounds of the past so that you are able to move towards the rewards God has for you in the present. For as long as you allow the past to control you, you will not be able to fully enjoy what the present is offering.

My Friend, you are important and God wants you to know He sees your pain, but doesn’t want you to live with it for the rest of your life. He wants you to begin the healing process, but, He needs for you to turn your eyes up on Him for this to happen.

Do not continue to live in the past, but instead, heal from your past so you can reap the rewards of the present.

You’ve got this Friend. If I can do it, I know you can too.

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There Is A Reason For The Season

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Encouragement Today

My friend, Today’s Encouragement will be a simple reminder that no matter what you are going through, whether everything is going well, or whether everything is going badly, there is a reason for all of it.

God reminds us in Ecclesiastes,

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under Heaven.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)

If you are going through a difficult time remember this and be encouraged that with every second and every hour God is growing you and molding you for a better plan and purpose.

He never allows us to go through the muddy waters of life without allowing us to use those difficulties later and somewhere else.

I have experienced some great difficulties in my life and as I was going through them, my greatest consolidation was that there was a purpose for it. Whether the purpose was to help me conquer a trial later or if it was to help encourage someone else, I knew in my heart there was a reason for everything I was going through.

It didn’t come easily though, because there were many days I remember saying, “Lord, this is hard, this is really hard, but if you can use this hardship later to make someone else’s life a bit easier, then I will be okay and I can do this, but only with Your strength.”

I needed to know there was a reason and a purpose for the difficult season in my life and God was always there to reassure me there was.

My friend, if this is you today and you are struggling in a difficult relationship, you are struggling financially, or you are struggling with a sick family member, a close friend or even a spouse. It doesn’t matter if it is all of these or none of these. What matters if you are having a difficult time is to remember these simple, but powerful words;

“There is none like You, Lord.”

Jeremiah 10:7

Stand tall today, hold your head just a little bit higher, and know your God knows you, sees you, and above all else, loves you.