Looking back at my life as I often do, maybe too often, I am always making sure to give praise to God for all that He has done for me. I thank Him for the smallest gifts and the not so small. I look around at the world and in seeing the chaos, I thank Him for His protection. Watching the news and seeing all that ugly, I am still thankful. Every day that we wake, leave out homes, drive in our cars, or walk into buildings, we are subject to a life changing event. Every day that we walk in grocery stores, shopping malls, and movie theaters, we are subject to be hurt or killed. Have you really thought about that?
As I look back, I also have to be thankful for all of the dark and heart breaking things. It is in those heart breaking moments that we learn our strength and power. Many of us rise to the occasion of struggles and hardship. Many of us run from them as best one can, but never really escaping for in those hardships we learn a valuable lesson of faith and endurance. We learn through scripture and by the validation of those scriptures, that we will have hardship and that those hardships are valuable tests of our faith.
Psalm 138:1-3 NLT: 1. I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart: I will sing your praises before the gods. 2. I bow before the holy Temple as I worship. I will give thanks to your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness, because your promises are backed by all the honor of your name. 3. When I pray, you answer me you encourage me by giving me the strength I need.
I thank God that I can stand today saying through God’s power I am victorious. I am thankful to look back over the many years of being a child, a mother, an employee, a friend, that I made it. That I am still here and say OOOWWEEEEE that was close. I can smile at the fact that some of the hardships I faced were my fault and had nothing to do with the devil yet, it was the devil in me as my mother would say.
I encourage you to mount up as eagles and not become distracted by the hardships, and if you have not had any, you will. Do not allow yourself to speak negatively about those hardships because what you speak comes to life. If you speak hatred, it lives. If you speak foul, it lives. It you speak revenge, it lives. Our mouths can either give life or take it. So, when you see or feel the hardships coming, brace yourself and bow down to the Father of grace and mercy and praise Him. Brace yourself in the tests and trials of this fleshly life and be confident that no matter what, you are a survivor, you are victorious. You my sister and brother are a winner. Be grateful for it all.