I never thought I'd say this, but looking back over my life now I can honestly say that today I am thankful for the trials the Lord has allowed me to walk through...
I know that may sound like kind of a funny thing to be thankful for, but I really am. As I look back over my life I can clearly see the hand of God working and weaving together the pieces of my life- the good and the bad. And I know without a doubt in my mind that had I not gone through some of the things I did in the past, I wouldn't be who I am today... I wouldn't have the strength, the courage or the faith that I have gained through the trails of my life. Because it was in those times of darkness that I learned to look to the light. I learned to seek His face, trust in His wisdom and rely on His word.
And I grew.
And I became just a little bit closer to who He has called me to be.
While I know I still have such a long way to go, I will hold tight to what the Lord has taught me so far. And then, when the next trail comes, as I know it will...I will continue to praise Him, trusting He is there and He has a plan... and it is good.
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33