Thankfulness in Times of Pain

Happy Friday, everyone!

Give Thanks

I give thanks even when I don’t easily see the gifts because I trust that He is making beauty in places my eyes can’t see. And I am taking my thankfulness, and breaking it into pieces and I am sharing it with all of you.                                                                                                                     ~Sara Frankl

When I read Sara’s words and then posted this graphic this morning, I had an overwhelming feeling come over me. It took on a different meaning for me than it had in the past.

This quote was always a reminder to me of the importance of being thankful in our journey to finding joy. I still believe that. We are going to experience difficulties in our life, but we will find joy, even in the difficult times, when we focus on what we are thankful for instead of the hurt or pain we may be experiencing.

Today I’d like to break the quote apart and really focus on the meaning of the words…

“I give thanks even when I don’t easily see the gifts…”

The unknown is a constant part of our everyday life. For Sara, from one moment to the next, she didn’t know how much pain she would be in. Each day when she opened her eyes, she didn’t know if she’d be able to get out of bed. Every time someone came to visit, she didn’t know if she’d have an allergic reaction to the air they brought in or get sick from a potential infection they may have without even knowing it.

Sara couldn’t easily see the gifts, but she made a choice to find the gifts. In the end, Sara saw her disease as a gift because of the lives changed by what God could do through her as she said yes to Him.

“Trust that He is making beauty in places my eyes can’t see…”

We often ask “Why” when we are dealing with something painful and difficult. Sara taught me that instead of asking “why” which leaves us feeling like a victim, we need to ask “what” and “how.” What can I do? How can I serve? Those questions call us to action. Sara couldn’t see all the beauty in the lives of others that God was creating through her life, She couldn’t even leave the 4 walls of her home.  But, despite it all, she said yes to him and trusted that He could create the beauty where she couldn’t see.

“…taking my thankfulness, and breaking it into pieces and I am sharing it with all of you.”

It was through Sara saying yes, starting her blog, and choosing to surrender to God, that she was able to bring the ultimate joy to others that could only come from wholeheartedly trusting and being connected to God. Sara found blessings each day from God within the 4 walls of her home.

God’s words shared through Sara can always be found on her blog, and through her book, Choose Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts.

Challenge…each night before your head hits the pillow, think of what you were blessed with and all that you can be thankful for. Share God’s message of joy with others!

Love and blessings,

Laura

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