Grateful in the bad times

I love life! Most of the time. But lots of times it sucks, too. When I am in a dark place, as a discipline, I do my best to be grateful for that place. God says we are to thank him for trials, but sometimes I think He was nuts to say that. Yet, I trust Him and have found that being grateful for the hard times actually shifts your mindset. It takes the energy away from the darkness or the problem at hand and shifts it to God, who is greater than any problem we have. Certainly, I want to be careful here and recognize that your drink being messed up at Starbucks (although a bummer!) isn’t the same as a bad break-up, for example. But, in my experience, I have found that usually good comes from things that started out bad. Or at the very least, there are silver linings in every dark cloud.

For example, one of the hardest times of my life was when the love of my life didn’t choose me. I was heartbroken. It took a long time to heal. Yet, that time forced me to muster up my internal strength to go on. It was worth it. In face, some of the sweetest times I’ve had with God were during that time of agony. He’s got a plan. He knows what He’s doing.

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