Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Giving Thanks Through Trials

*Today's Guest post is brought to you by Pam at Barefoot Pam*

Have you ever tried to come up with reasons to be thankful for the struggles and hardships placed in your life?  It’s not an easy thing to do, but I’ve found that it really helps to put life in perspective.

I find it very easy to come up with a list of troubles, trials and tribulations I’m suffering (or at least feel I’m suffering).  Anything from a unexpected albeit minor emergency surgery to my husband’s paycheck missing about 7 hours of time-and-a-half pay to the fact that last night my 22-month old daughter woke up four times between 7 pm and 5 am even though she’s slept through the night ever since well before her first birthday, except for a few unfortunate bouts with teething.  Darn molars.   

Lately, however, I’ve been trying to counteract this sour attitude with the following scripture:

Let’s revisit the first of those three scenarios I mentioned earlier.  Back in March, I underwent an emergency surgery due to some major internal bleeding caused by a rupture of some sort.  Upon my return home, three days later, I was quick to think of the negatives about it--the scars, the bills, the havoc caused by truly being physically unable to care for my children for a few days...and then this verse found my eye.  And I’ve been working hard to put it into my heart.  I have SO much to be thankful for!  

The scars?  Who cares--I am living and breathing today only because those scars allowed the surgeon to use his skills and tools to see what was going on and how to fix it!   

The bills?  We have insurance; I just calculated that our payment due was not quite 3 percent of the entire bill.  That’s something to be unbelievably thankful for given the current state of the health insurance situation for most Americans right now!

The havoc?  It really wasn’t terrible, because I am blessed to have a lot of nearby family and friends that were more than willing to help out; either in coming to our home and taking care of me and the kids (thanks, Mom!) or bringing us a meal or two so that I could rest rather than deal with figuring out what to cook.  It also gave me a much needed chance to evaluate where and exactly what my priorities need to be at this stage in my life.

So, the moral of the story?  

Always be thankful; it is God’s will for our lives!    

Be thankful for the paycheck, even when it’s short of what it should be.  Not everyone is blessed by receiving a regular paycheck.  

Be thankful for the teething child, even when they’re making the entire household miserable.  Not everyone has been blessed with the ability to bring a child into their home.  

Be thankful for the scars, even though they come with pricey bills.  Not everyone is blessed with access to hospitals or skilled doctors and surgeons...or a husband who forces you to go to the hospital only to find out your life is in danger.       

Thanks for reading,

This post was written by Pam Rockhold, a SAHM you can find blogging regularly about life, motherhood, missions and Barefoot Books at and tweeting not-so-regularly as @barefootpam.  You can also catch her on Facebook more often than she would like to admit. ;o)

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