Grateful and Thankful

Tonight as I was sitting in a Christmas Eve church service, I realized just how much I have to be grateful for. I had my husbands family on my left and my family on my right. I was overwhelmed by how special that was. I was literally surrounded by more love and support than I could ever imagine. Lately, I have been ready to get back to my home but this realization completely changed my heart. I became so extremely grateful to be exactly where I was. I could not believe just how much I took for granted. How this was an opportunity others would give anything to experience. It was moment I will not forget and an experience I will cherish for so many years to come.

The service was not your typical Christmas Eve message. It touched on how Jesus was “the reason for the season” but the main message was how God is greater than any and everything we will ever encounter. Greater than fear, doubt, stress, worry, hate and anything else you can put in that blank. He is greater than this separation and deployment. He is greater than my sadness and pain. He is greater.

It was such a beautiful reminder of His greatness and sovereignty. I also was reminded that where He is, so is His peace, joy, rest, comfort and so much more. Those four things hit me especially hard because I really am in need of them all. I was shocked when I realized that I had been relying on my own strength and toughness to get me through this season of separation. I was trying to do it all on my own and making it so much more difficult than it needed to be. I barely am a few weeks in and I am exhausted already. So  as I sat there between my families, I gave it all to God. Exactly where it should have been from the beginning.

Tomorrow will undoubtably be a tough day but I am grateful for Gods peace to help us both through. And I have so much to be thankful for. I will not let the one thing that I do not have ruin all that I do have.

 

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50 thoughts on “Grateful and Thankful

  1. Well said! One of my favorite Scriptures: Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

    6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

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  2. Congratulations on one year of marriage, be sure to treasure each moment of each year, as the time goes so quickly
    As I know so well, as we celebrated 35 years of marriage in June
    May you husband and yourself have a Christ filled Chritmas

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    1. Wow, that is so beautiful. Congratulations on 35 years of marriage! I absolutely love advice on life and marriage. Especially from those who are where I one day want to be. I cant wait to one day have 35 years with my husband. I definitely will enjoy and treasure each and every moment and season of life and marriage. Blessings to you and your family.

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      1. What we do during the wait matters too and I’m so glad you write so well, you could inadvertently be starting a support/hangout group for young ladies whose spouses are away also and helping them all deal too. You are doing great. God’s got you dear. ❤️

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    1. Thank you so much. You have no idea how much I needed that.I just read that passage a it bought tears to my eyes. Its been a trying week. I am physically, mentally and emotionally. This was exactly the thing I needed to be reminded of. He is my strength and will never fail me. Thank you again for this scripture. I know I will refer back to it many times.

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      1. You’re welcome honey. It warms my heart to know it brought you so much comfort.
        My eldest brother served in the Marines and was in Iraq for longer than a year. It is overwhelming but throw your burdens on God to sustain you and pray just to get through the day. ♥

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  3. generalsodd

    Thank you both for your service (because the families serve right alongside our troops).

    And what a beautiful reminder on the importance of perspective. And faith. And surrender.

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    1. That is so true and well said. I have just begun to realize that and it truly is a game changer on my outlook and perspective. Thank you for your encouragement and support! I really do appreciate it. Wishing you blessings and a happy new year.

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  4. I believe it is so important to remember all that God has blessed us with. I deserve nothing yet I look around and I have everything!

    Such a great message and an incredible reminder to all of us.

    God Bless!

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    1. That is so true! It truly is so humbling and sobering to see just how good He is to us when like you said, we deserve nothing. Whether we have good days or bad ones, theres always so much to be grateful for. Thank you for reading and for reaching out to me!

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  5. cordof3strand

    There is nothing like giving it to God. It great that we let go and can now feel his peace right. So glad for you in such a tough time you need him Jesus 💜

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