Blessings and Challenges

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Day 17 - December 17, 2019

Blessings and Challenges

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

Life is a journey that has many twists and turns—hills and valleys—and a variety of choices to make along the way. Each day of that journey we are faced with choices—sometimes they are easy and other times there are obstacles in the road and we must decide if we are going to go around them, through them or turn around. 

When we reach those decisions, we are faced with an even larger decision—will we be thankful for the challenge?

Thankful for a challenge—it sounds crazy, I know. Hear me out . . .

Each choice that we make shapes us into the person that we are becoming—either we are growing in Christ or away from Him. Obstacles and events—even people—all help to shape us into the person that we are becoming on this journey of life. Each mistake and success is strategically adding aspects to our life that will be part of who we are in the future.

We can always look back on the journey we have taken so far. The photos and memories all flood back with song, saying, feeling, and more. They remind us of where we came from and in some cases, where we don’t want to return. 

While we can remember the journey, but can’t go back and make changes. We can strive to be better than we were yesterday and we can learn and grow along the way. We can strive to learn as we move forward—but move forward we must.

This holiday season, find thankfulness in the blessings and the challenges and give God the thanks for all He has and continues to do for you.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for all the blessings and challenges you have provided for me. While some of those experiences were difficult to endure, I know that you are there with me each step of the way. You guide me and mold me to be better than I was the day before. You walk with me in the valleys and rejoice with me on the mountain tops. I give You the praise for all You do in my life. I pray that You will continue to work in me to walk closer with You, to seek You for all my needs and to rely on Your molding me to be better. Thank you for sending Your son, Jesus Christ, so that I might have the choice to follow You and spend eternity in heaven. I pray that I will take time this season to be still and just rejoice in Your precious name. Amen.

submitted by Lara Boyd


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