When I began this year things looked a lot different than these things do today. It is amazing for me to see how God can bring so much change and fulfillment into my life by me simply walking with Him. At the beginning of the year I thought I knew what my life was going to be like, and how my life would go. Today, I am just walking with God, no pre-conceived notions of where I will be tomorrow, just walking with Him daily.
Walking with Him, is also me walking His path instead of trying to carve out my own. As a result, I have realized that God has a greater plan for me than I had for myself. I am so blessed to be able to walk along side Him every day. I look back at the journey I have been on this year and I am so encouraged by what I see. The greatest gift God has given me is the peace and joy he provides me with each day no matter what is happening.
He has shown me that I am capable of so much more than I ever thought I was. In fact, He is showing me that not only am I capable of things but that I have already been doing these things without realizing it. You see I am a person who seeks divine appointments. When God would give me them in my daily routine, I did not recognize them as anything other than my daily routine. However, God has been showing me how He has been answering me with divine appointments regularly. Why is it that we think divine appointments must be outside the realm of our daily lives? God is present with us every moment of every day, so why couldn't every moment be a chance for the divine to manifest in our daily lives? Be watchful for God in all things even the small, and you might just find that He has been giving you divine appointments among the day to day routine.
I have had a wonderful Thanksgiving with just my husband. We took time to rest, and time to play. It was actually great for me! I have been thinking over the past couple of weeks all of the things I was thankful for. I focused on the best things for me in the past year, however God wanted more. On Sunday, God revealed to me through the message that I needed to be thankful for all of it. I am sure Job in the Bible would have gotten a kick out of that. Who is ever thankful for the bad things? However I really felt like there was something God was trying to show me. I looked over the last year and thought about the situations and people that were most difficult for me to forgive. They all revolved around our adoption that fell through. You see I had forgiven them, however I was not thankful. I was wondering what this cloud was that was still hanging over that situation, and now I know because the moment I thanked God for each person, each situation and the outcome, the cloud lifted. I realized that the only way that God's love and grace could flow into that situation was if I was thankful for it.
If that wasn't revelation enough for one Thanksgiving, I got part two this morning. Not only does God want us to be thankful, he wants us to be joyful throughout these times. James 1:2 says to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds. God showed me that through thankfulness we can come to a place of joyfulness. If you are not thankful, then it is really hard to operate in God's joy. This revelation is amazing to me. In essence God is asking us to look at everything through His eyes, His perspective. This is difficult to do, which is why God wants us to be thankful, it shifts our perspective, then joy follows. I just wanted to share my revelation with you because I realize just how powerful this concept is. Imagine if every person in the world faced trials with thankfulness and joy. This world would be turned upside down.
Join me on my journey through life's joys and difficulties.