Its Thankful Thursday! Not a usual thankful post for me as I am keeping a running list on my sidebar this month. I know several who are keeping up with this “challenge” for the month of November….aren’t you enjoying it? It really is good to purposefully list out our blessings each day. I’ll admit some days the devil really wants me to think I’m having a “no blessing today” type of day – but he is wrong! God is always good.
Now I’m just wondering if it would too silly to list “peppermint chocolate chip milkshakes” as a blessing:) Seems several of you have already discovered this yumminess. If you haven’t…what are you waiting for??
I did have a thought today. Recently I viewed a video from Florence Littauer – quite the humorous lady! – about her “silver boxes” or encouraging words. I have actually read the book and when the video began, I was somewhat disappointed thinking that I had already heard this. Oh my…there was so much more. She shared much of “her story” and some of the paths and journeys that God has taken her through – especially as a mother. I won’t give it away here (but it is well worth reading) but there have, indeed, been some very difficult trials and valleys for this lady. I do not remember any of this from reading the book – but, my, what a new perspective and respect you have for a speaker after you hear their story.
And I have begun to notice something. Speaker, writers and other “well-known” Christians that I enjoy and admire – and I think are really leaving an impact and influence on others – all seem to have some very difficult days and years in their testimonies. Do I think that you have to have suffered deeply or endured tragedy in order to be used by God? No. But I am coming to believe that very often it is in those deep valleys that God can most effectively mold us and grow us into more – even the most – effective servants for Him.
Looking back over the most difficult times in my life…and in preparation for those times that may lie ahead, perhaps I need to be asking “why me?” or “why this?” alot less and crying out, “God, use even this” much more.