There are times life can be hard. So hard that it can be hard to see the blessings in our lives. Even amidst the hardships.

However looking at what is good, to be thankful can help you grow as person. Maybe it sounds corny, or cliche’ to you. Taking the time to reflect on things that you have, the people in your life who love you can change your outlook on life. It can grow your relationship with God.

This is what happened to me. A few years ago I was at a point where I took everything for granted and then things changed on me. I had to make a choice, either turn to God or walk away. By turning to Him, I was grown and stretched in so many ways. I was being shown how much I needed Him.

I began a document on  to list all the things I should be thankful about in life. A document I still update today. Sometimes the list goes on and on. Other days it takes time for me to see how I can be thankful in hardship. Writing, journaling always helps me to regain the right attitude in life.

I learned to appreciate so many things and people in my life. I have learned to step back and have a different perspective on things. It reminds me to not take things for granted. A needed reminder at times.

This is what thankfulness looks like to me.

What does thankfulness look like in your life?

Growing In The Midst of Blessings and Trials

This current season of my life is one of both blessings and trials. I have been taught that trials are the valleys of life experience and Blessings are the mountaintops. As I am experiencing both, I am not sure how to categorize it. If at all.

It has been overwhelming to say the least.

Blessings can be hard enough to process. As can trials. Having them occur at the same time has me feeling like I am running in circles.

In the midst of both God is showing, teaching, loving me.

In other words making me fairly uncomfortable. He is showing me where I have been prideful by holding onto behaviors that I have shrugged off as “Just How I Am”. He is teaching me that to have more confidence and stop doubting my abilities. He is loving me through all this by surrounding me with people to come alongside me during this time.

It is an odd place to be, this land of blessings and trials. I have been taught that your are either in the desert or the land of bounty. I never understood that one could be in both. I can see the changes starting within me. Pulling back when I become frustrated ( and when I am frustrated I can become rude and even mean). As I continue to pursue writing as a career, I need to have confidence in my work. That this talent the Lord gave me is being put to use and used well.

It can be difficult to take in what God is showing us in our lives. I know I brushed aside the clear messages He was putting in my life from those I love and trust until I could no longer ignore it. I was hesistant to say yes to a new career oppurtunity because I thought I was not ready, when I was ready to take the next step. Each are a blessing and a trial. Each are fruit in this walk with Christ. Each are opportunities for me to continue to grow and not stagnat.

Question for you dear reader, Have you experienced both blessing and trials at the same time? If so, how did you cope?