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Learning to be Grateful
by Tracey Brown
11/05/11
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Philippians 4: 12-13 I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through him who gives me strength.

I have a unique perspective on Thanksgiving due to my years of dialysis and eventual transplant. For me, the holidays of Thanksgiving and Easter are forever intertwined, no longer holidays but attitudes. My trials forced me to see that things I assumed were ordinary were not so ordinary. When I was reduced to nothing, I realized the very essence of my being could only be controlled and rescued by a loving Savior. I learned through my struggles to truly depend on Godís grace throughout my day in order to survive. Therefore, I can be grateful, even though my life may not be deemed successful by other peopleís standards.

I wasnít thankful for family, until I lost my mother to cancer. I wasnít thankful for walking until I had mini-strokes which left one side temporarily paralyzed. I wasnít thankful for breathing until I faced respiratory failure which almost placed me on a ventilator. I wasnít thankful for life, until an unknown person lost his so that I could live.

As these experiences happened many years ago, they are and forever will be engraved on my heart, with my scars serving as a constant reminder of Godís unlimited mercy and grace. They changed and shaped me into who I am today.

Prayer: Lord I am thankful that you know everything about me, from the number of hairs on my head to the number of days I have here on this earth. Thank you that all my struggles are a part of your plan.


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Sunny Loomis  18 Nov 2011
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Joanne Sher  05 Nov 2011
There is no better, nor harder, way to learn thankfulness than through trials. This is such a moving post. Thanks for sharing it!




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