thankful thursday

Being totally honest... I'm mustering up a lot to actually write this post. Don't get me wrong, I have so much to be thankful for (the two in the picture most of all), and I know it. But sometimes, life gets really hard, and the struggles feel like too much to bear. I'm 24, and Lord willing I have a lot of life to still live, and loads of lessons to still learn. But, some of the struggles we deal with, I just feel like we should be past already, ya know?

Thank God our circumstances aren't based on our feelings! We're allowed to feel. We're allowed to not like our current situations, and we're totally allowed to not like some seasons we walk though (which happens to be my year-long case). But I do have a never-ending list of things to be thankful for. My cup runneth over, even when it doesn't feel like it in the moment.

Today I'm thankful to know this is only a season. I have a list of things I'm grateful for, but today I'm just really thankful that sometime, hopefully sooner rather than later, the struggle will end, and so this season will be. I know we aren't promised an easy road when we walk with the Lord... but I'm fully confident that what we're walking through right now is temporary, and will end. And then new struggles will come, but then so will new triumphs.

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
     a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
     a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
     a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
     a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
     a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
     a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.
What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its timeHe has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Eccelestiastes 3:1-11

I'm at a loss for words right now, but encouraged in knowing the struggle is temporal. His love, his promise, his goodness; that's everlasting. Let's try to glean as much as we can from the hard stuff, and push through, finding that light at the end, because it is coming. 

"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

"but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31