Thankful isn’t the word that comes to mind when I reflect on this year. That might seem odd, because it seems that I have SO much to be thankful for, but this goes down as one of the worst/hardest/saddest/grief-stricken years ever.ever.ever. And, this has nothing to do with another 11 months gone by with no pregnancy.
You hear heartbreaking stories all the time. Stories of loss. With social media and technology, it seems like these stories are directly in our face.
‘Mother of 4 loses battle to cancer’
‘Car accident kills family of 5’
‘2 year old drowns in backyard pool’
But, most of us would say they NEVER think these stories would happen to them. I was the same. Just as naive. But, one of those stories did happen to me. Our worst nightmare happened, when our sweet, precious nephew, Kai, went to be with Jesus earlier this year after a 15 day battle with brain cancer. Our family’s worst nightmare.
But, the bible tells me to be thankful in ALL circumstances – 1 Thessalonians 5:18. And all includes death.
Scripture doesn’t just tell me to be thankful in all circumstances, but to consider it pure joy when we face many trials (James 1:2-4). So many people think joy is tied to our circumstances. But, that is incorrect. Joy is tied to Jesus and when we have Jesus we can be joyful in ALL circumstances.
I’m not going to say that nothing good has happened this year, because there is plenty good. But, I will say that just like many of you who have gone through tragedies or trials, it’s a daily decision to still praise Jesus despite the fact that it’s been a hard year, and that is what I’m going to do. I’m so thankful for all He has done for me, and even though I don’t always understand his ways, I trust that His ways are sovereign and good. I am thankful.
PS. We are back in the states and adjusting back to work and life here! I can’t wait to share with you all about our trip! Thanks for all those who followed the blog and our pictures on instagram! Hope everyone has a happy thanksgiving!