Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thankful Thursday- Alive in Me.


All those gone before are alive inside us.” Jane Yolen

They live in my mind, in my heart, in my soul...the people who once stepped into my life ...some for a brief time, others for years. In big ways or small, they left imprints of themselves on my heart. Some were kind, positive, others unkind, even brutal but I've never forgotten the life lessons they left with me. Some of those lessons I only discovered long after they left. Grateful for....

-every experience, good and bad. Never thought I'd say I'm grateful for the bad people, the unkind, the liars, the mean spirited but they are the ones who taught me the real power in forgiveness. 
-the wounded, the broken, the street dwellers, the ones who talk to themselves, and are quirky and odd. They taught me compassion.
-the old, the worn, the tired, survivors of war and life - they taught me to live each moment and relish it and to follow my dreams, not to wait until it's too late. 
-the dreamers, the ones with passion who want to change the world, they remind me we are all here for a purpose and to live that purpose and push past obstacles. 
-and mostly the One who takes up the most space inside me. He didn't just come into my world for a bit, but is on the road with me for the whole trek...right up 'till the end. Everyday He whispers in my ears, it's gonna be another awesome day. And He empowers me to be kind, and to live with strength, courage, hope and love. It still boggles my mind how He does that...but He does. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.

8 comments:

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Great post! When we stop and ponder the fact that the Lord allowed all those experiences, good and bad, to come our way, it really is mind-blowing how He has used it all to make us into who we are. Forgiveness comes easier too when we realize that, because we can trust He knows what He is doing. Have a wonderful Valentines weekend with those you love, Nikki!

Hugs and blessings,
Sandi

Dayle said...

I believe that every life experience has value, and sometimes the worst experiences offer the best lessons.

Margie said...

We learn so much from the hard times.
Bless you, Nikki.
You are an inspiration ...

Joy said...

So amazing post that I can relate much. Everything happened for a reason. We only need to open our eyes and hearts to see and feel the impact in our lives. To God be the glory!

Launna said...

Nikki... I needed to hear this today... I still have such a hard time trying to understand why I almost had what I wanted with him and then lost him... I learned forgiveness even more than I thought and maybe the lesson that needed to be learned was more for him than even me...

You inspire me weekly, I always look forward to reading what you have to say... xox

Daisy said...

It is true that we can learn something from everyone. Sometimes it is a lesson on how we can better ourselves. Happy Valentine's day! Hope you have a nice weekend.

Sharon said...

I am always so blessed by your Thursday Thank-You's! Even if it's Tuesday by the time I make it over here!!

Thank you for once again reminding me that God is in the ups and downs. His steady and unchanging nature is what enables me to weather the storms!

GOD BLESS!

Connie Arnold said...

We can learn from everything that happens, and sometimes the bad things teach the best lessons. Wonderful post! Blessings to you!