Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Struggles

"Everything struggles to live. Look at that tree growing up out of that grating. It gets no sun, and water only when it rains. It's growing out of sour earth. And it's strong because its hard struggle to live is making it strong." Betty Smith. 

Life can sometimes be unfair, a huge struggle, but I think everyone at some point in their life faces tough times. 

Some people give up. They can't fight it.  Others refuse to let the darkness claim them. They stay in the game. They hold on and come back fighting again and again and again.

I see that in the women I meet in my workshops. They are resilient, strong.....brave. They can't see it at the time of their biggest battle - but I do. And when they come through the fight - they're solid, strong, beautiful. 

Maybe it's in the tough stuff we become who we're truly meant to be. 

When I walk by the water, and touch the smooth rocks lying on the sand, I think of how they got that way. The constant crashing waves hitting them over and over wore off all their sharp edges. 

I see now that all those times I got hit with something I thought I couldn't handle, but refused to give up and trusted.....I became  stronger. And the rough edges, the not so pretty, the angry, the self pity, -  softened. 
Even the awful things that happen to us has purpose. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.



Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Yes, God allows everything to happen for a reason. All we need to do is trust Him. Easier said than done sometimes. But if we can do that then He will make something beautiful out of that situation. Just like those rocks. Just like Corrie ten Boom. Just you and just like me. Praises to His name!


Connie said...

Determination and perseverance can get us through a lot, and yes, the experience can change and improve us. Have a nice week, Nikki!

DUTA said...

What a lovely tree! We have many solitary trees like this one, here in Israel.
Life hits us hard sometimes. When it happens I feel so helpless, but remember to turn to God and ask for His guidance. It helps.

Launna said...

Yes Nikki, all those trials smooth out our rough edges... I hope I am one of those people that never gives up even though there are days that I wonder... I know how much my edges have been smoothed throughout the years and for many of them I am grateful... xox For some I am still trying to figure out what it is smoothing... maybe one I'll understand xox

Lowcarb team member said...

Everything that happens to us has purpose, although there are many times we may ask the question why?
I like your analogy of the smooth rocks ...

Enjoy your weekend, it's Fathers Day here in the UK, we are out celebrating shortly.

All the best Jan

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

I believe everything that comes to us can serve a purpose and can make us better and stronger.