Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Gift.

View your burden as a gift. It's the theme that has been given you to work with. Accept that and lean into it.  Anne Tyler

There are a some things in my life I wish weren't there or that were different. Things that have made life uncomfortable, or lonely, or hard. The biggest is having no extended family.  That bothered me for a long time. I carried it around and let it weigh me down. I constantly wished it were different especially when my friends have such amazing extended families.

Over time, I've come to see that the 'burdens,' those difficult things in life can be a gift, a way to push me forward and be more than I am. 

Everyone has something. For some it's an illness, a chronic condition, a disabled child, a condition that causes them angst or embarrassment, a woman who aches for children and can't have them. The list goes on. 

The thing is I've learned I had to give up fighting what I can't change. The toughest is to accept and use that thing as a gift instead of a burden. A friend of mine always says, 'it is what it is.' To me that means I can't change it but I can use it to my advantage. 

Here's to the yuck stuff, the not so comfortable, the burdens that have limited us in the past. Here's to making them the thing that pushes us forward in life. Here's to turning 'burdens' into gifts.

Happy Thursday, Guys. 


Nana Jul said...

Such a hard lesson to learn. I heard a teaching about those things we think are chained to us to do like Paul when he was in Caesar's Palace chained with 4 guards...He preached the Gospel to those he was bound to - He saw it as an opportunity to bring Jesus to them! Perspective...changes everything!
Love you!

Connie said...

Such a great post, Niiki. I love this part, "the burdens that have limited us in the past. Here's to making them the thing that pushes us forward in life." So true!

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Oh if only there were an instruction booklet for such.

Happy Thursday, Nikki!

Lowcarb team member said...

Great words in your post ...
Enjoy the rest of your week, and have a good weekend too.

All the best Jan

DUTA said...

It's possible to turn burdens into gifts, if God wishes so. One has to pray to Him and ask for the favour. I wish I did that when I was young. He would have answered my prayers, but I was stupid and vain.

Launna said...

My goodness, Nikki, I think I keep reading posts like your own as I am dealing with health issues, ones that might not have answers... I have been trying to come to terms with it and figure out how to handle it being positive... Hopefully, I will get there...

It's true though, we all have tough trials we have to deal with ... we can decide if we rise or fall... it's not always easy knowing this though... xox

Have a great week xox

Lux G. said...

Here's to our burdens that are really blessings in disguise! Cheers to a more beautiful life! :)

Annesphamily said...

Hi again! I love this post, beautifully stated.
I look at all the burdens, the sadness, heartache in my own life and realize how much stronger and how deep my faith ran in order to get through it all. I would like to have a magic wand to wipe away all hurting souls and make them know how God loves them and how Jesus sacrificed for all of us. But I can be kind and pray and leave the big stuff to HIM. Tahnk you for sharing this. HUGS