Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Doing Thanks

It's not until you've had the rug ripped out from underneath you,
It's not until your heart has been torn into a million pieces,
It's not until you're not sure you want to go on,
It's not until you understand the hurting souls with the sad eyes,
That your very own gratitude to Jesus for the gift of His life means you're going to make it.
This is what "doing thanks" looks like.
Sometimes it's the only thing you can give back to Him.
Living a life of gratitude, despite the pain and circumstance.
...the only thing that brings joy into the dark places.

holy experience


Erin said...

How very true- it isn't until we think we've met the end that God works deepest in us. I have been in that valley before and my prayers are with you.

Heather said...

Thanks, Erin. This photo is a representation of all the valleys our family has been through in recent years. Knowing pain is sometimes the only way to truly experience His grace. Praising Him and learning about Him in the good times prepares us for those valleys.

Anna said...

I know that you've experienced His grace and healing. You're an inspiration that you can testify to that after all the valleys you've been through.

The Homemaker said...

AMEN! Thanks for sharing...

followinghisfootsteps:mylegacy said...

Beautifully written Heather! It's true that in our weakness, He is strong! He carries us, even when we can't go on. I love what you said about "joy in the dark places." Praising God even when we are in despair-just like Paul and Silas when they were in prison, singing and praising God. I needed to be reminded of that today. Thanks so much for sharing your heart!

Karen said...

Heather.. your post is very touching and very true.. we to have had a rough year.. but God has remained faithful and has held us through it all..
Have a blessed thanksgiving with your family..

keLi said...

i get this; i really do. great post.

Debra said...

Heather, thank you for sharing your faith in such a beautiful and poignant way.
May the Lord bless and keep you always.
Many blessings,

Craig and Bethany said...

So true.