At each year’s end, I reflect by writing a list of my biggest struggles, as well as my biggest blessings from that year.
Typically, the struggles that are on my list in one year, end up being on the blessings list in a later year. But in this past year, I happened to see some fast turnarounds on many of struggles.
Seeing so many things listed as both struggles and blessings on the same page really caught my attention. It’s a beautiful reminder of how God can transform struggles into blessings.
If you’ve been through struggles and would like to celebrate your blessings, here are some ways to find joy in the hard times we all face.
But then I recall all you have done, O Lord; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. – Psalm 77:1
One thing you can count on when it comes to your struggles, is that they are temporary. Another thing you can count on, is that it usually doesn’t feel that way when you’re in them. It’s normal to feel like the tough situation you’re facing will last forever. Especially when it feels like it has already been forever that you’ve been facing it!
Looking back and remembering what God has done for you in the past helps you get your focus off of your current circumstances and onto a God who is bigger than the here and now.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Remembering the miraculous things God has done for you is important, but making sure to thank Him for those things will take your faith deeper. Being thankful helps keep you from taking His blessings and miracles for granted. It’s a constant reminder that God gives many blessings that none of us ‘deserve’ or ‘earn.’
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28
While looking back is important in helping you see your struggles as blessings, looking forward can be just as important. When you look forward to a better future, it gives you hope and reminds you that God wants to use your difficult situation for your good.
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