Thankful for the wisdom


Usually as thanksgiving approachs I try to think of things to be thankful for each day.  I even break out some branches and make a little tree and have the kids write on paper leaves what they are thankful for.  We take turns thanking God for the fact that my daddy has a job, we have food in our pantry, we are healthy, we have a beautiful house, we have everything we “need”.

Most years my lists of the things I am thankful for include all the blessings God has given me.  I think about how I could list thousands of things I am blessed to have or experience.  I can go on and on about how much God has provided for us through out the year.  I feel good inside  and full of genuine thanks, when I think of the good parts of my life.  And its good for me to be reminded of those things because there are so many days when I forget to thank him for all of it.

This year I wondered though, what it would be like to challenge myself to daily thank God for some of the harder things he has put in my path.  Some of the things I may even be upset with Him about, questioning why He has them in my life.  Those situations or areas in my life that aren’t so pretty, whether past or present.  What would it be like to remember and ponder those messy areas in my life and even just thank God that they happened and reflect on how it has changed me.

Its amazing what is happening.
  • I am finding that its reminding me that He never leaves me, no matter how sad, frustrating, angry, or messy my life feels.
  • Its reminding me that He sees me and delights in me, even when I don’t feel worthy.
  • Its reminding me of how even when I can’t see God it doesn’t mean He isn’t working.
  • I am remembering that His love heals wounds I thought would never be mended.
  • I am seeing how HE HAS HAD A PLAN FOR ME ALL ALONG.

Sometimes I am frozen in fear when I try and look back.  I am scared to let myself feel those emotions again.  I am learning slowly that when I turn my head back and trust God that He will guard my heart, I am able to catch glimpses of the wisdom He grants me from those moments.  I am the type of person that NEEDS to gather that wisdom and hide it in my heart to have ready when the next storm comes.

So this year, I can confidently say I am thankful for those not so pretty moments, where I continually find His wisdom.


  1. Tucker and I were just having this conversation! About how what we walked through these past few years hasn’t been pretty, or easy, or fun…but we’re finally at the point where we’re thankful for it. Thankful for the mess and the pain and the upheaval it caused in our life. (Not that we ever want to go through it again!) I have been so angry at God, angry at my husband, and angry at myself these past few years. It’s been an extreme path of humility and forgiveness.

    Excellent post, Tiffany. :) Praying for you as God walks you through the tough stuff!

  2. laurie walle says:

    Inspiring, Tiffany. Thank you! I needed that!

  3. love this idea so so much- just featured the same today! We did this about 2 years ago (right before my grandmother died) and its great having that memory/writing from her! Thanks for sharing!

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