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Thankful Thursday :: Birds of a feather…

Life can often feel like a never ending train wreck.

One situation ends and then another one comes along… at least that’s how I feel things have played out for me over the last year and a half.
And it often feels like one event opens the door for another one to happen.

I become so overwhelmed with discouragement and despair, believing things will never start looking up.

The recent events of friendships/relationships that I had to say goodbye to made me think to myself, “Should I not be surprised by whatever happens in my life from here on out?”
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The fear of the unknown can drive me mad. The fear of starting new friendships, learning new habits, going to places I’ve never gone before or would prefer not going to, trusting God in areas of my life I prefer being in “control” of, etc. makes me want to pull a blanket over myself and lie down in the fetal position.

But you want to know what scares me even more?

People (“friends” & even relatives) who encourage others to settle; People who encourage others to give up on their hopes, dreams, and prayers; People who would rather see others give up than to see them continue pushing through because they want to justify what they’ve settled for; People who stay silent during your struggles/battles but are quick to point your problems when you try doing something right; People who pick and choose what bible verses are most convenient/easy to abide by & feel offended when others point out the ones they ignore; People who claim to believe in the same God you do, but tell you to not get carried away when you want to experience Him even MORE.

There are plenty of people who might point out what I’m clearly doing wrong, what they think I need to do, or how I need to grow…. but they themselves won’t lift a finger to look at what they’re doing wrong, and will continue sweeping their own issues under the rug.

It’s not easy finding people who want to experience life in a whole new way. It’s not easy to find people who encourage your growth, correct wrongdoing, and who are also seeking to grow…

… but boy! Life can be sweet when you DO
find a group of individuals from different walks of life who are committed to changing, growing, and loving God with all their heart, mind, and soul in spite of how messy they know they are.

They’re like an ice cold cup of water on a dry, HOT summer day, or an oasis in the middle of a hot desert.
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Today, I am grateful for those individuals, as well as my beloved husband. I am grateful for their love and support. I am grateful for their commitment, their example, their encouragement, their friendship, and for proving that good things come to those who never give up.♥️

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