i am thankful for the challenges that God has brought into my life. i dont' think i could always say that. we went thru years of infertility that i wasn't much thankful for, and then when we had our son, i was so thankful for him. but when we found out he had a disability my faith crashed against the rocks. how could i be thankful for that? but it was having a son who had a disability and learning deeper who God is and what His plan is for this earth, my life included, that i am thankful for. if i had not had Josiah, i don't know if my faith would have been tested like that or that i would have grown in my faith. God used my son as the melting pot to refine what little silver there is in my life. he used the trials i have endured to be the chisel to scrape off the gunk, not fun when it happens, but oh so needed to see what lies beneath. God has used trials to prune me and shape me, and for that i am thankful. i am thankful that he didn't leave me in the condition i was in 10, 15 , or 20 years ago. He loves me too much to leave the gunk on me. i am thankful that He cares that much about me. and i'm thankful that He knew what it would take to mature me, but not break me.
so what about you? what are you thankful for today?