Be Grateful For All Things

My husband and I are moving; it’s time to downsize in our lives. While sorting through and deciding what to keep and what to throw away, I stopped and looked at my old blue rocking chair. I am so grateful for that old chair because it was in that chair that the rest of my life changed.

When I went through my divorce and was so frightened and alone, I would go upstairs and sit in that rocking chair trying to find some sort of comfort for my ravaged soul. I would rock and stare outside at the boxwoods and the pine trees – the sky and stars – searching for some sort of understanding of what was next. But my life changed when I could not find the answers in that old rocking chair, and I began to pray. I cried out, “Lord, help me because I cannot help myself. Show up in my life. Help me understand. Where are you? Please come to me – please send me your angels.” It was in that old chair that I began to look for God’s angels and I began to know – they were there.

Angels began to show up in my life – on TV and in books and magazines. I even had a hairdresser buy me a picture of an angel because the woman the angel surrounded reminded her of me.

I am convinced that I had at least one angel, and sometimes I felt I had two. One night I remember praying, “Lord, there may be someone else out there who hurts the way I do, so please, you can send one of my angels, but don’t send them two. I need one of them to stay here with me.”

I’m not only grateful for that old chair and the angels in my life, I am also grateful for that man who left me that dark summer night. I want to thank you Lord for sending him in my life. He served his purpose well.

Because of that man, I was forced to stand on my own two feet. It was that man who caused me to turn from failure to faith – from fear to fearless. It was that man who taught me to turn to God – to pray and trust Him – and to expect His angels to show up in my life. They did, they have, and they will.

I’m not going to keep that old blue chair. I don’t need it in my life anymore. It has served its purpose here, and it’s time for it to move on to someone else.

I’m going to be grateful for all things that come into my life – the things that come and go – the good and the bad. Have faith and know that God is in control of every circumstance. Have hope and understanding that His angels surround you. He will instruct them to guide you and protect you along your way.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

Merry Christmas to each of you and know how joyful and thankful I am for each one of you in my life!


1 thought on “Be Grateful For All Things”

  1. Thank You so much Pat. God’s Timing is perfect and I needed this today so bad. Thanks for all you do and for all your words of inspiration. God Bless You and Merry Christmas.


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