Think of all the beauty thats still left in and around you and be happy!

That is often a quote, originated by Anne Frank that is easier said than practiced! It is true that God didn’t make junk when he created us, but there are times, circumstances and occasions when we might feel he slipped up, just a bit in our corner.

Rest assured, he didn’t.

Remember that Jesus said, “In your world you will have troubles, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.”

If we can somehow lay each struggle, each frustration and disappointment at His feet–under the blood of the cross, He can and will take it from us.

Will things be perfect? It is doubtful, but in Him, all things are perfect.

Oftentimes I struggle with my own failings, such as the fracturing of my family, the mistakes I made as a parent, the times I shove my foot in my mouth, times when I mean to respond in love, but end up responding in disdain.

Regrettable? Yes!

Forgivable? Absolutely.

It matters not whether we receive approval from others for any choices we have made. Our choices, our mistakes our inner cries are secrets between our heavenly Father and us. If I have learned anything the past couple of years, it is that I only have to be the person God wants me to be. It is a lifelong struggle–but doesn’t have to be so difficult, if we give it ALL to Him!

Today I woke up with a calming sense of gratitude for waking up next to my wonderful husband, my dog tucked under my arm, my son asleep upstairs. I am grateful for the house I didn’t think we would still have. I am grateful for another day of work, another day to breathe the air and inhale the sweet scent of Jesus’ breath upon my heart.

Thank you God!

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