Do not live in the circumstances presented,
but choose the gift in front of you.
“I see countless years of pain, why should I consider your words? How can suffering bring positives? My husband left me, I lost my home of 20 years, and I occupy a job I detest.”
“Continue? Isn’t that enough? You haven’t experienced my pain or traveled my road!”
“My experience may never look similar to yours, however, there are two sides to a coin and two sides to every dilemma. The gifts that surround you will counteract the negatives.”
“You must be joking! How can there be a positive? A divorce, a loss of home, a job I hate! I see no favorable outcome or gift.”
“You have children, correct? Whom you love, care for, and hold? Are they not gifts?”
“Yes, but I cannot tolerate this pain any longer.”
“Are your children not a product of your marriage? Maybe they are the treasure you pursue? Have they not kept you going? Are they not why you work?”
“Well, yes! But…”
“Carol, receive your gifts. Your children are a blessing. Suppose tonight, instead of throwing sorrow, give joy and the unusual?”
“But I can’t afford the unusual.”
“Cooking happens each day, what about an unusual dish?”
“They only love macaroni and cheese.”
“Then cook a whole meal of macaroni and cheese, just for fun? Carol, receive the gifts in front of you. Learn to recognize them with a joyous heart. And in this process, you will teach your children to seek the gifts in a storm.
Storms water plants.
Losing a house becomes a new home to decorate.
Every night introduces a new day.
The Lord who died on a cross gave a rebirth for His sheep.