Day 2: Gifts in the valleys.

Yesterday I wrote about the why of my writing in this 31 Days of Writing Prompts Challenge. The desire to share what God has done in my life not just in my obedience but also in my rebellious days.

Some of my past life experiences have been of my own making, veering off the path God has planned for my life before I was even conceived. Other life experiences have been due to the ripple affect of the choices and sins of others.

Today I truly consider these past life experiences gifts from God. Gifts that have made me who I am today-a new creation on Christ.

James 1:17 states:

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of light, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

Now I am not saying that God has caused the bad things in my life to happen but I do think he allows them to happen. He can take even the darkest valley experiences and turn them into gifts.

Gifts of humility, compassion, empathy, encouragement, faith and more.

I have come to realize that it is all up to me and my perspective. I can be all self consumed and ask “Why me?” or I can do what it says in James 1:2-3

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”

Yes, Count it ALL joy!!

Today, as I look back on my life, I can see that God walked with me through my valleys and provided and protected me in ways I did not see at the time, even in the worse experiences. Knowing how God has never left me has strengthened my faith and trust and these are gifts from God.

Read more of my posts and those of other writers joining in this challenge by clicking here: 31 Days of Writing Prompts Challenge

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