Looking Back – with Gratitude

Looking Back with Gratitude

On my phone is a little app called Google photos and with this app Google takes all my photos that I have taken at specific times and will remind me of times in my life.

Lately it has been a reminder of what my children have been through with surgeries, therapies, etc. All I see when I look at those photos is the faithfulness of the Lord. Sometimes when I look at Google photos, I see heartache. I see text messages to those that I care about including my husband and how I reacted to situations, needed forgiveness, and how life has changed. These moments get me down as they are filled with regret, especially the ones missing my family a year ago. 

Then I look at life now, I wake up every day to the sound of my children running or walking, hopefully down the hallway. I hear the sound of laughter, fighting, and sometimes even tears. I see their smiles, get the best hugs, and get reminded of how much I missed but not only that but how blessed I am. I am blessed to have my family under one roof again. I am blessed to have my husband with all his flaws and all of mine to work on this marriage that was blessed by the Lord. I look back but then I’m reminded of that verse in Philippians 3:12-14

I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.I press forward, I look back and see the sorrows and the victories and I’m grateful. So I encourage to look back when you need to, but look forward.

Remember the goodness of God, count your blessings, and remember GOD IS NOT FINISHED WITH YOU YET!! Have a blessed Saturday!!

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About Shawnee

Shawnee is a writer, wife, mom, and technical guru. Most importantly Shawnee loves Jesus with all her heart. It is her desire to empower women to find their worth in Jesus. She is the owner of the Sunshiny Thoughts podcast which is designed to encourage, uplift, and inspire moms in their walk with the Lord. Shawnee knows that motherhood is a tough job but with Jesus you can do all things. No matter what God is faithful.

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