There are so many things in life that I never wished for. Isn’t that true of all of us? I mean, every single one of us has to walk down paths we probably wouldn’t have chosen for ourselves. Paths that are hard, or crooked, or just not what we dreamed. I used to despise those paths…those seasons, but in my older age, I’m learning that the struggle is part of my story and I need to share it.
The Struggle is Part of My Story
I never planned on having six kids. As a young woman, I planned for two. Now here I am with three biological children of my own and three stepchildren that I consider my own. It isn’t always easy…in fact, it’s really, really hard most of the time.
It’s hard on a marriage when it seems like all your time is spent discussing your children and you struggle to find time for each other.
It’s hard on a marriage when baggage from the past rears it’s ugly head and you have to co-parent with another that doesn’t see eye to eye with you or even like you.
It’s hard when your first child grows up, marries and lives two states away when she starts gifting you with grandbabies.
It’s hard to love children that you didn’t birth when they’re acting out of their own hurt or just acting like kids.
It’s hard juggling seven schedules and constantly worrying that a ball will drop.
Yep, it’s hard. It’s a struggle, but it’s through the struggle that I have learned more about myself and became a stronger person. It’s through the struggle that I have learned to sacrifice, and love, and find solutions and see victory.
Romans 8:28 says “But God works all things for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”
As a child of God, I can rest in knowing that every circumstance He allows me to face will serve a purpose in His overall plan. He will work every struggle for my good. Nothing is wasted. It’s the struggle that makes the story worth telling and teaches me that I can be grateful for messy.
So when the gals at Cents of Style offered to send me my choice of any of their tribe necklaces, I chose the one that spoke most to me…the struggle is part of the story.
Tell your story…
Cents of Style tribe necklaces come in 3 different styles. Each necklace features words and phrases that speak to each person individually.
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Which one speaks to you? I’d love to hear your story!