Why You Can Be Grateful for Pain

Posted by Elisabeth Klein I have heard it said that no matter how hard your life is, there is always, always, always something to be grateful for.  But as a newlywed, wringing out a dry and painful season of life, it’s hard. It’s hard to say thank you when life gives you gifts you didn’t want to unwrap. But I’m learning to whole heartedly believe this concept- That there is always something to be grateful for, even the pain itself. As we move into Thanksgiving, I encourage you to join me in this transformational thought. “I am thankful for my pain.

Because something beautiful happens in ugly seasons of hurt that doesn't occur in safer, saner, happier times.

It’s in the wounded moments that we choose to move toward the healing nature of Jesus. It’s during our brokenness that we find our hearts softer to the needs of others because we sympathise.  And those things are gifts. Deep, deep gifts.  That only those who are enduring pain have access to.

Pain can injure. It can take us out at the knees and out of the game. But if we will start to thank God for our troubles, he can transform them. Our hurt can heal others. The breakthrough of our darkness can bring light to someone else who is lost.  And our painful present will pave the way to a bright future.

 With this new outlook, for Thanksgiving we can say "I am thankful for my pain."

Elisabeth is wife to Richard and mom & stepmom to five. She is a speaker, author, blogger, Facebook group moderator and mentor. Her mission is to help hurting women by bringing them hope. Check her out at www.elisabethklein.com.  She is the author of the new release, Holidays for the Hurting: 25 Devotions to Help You Heal.

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