How We Develop Strength… and Gratitude on Mondays

I love inspirational and uplifting quotes. This particular one is true of my life and, I am sure, in many other’s lives. As I wrote in a previous post entitled Overcoming Obstacles, Heartbreaks and Adversity – Part 1, I did not allow the obstacles, heartbreak and adversity to define who I became, or to steal my joy. With God’s help I used my circumstances to become a stronger person, and I hope a better person. And I still do this every day.

I need to be reminded daily of the scripture I shared in my last post:

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

It is through adversity that God can be honoured and praised. It is through the struggles of life that we can bear witness to His strength that carries us through. Our lives can be a testament to His strength, power and love. After all, I survived, didn’t I? Sure, I was battered and bruised and broken… but we need to be in a place like that for God to do His work in us and to show His greatness.

I am reminded of the poem “Footprints in the Sand”

I also need to be reminded daily, that it is Him who supplies my needs – love, joy, peace, hope, grace, rest, comfort, courage, strength and more. Daily, I need to look to Him, draw near to Him and rest in Him, for it is through Him that my strength will continue to develop. Our strength comes from Him, not from within ourselves.

I continue to count my blessings:

101.   Large hot mugs of Green Mint tea

102.   Day trips to beautiful beaches

103.   Waves crashing on rocks

104.   Sun, sand & the fresh sea air

105.   Red roses from my husband, just because

106.   The ability to find beauty in the ordinary

107.   Abundance of colour in our world

108.   Sweet treats

109.   Beautiful sunsets over mountains in the country

110.   Insects to photograph and marvel at the intricate details by the Creator

111.   Birds of the air

112.   Ducks on ponds

113.   Storm clouds bringing rain

114.   Spectacular sunsets after Summer storms

115.   Raindrops on roses

116.   A husband who can play piano every night & write songs

117.   Living in the “River City”

118.   Quality time with my husband

119.   Sunset reflections on lakes

120.   Resting on the grass by the lake

121.   Sunrays through clouds

122.   Waterlily reflections on the pond

123.   The beauty of flowers – all so different

124.   The wonder of capturing a bee in flight

125.   Cloudless blue skies after weeks of rain

126.   Peace restored to our home after months without it

127.   My oldest daughter’s graduation from Interior Design college & a surprise award for excellence in academic & design

128.   My youngest daughter starting a nursing degree at University & a new job

129.   My youngest step-daughter’s more relaxed, joyful & at peace

130.   My husband who says everyday, “I love coming home to you!”

How can I not be GRATEFUL for this life….?


4 thoughts on “How We Develop Strength… and Gratitude on Mondays

  1. I needed to read this today and be reminded that God is always in control and He never forsakes us. Thank you Liz. xx

    PS. your photos are just getting better and better. Such a wonderful gift. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Liz, your pictures always bring me to place of peace. It’s like rest for the soul to see the images you capture. Thank you for sharing your life so transparently.


    • I am very fortunate. After 14 years of abuse, a broken marriage and 12 years of rasing my kids alone… I have been blessed with one who would do anything for me. He is a rare treasure 🙂

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