Do you know what I now know?
You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.
A year ago, my husband and I were recovering from a serious car crash in which we were hit from behind while stopped at a red light. I woke up 15-20 minutes later with a neck brace on, secured to a gurney, hearing the voice of my husband as we traveled to the hospital by way of an ambulance. He later told me a man came and prayed over me as we waited for the ambulance; I am grateful for that man. I would like to say that was the worst of it, but 2016 hadn’t even started.
The year has been littered with physical, familial, career, and financial hardships. There were many days I figured had to be the end, as in the end. Throughout this year I have also attended more mass than ever before, so not all of it has been bad. That is the secret I have found: God is always there and God is always good.
No matter how dark it gets, God will always provide the light; I am grateful for that light. I remember writing my mom that as well, that I was grateful she taught me Jesus because He is always there.
My goal for 2017 is to look forward instead of dwelling on the past. I am grateful most for the opportunity to grow in self. I plan on using my time towards all things positive: heartofmarywf.com, my family, some outdoor activities, growth in my “career”, and investing more of myself to prayer-devotion and gratitude to our Lord, His father and our mother. I know I will fall short in my praise, but I also know that God has given me the time to show Him gratitude.
Reflect: As we close out the year, spend some time writing down five things you are grateful for-one a day leading up to the new year. Today I am grateful for having the chance to share my story with each of you and learn your stories through the Heart of Mary.
Act: Make an effort today to look at the bright side of things. Instead of being upset at traffic, be grateful for your extra time in the car to pray your rosary. Instead of worrying about the bills due next week, be grateful for the opportunity to practice a small amount of poverty. I recommend taking the next five days to pause----and smell the roses.