30 Days of Gratitude Day Nineteen
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We are continuing our 30 Days of Gratitude! If you missed the scoop about why we’re celebrating, be sure to check out Episode One. Yesterday, we talked about being grateful even in darkness. Today, we’re going to be discussing Day Nineteen’s topic: When Your Pillar Falls.
When I sat down to write my book, this was most definitely the most difficult chapter. Why? Because it’s about the death of my grandma. To this day, I have never met a person who was as down for me as my grandma was. When no one else in the world had my back, she did. She was absolutely everything to me.
When she died, I thought my world was going to end. I KNEW she was gonna die. I knew she was gonna die on that day two months before she died. I wrote someone a letter and told them that my grandma was gonna die on December 15th. I knew it. However, that didn’t make it any easier. That was the greatest loss my life has ever felt – but the good thing is that it taught me that I can get through any other loss I’ll ever face.
In life, we have pillars. We have people, places and things that we really need. We have people who constantly and consistently support us, no matter what. We have places we can always go to unwind or make ourselves feel better. We have things that are always in place to help us along the way. However… Sometimes those pillars fall. And when they do, how you respond will make or break you.
In my book, I tell the story of Moses and Joshua. Moses served the Lord with all his heart and completed his assignment in the physical world, and then, he died. Joshua was his successor. Joshua had followed Moses for years, and now it was time for him to stand in his footsteps. This is how the New Living Translation of the Bible records it:
“After the death of Moses the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, “Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them. I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you— from the Negev wilderness in the south to the Lebanon mountains in the north, from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, including all the land of the Hittites.’ No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you. “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:1-9
God knew that Joshua was going to have a hard time adjusting… but when you understand how much God believes in you and is pulling for you, you have no choice but to move forward – and that’s exactly what Joshua did. His pillar fell, but he adjusted and walked into his new assignment. And today, I’m encouraging you to do the same. Whether it is the loss of a job, a friend, a family member or a place – just know that God is with you wherever you go. Today and always. That’s our one thing to be grateful for. Even when you walk through the valley by yourself, you’re not alone. Remember that… and be grateful. ♥
Have an amazing day today. Show love to yourself AND others. Be GREAT! I speak life to you and everyone and everything connected to you! Catch me tomorrow!