11. A gift from God that I am thankful for…my divorce! Yes, you read that right. I know that God had a hand in the way that my break up with my ex played out. At the time of course, I asked God why it was happening to me?? But now, I know it was because I was headed down a path that wasn’t right and so God had to pick me up and place me on a different one. Some of you I am sure are going to be like, but God doesn’t like divorce! Or whatever it is that you believe, your religion has taught you and that is fine.
What I know is that God doesn’t like his people to be broken for long periods of time. He is willing to break you for a minute so that you can mend and become so much more complete afterward. I absolutely, truly believe this from the bottom of my heart. Going through the divorce brought me back to my church. I started attending more regularly. I found a divorce recovery program, where else but at a church.
I had forgotten God in my first marriage. I certainly didn’t bring him into the marriage, into the house and keep him in my life like I should have. God shook me to remind me how important he is to me and also to let me know that he had been there the whole time.
12. A piece of advice I am thankful for…”this isn’t your whole story, just a chapter.” When I was going through my divorce a lifelong friend said this to me. I held onto it and honestly reflect on it often. I use those words with other friends as well when they are going through a similar experience in life. That advice gave me the permission to keep living. To move onto the next chapter and write the story that I wanted to write!