It’s a season of contrasts and surprises. We said goodbye to dear friends who moved far away. The kids are growing fast, and things are changing fast. The kids are reaching big milestones, and I’ve never felt more like I’m walking a tightrope without a net. (The launch to adulthood is scary, but when I get glimpses of the adults they are becoming, it’s exhilarating—and still scary.) And then there’s the usual stuff: unexpected repair bills, scheduling challenges, general busyness.
So today I am thankful for…
- Friends who pray for me and remind me of the truth on the days I forget
- A husband who makes me laugh every day
- Reminders like this:
Suffering for the Christian is neither the result of God’s punishment nor a sign of his rejection. The word discipline is used to indicate training, growth, improvement, advancement. It is for our good, an essential part of the continual redirection of our hearts away from our own me-first path and back onto God’s you-first path. Those who have been born anew into Christ’s kingdom must take up their crosses and die daily to their me-first hearts, following the one who took up his cross and “learned obedience through what he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8, see also Luke 9:23-25, Hebrew 2:10, Philippians 2:8).
We must endure—and by grace we can and will endure—whatever means God may choose in order to do us good through discipline. Part of the wonder of our salvation is that for each of us there is a unique and foreordained plan (the farthest possible thing from a series of random or pointless circumstances) by which God is committed to seeing us live a cross-shaped life (Hebrews12:3-7a). 
What are you thankful for?
 Jimmy Davis, Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life, p 101.