Grit, Grace, and Gratitude

This life, this pandemic pandemonium demands grit, grace, and gratitude.

Grit, the stubborn refusal to be crushed or conquered by adversity, and the unquenchable intention to heal from, to grow through [it].

 Grace, the extension of kindness to myself, my family and to others, no matter what our differences

Gratitude, the most effective antidote for discouragement, bitterness, cynicism

Grit is developed in the trenches of adversity, and I am well acquainted with adversity. My lived experience as an 8-year-old with cancer, then as a young mom facing heart failure and transplant 30 years later taught me the value of that stubborn refusal to be crushed, conquered by adversity and the import of cultivating an unquenchable intention to heal from, to grow through [it].

Truly, no struggle; no grit.

The dispensation of grace to ourselves, our families, and others is ESSENTIAL amidst adversity [physical, emotional, financial]; to withhold grace is to pack salt into a gaping wound when, in truth, we need to strive to taste the salt of our, their tears.

Gratitude has not come easily to me in the living of the ‘pandemic daily’ though I recognize it is incredibly important to the preservation of my emotional wellness and the cultivation of that unquenchable intention to heal, to grow.

This forced pause has created time a plenty for reflection on the faithfulness of God across my lifetime, in these moments, and with regard to my hopes for the future. It is His faithfulness that has proven time and time again to be the firm foundation of the simplest prayer of my heart: thank you, Jesus.

I’ve spent time sitting with, leaning into these questions:

Would I be who I am, who I’ve become without what I believe are custom made adversities?

Would I have the grit and grace to face whatever come what may, the grit and grace that actually makes the trials not merely tolerable, but profitable?

My answer is a resounding no!

Each adversity, each trial has been used for God’s glory and my good; He has made me real, Velveteen Rabbit real, and that’s a beautiful though painful process.

There is no doubt that this pandemic has tried, challenged, and devastated me. The fact remains that my response to a situation that injected uncertainty, exposed vulnerabilities, and triggered feelings of helplessness is a choice, my choice.

I choose grit, grace, and gratitude: this day, every day.

2 thoughts on “Grit, Grace, and Gratitude

  1. Agree ….. I wouldn’t trade ANY of my journeys either. The tests and adversities are what we are made of. God has always directed my life and taught me many valuable lessons. ❤

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    1. Over the years, I’ve encountered quite a few individuals who have shared with me that if they could, then they would change their story editing out the trials. Like I said in the post, I wouldn’t. I’ve been told ‘easy for you to say’ all your trials have gone in your favor. My response, ‘not so easy to say; you’re only privy to a chapter’. All communicated with gentleness and kindness, of course.

      I’m with you which is not shocking because you know me so very well. Our trials have shaped us, refined us, directed us such that we can harness them for the benefit of others giving our God all the glory. I am so thankful for you, DAP!

      Love,
      Kindred

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