As I was blog hopping, I came across an entry from Jackie, and it sounded exactly like what I was going to write this morning - minus the fact that she just saw the movie Precious:
These past few weeks I've been stuck in my own selfish pity party. Thinking about small time things like who's hurt me in life and who hasn't. I mean come on Jackie get real! Whoever said life would be easy and that people would all be nice and pleasant...no...things happen and from them we must grow and move on. Thinking about Precious and all she endured, my struggles seem so small - yes I know we all face different trials which God allows. When you look around and see that you have a loving supportive husband, beautiful kids, a place to call home, enough people in your life to call friends, all the other stuff seems so irrelevant to worry about. I believe God is working in my heart BIG time and is not for me to consume myself with anger and pain but rather grow and flourish...
Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace He has poured out on us who belong to His dear Son.
Thanks, Jackie. I couldn't have said it better myself.