I'm thankful.

Irene Kalulu
Posted December 2, 2018 from Zimbabwe

 We went to the graveyard to bury a young child last week. Surrounding us were graves of babies who had only "survived"-a day...a week...a year. It made me so sad to realise how fleeting life is. It is just but a wind,here one minute and gone the next. It also made me so THANKFUL!!! Thankful for the years God has kept me. For the years He has blessed me with. For the years i've spent with every member of my family. For the friends i"ve had. The ones who have come into my life for a reason, a season, those who look like they will stick around for a lifetime. Thankful that my longtime friends have loved me enough to tolerate my insecurities,my weirdness,my kind of loving. For the loves who have come into my life. The ones who have made me smile,who have made my heart beat and my pulse quicken, who have brought tears to my eyes with joy and have brought intense sadness. Thankful for the one who broke my heart and not only made me stronger,but made me acknowledge that i also need JESUS in my relationships. For the deep anguish and sorrow I've known in my life because it made me realise who God is in my life,that He alone is in control. Thankful that He has given me strength to endure the times I thought I could not go on. Thankful that i know now that without Him im lost.I'm thankful for Gods' awesome presence in my life. Because now i can celebrate LIFE! I can celebrate LIVING,not just surviving. 

This story was submitted in response to What Gives You Hope?.

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Jill Langhus
Dec 03, 2018
Dec 03, 2018

Hi Irene,

Thanks for sharing your inspiring post. Good luck with your story submission!

Hope you have a great day!

'Dine
Dec 24, 2018
Dec 24, 2018

Hi Irene, This is very uplifting and considering the writing began with such an awful task and sadness you manage to turn things into hope by being so grateful for your own life and are not afraid of deep feelings, responses or imperfections. The people, interactions and the highs and lows of your life are in perspective. Your words are a joy and as this comes from God, you are evangelizing. Thank you for sharing what gives you hope. You are the first person that I have read and replied to as an Encourager and I thank you for making this a positive and delightful experience. God Bless you Irene, from 'DIne

Ngala Nadege
Dec 28, 2018
Dec 28, 2018

Hello Irene
My sister ,thank you too for sharing.
All we have to say is thank you God. You began your story with a sad tone but when I read through I felt where your hope came from, God who created us. Thank you for sharing

Adanna
Jan 07
Jan 07

Dear Irene,

Thank you for sharing and goodluck with your submission.

Love,
Adanna

Beth Lacey
Apr 08
Apr 08

Having thankfulness in your life is a blessing

Hellen Kimanzi
Jul 02
Jul 02

Hi Irene,
Thank you for sharing your story. Indeed life is special gift worth living and celebrating rather surviving.

ikirimat
Jul 11
Jul 11

This is a plight we are seeing every day in the region. Thank you for raising voices about this.

Spiritedsoul
Aug 16
Aug 16

Hi Irene,
Thank you for sharing such a positive, powerful, inspiring story. I love your attitude, and I love your gratitude!
Hugs,
Jess.

Hello, Irene,

You are victorious as you are for having a grateful attitude. You've blessed me with your story. Thank you for sharing! Looking forward to reading more from you.

Anjana Vaidya
Sep 13
Sep 13

Dear Iene,
Thank you for sharing touchy note. Nothing is permanent in this world. so yes, we all have to be grateful for what we have now because as you said, there are also the living being, who have no chance to live even a short time.
best regards,
anjana