A Journey to Thankfulness

November is the month of thankfulness. It’s the time of the year when family and friends gather together to enjoy a wonderful feast and reminisce on all of the things they are thankful for.

What am I thankful for?

When I ask myself this question I can come up with a giant list of people, experiences, and many other blessings. It’s not very difficult and it doesn’t involve much thought. But as I take the time to think deeply about this question, I search my heart for the one thing that I am especially thankful for this year. The one thing that has changed me, something that I’ve conquered, something that turned my life around, something that has left an impact on me.

After days of pondering this question, I have finally decided what it is that I am most thankful for.

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What I am most thankful for in this season of my life is the healing of the relationship between my mom and me. As far as I recall, I began to be upset with my mom in middle school-probably around 5th or 6th grade. I didn’t like the fact that my dad remarried after my biological mom passed away. Long story short, I grew extremely angry and frustrated which lead to a lot of hurt for my entire family, but especially my mom and me for the majority of my life. It was last year when God completely healed my broken heart and I was able to apologize to my mom for all those years of disrespect and anger toward her. That was the turning point in our relationship and I am beyond thankful for that.

Now that I’m away at college and not living at home, our relationship has gotten to a point that I honestly thought would never happen. Seriously, never. If you were to ask me a year or so ago if I thought we would ever be like a normal mother-daughter relationship, I would’ve told you that there was absolutely no way on earth that would ever happen. I believed that with every fiber of my body, I had no hope and I just kind of accepted that. It is truly a miracle how great of a relationship we have now and I can confidently say that it has been a life changing experience and it is easily, without a doubt, what I am most thankful for this year.

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