Caution: Blessings Ahead

Last week I was scrolling through one of my favorite websites in the world, Tumblr, and I found a quote that reached out and grabbed my heart.

It touched me for so many reasons, primarily because it gave me hope.  For many months now I have felt like I was trudging uphill through an unseen battle that I didn't understand.  I couldn't find logic in it, I couldn't find a reason for it, and even worse, I wasn't in a position to escape it.

I won't go into details on this, but I will assure you that it has nothing to do with my wonderful family or the sweet little boy that we will be adding to it next year.  The details are irrelevant.

The important part is that this quote was like a cloud parting in the sky and allowing a ray of hope to shine down directly into my heart.  It was reassurance that everything is worth it in the end.

And I firmly believe that.

And I firmly believe that it's important to share that.

When I was in middle school I was very much in a Country Music Phase.  Every week the hosts of the nationally broadcast show that I listened to would interview artists so that we could learn more about them, their music, and what brought them to the place that they were at that point in time.

Within a short period of time of each other Faith Hill and Trisha Yearwood (who were both big at the time, if that narrows down a date for you) were featured on the show and they both shared such a similar message that it stuck with me, especially.  They spoke of the trails and the hard times they had been through in their life and how they always tried to keep a positive outlook and they always did their best to persevere because without fail, every difficulty was followed by a blessing they would never have had otherwise.

Each burden lifted and carried made them that much stronger.  Each point that they found themselves broken made them that much more compassionate towards others.  Each dark night ended with a glorious sunrise.

And this quote was a reminder to me of that.  Everything will get better.  Everything will be worth it.  Don't give up because you're hurting now, because the joy that follows this will be so much better than you ever dreamed it could be.  

Ashley Harris Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.