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<br /><div style="background-color: transparent;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-paSwuo_4GTU/Tnx1Q8OFLvI/AAAAAAAADOQ/uwZ_6U5pi2o/s1600/Barefoot+Pam.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-paSwuo_4GTU/Tnx1Q8OFLvI/AAAAAAAADOQ/uwZ_6U5pi2o/s320/Barefoot+Pam.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="white-space: pre-wrap;"><u></u></span></span><br /><div style="-webkit-text-decorations-in-effect: none; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-left: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 0in; white-space: normal;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="white-space: pre-wrap;"><u><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Batang, serif;"><b><i>*Today's Guest post is brought to you by Pam at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.barefootpam.net/">Barefoot Pam</a>*</i></b></span></u></span></span></div></div><div style="-webkit-text-decorations-in-effect: none; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-left: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 0in; white-space: normal;"></div><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Have you ever tried to come up with reasons to be thankful for the struggles and hardships placed in your life? &nbsp;It’s not an easy thing to do, but I’ve found that it really helps to put life in perspective.</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I find it very easy to come up with a list of troubles, trials and tribulations I’m suffering (or at least feel I’m suffering). &nbsp;Anything from a unexpected albeit minor emergency surgery to my husband’s paycheck missing about 7 hours of time-and-a-half pay to the fact that last night my 22-month old daughter woke up four times between 7 pm and 5 am even though she’s slept through the night ever since well before her first birthday, except for a few unfortunate bouts with teething. &nbsp;Darn molars. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Lately, however, I’ve been trying to counteract this sour attitude with the following scripture:</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><img height="400px;" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/n_yJS3MXF2TU9ZVkFu7a6yUq1kiDAMNXtdwvXu9d8rXvBlTtpDlYtPbc0-m-bpcg8Y16ULrFsHdPIYgty_UpR6SNELgprO35_mnceELZKBcsXVUvpSs" width="640px;" /><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: red; font-family: Verdana;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="white-space: pre-wrap;"><b><br /></b></span></span><span style="background-color: white; color: red; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Let’s revisit the first of those three scenarios I mentioned earlier. &nbsp;Back in March, I underwent an emergency surgery due to some major internal bleeding caused by a rupture of some sort. &nbsp;Upon my return home, three days later, I was quick to think of the negatives about it--the scars, the bills, the havoc caused by truly being physically unable to care for my children for a few days...and then this verse found my eye. &nbsp;And I’ve been working hard to put it into my heart. &nbsp;I have SO much to be thankful for! &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The scars? &nbsp;Who cares--I am living and breathing today only because those scars allowed the surgeon to use his skills and tools to see what was going on and how to fix it! &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The bills? &nbsp;We have insurance; I just calculated that our payment due was not quite 3 percent of the entire bill. &nbsp;That’s something to be unbelievably thankful for given the current state of the health insurance situation for most Americans right now!</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The havoc? &nbsp;It really wasn’t terrible, because I am blessed to have a lot of nearby family and friends that were more than willing to help out; either in coming to our home and taking care of me and the kids (thanks, Mom!) or bringing us a meal or two so that I could rest rather than deal with figuring out what to cook. &nbsp;It also gave me a much needed chance to evaluate where and exactly what my priorities need to be at this stage in my life.</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">So, the moral of the story? &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Always be thankful; it is God’s will for our lives!</span><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Be thankful for the paycheck, even when it’s short of what it should be. &nbsp;Not everyone is blessed by receiving a regular paycheck. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Be thankful for the teething child, even when they’re making the entire household miserable. &nbsp;Not everyone has been blessed with the ability to bring a child into their home. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Be thankful for the scars, even though they come with pricey bills. &nbsp;Not everyone is blessed with access to hospitals or skilled doctors and surgeons...or a husband who forces you to go to the hospital only to find out your life is in danger. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Thanks for reading,</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Pam</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">This post was written by Pam Rockhold, a SAHM you can find blogging regularly about life, motherhood, missions and </span><a href="http://pam-rockhold.barefootbooks.com/"><span style="background-color: white; color: #000099; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Barefoot Books</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> at </span><a href="http://www.barefootpam.net/"><span style="background-color: white; color: #000099; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">http://www.barefootpam.net</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> and tweeting not-so-regularly as </span><a href="http://twitter.com/barefootpam"><span style="background-color: white; color: #000099; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">@barefootpam</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">. &nbsp;You can also catch her on </span><a href="http://www.facebook.com/barefoot.pam"><span style="background-color: white; 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