Waking up to a new day is always good, and waking up to a new year is such an incredible blessing. I am so very grateful!
My heart bursts as I meditate in the many ways God has blessed my life, and again I can only say with a grateful and humble heart, "Why me, God?"
Today I am grateful for....
The lessons He has taught me, the sweet and the bitter ones.
For the many times He has drawn me to repentance and has forgiven my trespasses.
I am grateful for the friends He has given me, each one different, yet everyone very special, hand-tailored to help me grow in Christ.
Having friends that are much wiser than I am, friends who have taught me through their example -and have encouraged me- to hold my tongue, to pray more, to be humble, to be quiet, to persevere, to speak the truth in love, to stand firm in the Truth when the easiest way would be to do otherwise. I am grateful for each friend who has been there to teach me, to mentor me, to help me become the woman I am now. Thank you for living your lives as open books that I can read and from whom I learn so much. I love you, each one of you.
I am grateful for the years I have been given to serve breakfast, and lunch, and dinner to my 4 children. But even more, I am grateful that God gave me His Word to nourish their souls each day.
Now two more of my children are leaving to college and I am so grateful to see them ready to embrace what lies ahead. I am grateful for every hug, every kiss, every tear, every conversation, every song sang, and every melody played. As I hold them tight and I swallow hard, and tears fall I am more than anything else, grateful. So grateful for each moment shared together.
I am so grateful that when they were little ones God delivered me from the two words that kill the beautiful moments: "Hurry up!" Oh, how grateful I am that by his Grace, we learned to slow down. In a sense, it does feels that Time did fly by rapidly, but I am grateful it didn't escape from our hands. We have lived fully and that is a blessing.
When I think of the many ways I have failed to fully trust and obey God, of the times I ignored the warnings He clearly showed me, I can only be grateful for the way He disciplined me and forgave me, and held me. Oh how grateful I am that His sovereign hand never ceases to direct our ways even through our shortcomings!
That God is Sovereign overall, that He is in charge of my children's stories, that I can rest assured that He will finish the work He has begun in them makes me burst in gratitude.
I am so grateful for my Man. For the way he has loved me and chose me day after day. I am blessed to be his and to know that he is mine.
I am grateful for the times of waiting. For the times of quiet. How much they have helped me grow!
For friends that pray.
For songs in the night.
For my little one that looks up to me with a smile and holds me tight. How much I love her and how much we still have to share! I am grateful for each moment that awaits for us and for the grace to live fully each day and every opportunity we'll be given to make memories.
For the Church of Christ that knows no boundaries.
For bread in the oven and wine in the glasses, and friends and family to share it with.
God is good and His faithfulness endures forever.
To God be the glory!