I am Grateful!

Tonight I’ve just been thinking about this past year and my heart is filled with gratitude! Even though I haven’t posted very much this year I wanted to at least write what is on my mind right now. I’m so grateful! Grateful for the blessings that God has given us and the things he has taught us. And by blessings I don’t just mean tangible or material things, although he has continued to provide over and over and that has been a true answer to prayer! I mean the blessings of being refined, shaped and molded by the Holy Spirit, and slowly and patiently shown more of himself to me. Most of my days (and by most I mean pretty much everyday:)) are spent changing diapers, preparing meals, playing with my kids, teaching them, and being a wife to an amazing man who is in and out of town often. My days are long and much of the time my patience is tested, my house is a mess, there is always laundry to do, I can’t leave the room for a minute before I’m needed again, I don’t have much time for myself and when I’m out anywhere with my kids people often say, “you have your hands full!” Well here is what it all boils down to – I would much rather have my hands full than empty!

The days are long but the years fly by and this year my patience has been refined and I’ve learned more about the importance of being thankful! Thankfulness bring joy! This life is more than I could have ever dreamed and harder than I ever thought it would be, and I wouldn’t trade it! When I take those moments to be thankful for the smallest of things like a couple extra minutes of sleep in the morning to big things like the gift of assurance of salvation through Jesus, my heart is joyful. And joy helps me reorder my heart and I am able to be more receptive to the Lord. When I think of JOY I think of this… J – Jesus, O – Others, Y- You!

The Lord has shown me bits and pieces of himself through my children. He reminds me particularly that we need to have child-like faith in Christ. And just as dependent as my children are on me right now is how I need to be with God. Like I said, I can’t leave the room for a minute before I’m needed or called on again. So I am reminded quite often. 🙂

Thank you Jesus for this wonderful year filled with time with my amazing children and a husband who is faithful and loves me so much. Thank you for time with my extended family, both expected and unexpected. Thank you for a getaway for Jeremy and I. Thank you for our healthy bodies and access to health care, a roof over our heads, more than enough food, a free car, all the safe traveling we have been able to do, and for putting people in my life who are the hands and feet of Jesus to me! Thank you for the amazing church body and community of faith to belong to as well as a great group of moms who have children with DS! Thank you for all the wonderful care we have been given for Liam and the people we have met as a result. AMEN!

I am GRATEFUL! Happy New Year!

Psalm 107:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

Here is a link to a song by Jason Gray. It has been stuck in my head all day and it expresses how I’m feeling right now!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEsH0mUcg0w

 

 

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One response

  1. Erin! This was so beautiful to read. I love your heart and your sweet spirit. Thank you for reminding me to have joy in the hardships and in the times when it is easiest to be joyful. I needed that, and I will take it with me into the new year. Happy New Year! You are a blessing. Love you and your sweet family!

    January 1, 2012 at 1:14 am

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