I enjoyed writing about the blessings in my life previously. I wanted to delve into it a little more.
When I think about salvation, which was number one on my previous post, I think of a God that created me and loves me so much. It’s unfathomable the love the Father showed to send His son to be our atonement. It’s breathtaking to think Jesus willingly took that punishment. It’s heartbreaking, in a good way, that we have a way back from our brokenness to be in relationship with God again. Then, on top of all of this, we have the Holy Spirit, LIVING IN US, as believers to be our Teacher and Guide in this walk. WOW! Blessed does not even begin to cover it. Hebrews 10:10 “For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.”
Marriage was my second blessing before. My husband and I got together when he was 20 and I was just shy of 19. We both loved God, but were NOT living a life that would have shown it. I became pregnant very quickly in our relationship. Despite all statistics that would have proven our relationship to fail, we have remained together. We attempted to get married after our first was born. Due to financial restraints, and family and timing issues, that didn’t work. We had a second child, and shortly after that just went to the courthouse and got married. We have been together 21 years and just celebrated 18 years married in March. God and our faith has gotten us through the challenges. We have grown up together, and he is my best friend and my biggest champion. God used our stupid choices and really turned them to His good! Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
My third blessing from my last post was my children. I had my oldest at 19 with a man I was still getting to know. I had moved away from my family in Vermont and was living in Colorado. She was such a beautiful gift. John 16:21 “When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.”
Now we were family, although it was still sometimes hard to believe I was a mother, that I was responsible for this tiny human. My oldest loved Barney, I have no idea how many episodes we watched, but it was sure fun to dance and be silly with her. My second child, another beautiful girl, was born 2 years later. She was so sweet and mellow. She has been like a ray of sunshine most days, but she does have her “ugly” times. (Who of us doesn’t) This daughter has ulcerative colitis. She deals with a disease that has no cure, and brings the joys of daily medication with a great attitude. Philippians 4:13 ” I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Then came my little boy 3 years later. Such a beautiful boy and I was just so in love with him. When he was about 3 1/2 and not talking yet, we knew there was an issue. He had learning disabilities that we came to know were autism. It was a challenge to deal with his outbreaks sometimes. I have been hit, kicked, smacked, bit and screamed at more than I can remember. I have dealt with the pickiest eater I know! I have been ecstatic over him learning to talk, and then wishing I didn’t have to hear anymore about Ben 10 or Dinosaurs(any mom’s with autistic kiddos that can relate? LOL) Thank God for my son, he helped me to grow more than I thought possible. 3And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;4and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;5and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:3-5 . God knows what we need more than we do sometimes.
I love the Stressed-Less Living book and study. It has been thought provoking, and made me realize that enjoying our blessings and leaning and turning to God is the best way to start reducing stress. Thank God for Proverbs 31 Ministries and leading me to them. It has changed and blessed my life.