Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Counting Every Blessing

Do you ever have those days where they just seem hard? Maybe you're in a season in life where you're waiting on God to answer "yes" to your prayer. Or maybe just a hard season in general because of a specific trial. I've been there. Let's be real, we all have been there. When it seems like you're just trying to get by & get through your day. By the end of the day, you're mentally & physically exhausted.

Some time last year, I started writing down something good that happened every day. A lot of days, it would feel like I was just trying to pull anything out of the air to write down-- But you know what? I still found something. Soon it turned into writing down something I was thankful for every day. Did you know you can be thankful every day of the year, not just on Thanksgiving?! God has been so gracious in revealing things to be thankful for each day. Some days it may be that I'm thankful for Walmart grocery pickup because Ruby is sick. Or it may be that I'm thankful for Andrew being so selfless that he got up early to clean some dishes in the sink. And other days it may be something that the Lord is teaching me by going through a trial & learning how to better trust in Him.

When I started to shift my thinking from, "I'm just trying to get through today" to "Lord, thank YOU for this day" I started seeing God's work in the mundane-- every diaper I change, every sock I fold,  every piece of food I pick up off the floor-- it's all Kingdom work. God is blessing me not just in the "big things" that the world might think of, but He's blessing me in simple things too.

Colossians 3:17 says, "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."

So whatever you're doing today, what do you have to thank God for? Shifting our minds to start seeing the good in our days, even our hardest days, will cause us to praise Him more & ultimately, glorify Him. There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for. I mean if you're reading this, that is something right there that God has blessed you with-- the ability to see, read & be alive! I would encourage you to write down your blessings each day. It's amazing how God will use it to show you how easily you get tripped up about trivial things, & how you should be focusing on the bigger picture... Glorifying Him & spreading the Gospel of His love & redemption!

I came across this song recently & hope some of the words encourage you like they have me! Even when you're going through something that you can't even imagine how you'll ever get past, God is still good! He is still SO good.

I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing
Letting go and trusting when I cannot see.
I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing
Surely every season You are good to me.
(Counting Every Blessing by Rend Collective)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!

It's hard to believe that 2018 is HERE! How did that happen?! So in honor of that, Happy New Year! 

I'm a little disappointed I can no longer say that I had Ruby "last year" because she was born in 2016 😢. She's growing up so fast & she's all over the place! She will be 15 months on Friday! Since I haven't updated you all in a while, I thought now would be a good time.

Christmas was fun with Ruby being a little older this year! We tried not to over do it because she's so little, she doesn't even care. And also because we don't want her to learn to expect so much. We got her a slide (that we got for a steal on Amazon because it was on sale & we had a gift card.. holla 💁). We also got her a book & a set of new sippy cups. Of course, we knew grandparents would get her stuff too, so she had a good Christmas! She already knows how to use her slide which amazes me-- especially because we don't have stairs at our house. I figured it might take her a while to realize how to use it, but she's dominating!

We celebrated the New Year as a family this year. It's so weird to go from always having a get together with people on New Year's Eve, to now barely make it to midnight 😜. Maybe we're old & lame (& definitely introverted) but I kind of enjoyed ringing in the New Year with just Andrew (obviously Ruby was asleep & had no clue she was even entering a new year!). Andrew & I also have a New Year's Eve tradition that we do. At the beginning of the year, we start dropping little notes to each other in a mason jar. Throughout the year, we will write fun things that happen, encouragement or just love notes to each other & then on New Year's Eve, we open them! It's seriously my favorite thing. We started the tradition the year we got married & I hope we never stop.

I don't really have any specific New Year's resolutions because I kind of think they're lame. You should always be bettering yourself, no matter what day of the year. I do, however, like to make goals-- but ones that are realistic. Last month to prepare my heart for Christmas, I participated in a Scripture writing challenge from Sweet Blessings & it was a great encouragement to me. I gain so much more from Scripture by writing it because that's honestly how I learn. Yesterday, I started a new Scripture writing challenge over the book of Proverbs dealing with Wisdom. I think I'm going to enjoy it! So maybe I'll do more of those this year! I guess my other goal during 2018 would be to just be here. Get off the phone & be present more. Because time is going by so fast & I want to remember these moments. I want to be a godly wife & mama & I can't really do that if I'm "too busy" looking at my phone. Not that I won't ever be on my phone, just aiming for less this year.

Thanks for following along! I hope 2018 is the best year yet for you!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

With a Thankful Heart

Can you believe that it's just days away from Thanksgiving? I feel like this year just started. But this year is coming to a close as we approach the holiday season. I sit here again, slacking on blogging. I miss it. I miss just writing in general. It's so therapeutic for me to write, even if it's just about nothing.

But the Lord has been so good to me. I felt the need to share it since this time of year is more focused on being thankful.

"What are you thankful for?" seems to be the overarching question that people tend to ask on the fourth Thursday of November, & then as humans do, we forget the answer we responded with the next day. Obviously this refers to our often selfish tendencies that happen throughout the Christmas season, but it also reflects the rest of the year. We should be thankful all year because the Lord has been so good to us. I hope you are encouraged to write down what you are thankful for. And then when times get hard, pull out your list & remind yourself of what good God has done for you & through you.

I'm thankful for...

My salvation: I'm just really in a sweet season of fellowship with the Lord right now. I'm enjoying digging into Scripture & God revealing new things to me that I have never noticed before. God has also been opening new ministry opportunities & friendships. I've been extra thankful for this time of growth.

My husband: The other day, Andrew & I got to go on a little date night. If you missed it on Instagram, check out the post here. But it was just the best time. It reminded me of when we first started dating-- which we're quickly approaching being together 6 years in December! 😱 I'm so thankful for the godly man, husband, father & Christian that he is. He leads our family well. He provides for us. He gets up early to feed Murphy & let him out so I can sleep longer. He picks up my slack when there are things I couldn't get done during the day. I cannot thank the Lord enough for this sweet man.

My daughter: Who is an official walker now! A couple weeks ago she took her first real set of continuous steps, and then last week, she got it down. Ruby is seriously such a joy. She comes with her fair share of challenges (like we all do), but sometimes Andrew & I just look at her & say out loud how awesome she is. Being a parent has been one of the greatest blessings of my entire life. I get chills thinking about how God has entrusted me to be her mama. I wouldn't change it for the world. Being a wife & mom has been a dream of mine since I was little. I am so thankful the Lord said "yes" to that dream.

My pup: Murphy tends to get the back burner a little more now that Ruby is around. But that still doesn't change the fact that I love him! I even just heard on the Today Show yesterday morning that dogs are good for your health, & people with dogs tend to live longer than people without them. I can see why. I can't tell you how many times I've been by myself upset, & he comes over to lay on my lap. Dogs are the best. And I'm also thankful that Ruby gets to grow up with a pup. She loves him so much, it's so fun to watch the two of them.

My mom: Most people don't know that my mom takes care of my grandparents who aren't doing well. She has been so selfless the past three years. I'm so thankful for you & all you do for our family, Mom.

My church: What a privilege it is to worship freely with fellow believers. God has been so good to surround me with a community of people who strive to seek the Lord in everything they do. God has also given us the opportunity to raise Ruby in a godly church environment where the nursery workers love on her & teach her truth even though she's young.

There is so much more I am thankful for, but these are the things that have been on my heart & mind lately. I am so blessed, even when it doesn't seem that way. God is so good, even when times are hard. And "God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." 1 Corinthians 1:9

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!"
Psalm 107:1

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