Last night as I drove the 45 minutes home from my small group in our old beat up pickup truck, I found myself thinking a lot about my life and how very full it is. And soon, I became so overcome with gratitude…so much I was just about moved to tears.
Our God has provided for my EVERY need and has even given me the good majority of my wants….even when I didn’t deserve it. I am SO thankful.
I take for granted ALL THE TIME how good I have it. I find myself grumbling to myself about how busy I am; frustrated when Geoff forgets to do something I’ve asked him to do; wishing for the next big thing to happen in our business, etc.
The truth is…..I have all that I could ask for. I mean that.
My husband. God gave me a GREAT husband….which has been no secret on this blog. I am ALWAYS loved by him, ALWAYS supported, ALWAYS encouraged to chase after my dreams. Plus, he’s easy on the eyes. 🙂
Boone. A healthy, happy Boone. This one has been really heavy on my heart. Recently we got word that some friends of ours lost their second baby girl just a few short days after she was born. My heart is broken for the loss I know they are feeling. And lately, I’ve been coming across some blogs of mom’s whose children are battling cancer, fighting excruciating skin diseases, etc. I can’t even begin to imagine what it would feel like to lose my baby or how I would cope to watch my son deal with indescribable daily physical pain. Boone is such a gift to my life and I will not take that for granted.
. After I graduated from college and had to leave behind the awesome church I was going to (Harvest Christian Fellowship
in Riverside, CA), I was feeling pretty down. I thought I would never find another church I would like as much as Harvest. Enter Newspring
. I love this church…so much that I was ready to live the rest of my life in ANDERSON, SC – :). After Geoff and I got engaged and we decided it made the most sense for me to move to Charlotte, I was heartbroken to leave Newspring. And yet again, I doubted God. Doubted that I would ever find something that would even remotely compare. And then, we found Elevation
…which is the church that changed our lives and has allowed us the opportunity to be a part of a crazy move of God in this city.
People. We are surrounded by people in our lives that love us. Anytime something comes up that we need help with, all we have to do is shoot a quick email or make a call…and we’ve got people who are there for us. It seems hard to believe, but I know that there are some out there who don’t have this luxury. Some who have very few people or no one at all that they could call on when they need help, love and friendship the most.
Healthy and Able. I can breathe on my own, I can walk and I can run, I can type on my laptop, I can pick up my baby AND have the sight to see him grow, I can drive to the store, I can kiss my husband, I can hear my dogs barking, I can clean my house….obviously, I could go on and on. I am so grateful for my health and for being able to do these everyday activities….because there are many out there who aren’t able to be so independent and must rely on others to help them with these seemingly insignificant, mundane things.
Joy in my work. Being my own boss and running a business is hard…..but mostly, it’s rewarding. And the fact that the way that I earn a living is by doing something that I love to do…that is remarkable.
I am grateful. So very grateful.
Here’s a shot of my healthy, happy Boone from a few days ago. Geoff and I were cleaning out his closet and packing up some of the clothes he has outgrown when we came across his towel from when he was a newborn. It’s now much better suited as a cape. 🙂