Life is good, life is bad. Life is up, and life can be down. Life is no walk in the park, it is more a roller coaster. It has twists and turns, unexpected drops, but it also has beautiful views, and lots of joys. We just don’t know what is coming next. It is so like me to worry about the dark season’s of life. We know they come. None of us get a free pass to the perfect problem free life. My natural tendency is to dread the dark seasons. To worry about what might happen without any just cause. I have been really convicted lately to let it all go and enjoy what is right in front of me. I have been repeating in my head the verse in 2 Corinthians 12 that says “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” When I am feeling scared, or fretting about the future I remind myself of this verse. No matter what happens in my life I know I will make it through by God’s grace. So why worry?
Maybe I am worrying more than normal because of all the turmoil in the East. Or maybe because we are about to walk into the unknown of parenting. Or maybe it is just because that is my nature. Whatever the reason I am really trying to choose to enjoy the gifts in front of me. To not take those for granted!
What gifts am I enjoying and focusing on right now??
-I am enjoying as many date nights as possible with this handsome guy! Between all his working and the business of life we are squeezing in as much time together as possible. No the dates are not all out to eat and extravagant. This month we have Lamaze classes Wednesday evenings and I bring a picnic supper to him and after he gets off work we eat it out on the picnic table in the back parking lot of his workplace. Romantic right?! Hey it’s the simple time together that counts. I look forward to even if it is just hanging out at home doing nothing. It doesn’t have to be huge to be awesome!
-I am enjoying sweet little moments like this one. A little cuddle time with baby bump. Loren loves listening to baby’s heartbeat. I still find it awesome that you can hear it (in the later stages). He also loves talking to her. Its sweet. And then there is me, missing my mouth. Please excuse the dribble on my shirt, it happens quite frequently now 😉 I think pregnancy has made me much more clumsy!!
-I am enjoying all the love, prayers, and encouragement from friends and family. Right now I am in a book study with some other mom’s and we are reading the book A Mom After God’s Own Heart. It is so awesome to get together with other ladies and talk about life and motherhood. To learn from each other, to pray for each other. I am so sad we only have one left, but I feel so blessed to have been able to be a part of this awesome group.
-I am celebrating the fact that I can stay home with little baby. After I graduated from college I wasn’t sure if I would want to stay home from work when I had kids. As the years passed and now especially being pregnant has made my desire change into desiring to stay home. My heart changed a year ago and I really desired to be home. Since then I have been home running The Ruffled Stitch and I couldn’t love it more. I am so thankful that God has provided us a way to make me being home possible.
What gifts are you grateful for right now? Even if life seems like it may be in the valley right now I challenge you to look for the joys. I know when I have an attitude of gratitude (Even though is is not always easy) I am much better off!