Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Gratituesday: Blessings

As a christian, I often say that I am thankful for what God has blessed me with. I try to remember to thank Him for the little, everyday blessings, and try even harder to find the strength to thank him for the not so good things that happen. I am honestly moved to tears of joy every single day when I think of the struggles we went through to become parents, and the blessings that we received through those years. Outsiders can look at our adoption journey, and think that we got "lucky" because we were matched so quickly. We believe that God was preparing us for the day that our baby would be placed in our arms for many years before that. That Mira was created to be our child and all the circumstances that lead up to her birth had been written in His plan long before we could ever imagine. I can only speak for myself, not my husband, but a year after we got married, God started his work in me. I got to the point in my life where I stripped away all of my desires, and there was no other choice BUT to let God lead the way. I learned how to truly trust in God and gain my strength from Him. I also learned how to ask for blessings, and that sometimes the trials and disappointments in life are God's way of breaking us down to renew our hearts with the promises of His new mercies.

When I started writing this post, I wasn't quite sure the direction I was going to take with it. It was inspired by my new favorite song, Blessings by Laura Story, and also by friends who are going through a very tough time. It's hard to know Gods plan when you are weathering a storm, but when the day comes that you can see clearly and feel the warm sunshine on your face, may you have peace and joy knowing that God was with you every step of the way!

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