There is so much going on in my mind right now, that I really don’t know where to start with this Blog. I wanted to share how I like to rejoice in the little things that I’m blessed with in life.
Today I feel very blessed for a lot of reasons. Lately I have been thinking about all the negatives about adoption, it’s costly, there is a lot of paperwork, and it’s almost frustrating that it couldn’t be easier. Okay it is frustrating that there are so many children waiting for their forever family, and it seems like it takes FOREVER. But I really want to share how I’ve been blessed over the past week.
I had an amazing conversation with my best friend from high school over Skype. That’s one way that I have been blessed in the past week. This friend Shared Christ with me 13 years ago. Wow can it really be that long since I’ve been following Christ. Daniel and I often ask ourselves why maybe we don’t share Jesus with the world. I mean it does tell us in the Bible to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19 NIV. I often ask God for opportunities to share Jesus with others, but sometimes I wonder if I have not taken the ones given to me, then I start asking the what if’s, what if they have a question that I can’t answer? What if they don’t like me anymore ect. Knowing Jesus because some one stepped out in their faith is one reason I’m blessed.
I’ve also been blessed this week as I have felt this amazing presence of peace over all circumstances. I don’t know if it’s because I have a lot to look forward to this year, the idea of a whole new year beginning or if it’s just that peace knowing that I’m where God wants me at this time for his purpose.
I’ve been discovering a few of my spiritual gifts over the past little while and trying to foster them as much as I can. One of them and I’m not sure if it’s a spiritual gift or which one it would fall under but I seem to have this way with people that they will share with me the deepest things that are going on in their lives whether work related, things that frustrate them, or things that are going on with their relationships at home. I’ve discovered that having this ‘gift’ has increased my prayer list greatly. And I’ve also learned of things that break my heart for those who don’t know Jesus and the peace that they can have, now don’t get me wrong I don’t want to say that Jesus will take all hurts away and that one will become a new perfect person, as it’s not how it works. However Jesus can take a broken person and give them a Joy that only he can give. Through the tough times we can have Joy. Like it says in Isaiah 35 the whole chapter. But I would like to focus on the last verse 10b (NIV) “Gladness and joy will overtake them and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” Wow what a promise!
There are a couple of things that I will advocate for besides Adoption. One is Marriage I really feel deep down in my gut that God wants all marriages to succeed. And if both parties are willing to work together that relationships can be healed, no matter the stress that was placed on that Marriage. I’m a firm believer in Grace. God looked down on us and had Compassion and Grace for us. We are a sinful people and He chose to give the ultimate sacrifice for us. I think we can have Grace for our families. Over the past few weeks I have heard of such circumstances happening with people that I know and care about. It really breaks my heart. I probably find it most disheartening because I come from a broken home and understand from a Child’s perspective. All family members will be affected.
So back to how I’m Blessed. I have a husband who loves me for who I am, and who God will create me to be. I’m Blessed to have a husband that is my best friend, who I share everything with, who I don’t hide from, nor do I have any secrets. I am blessed to have a husband that I can communicate with, and if I don’t communicate with him I have a God who reminds me to do so.
Oh I did want to share one last thing that I have been blessed by this week. Starting earlier this week if you make a purchase in the Once Was Lost site for a purchase over $25.00 you will not only give funds to an adopting family in need but for every $25.00 purchase you will be providing food for a hungry child for 1 week.
I am so very blessed by many things.
How are you blessed?