I am beyond blessed. No, I really mean it. And not just in the context of – “my life looks happy and put together” on the outside. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that God blesses me everyday. I may not notice each individual blessing; but I am fully aware of His hand on my life every new day. Do you know how I know?
It has a lot to do with the people He has placed in my life. My husband & children, my family, my friends… The people I have known since 1st Grade to the people I am just getting to meet through church, work and other friends. And if you’re reading this, you’re most likely part of this group.
2014 was one of my toughest years I had to walk through. But I never felt alone. My husband made EVERY effort to make sure I knew he was with me every step of the way. The words “through good times and bad, for better or for worse” have never meant as much to me as they have this past year. He has gone through the challenges of being my rock when I was diagnosed with cancer, being my caregiver during and after surgery, my encourager when I was feeling I couldn’t take the pain any more and more recent, he has loved me at my most unloveable. God has blessed me with this man whom I will never take for granted again. And everyday, I realize this blessing.
We always hear stories how FaceBook has ruined relationships. What about the other stories? Like mine… FaceBook was a way for friends of mine that I haven’t been in touch with since High School to reach out to me either with a post of “thinking of you today” to personal messages speaking a prayer over me. These were the friends who kept up with every surgery, every high and every low. (There are even some who went out of their way to buy me some “gifts” that made me laugh hysterical!) Girlfriends are the best, aren’t they?!! They were the ones who encouraged me more than I thought was possible. Even though we were miles apart and years between us, I felt the love being poured out. Each FaceBook friend has been a huge blessing! I am sending out a HUGE “Thank You” to each and every one of you…you know who you are!
And, to top it off… I think God has blessed me with the best (and I mean BEST) church family! So much so that I feel spoiled! Spoiled by my Heavenly Father for putting each one of them in my life, in this particular season! Not only did my “sisters in Christ” rally around me from the day I was diagnosed, but they made sure I had meals for over 3 weeks after my surgery! They visited me, loved on me, prayed over me and made me cry over their thoughtfulness and love and the next minute had me laughing until my sides hurt! I’ll never forget walking into church the first time after my surgery… I felt like a Rock Star! The hugs, the smiles, the tears – the celebration of it all! … even just thinking about it makes me actually “feel” the love all over again! I am so humbled and honored by their love.
Can I truly say I’m thankful I had gone through what I did? Honestly, yes! Going through trials makes us stronger… not just a stronger person; but a stronger believer! A stronger encourager for others. A stronger prayer warrior. A stronger friend, wife and mother. God allows things in our lives all the time… it’s how we handle these things, these moments is what truly shows where our faith is, who we are at our core. And I fully know God is good all the time and all I have to do is trust Him. That’s what I did in 2014 and look at how He has taken care of me! Don’t get me wrong, things were not easy – and I really never want to go through some of it ever again – but I was never alone. I was at peace. I was loved. I was blessed!
So I’ll say it over and over again… I am beyond blessed! Thank You Lord!
Can you see all the blessings in your life? I pray you can. I guarantee, if you really open your eyes to see how Our Father takes care of you personally on a daily basis, you will see more of how He truly blesses you than you originally thought!
I am writing this on the eve of my 1 year anniversary of my first surgery. Why am I writing this? To let each and every one of you (friends, family, loved ones, acquaintances) know how thankful I am that you all are a part of my life… whether big or small parts, you all helped me get through my most difficult year. Thank you for letting God use you in my life…
May our Heavenly Father put His perfect peace upon you and surround you with all the riches of His blessings ~ XOXO