Blessings

posted on: Sunday, April 27, 2014

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  1. Last week was a hard one.  Some friends of ours lost their 12 year old son.  He was my piano student for four years. It brings tears to my eyes just typing that out.  I'm not sad for him... if there's one thing I know it was that he loved Jesus.  Very much.  But my heart is heavy for his parents and three siblings.  

    It is a sickening feeling when a child dies.  My human nature is to become fearful and anxious about protecting my own babies.  But just as quickly as those feelings begin to seep in, I know I need to let them right back out with the TRUTH that my Lord is in control.  His word promises us that He will never leave us.

    Joshua 1:9, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

    We may never understand why these kind of things happen.  But I know without a shadow of a doubt that my Lord is in control and His plan is perfect.  

    Jeremiah 29:11, " For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

    It's all just a sweet reminder that this world is not our home.  I am so thankful for that.

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    Our week was primarily spent outside.  We spent a lot of time in the sunshine and in the baby pool.  With the warmer temperatures I got the sudden urge to give both of the boys a buzz cut after the park one day.  At the time it seemed like a fun idea.  And immediately after it was like "yeah! We did it! First buzz cut of your life!"  But ten minutes later both boys were asking for their hair to grow back.  So yeah. It went over like a lead balloon when I told them it would be awhile before their hair grew back ;) And I also didn't take into account that I would have to now be putting sunscreen all over their little bald heads every time we went outside.  So, needless to say...we'll be growing their hair out a bit more :)

    Eating healthy this week has been well for the most part! I may have indulged in a peanut butter/hot fudge shake this evening... but besides that... really well.  We've been trying to eat our dinners outside in the back yard as much as we can before the bugs and the heat take over.  The meals have consisted of a grilled meat and a simple side.  I have found that my kids eat WAY more around the outside table than when we're inside. What's up with that?!

    With all that went on last week I have found myself savoring up the moments around me.  The simple ones.  Kissing my babies more.  Letting them know and Travis know I love them.  Making sure that I am being fully present.  While this life can sure be hard at times... it can also be pretty darn wonderful.  Even in the dark times it's so neat because I dare you to look for the bright spots.  They'll be there.  We truly are blessed.

    Hope your weekend was a great one :)


4 comments:

  1. So sad and sorry to hear about this loss. We truly are blessed. Love your sweet pictures, friend! Have a blessed week! xo

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  2. What a sweet post! You're so right! Blessed :)

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  3. Truly heartbreaking to hear about their loss. My prayers are with the family
    Beautiful photos this week. Life is so precious!

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  4. Aww, so sorry to hear that. My only sister died of cancer when she was 17, and as a mom now, I don't know how my mom was able to press on. So thankful for our promise of heaven!
    Sweet photos!
    And I'm glad you indulged in that PB hot fudge shake ;)
    www.floralandfudge.blogspot.com

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