Welcome to a new series I’m starting today. Over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing some of the things I’m most grateful for in my life. I was inspired by the link-up Grateful Heart at Ember Grey. Emily has challenged me to start each week off with a grateful heart, and I’m so happy you’ve decided to join me.
This week I am grateful for the gift of family and friends. God never meant for us to go through life alone, and I feel so blessed for the family and friends He’s given me to spend my days with. Unfortunately, I’ve not always seen His blessings so clearly.
When I was growing up we used to have big family functions with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and even great-grandparents, but as time went on and I grew older those times together became fewer and fewer. In fact, after all of my grandparents passed away, extended family functions became non-existent. The logical solution was for me and my husband to start a family of our own and establish new family traditions, but after years of attempting to get pregnant we realized it may not be the easy solution we once thought it would be. We longed for a family of our own, but it just wasn’t happening for us.
I found myself feeling lost and alone, so I did the only thing I knew to do. I prayed. I asked God to give me time to enjoy and spend with my immediate family, and I asked God to send us friends to fill the void we felt in our lives. I asked Him to help us to look to our church family, friends and neighbors as our extended family and trust Him for our every need.
It’s amazing how God really shows Himself to us during the hard times of our lives, isn’t it? He opened my eyes to the blessings He had already provided in my life, gave me more time to spend with my family , and He blessed us by bringing new friends into our lives. He also gave me a hunger to deepen my relationship with Him since He can fill any void left in our lives. I am so thankful for all His provision!
I celebrated my birthday last week with my family, friends and loved ones. I am grateful for a sunny day at the pool with my beautiful mom and nieces, a lunch spent with family, a day trip to the vineyards planned by a thoughtful friend, rides on the bike trail and shopping with my hubby and BFF, several attempts by friends to arrange a lunch/dinner for me (I’m so sorry I was busy and they failed!), neighbors we now claim as family, an upcoming trip this week to spend time with cherished friends, and the birthday wishes from many family members, new and old friends and our church family. I am so grateful and blessed indeed!
So, tell me, what are you grateful for this week?