So, I need to be thankful. I need to acknowledge that I serve a God who is faithful, who blesses us in the midst of difficult times - IF we take a moment to look past ourselves and our situations. I don't guarantee that I won't let my sadness back in later, but there are reasons to be thankful.
- I am thankful that God chose Mark and I to be parents to two beautiful children. He created just the perfect circumstances for us to be a forever family. If Maia had been born without spina bifida and hydrocephaly, her birth parents would not have given her up. If Matthew's birth mother had not left him alone in her apartment on that specific day, he would not have crawled up on the window sill and fallen out - sustaining an injury to his brain. He is an adorable kid. Without that injury, Matthew would have been immediately scooped up by a family in Ukraine. Yet, God in His perfect wisdom allowed those things to happen and chose US to be Matthew and Maia's parents. I don't know why He felt like we were the best parents for them, but He did. And who am I to question His judgement? I just get the privilege of being "mommy."
- I am thankful for tears. They are proof that I am human, that I am not immune to what goes on around me. I am thankful that tears allow me release the emotions that sometimes build up inside and have no place else to go.
- I am thankful that I can pray for friends who are facing times of uncertainty, struggling with health issues, dealing with loss. Thankful that for the privilege of lifting them up before my Heavenly Father who is the author of their stories, and the divine Healer.
- I am beyond thrilled and praising God that dear friends from our church will soon be traveling to bring home a little boy from Ukraine. It has been such a blessing to watch their story unfold and we can't wait to see what happens next!
- Again, I am thankful for those of you who follow our blog and lift us up in prayer. To know that there are people who continue to do so even though the "crisis" is over means so much to Mark and I.
What are you thankful for today??