Friday, April 1, 2016

Sunshine and gratitude

"There is no pit so deep, that God is not deeper still." ~ Corrie Ten Boom

I'm convinced that many times in life, the things that we deal with internally, look nothing like our external goings and doings. This past winter has been a heavy season of much internal baggage for me and trying to sort through emotions and feelings that life has dumped on me. It's a harsh truth that many times life finds us in places and circumstances we never planned or even have much control over. This realization and the huge task of moving through a season like this one, is very daunting and not fun.

Spring is here, and though my season of dealing with hurts and forgiveness is far from over, I'm so grateful that winter is over. The warm sun, the little purple flowers and the greening grass are reminders of dead things being made new and that all life is sustained by God's faithful care and plan. God is working, even when we can't see it.

No hard season, no crushing disappointment, no hurt takes God by surprise. He knew, He knows, He cares and I'm grateful that He shows himself trustworthy when others aren't, that He is loving beyond our hurts and all hope, is found in Him.

Sometimes I just need to sit in the sunshine and listen to the innocent laughter of these kids. I just need to sit still and feel this little girl move and kick within me. I need to find the beauty that is right in front of my face.

Bare feet.

Dirty knees.

Stinky dog.

A boy and his boots.

A girl in her bonnet.

Generous gifts of roughly picked dandelions.

Sisters holding hands.

God is good, Friends. He gives good, undeserved gifts. I am so grateful.

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.

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