Sunday, April 17, 2011

Encouragement

“Encouaragement is like sunlight to the human spirit: we cannot flower and grow without it.

I am so thankful for God's love for me. Ben and i have been rather discouraged lately.  All of us can go through hard seasons-aware that they are indeed 'seasons' and will not last forever but that doesn't make the hard go away.  I know that it is BECAUSE of His love not LACk of love that God has gives 'hard times'. He loves us too much to let us stay the same-He is 'disarming us of all that we depend on til we depend on him' . It is through suffering that we, just like Christ, learn obedience 
Hbr 5:8Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered
It is for my sanctification that God takes us through all things and it is from His hand that we experience gracious moments of precious joy like:
1. Knox's hugs and snuggles each morning with his 'Hi honey' greeting as he toddles into our room..
2. Brennan's care for me if i get hurt "Here you go Mommy, this will make you feel better"...
3. Ben's convincing words to enjoy myself and take a day to ramble..
4.Hearing Brennan sing 'Jesus Jesus Jesus' to go to sleep..
5.Faithful words from a friend that God is 'after my heart' reminding me of the love pursuit that first drew me to Christ in college..

I was reminded this weekend of what a sweet life God has given me. Made freshly aware of His faithfulness and kind pursuit of my heart. I have looked back on a very charmed life and i am so very thankful for the life God has given me. I am not always thankful, joyful, and aware of God's love. I am posting one picture in particular that i am sure i was not thinking thankful thoughts, but a good God has shown me the 'markers' on His kitchen door of my growth this year and that helps. So here are a few glimpses of life at our house:




His 'person' he made is all by himself-tape and all..
Our little 'cheeser' Knox
Making homemade granola-that got big compliments from Mr. Mayfield...how cool if it makes it into the farmers market?!
laundry...
Knox cleaning up the leftovers..
My friend Ann mailed me my maternity clothes that we had been sharing and knox wanted to put this on..it fit just like a dress!
My pants-less wonder boy..i PROMISE he had pants on when he went outside!
YOu can't see the clock but its before 6:30