This past year has been hard. I spent it walking through a season in my life that was just sad. It felt as if the joy had been drained out of my life. I had many sad days that the tears flowed easily. I was withdrawn and lonely. As times, it felt as if this season would never end. During my days of walking through this valley, He was working on this girls heart. Even though my days were sad, I clung to His promises.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
Then came the spring, whirling it's sweet smells around me and shining it's warmth on my face. Such peace came with each new bud. Everything was beautiful again, including my heart. And with that, a new season of life started.
I have spent the past few weeks feeling as if my life is blessed beyond blessed. Have you ever had that overwhelming feeling that your life is exactly where God wants it to be? That's where I am. Basking in the light of His love.
The past few years of my life have been filled with many valleys and mountaintops. Surgeries, sickness, hospital stays and an early retirement. But through it all, He continually gave me blessing after blessing. He never left me where I was, He met me there and carried me through.
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.
Proverbs 31: 28-29
My life might be crazy at times, but it's beautiful just the same.
I have a husband, two kids, two cats, two dogs and eleven chickens. My husband goes to work everyday and I own my business and work from home. My husband has a mens group at church and I teach Sunday School. We are both lovers of music. Our dogs are obnoxious and bark at everything. My chickens are still in a brooder and "chirp" constantly. I have two teenagers in this house as well. Our house is full of laughter daily. Our house is alive and loud with living. My heart loves the sometimes chaotic evidence of God’s goodness and blessing in our home.
When I look around our home, I see things we love. I see reminders of my family, their joy, their memories, their sweet presence in our life. Those things are beautiful to me! I love living surrounded by things I love. I am living in the midst of life's blessings. And oh, what a sweet mountaintop this is!
God provides wonderful things in life for our enjoyment!! The sound of your childrens laughter. Flowers in the spring. Your husbands kiss. So many wonderful things we experience every day! If it sounds like my life is filled with beauty, it is. It's filled with beauty and noise every single day! That is mostly because of how I choose to see it. My home and my life aren't perfect. They aren't without trails. But God is still good and worthy of praise, even when difficult things happen.