Faithful Blogging Prompt #25

Faithful Blogging Prompt #25:  Do you keep a gratitude journal?
~I don’t anymore and I think that is something I need to start doing again. To start it, I thought I would see how many things I could think of that I am grateful for. Here they are…

  1. My son
  2. God
  3. Jesus Christ
  4. My fiance/Riley’s dad
  5. Both sides of our familiesthankGodforJesus
  6. Faith
  7. Love
  8. My cat
  9. Being able to read and write
  10. Blogging
  11. Christmas
  12. How good Riley’s health is
  13. To have a place to live
  14. That I was able to buy my son some Christmas gifts
  15. To have a camera to capture the wonderful memories of my son’s childhood
  16. That my son is not being abused
  17. For the days I’m not depressed or anxious
  18. For the nights that I sleep well without nightmares
  19. For all of the times I have without a flashback of my abuse
  20. Every time I see Riley smile or…
  21. hear him laugh
  22. Every time I smile or…
  23. laugh
  24. Writing poetry
  25. To be alive
  26. To be saved by God!
  27. To not be using drugs anymore
  28. For good doctors
  29. Because Riley is such a happy baby
  30. We were able to buy gifts for other people in our families, too
  31. We don’t go hungry
  32. God is always near me, I am never alone
  33. Healing is beginning to take place inside of my heart, mind and soul
  34. We have heat to keep us warm
  35. We have clothes on our backs
  36. The Holy Spirit
  37. Meeting new people and making new friends, even when the friendships don’t last
  38. Being a strong woman
  39. For the family I don’t see often
  40. For the wonderful memories I have of me and my grandmother before she passed away
  41. For the Bible
  42. That the Lord is my Father
  43. Poetry
  44. Notebooks
  45. Journals
  46. Pens
  47. My laptop computer
  48. My iPod
  49. Applications that help me keep my thoughts organized on my iPod
  50. Applications for Christians on my iPod
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Becoming More Thankful

I am sad and a little embarrassed to say that it is easy for me to become ungrateful and to forget how blessed I truly am. I get so wrapped up in the things that may not be going the way I think they should that I start feeling sorry for myself sometimes. I do have to say that I have made an improvement in this area but I still have a ways to go.

I had not slept for a few nights in a row and I was feeling pretty sick from lack of sleep and just feeling stressed out from different life circumstances. My son also had to go to his pediatrician yesterday to get his vaccinations and was not feeling very well. There has just been a lot going on. Thankfully, me and my son slept all night last night. He did not wake up until nine this morning which is a little unusual for him. I took some time to play with him on the floor, which I do often. This morning I felt overwhelmingly grateful, which probably helped me to realize how ungrateful I can be at times. Of course I have had difficult times and trials to go through, but who doesn’t? Why should I be any different?

Jesus suffered more than we could ever imagine and gave His life for a world that does not even deserve it. We now have the chance to have an eternity in Heaven because of His suffering. God gave us the gift of Grace through His Son. Could you do that? Could you give up your child or if you don’t have children, a parent or anyone that may be important to you, especially knowing the degree of their suffering and how it would result in death? I couldn’t. I have so much to be thankful for but even if I didn’t, I should be more than thankful for this gift God has given to me and to everyone who has faith in God.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13 NKJV

“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1John 5:11-13 NIV

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 NIV

Being A Child Of God And What That Means

I have been reading several devotionals lately.There have been many subjects that I have studied in the past several weeks but one came to mind a few minutes ago…What it means to be a child of God. As at least some of you know at this point, I had my first child this past May. I had a little boy who is the light of my life. I believe that having a child of your own is the one and only way for anyone to know the love between a parent and a child. I think that is when I began to understand the love that God must have for us. He tells us that once we are saved, we become His children so that must mean he has the same love for us that any other parent has for their child or children. It is hard for me to imagine giving up my “one and only Son” for anyone, but that is exactly what God did. He gave Jesus’ life so that we can have the chance to make it into Heaven. Can you imagine?! How much love for us must He have in order to sacrifice His Son? I think that after I had my son and started to bond with him, after I felt the amazing connection and love I have for him is when I began to realize how much my Heavenly Father must love me. That makes me feel like the luckiest person in the world and I hope you feel the same way because He loves us all just the same.

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“But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God…” John 1:12