Yesterday made me realize that there is never a wrong time to focus on gratitude. So, that’s the plan for July! Every post, every photograph… all focused on being thankful. And what better timing? July is here and the full-steam-ahead month of June is behind us which leaves a blazing hot month of no-school-for-kids and too-hot-to-be-outside happening. Gratitude while in the furnace. I’m up for it. If you blog and you want to join in, let me know! Reading about how others are thankful makes me happy. 🙂
Before I got married, I thought I knew how much God loved me.
Then my husband showed me that he loved me even with the parts I considered to be flaws, and I knew that if God loved me more than THAT, well then, what did I ever know about love before?
Before I had children, I thought I understood what it was like to love someone else who could never fully return that love in equal amounts.
Then I had children and realized no matter what they do in their lives, I will always love them… even if it takes them down a path of not loving me back. If God loves me more than THAT, well then, what did I ever know about love before?
Before we adopted a child into our family, I thought I understood the fierceness with which a mama could love her child even when she didn’t grow for nine months under her heart.
Then we brought Julianne into our family, and I realized that she didn’t have to grow under my heart to be a piece of my heart. I realized she was worthy of the title Daughter not because a piece of paper made her so, but because she JUST WAS. If God loves me more than THAT, well then, what did I ever know about love before?
And the beauty of it all?
I know I understand how much God loves me a little more now,
and I know I will never fully understand it.
The fact that I have the hope of continuing to grow in that understanding is a hope I don’t deserve, and yet, it’s mine for the taking. This hope? It’s a gift of grace, and the truest of gifts.