Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Abundant Blessings!

I've felt so blessed by the Lord and wanted to put those blessings in "ink" so that I can always come back and re-read them when hard times come or I seemingly forget. For anyone who knows me well, one thing that I lack is memory. Doesn't matter if it's short term or long term, I just have a really stinky memory! Ask my sweet husband, who has put up with me for four years and will continue to do so for the next 50, Lord willing. In the past few days, it has become very eveident that my memory, or lack thereof, causes me to react to questions or facts with the infamous, "I have never heard that before", whereas Aaron promptly points out, in a very loving way, "yes you have honey, you just don't remember." That is when my statement quickly changes to, "I don't remember hearing that before." Nonethless, I want to remember, for a lifetime, these few tiny blessings I have right now.

Aaron and I have always felt extremely blessed in our lives, whether through our families, friends or just circumstances. From pushing our wedding back in order to work out a few kinks, so that we could start our marriage off on the right foot, to seeing how the Lord has continually provided financially, so that we could honor Him with the gifts He has given us.

I had my 12 week appointment yesterday morning. I have to admit, I was more nervous about this one than the first one. I prayed SO hard leading up to this appointment that our sweet little baby's heartbeat would be just the same or only stronger than our 8 week visit. I trusted the Lord to give me confirmation that our baby is healthy, and the way that I was praying for, He graciously answered! Our little bean-o had the exact same heartrate as our first appointment, 174 bpm!!!!! Not only was I relieved, but so thankful to the Lord that He gave me His peace and joy. I can only hope and pray that I would have experienced that same peace and joy if something had shown up wrong with our baby. I like to think I would have, but I really don't know. Needless to say, at 12 weeks, our baby is doing great, and growing like a little lime (apparently, that is about the size of him/her right now!). I am SOOOO excited for our next appointment (17 weeks) because as long as baby cooperates, we should be able to find out the sex! Oh my gosh, I just can't wait!!!! I'm still thinking it's a girl, but that goes with too much reading on the internet (note: horrible sickness, high heartrate, etc...). So, that's my blessing this week with baby.

Another HUGE blessing, answer to prayer, joy, all of the above, is the fact that Aaron starts a new job tomorrow! A job that will provide us with steady income, him with vacation/sick/holiday pay, and more normal hours, and hopefully the opportunity for me to be able to stay at home once baby comes! The Lord provided quick this time, more quickly than we had expected, nonetheless, He still provided! Aaron will be working at VentureNet, a business solutions management company. He will specifically be working as a NOC (Network Operations Center) Support Technician. Don't ask me what that is, I jsust know that it will be a new adventure for him and lots of new things to learn, which he is very excited about!

This next blessing I know comes truly from the Lord. This past weekend, my parents made the supposed 10 hour drive from St. Louis, MO to Dallas, although it took them almost 13 hours because of the weather and rain they hit through Oklahoma, bummer! Anyway, my dad bought a new (used) car a few weeks ago, and so they decided to bless us with their old car, another Camry! For those of you who know what I drive now, you know that ANYTHING is a step up from what we like to call the "crater car" (well known for the craters left in it, all over, from a hail storm that hit a few years ago in St. Louis). I am so blessed to be the driver of this WONDERFUL piece of machinery! Only 161k miles (compared to 325k miles on the other Camry) and it drives like butter!! We had a great time with my parents and introduced my dad to Babe's Chicken and Bahama Bucks , both favorites of ours. My sweet parents also provided me with a bag full of new maternity clothes (thanks to mom especially, for taking me shopping, it was great fun!), what a blessing!

So, in a nutshell, those are just a few small blessings that we have experienced lately. I pray that I never forget the goodness of our Lord and that it is only by and through Him that we have received these blessings!

Thank you Jesus, not only for these earthly things you have given us, but for our eternal gift of life with you! Help me to remember daily, that it's not the material things that matter in this life, but Your Word, truth, salvation and love. Help me to be a light for you in such a dark world!

Be Blessed and Encouraged!

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