Monday, February 22, 2021

Gratitude for the Week - 2/22/21

Good morning and happy Monday! It's 6am as I begin to type this blog post. Delaney (11wks) woke up for her bottle around 5:30. She was still sleepy enough to go right back to sleep after she finished. Piper (6yrs) is still sleeping (which is rare) and so I quietly scoot downstairs to grab a small cup of hot coffee that my husband brewed moments ago. I say a quick good morning to him as he's getting ready in the bathroom, grab my prayer journal from my desk and head on back upstairs to our bedroom. As I reach the top of the stairs I pause for a moment, both the girls are quiet in the rooms and I breath a sigh of contentment. I think about how grateful I am for this family of mine; for the season we're in. It's so, so sweet.

Now, that's a great way to start a Monday - with gratitude. As I mentioned at the beginning of this year (last month), my focus word for 2021 is gratitude. 

Here are a few things I'm grateful for this week...

New Mercies - Lamentations 3:22-23

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

To be quite honest, I had a grumpy day yesterday and not for any single or good reason. I'd like to blame it on the postpartum hormones and I will blame it on that a little. This morning, I am feeling better already and the difference from yesterday to this morning just reminded me of God's mercies and how they are new every morning. Even more, His mercies are available to us any time of day or night. I don't know about you, but it is so comforting in knowing that His love and mercies will never come to an end for us. Being grateful for this would be an understatement, but we'll start there.

Medical Care

If you didn't already know, we're coming out of an incredibly hard week. Last Monday at this time we were sitting in the ER with our 10 week old daughter. She had a fever of 104.7 and we had no idea why. She was going through a slew of tests and, we had some hard and quick decisions to make. Thankfully, it all turned out okay. Two days later we found out she had an amoxicillin resistant UTI. She is on the correct medicine now and has 4 more days of taking the yucky stuff day and night before it's all over. As much as I hate putting that medicine into her body, I am so grateful to have the correct medicine to help her little body fight this infection that could easily turn worse and spread to her bladder and kidneys.

God's Care in Difficult Times - Romans 8

If you've been with us over the years, you know we've been through multiple challenges with miscarriage and loss. This most recent health scare with Delaney was very triggering of my grief from those losses and also triggered a fear of facing another loss. As for my fear, I feel as though God wants to gently take my hand and direct me to Romans 8:15 and 18. 

Romans 8:15

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!"

Romans 8:18 

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing to the glory that is to be revealed to us.

I am grateful for the comfort of knowing God cares for us and He works all things out for our good (Romans 8:28) and His glory.

Well, now it's 7:15am. My husband has already come in to kiss me goodbye and has left for work. Piper and Delaney are both awake and in my bed with me as I finish up this post for the day (as you can see in these photos).

It's time for me to go get some breakfast into these girls and start the day! I hope this gratitude post gives you some hope and sparks a posture of gratitude for your day, as well.

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