Chosen. Counting blessings on the run

Sunday evening, we were so wonderfully blessed to share a meal and fellowship with another couple and a portion of their family. This particular couple has four kids…most are grown-ish…and all are adopted. As we took some time to get to know each other, we began swapping some stories; some of which revolved around raising our children. The love that this mama has for her kids emanated from her.  In their uniqueness, each holds a special place in their mama’s heart. Their dad shared some of the struggles they had encountered while raising their kids…experiences that many, many parents have shared over time.  Through the twinkle in each parent’s eye…in the moment of parental pride as she told of her son’s desire to “find a woman just like her”…even in the moments when subtle tones of disappointment lingered just beneath the surface as they shared- I could see love radiating from these two. God showed me something that night. Each of the children in this family were chosen. Whatever their circumstances were prior to coming to this family were unknown and irrelevant. They were CHOSEN…each to live as part of a family in this warm home with loving parents. And that is how God sees me. Chosen. Hand selected with unconditional love to be a daughter and the recipient of the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. In moments of pride as He shapes me and molds me in His image and the moments of disappointment when I fail I…His love for me is deep. Deeper than I could ever know. Wow. I sat back into the cozy couch and just listened and watched. The depth of this gift in this moment was just unfathomable.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,  to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

Ephesians 1:3-10

I have no idea what number I am on because I am on the move today. The way I see it is that it doesn’t matter what number I am on when I am counting my blessings…as long as I am still counting! Have a blessed day!

Dinner with an incredible family.

Family game night with my friend and being part of her hike as she is Hiking Toward Home

Date night with my son

Helping her get her hair just so and tying a big bow in the back of her dress so she would be ready for her Daddy date.

Hearing the excitement in her voice…she just loves her brother.

He said she was beautiful and it made her day…big brothers are pretty awesome.

Women who pray

Breathing deeply in the face of adversity…and having no anxiety in the process.

Puppy snuggles

…and the unconditional love and companionship of an old dog

A brief rendezvous with my treadmill. Hello old friend.

Sunshine on a Saturday

A surplus of hand-me-downs

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