I want to thank you all for leaving comments and linking to my 100th post on Thursday! I sure felt the love. And with no further ado I will announce the winner of the book giveaway, Colleen over at Thoughts on Grace! Please stop by to congratulate her. As soon as she contacts me I will send her, "For the Write Reason."
Yesterday I celebrated my birthday! I think that once you're over 35 birthday's don't seem to have the same excitement as they used to. Don't get me wrong, I am grateful to be alive and one year older. I'm 42 and proud of my age. It's just that I don't like some of the new health issues I've had to face since moving into the 40 somethings. Nothing serious, just a few more aches and pains (and pounds!) than I'm used to. If you are also over 40 you will probably be able to sympathize.
Instead of focusing on the negative, I decided to consider God's role in my life. Here's a snipit of what He's done for me:
First, He allowed me to be born into a faith filled home. When I was a young girl (2 or 3) I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. My mom was a new believer and read that if you lay hands on the sick and pray with faith, they will recover. So she did, and God healed me!
Second, Even though I stepped away from my faith as a college student - God gave me a second chance at a happy marriage with my loving Christian husband, Tim!
Third, After the birth of my first daughter, I became deathly ill. After a grim diagnosis, God healed me, once again!
Fourth, God blessed me with SIX healthy children. Five daughters and one son. Children are a gift from God.
Fifth, After experiencing a family tragedy a few years back, God didn't leave me in my wilderness and confusion. No, He came and rescued me and put me back on the right path.
Sixth, God has sustained my marriage. While we've experienced good times, and bad. Sickness, and health. Richer and poorer - God has not forsaken us - our love is strong.
I am so grateful for my God! Here is the realization that I came to yesterday:
When God chose to breathe life into my being, 42 years ago, He already knew all of the mistakes I would make! He already knew all the sins I would commit! Even so, HE CHOSE ME!!!!!!! This is amazing love. Can I get a witness?