Monday, June 9, 2014

grateful heart

Grateful Heart Monday....the day I think on all of the things I'm grateful for right now.  I've said it a few times in this space...May was one of the hardest months, but also greatest months of my life.  I'm still seeing the effects of things we experienced and went through play out in my life right now.  But for today...and this week...this is what I'm grateful for: answered prayer.

35 years of life.  Today is my birthday...I'm officially mid-thirties.  Which sounds so old.  I remember when my parents were mid-thirties.  But I don't feel nearly as old as they were at this age. ;)  Naturally, birthdays are a time to reflect.  To think about the past year and look forward to the next.  As I've thinking about celebrating my life and also going through my Gramma's death, I've had a lot of time to reflect.

Right now in this day, this moment, I'm grateful for how the Lord has answered my prayers.  He's shown up in every aspect of my life, especially the loneliest, darkest ones and filled them with His Presence.  He's made Himself so real to me in my times of need, reminding me that my greatest need is Him.  He's blessed me with so much more than I'll ever deserve and given me so much more than my heart has ever desired.  Even when things were going how I wanted them to and I didn't give Him the credit He deserved, He was still there, faithfully guiding, blessing, protecting.

As I look back over the last several years, I can tell story after story of how the Lord has answered my prayers in His perfect timing.  Always at the time when I finally give my need(s) completely over to Him, resolving that none of it can be done on my own.  Usually these prayers are answered after months or even years because I'm so stubborn, always trying to do things on my own.  But answered nonetheless.

I'm grateful for this 35th year of life.  I'm excited to see what God is going to do this next year.  I'm anticipating great things from Him and also for Him.  I want to reflect and honor, serve and obey, enjoy and rest.

Grateful Heart Monday


Ember Grey. said...

XO! Love this post from you! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!! :) Wishing you a day of bliss, and another year of God's love and blessings, Amy!

Felecia Efriann said...

I enjoyed reading this post! I hope you are having a Happy Birthday!!! I hope you continue to celebrate throughout the week. :)

Kacie said...

I love this. :) Happy Birthday, honey! Isn't is soo weird how our view of age changes over time? It's crazy. Hope you have had a fabulous day! :)

Rebecca O said...

Happy birthday!!! :) I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating, and a great year ahead. I love this: "He's shown up in every aspect of my life, especially the loneliest, darkest ones and filled them with His Presence." Amen! xx

Caitlin | belong with wildflowers said...

Stopping by from the GHM link-up. What a wonderful thing to be grateful for! Happy belated birthday :)

kylie said...

Happy Birthday!!

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