Sunday, October 12, 2014

grateful heart

Thanksgiving 2012, our last family photo with Gramma
I'm someone who really likes change.  Sometimes it's hard for me, but change is something I look forward to and sometimes crave.  I like to look back at the seasons of my life and rejoice in them, no matter how difficult they were, as some of my greatest lessons were learned in the hardest seasons of my life.

Today I'm thankful for seasons.  And knowing Who is ultimately in control of them.  This year has brought about many changing seasons for our family.  Most of these seasons were unexpected.  Some of them have involved loss.  Joy.  Pain.  Love.  Heartache.  But all of them have brought us closer to each other.  And closer to Him.

2.5 months after we almost lost my aunt in a snowboarding accident, I found out I was pregnant.  And 4 weeks after that, we lost my Gramma, the heart of our family.  In September some family members began their adoption journey, and last week, we all learned of a new season we would be walking through.

And the thing with my family and seasons is we go through them together.  We carry each other's burdens and we rejoice in each other's happiness.  We cry together, pray together, laugh, celebrate, and journey together.  And at the center of it all, He is there.  In control.  Still loving.  Still worthy of being praised.  Still desiring for us to give Him all the glory.

And so I can say that I'm grateful.  It doesn't make this new season easier.  But I am confident that He is completely in it.  He allowed it.  And he'll be honored and praised through it.  No matter the outcome.

Ember Grey's Grateful Heart Linkup

15 comments:

Melissa Camacho said...

This is such a beautiful post today, girlie. You have so much to be grateful for! Love it! :) I love that even with all of the changes you're still finding happiness in everything. Happy Monday!

Fawn Rosenbohm said...

What a beautiful family. I love that you and Alison are family that's so awesome. Beautiful picture.

ashortblonde said...

This is a beautiful post, Amy. It's so wonderful you are able to lean on one another during the good and hard times.

Ember Grey. said...

Reading this post from you was like reading my own journal entry. I am the same way- craving change, and even when it's hard - trying to feel the lesson and often times beauty (in the heartbreak) in it all. There are so many reasons I think God gives us family, but having each other to lean on in times of change (good or bad) is such a blessing.


And you know what I think? I think your Gramma and my Grandpa are up there, sending down their vibes and love to us at the same time. I was thinking of my Grandpa all day today. XO

ashley said...

Great post girl. <3

Amy @ Set Free said...

Thank you...and yes, I am overwhelmed with how much I have to be grateful for!

Amy @ Set Free said...

Thank you!! Yes, you have your own journey to trust Him through. Your post was so encouraging to me last week. So thankful we know the One in control of it all.

Amy @ Set Free said...

I know, I love that we're cousins! So fun!! And thank you. :)

Amy @ Set Free said...

Thank you, yes...the older I get the more important my family becomes to me!

TheAdventuresofBugandBoo said...

Beautiful, Amy. I love that your family carries each other's burdens and supports each other through the good and the bad. We need that support and having it from family who knows exactly what everyone else is going through is so important. Changing seasons are rarely easy - but having family - and God - by our sides throughout the difficult times will help, beyond a doubt. Thinking of you and praying for you, friend.

Sarah @ 12 Twenty Seven said...

Amazing post, Amy. Like, seriously, I can't even put words together. I'm so grateful for my family and the seasons we've been through.

Felecia Efriann said...

"...seasons is we go through them together. We carry each other's burdens and we rejoice in each other's happiness" Love this! it is wonderful to have people around you who will stick around through the ups and downs one will go through in this life. It is also wonderful to have hope anchored in Him.

Amy @ Set Free said...

Thank you friend. For so many years I took my family for granted, thinking how we treated each other was normal. As I grew up, I realized what we had was so far from normal. The older I get, the more grateful I become to the Lord for placing me in this family!

Amy @ Set Free said...

Oh, thank you! I know, I feel the same way. It makes my heart hurt for people who don't have family or a close relationship with theirs.

Amy @ Set Free said...

Thank you! And yes...you put it perfectly...HOPE anchored in HIM. Can't imagine not having that HOPE!