Our Adoption Story

Monday, April 11, 2011

Because I want to be re-membered

Anne at A Holy Experience is counting her blessings every monday as a practice and discipline of gratitude, so I am joining in.

This concept that Anne writes about has got me really thinking these past few months about gratitude. What it is? - She writes about this power that is found in Christ when we choose gratitude and have thankful hearts. This idea that when we "remember Him, we are re-membered" like these broken places in us are put back together when we remember Him. When we see Him in all things. And when we see him and say , "thank you God, for you are so good." 

It's been so neat on my journey through taking special time to give thanks that I have been able to experience this being "re-membered." That when I give thanks in ALL things, this change happens and the perspective is clearer. 

I highly recommend checking Anne's blog out but I have to include this part she posted regarding teaching your children to have thankful hearts that is really convicting me: 

"Because what will the math really matter if they are bitter? If the house is immaculate — but my attitude a mess? If they can count — but they don’t know how to count all things as joy? If we get the lists done, but have lost happiness in Him? How can any grammar skill outweigh the fact they don’t know the language of grace and thanks? What good will it be if they can recite all the major British battles — but they don’t know to see beauty? What am I teaching our children if I’m not living simply, quietly this: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Phil. 4:8). Focusing on what is beautiful, good, true –isn’t this the truest education?"
Thanking Jesus for:

walks down the side walk holding hands 

adam getting the chance to lead us to worship and adore our King

sunshine- Vitamin D!!

the little boy on our street who is sick with cancer sitting in the grass just smiling ear to ear to be outside

little Miles' sweet "thanks mom" 

a cuddly boy with a fever

dreams to make a home for my family that honors Christ


Jenna said...

hi val! we decided to make our blog private, so if you'd like to continue following, please email me at jenna.layton@gmail.com. i've really enjoyed reading about your family and of course seeing pics of sweet little miles! have a good one :)