Taking a Moment to be Thankful

I don’t have any tips, or how-to’s, or before and after’s for you today.  Today I am sharing my heart.  I’m sure there are mamas out there that have been through or are going through similar things as this.  No doubt.  I would love to hear your words of wisdom and encouragement!  πŸ™‚ The winds of change are blowing across my life again folks.  (aren’t they always) Have I mentioned that I don’t like change?  Well I don’t.  I get all prickly on the outside and curl up in a ball on the inside.  

My oldest is about to graduate and leave me.  Yes, graduation is still 3 weeks away and he won’t really be leaving for another 4 months, but I know it’s coming and I feel my prickly’s coming on and I feel myself starting to ball up.  

As I was dwelling on these things yesterday, I was interrupted by a voice in my head that said “this is God’s plan, His design, why are you fretting?” Whoa, and yes.  My mind knows, but my heart often wanders.  

I am thrilled for my son, and I am super excited for him to start the next chapter of his story. And, I know that though things will be different around here with him gone, there is still story to be told at home as well.  

God has a perfect plan for it all, and rather than be anxious I am doing my best to embrace it and enjoy these last few months.  {don’t get me wrong, I will probably be back here whining and lamenting in a month, but I’m trying here people}

Today I wanted to share some things that I am thankful for so that I can focus on all the good!!

*I am sooo thankful for every moment of the past 18 years with him
*I am thankful for the wonderful opportunities that lie ahead of him
*I am thankful for the man he has become – compassionate, quiet, strong, humble, steadfast
*I am forever thankful that he loves the Lord with all his heart
*I am thankful that the other day he snuggled up next to me and professed that ‘yes, he would always be my baby’

In all things, God is good.  Change is inevitable. Be thankful.  Receive grace.  

As we approach Easter weekend, I also want to say that I am thankful for what My Savior did for me.  I love celebrating the birth of Christ at Christmas, but nothing stirs my heart like celebrating His resurrection on Easter Sunday!!  I have been abiding in Him through some wonderful resurrection worship music this week. I may just have to come back and share some.  πŸ™‚

*Photos taken by a very talented friend of mine. Visit her at Angela Maze Photography*

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  1. Beautiful post, Denise! My heart hurts for yours in this new season of your life… our little one are no where near leaving home and I always joke they can never leave. I just found you through the ORC… so nice to "meet" you!
    Kendra @ http://www.joyinourhome.com

  2. What a beautiful family and handsome son! My oldest is just finishing his first year of college and while it was hard to seed him go away, it has been wonderful to watch him spread his wings and grow. I am getting ready to do it again with my senior daughter, it might even be more difficult this time as it will leave us with only one child still at home. What makes me so happy tho is seeing these guys come into their own and forge ahead to become all that they can! I know you will feel the same way.

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