James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father”
As I scroll through my Google Photos, I smile. I see photo evidence of all the memories You have allowed us to make with our precious son in the last 11 months. Thank you for this child of mine, that you entrusted to me. Thank you for the precious gift of life that we were able to witness last December. Thank you for the technology of camera phones, for the ability to capture all of my favorite moments that I never want to forget, even if it is the 56th photo of my baby sleeping.
Speaking of sleeping, I love how you made babies and children look so angelic while they sleep. Even on the most trying of days, I am especially thankful when I see his still, sweet, innocent sleepy face. I also am so grateful for sleep for myself, that is something I used to take for granted. Sleep is so vital to tackle another day that You have blessed us with.
Sometimes I am guilty of wishing the day away, counting down the minutes until bedtime. But You want me to be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18), even in the harder moments. So I will choose to be thankful even for a snotty nose to wipe, even on the days he’s a whining, crying baby. I am also grateful for healthcare professionals that know how to care for our children in ways we do not.
Being a first time mom there are many things I needed to learn. I am thankful for “a village” to help us raise our kids. Aunts and Uncles are always willing to help out, and give him all the attention he desires. Grandparents are such a gift for all their support, and for loving their grand-kids more than words can say. And I’m thankful for Christ-like friends that I can call and text in any moment to vent or for advice.
I am thankful for all the kisses, belly laughs, and milestones to be a part of. I am thankful to be able to stay home- to teach him and be here for all his “firsts”. Lord, it is my desire to stay in the moment. I don’t want the things of this world to blind me, because I know I cannot get today’s minutes back. In the midst of all the challenges and joys I experience in each stage of parenting, may I lean deeper into You. I know that in doing so I will speak and act as you want me to, and reflect Your face to my sweet child. Thank you for choosing me to be his mommy.
And I am thankful for our humble home to live all these daily moments in, and for a hard-working husband to provide for our home. I am ever so thankful you blessed me with a man who loves You, and who loves me as Christ loved the church. (Eph. 5:25) I have many more reasons to be thankful, but for now…
Thank you Lord for sending your Son to die and rise again for my salvation and the salvation of my child. I am undeserving of all of these things, but to You I will praise for all of your gifts!