The week before Thanksgiving break I was so ready to be home from work and school. I am a wife, a mom, a teacher and a grad student. I wanted to be home and enjoying Thanksgiving break with my family. On this Wednesday I had a list of things on my mind. So, needless to say I was a little “consumed with things.” I don’t like being in survival mode, but I was in survival mode in everything. I was physically and mentally exhausted.
On this particular Wednesday, Shelby, my 9-year-old daughter, shared something with me. In her excited voice, she said, “Mom I did the Question of the Week!” The question this week for the school was, “What are you thankful for?” Shelby had written with all her big 9-year-old heart: “I am thankful for God being on the cross, and my family and my pets.” I smiled, hugged and kissed her, and my mommy heart was overwhelmed. My eyes began to well up. What a blessing Shelby is and the message she had written spoke to me.
A few minutes later I heard Paxton had responded to the question of the week. Paxton had written with all his big 8-year-old heart: “I am thankful for God because he made us and created us. I am thankful for my family.” My mommy heart was overwhelmed once more. What a blessing Paxton is and what a great reminder to be thankful.
What blessings my children are, and what a blessing their messages were on those little index cards. Those sentences, messages written by my children, had completely overtaken me. God was speaking to me. He was saying “Be thankful.”
He knew my heart was tired and I was exhausted. He was saying, “Be thankful.” I had allowed myself to become overwhelmed and consumed with things, and with life. I needed to see all this from a different perspective. I needed to be thankful for ALL the blessings in my life. I needed to be thankful for being a wife, a mom, a teacher, and a grad student. God had given me all these gifts in my life and that day I wasn’t seeing things from that viewpoint (and it was the week before Thanksgiving!).
God has blessed me and I needed to see things as my children saw them. My children were thankful for so much.
My two happy mommy moments reminded me of two things:
- From which perspective am I viewing life? EVERYWHERE around me there are constant reminders of the blessings God bestows on us.
- God speaks to me through my children. I need to listen more often!!
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations. Psalm 100:4-5
Children are a gift from the Lord. Psalm 127:3
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