Wednesday, July 15, 2009

fabulously, glorious day


Look at all of His glorious creations. Magnificent, aren't they? Would you believe, my Friend, that about 18 months ago, our family looked more like this pathetically sun-scorched sunflower that my kids and I are trying to grow?

No kidding.

Each of my children were working through some fairly significant struggles (post-traumatic stress disorder, attention-deficit-hyperactive-disorder and an attachment disorder.)

Geoff and I? Well, we just had a whole-lot-o-stress-disorder. Oh, and the I-honestly-don't-think-we're-ever-gonna-survive-this-disorder.

Thankfully, God is the Giver of hope. He is a faithful God. And, He never, ever gives us more than we can handle. Each and every struggle He allows us to experience is for our good and not our harm.

The photographs prior to the "sunflower-trying-to-survive-it's-own-little-disorder", are a testament to God's love, grace, and mercy.

He is SO good.

And I am so very, very, very thankful for all He has done in (and for) me, my husband and each of our incredible children.

He took our brokenness, pain and struggle and made our lives more beautiful than we ever could have imagined.

Great is our joy. Full are our hearts. Bright are our smiles. No pain is every wasted. No tear ever ignored.
He makes all things new.
"The created world was bound to fail.
But that was not the result of its own choice.
It was planned that way by the One who made it.
God planned to set the created world free.
He didn't want it to rot away completely.
Instead, he wanted it to have the same
glorious freedom that his children have."
Romans 8:20—21 (NIrV)

Do you need hope? Seek Him. Do you need patience? Seek Him. Do you need a miracle? Seek Him.

In Him you find everything you need and oh-so-much more.

When I say that I am LIVING A BLESSED LIFE, my Friend, I truly mean it.

He is a good God. And He loves YOU!

(By the way, He's worked so many miracles in my life that I'm still holding out hope that our sad little sunflower will be delivered from it's own disorder as well! Stay tuned...)

To Him be the glory,

7 comments:

Sarah Dawn said...

Amy,

Delighted to find you. Your blog title caught my eye, and I just had to stop by. So glad I did. Your post (although I cannot see the pictures) splashed me in God's goodness and faithfulness.

I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to follow along as we begin our paperwork to bring home our little ones from Ethiopia as well.

Can't wait to see how all of your sunflowers bloom in His light.

Hugs from this missionary mommy,
Sarah Dawn

Andrea said...

Praise God His mercies are new every morning! :o) He is indeed a good God!
Blessings
Andrea

mommy24treasures said...

thank you for coming by my blog. I love yours! What an uplifting place to visit! love the tip you gave me we will e trying it!
ahh we have gone through some traumatic stress too, with one of our adopted children. Thank God He is King and the healer of their hearts.:)
have a wonderful day:)

Becky Ryder said...

You have such a good attitude thru all your trials (even though you may not always think so!). You kiddies look like such fun.

Thanks for the encouraging words, its awesome to see God work in our children's lives:)

Girly Girl Mommy said...

Encouraged, yet again.

Thanks for your sweet words on my blog yesterday.
Blessings,
Kelly

Jennifer said...

Wow.

What a breathtaking weaving of photos and words -- into a beautiful Tapestry of Testimony!

Blessings to you ...

ellie said...

hope. sometimes i think, what else is there? hope. keep it. hope, then faith . . .