With the holidays fast approaching, I just want to take a moment to step back and truly praise God for the blessings He has provided this year. With everything going on and with how busy life can get, it's easy for the the true meaning of Christmas to be covered by all the "extra wrapping".
So, as the old song goes,
"Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done."
This year has been full of changes, but each and every one has been a reminder of God's sovereignty over our lives.
The boys continue to grow both physically and spiritually, which in it of itself is such a joy to watch. And having them home, watching them discover the world through their homeschooling, helps me to appreciate the way the Lord has built them, each different and yet still in His image.
More than that, having them exposed to ministry life and having them see what both my husband and I strive to accomplish within our church family and ministry community keeps me accountable to the responsibility we have been privileged with to both our children and to God's Kingdom.
Lastly, on a personal note, I praise God for His continuing gift of endurance and strength. Starting your own business is never easy, but CIEL has been such a huge undertaking as well as an enormous blessing that I cannot wait to see what else the Lord has in store for this coming New Year.
So, there you have it, so many changes, so many blessings, so much to thank the Lord for. How about you? I would love to hear about the blessings in your life.