Thursday, February 9, 2012

Embracing Him

Last night as I laid in bed I felt sad... worried... anxious.
Some family situations were/are weighing heavy on my heart.
My heart so overwhelmed with emotion, I couldn't even cry or sleep. 

Fortunately the issues at hand really don't have anything to do with me. 
Unfortunately, that means there is not much I can do personally to fix it.  

Minutes passed... I began to pray. 
All the worries in the world- He has in His hands. 
He is a loving Father that can make all things new. 
Rather than fighting through the anxiousness just enough to go to sleep, 
I was going to fight it with thankfulness, peace & trust.

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.
(Hebrews 12:28-29 ESV)

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
(Colossians 2:6-7 ESV)

His love is steadfast.
(inspite of my mistakes)
He calms the storm.
(although I stirred it up)
He turns desert into pools of water,
parched land into springs of water.
(even when I put myself in the desert)
(See Psalm 107)

“We would worry less if we praised more. 
Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”
 ~ Harry Ironside

Today, I give thanks with a grateful heart. When I am weak, He makes me strong. 
When I don't have answers, He does.
Rest in Him.
Find refuge in His arms.
He is faithful and good.
Worthy to be trusted.
Righteous in all His ways.
Abounding in love.

He is all this and so much more.
More than enough to be thankful.
More than enough to rest in.
More than enough.

Ending today with a couple things that make my heart overflow with gratitude...

He was happy to oblige mommy w/ a photoshoot... NOT.

Ava sliding w/ mommy... Her laugh at the end... melts my heart

So, are you ready to embrace the camera?
here's the nitty gritty:
1.  take a picture with you and your kids/spouse/family member/friend/whatever.
2.  blog about that picture and include a link to our blog, or grab our button.
3.  link your blog post up on the link tool here (@ the anderson crew).
4.  visit the other embracers...give each other lots of compliments about how good we look with our greasy hair andsweatpants velour jogging suits on.  cause yah, we need a little boost when it's been days since our last shower.
5.  have fun!

Linking up again w/ Brown Eyed Bell(e) this week :)


  1. So sorry your family is going through stuff. I have some family stuff too that weighs heavy on me most of the time and like you most of it has nothing to do with me so that makes it harder knowing that there isn't anything I can actually do to help. So I pray a lot and I'm constantly giving it all back to God. He is in control! I'm in leadership at my MOMS group at church and right now we're going through a great book called Loving God with all your mind by Elizabeth George. We have gone through some great chapters on worry and its helped a lot.
    Hope you got the rest and sleep you needed! :)

    1. Megan, thanks for the comment. It is nice to know I'm not the only one. Maybe I'll look the book up :)

  2. I think you're pretty great. I'm also obsessed with reading what you have to say. :)

    1. haha. thanks :) I'd love to read more of what you have to say as well, Lynz.

  3. sorry to hear you have a lot of family stuff weighing heavy on you! I hate that feeling.. It's like you said though, He is in control, and will work out. I needed this post today as well.... I've been stressing a lot about my health. Thanks for linking up again :) <3

    1. Heather, I saw your tweet last night right before I went to bed about your Thankful Thursday post going up and that is the reminder I needed to be able to lay this stuff down and get my perspective straight. So, thank you for hosting this link up every week ;)

  4. I totally needed to hear this today. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing your thoughts.

    1. You are SO welcome! Thanks for the comment! I am blessed that people were touched by my words :)

  5. Such a great post and reminder often I feel "My heart so overwhelmed with emotion, I couldn't even cry or sleep." more than often....this is a great reminder to give it fully to the Lord.

    Cute pictures with Ava :-)

    1. Thank you! :) I really appreciate your comment :)

  6. Right where I am. Thankfulness in spite of it all... or maybe because of it all. ;)

  7. RE: your video. I love this age. It can be one of the most frustrating but it is definitely one of the cutest and most fun. :)


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