I want to share something with y'all today that is such a huge blessing to my heart. I chose the word "blessed" instead of blessing because even during those times that I struggle, I KNOW in my heart how blessed I am. I've said many times over the years that my depression is my "thorn in the flesh", as Paul put it. And, like Paul, I've prayed to our heavenly Father to take it away. But, just as He chose not to remove it from Paul, I still have to endure it from time to time. Trust me when I say I'm doing better.
But, to the story of my blessing.
Around 40 years ago I asked my Grandmother to sell me a small portion of a field she owned so that Pappy and I could put a mobile home there before we got married the next spring. She said no. I was absolutely devastated. I remember going back home and laying across my bed just heartbroken that she had refused. Now fast forward about 35 years. My brother moved back to this area and when he was ready to build his home my Mom gave him a piece of wooded property that he had always loved. A couple of years ago, she deeded the other piece that belonged to her to Pappy and me. And, you've probably guessed by now that it was the exact property that I had asked my Mamaw to purchase 40 years ago.
Pappy and I went down and did a little work yesterday and I walked to the back alone and stood listening to what I'm pretty sure was a cardinal chirping in the woods and I became overwhelmed with gratitude of just what God had done for me. I had only asked for a small portion at the front and He blessed me with so much more. It's a beautiful piece of land and the desire of my heart is to someday live there. Pappy thinks that's just crazy, but I think he's looking at it from a human perspective as to how can we EVER afford that, which we can't, but I told him that it has nothing to do with us.....
it's all up to God and His will for our future!
I'd love to build a home to the right of that hickory tree.
A view looking in the other direction.
The wooded area at the back where I stood in gratitude and praise to the ONE who provides and gifts and most of all LOVES in spite of who we are.
you will find me.
HOPE each of you has an awesomely blessed Wednesday!