In 2010 when my husband and I moved back to where we grew up I had a very difficult time acclimating back to small-town living. I had just given birth to our fourth child 2 months prior and we were temporarily living with my parents… we had made an offer on three different houses and all three contracts had fallen through. I wanted to go back “home” to Houston, Texas where our three youngest at the time were born, the place where I learned who I was as a wife and a mom. There were many tear-filled days and nights for me during that first year (or two!) back in North East Texas.
Thankfully, God used the words of a close friend to encourage me… she counseled me to count my blessing and to commit them to paper every day. I realized that I had become forgetful like the Israelites – I had forgotten the multitudes of His mercies (Psalm 106:7).
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.”Psalm 103:2 NKJV
I had read these verses in the past, but God breathed new meaning into them for me. Through Scripture, I was reminded that once we believe in Jesus for Everlasting Life, we are blessed by God with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ we are…
- Sealed with the Spirit
Almost a decade later, I am grateful for the “pleasant land” God brought my family to. It is a place where my children have been able to truly come to know and love their great grandparents and grandparents, a community through which He has pruned my discontentment and deepened my desire to defend the fatherless. He has changed my perspective through His Word and His people and for that I give Him thanks and praise!