by Pastor Brenda Thomas
Have you ever been overwhelmed and overjoyed by an act of kindness or expression of love? Maybe at an event, or occurrence, where you were honored and your hard work was recognized. Perhaps it was an unexpected gift or blessing from the Lord that left you at a loss for words, but a heart filled with thanksgiving and gratitude?
Our family was recently blessed by the birth of two new granddaughters born about three weeks apart. I have refrained from flooding my blog and ministry page with pictures and comments, but the time has come to share my joy!
Eden arrived on March 28th. She was welcomed by her delighted parents, James & Esther. I was not present the day she was born in Missouri but I arrived as soon as I could. The following picture (or picture below) is our first meeting when she was only a few days old. Pretty sure she was thinking, “Grammy you are Amazing!”
And then, Lucy made her appearance in Southern California on April 22nd. Her parents, John & Lindy and, of course, her big sister Olivia, were all overjoyed the day she was born. I had the privilege of taking Olivia to the hospital to meet her baby sister for the first time. Her excitement and reaction were priceless! As she held little Lucy she looked up & said, “It isn’t a dream, I’m really a big sister!” Check out the following photo (or photo below)..a picture is worth a thousand words!
Have you ever had a dream in your heart that seemed impossible to be fulfilled, but God brought it to pass?! Hopefully you were as excited as Olivia and reacted with tons of joy, delight & thanksgiving!
When Olivia uttered those very passionate words it reminded me of this passage in Psalm 126:1-3. I particularly like it in The Message translation; it reads:
“It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God returned Zion’s exiles. We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune. We were the talk of the nations—”God was wonderful to them!” God was wonderful to us; we are one happy people.”
The birth of these two precious babies made me do all the above! I feel extremely blessed, happy and fortunate. All I can say is God has been wonderful to me. I AM ONE HAPPY GRAMMY!
I trust you have had occasions in your life where a dream has been realized or a tremendous blessing overtook you to the degree that all you could utter was, “God has been wonderful to me!”
If you are in a season right now where you are standing, expecting and anticipating a breakthrough or a harvest on seeds you have sown, let me encourage you with the rest of this passage in Psalm 126:4-6:
“And now, God, do it again—bring rains to our drought-stricken lives So those who planted their crops in despair will SHOUT HURRAHS AT THE HARVEST, So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with ARMLOADS OF BLESSING!” (MSG/Emphasis Mine)
My arms are full of the blessings of the Lord!! May yours abound with the blessings you are believing for!