Gratefully Inspired

Happy Monday! Let’s start this week with an incredible story of God’s goodness, His faithfulness, and His grace. The story God has given Denise and her husband over the past year brings me such great joy! And what better way is there to start a week than with a beautiful story of faith and blessings! If you haven’t visited her blog yet, you must!

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Hi there! I’m Denise

and I blog over at Gratefully Inspired.

I am so honored that Chloe asked me to share a little bit about my story

and the things of which I am grateful for.

So here goes.

First of all, let’s get this straight – the Lord is

good. So good. This time a year ago I was recovering from a

miscarriage. Something my husband and I

never saw coming, and something that will remain with me forever.

This time a year ago the idea of having

children was still an unknown. My doctor

wasn’t sure how easy it would be for me and my body to keep a pregnancy.

So many things unknown. And for a Type A, planner like me, it took

everything in my power trust in Him. God

knew His plan for me. He knew His plan was

far better than my plan. As I sat around

the table on Thanksgiving 2012, I thanked God for the many blessings I had in

my life and I trusted. In Him I trusted.

c/o for above 3 pictures: The Coral Peacock Photography

Thanksgiving passes and my body is still healing and still “not

ready” to try again according to all medical experts. I was put on medicine that is like class

xxxxx for pregnant women and I took a pregnancy test before that came out

negative. It was going to be a long

road. Or so I thought. The second week in December I was getting

ready to celebrate my 27th birthday when my doctor asked me to take

another pregnancy test before I got on, yet, another medicine that is a big no

no for preggy ladies. The test? Positive.

What?! This could not be. Matt and I weren’t even trying.

And “I can’t get pregnant,” remember? So I waited to go in the next day and my

doctor confirmed what I had waited for.

A heartbeat. There was a life, in

fact, growing inside of me. God is so

good.

But what about all the crazy meds I had been on?! My mind immediately ran back to fear and

doubt. And again, the Lord calmed my

heart and reminded me that I have nothing to fear, because He is God.

Flash-forward ohhhhh 9 months, and boom.

On July 30, 2013 I gave birth to 8 pounds 4

ounces of perfection. God is so good

y’all.

This Thanksgiving has new meaning to me. I always strive to have a grateful

heart. I always count my blessings, but

this year? I’m so humbled by the things

God has graced me with. I’m so unworthy,

but gosh darn it so thankful. So if

anyone out there reading this is going through a troubling time.

Maybe things are more difficult this year than last.

Know that He is good and He

is God. Know that His plan truly

surpasses any plan you can possibly imagine for yourself.

And know that He is faithful. So so faithful.

Thanks so much for letting me share my little story on your

amazing blog Chloe! Y’all come see me

over at Gratefully Inspired anytime!

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There are days when I don’t feel adequate to fulfill what God has called my husband and myself to do.
The changes we have are going to be life changing
& will hopefully bring Him glory!
But when I look at the list above I am reminded that His grace is sufficient.
He chose us.
For when we are weak He is strong!

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Lost in the Right Direction

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Anyone else in the midst of this right now?
We have direction and the big picture but are still working on all of the little details.
And that is okay.
My prayer has been that He would teach me to be content in every circumstance,
and slowly but surely He is teaching.

And you know what is surprising me in the midst of this unknown?
How good this being lost feels.
I am lost in the right direction.
I am lost and the only thing I can rely on is Him.
His grace.
His goodness.
His truth.
My heart is hungry for His Word.

Could there be anything more beautiful?

Just said a prayer for each of you readers.
I may not know each of you by name, but you encourage me more than you know.
Love hearing what the Lord is doing in and through you.
If you ever have a prayer request shoot me an email- I would love come alongside you in prayer.

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.”
Proverbs 16:9

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Unfathomable

There aren’t enough words to explain everything the Lord has been teaching me recently. In the past month my husband and I have received a lot of good news and a lot of sad news. We’ve experienced everything from seeing new life brought into the world, watching a friend & 30-year old father/husband lose his courageous battle with cancer, learned of exciting adventures ahead, learned of upcoming struggles that are around the corner, and so much more.

Through all of this the Lord keeps bringing me back to one verse. It’s a famous verse that many of us have heard before, but I had always put the emphasis on the first half of the verse and didn’t pay too much attention to the rest of it. Today I am thankful for Ecclesiastes 3:11.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

What a beautiful reminder. I would be lying if I said that I always understood God’s timing and that I easily accepted all of His plans. But this verse reminds me, we cannot ‘fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” My heart is both hurting and rejoicing right now, but I am thankful that I can always rejoice in the fact that ‘He has set eternity in [my] heart.’ It’s time for me to step back, hand it all to our Heavenly Father, and rejoice in Him.

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Part of the Dance

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Henry Ford said that “failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” In life we are all guaranteed trials, failures, and difficulties. We have no control over that. What we do have control over is how we react to these experiences. What if there was no such things as failure? I think it is time that we alter our mindset to see “failure” as a teaching lesson and as something that leads us one step closer to our correct path. Mistakes are how we grow. Therefore, failure is not a bad thing. It is part of life. Embrace it. Make it part of your dance.  Don’t make perfect your standard because you will never get there. Just as God gives you grace, sometimes you need to give yourself grace. And remember, if you are failing- you are trying! The book I just finished, One Thousand Gifts, encourages you to embrace imperfections and to fully live.

“Life is 10% what happens to you & 90% how you react to it.” 
Charles R. Swindoll

Galatians 5:22-23
“But the fruit of the Spirit is 
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness and self-control.”

What would you do if there was no chance of failing?

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Self-Esteem

Each month my day planner focuses on a different topic. For the month of July the topic is self-esteem. The following is what it says:

To think more highly of ourselves than we ought is pride. But to think less of ourselves than we ought is false humility. In one sense that can be pride too: pride in our supposed humility. In between these two there is an honest appraisal of our own worth, and that is self-esteem. The Bible’s message is simple God values us highly because He loves us deeply. But we mustn’t think we are sufficient for God. Our sufficiency is in the Lord. Our value is tied to the value He places on us. That makes us people of great value indeed. Allow God to work through you to accomplish great things for Him.

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!”
Psalm 139:13-14

“You are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26