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B is for . . . Blessings

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It’s been a hard year. We’ve watched people we love struggle valiantly, fearfully, against illness. We’ve stood by helplessly, unable to pull them from the brink. We’ve watched their courage. We’ve watched their grace. We’ve watched.

It’s been a hard year.

And yet. And yet I remind myself every day of my blessings. I get to watch my children laugh. I get to help my daughter dress for school each day. In another part of the world, two hundred girls may never go to school again. They may never again hug their parents. They may never know peace. Today, I get to hold my daughter tight, protecting her from the cruel world, if only for one fleeting moment of embrace.

I get to race around my kitchen, scrambling to keep up with my growing son’s appetite. I get to watch him grow bigger and stronger with each passing day. I get to watch him transform from a curious baby into a joyful little boy, seemingly overnight. I get to be the center of his world, if only for a little while longer.

I think about my blessings every day, because gratitude defends me from the darkness. I try to remember the teachings of Buddhism. Accept. Let go. Tell me it’s going to be OK, I want to shout to someone, anyone. But the truth is, it may not be OK. But it will be. Wherever the road ahead leads, it must be traveled, and with as much peace and strength as I can muster.

And as I travel through the darkness, my blessings light the way, illuminating my path like beckoning flames, reminding me that however difficult the road, I do not walk it alone.

I am blessed.

27 Comments

  1. Our children keep us focused and give us hope that things can and will be better. They teach us lessons of love and show us the beauty in innocence and the simple everyday things around us. We are indeed blessed.

  2. There is always something to be grateful for, and as we remember this, we manage to get through another day one day at a time. :) XOXO-Kasey

  3. beautifully written! After today, I see things so differently and I’m so thankful that I have the things and people I NEED now and not the things I WANT… I think today put a whole new twist on things, and I love this post. :)

  4. Love this. All of it painfully and perfectly true.

  5. What a wonderful post. It’s so hard sometimes to see the good in life when you’re in the middle of a bad day. This is a sweet reminder.

    • Thank you! This post was very personal to me, and it’s so uplifting to hear others connecting with it as well. I hope you have plenty of good in life to focus on…and thanks for the comment!

  6. That was so beautifully written and heart felt. Beautiful reminder to be grateful for the many blessings in our lives. Thanks for sharing your heart!

  7. Gratitude does have a way of changing our perspective.

  8. We should always stop and think for the good we are given rather than lose ourselves in negativity. Great post !! Children always teach us something.

  9. We should always stop and think about the good things that we are given rather than focus on negativity. Children always teach us something.

  10. Sometimes it’s hard to see past the negativity, even when there’s so much to be grateful for in our lives! I thank God everyday for my children because they are usually who God uses to show me all the positives in my life 😉 Thank you for sharing!

  11. What a beautiful post and a great reminder to stay grateful!

  12. Thank you for the reminder. My friend and I were lamenting our problems last night and resolved to find the blessings and miracles in our daily lives rather than being swallowed by our latest grief.

  13. This was so beautiful. “gratitude defends me from the darkness.” Okay, seriously want to get that printed on something and frame it and hang it in my home. Because how true is that?

    I read recently someone’s interpretation of Christ’s sermon on the mount. When He talks about the sparrows of the air, the lilies of the field, and how our father in heaven cares for them. How many sparrows or lilies are we worth? Are our lives worth?

    And yet, he clothes them with all that they need. So how much more will He clothe us? How much more will He give us? Provision is such a “small” thing to us, yet we can envelop ourselves with worry over it. Not saying that it isn’t understandable at all be worried in this world. But how refreshing it is that we can find peace and comfort amidst the storm.

    But this was just so beautiful. Hoping you have found some comfort, my friend. Love your writing!

  14. I love this. Lately, I’ve been asking my kids to name blessings when they’re sad or in a bad mood. I’ve been trying to do the same thing. It really is easy to slip into complaining and discontent, when really our lives are so easy, so beautiful, so amazing. Thanks for the reminder. I needed it.

  15. It is so important to practice daily gratitude… it doesn’t have to be in a formal way, but just taking time to appreciate these things! Love this!

  16. Awww,,,this is so beautiful. It really is. Always look on the bright side of things, right? You are here. Your kids are here. Enjoy it!

  17. Beautiful sentiments! I was so happy to see your post! You are right – when life gets tough it’s important to remember just how blessed we truly are. Thanks so much for linking up with us!

  18. This is heart wrenching and so true. I feel like lately I’ve been hanging onto my kids extra tight every time I get a chance. Thank you for linking up!

  19. This is SO fitting right now and you wrote it over a year ago. I always love your writing. I love how this piece has a different gait than your other pieces which really underscores what you’re saying. Thanks for linking up <3

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