“Blessed” to Overflowing in 2015

2015 was the year my cup overflowed.  As the year began, I joined other bloggers in writing about a “Word for 2015,” not yet knowing how well my chosen word would fit.

In the previous few years, we’d had our share of difficult times: burying far too many loved ones, job loss, financial difficulties, losing our first home, losing our fifth baby… We were thankful for the Lord’s strength and grace that got us through, but I was hopeful that 2015 would see us heading in a new direction.  I prayed about my word for the year and went with “Blessed.” I had hopes about what that might look like, but I reminded myself, “No matter what trials and difficulties I may face, Father, help me always remember that I am blessed.”

overflowingOh, am I blessed.  This past year the Lord heaped blessing upon blessing for our family, and I finished the year feeling like the fountain in our new back yard that just keeps filling up and spilling over.  We moved into a beautiful little house where not only do my children have space to run around, they’ve also been given wonderful neighbors with whom to do it.  We welcomed Nathaniel into our family, healthy after some respiratory complications due to his early arrival.  Actually, everyone has been remarkably healthy this year.  Eric and I celebrated our ninth anniversary, and we’re more in love than ever.  We have so much for which to be thankful.

I know life won’t always be like 2015, but it was a beautiful respite from the trials and struggles that normally face us.  I am humbled and awed by the blessings of this past year, and I feel like I can now take a deep breath and plunge into the future, whatever it may hold.  And while I don’t expect new houses and babies to keep pouring down on us, the truest blessings will always be ours in abundance.

“…You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Psalm 23:5-6