This year in particular seems to have brought more pain, disappointments, tears, fears, discontentment and much more. Others have been hurt, have lost loved ones recently or over the years, and the hurt, at times is too much to bear. People think, what’s to celebrate? It’s that time of the year when holidays are around the corner and everyone begins to get busy with family gatherings, shopping and worrying about getting the perfect gifts.
However, I wanted to take the time to reflect and to thank God for the blessings in our lives. Inspite of all of the negative, I found myself wanting to see the good that has happened specifically in my family life and in Adrian’s life. We have been extremely blessed because God has put special people in our lives at the right time between. People come along at the right time with an encouraging word, a hug, helpful advice and or just a helping hand. You have heard me say that Adrian is truly a special boy. Without saying a word, he makes you fall in love with him. We have had people come into our lives who have helped and shown me what it is to advocate for our son: not just to respond yes to anything that has been said or recommended to me for Adrian. People have offered their expertise, have directed me in ways that I could never have imagined. I know that the source of this direction is God. These individuals have offered their help with open arms and have never asked for anything in return. For that I, am forever grateful.
Because of all of this, three years ago we decided that we wanted to be a blessing for other families as well. We have been able to give back to the community and want to grow to bring hope, and a glimpse of light to an area in our life that at times seems dark and lonely even when do not believe that there is no “good" in sight. We are extremely grateful for those people who have taken the time to open up their hearts and lives to us who without questioning us, have said we are here if you need anything. See, we have all said it, but I have experienced it because people have allowed their lives to be interrupted to help us.
As for us, we hope we can be like those who have an open heart and put people's needs first before our own because at the end, our God will supply our needs at the right time and on his time. Let’s keep our minds and hearts open to see where people are hurting and show our kids that putting people first is one of the biggest blessings and satisfactions we can endure. So this Thanksgiving, let’s take the time to reflect and really think of the good things that have happened and not just the superficial or materialistic things we have. Let us all think of something from within that has left an imprint in our lives.
My name is Gail and I am a mother to three amazing children, Adrian (age 8) and a set of twins Aby & AJ (age 4). I have been married to my best friend for almost 13 years and I’m so thankful God blessed me with a supportive, loving man after God’s own heart. Our family is blessed in so many ways and to even describe how thankful we are for His love and grace is beyond words. One of our favorite verses that we love is.. “But seek first the kingdom of GOD and His righteousness, and all these things shall added to you” – Matthew 6:33.