What I’m Giving Up

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When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. 10 And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. 11 At that moment the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!”

12 “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.”

This morning as I was reading about Abraham willing to sacrifice his only son to God it made me question what I was willing to give up. Though God does not ask us to sacrifice as they did then, we are still asked to sacrifice our control of EVERYTHING! We can’t let him have control over some parts of our lives and not all because when we do we are saying that He is not powerful, strong, or capable enough to handle the things He has given us.

The strongest command he has given us is to LOVE! So today, I am going to start by working on how I view the people in my life. How would God want me to LOVE His son (my husband), His children (my kids), and ALL of His other children (my friends). LOVE can be hard at times. That’s when we sacrifice what we feel or think about a situation or person and just LOVE.

How are you going to LOVE today? Are you going to turn the cheek when cross words are spoken or your day is falling apart and your family is demanding so much when all you want is a break? Will you offer the same grace to others that God gives you daily?

I don’t want to hold anything back from him.

It all belongs to him anyway. I hope to let him guide me in how I LOVE through my walk today.

Blessed!

This past year has been one to remember…but only the good! After reading a post from Courtney DeFeo about appreciating 2014 before stressing over 2015 has prompted me to do the same. Click here to read her post and check out what amazing things she has done this past year.

I looked back at pictures starting in January of 2014 and realized how many firsts that we experienced this year!

I followed a calling and started this blog!

My trips transitioned from cribs to big beds.

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They were potty trained over Spring Break! Whoop, Whoop! No pictures to share there!

I was recognized as Teacher of the Year at my school! What an amazing honor!

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All my babies were in Nigel and Aaron Lynn’s wedding.

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They all played T-ball together. We found out that it just wasn’t the girls thing.

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Caleb graduated from the 3 year old class at FUMC.

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We had a lot of fun on our vacation.

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Caleb started Pre-K!! Oh my!!

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Girls started dance…they love it!

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Trips turned 3!!!!

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Boys first trip to an Atlanta Braves game.

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Brody’s first time playing soccer with his big brother.

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Fall Festival with cousin Jenna and Kole.

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Emma’s first hunting trip.

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My baby turning 5!!!! I can’t believe it!

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Although 2014 was a year of firsts and joy it also contains things I have intentionally not included, because I only want to remember these things.  I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions because I’m more like a daily resolution person. However, I do hope to laugh more with my family, play more with my kids, and enjoy life as it comes.

Although I know as I write this that it’s not going to be as easy as it sounds. Real life gets in the way, but I intend to make a bigger effort of how I respond to how life comes at me. I’m pretty certain I will fail at this a few times, but I will press on and I hope to get it right a few times too. One important lesson that I’ve learned this year is that God doesn’t ask us to be perfect, but He loves our imperfect progress!

Now go and reflect on your blessings and feel free to share yours with me!