Acorns From Oakes

Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

How Blessed I Am

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A four-month old sweetheart named Adi, a four-year old angel named Skylar, and an eight-week old prince named Trapper…were all at my house last week. Only one of my precious grandchildren (two and a half-year old, darling, Remi, from California) couldn’t be present-her momma is expecting my fifth (yes, I said fifth!) grandchild in January and some early contractions curtailed the travel plans.

But, as it was, I got to hold first one baby…then the other. Skylar and I got to read books and watch videos and play and play and play. But equaling my joy at being with this trio of delight was watching and listening to their parents react to them. These three babes live their lives in an atmosphere of enraptured love, devoted attention and willing sacrifice. Their parents are completely enamored with them. Dirty diapers, spilled food, spit-up, loss of sleep, loud crying, illness, crankiness and ceaseless work cannot diminish one bit of the lustre of having these babies in our lives. Not one bit!

When I was in high school, I fully expected to be drafted and sent to the war in Vietnam upon my graduation. I couldn’t visualize myself as a married man with a family of my own, because I didn’t expect to survive. But look what God has done! Whatever happens in the future as God may give it, if you ever hear me bemoaning my circumstances…please remind me of what I wrote here…if God never, ever gave me another gift, no one…not me or anyone else…could truthfully say that I was cheated. I have been blessed far beyond accounting in the family and friends of my life. And underneath and surrounding it all…multiplying the joys…are the everlasting arms of Father God Who is helping us build for eternity where there will be no more comings and goings…only stayings…forever to share the delights of His company together. I am truly blessed. And though I don’t know exactly the will of God for the course of your life on earth…I know this…He intends, only and always, your good…that which ennobles and enables you…which frees and lifts you…which steadies and strengthens you…that which builds eternity in your heart also.

What has your heart so full today that you must share it with us?

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4 thoughts on “How Blessed I Am

  1. It makes my heart happy to know these little children. It makes my heart happy to see Vicki and Doug so happy with these children.
    We miss Adrian very, very much but God continues to show us what life is about, Family, Love, Hugging, Holding and Time with each other.
    I had my good times as an older sister to my sister and brothers. I did for them and loved them all my life. And now I see Doug’s children going thru these stages. Growing together, Skylar being gentle with Trapper and helping her Mom. I helped my Mom with her children. I was always good with them would never let any harm come to them if I could help it.

    It is a very nice plan God had to be part of a Family.

    What a sweet picture of the children together in this Blog Doug.

    Thanks – does my heart good.

    DOES MY HEART GOOD TO, SIS. I AGREE…IT IS A VERY NICE PLAN GOD HAD TO BE PART OF A FAMILY…ESPECIALLY HIS FAMILY. I AM CONTINUALLY AMAZED AT ALL HE HAS DONE AND IS DOING TO CARE FOR AND TO GROW HIS FAMILY OF FAITH AND GRACE. FAMILIES WHO LEAN ON HIM RATHER THAN ON THEIR OWN UNDERSTANDING WILL FIND THEMSELVES ON A PATH THAT MAKES “FAMILY” LAST FOREVER. THAT’S WHAT I’M COUNTING ON. I LOVE YOU.

  2. I like hearing about the good time you had over the holidays … your grandchildren are precious … and it’s obvious that idea is not lost on you.

    I can sense the overwhelming thankfulness you are feeling right now for blessings that you never expected to receive or experience.

    I can remember a time in my life when my spirit was so low that I never imagined I would experience genuine happiness or even contentment. I never dreamed I could believe in a promise of salvation.

    Today as I sit … trying to answer your question about what makes my heart full I really am overwhelmed. To some, my life seems boring and quite frankly, lonely. But to me … it is a blessing beyond my full comprehension. I have a peace in my life that, as promised, passes understanding. I have an (almost) unwavering belief in the unconditional love of my Father … even when I feel like a wretched, unworthy sinner. I worship with a group of prodigals that I know will never point a finger, or look down on me. I have a better understanding of the “uncircumstancial” love given by friends than I ever would have asked for. I come home each night to a peaceful home where my heart can rest and where I feel safe.

    Thank you for making me stop and not just remember, but share, just how blessed I am.

    AND THANK YOU, PAIGE, FOR STOPPING…FOR REMEMBERING…FOR SHARING SOME OF THE GOOD THINGS THAT FATHER GOD IS BLESSING YOU WITH THESE DAYS. I DON’T THINK ANY OF THE THINGS YOU MENTIONED ARE BORING. I REJOICE WITH YOU AT HIS GOODNESS TO YOU. I AM GRATEFUL THAT THOUGH YOU HAVE “ALONE” TIME, YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE NEVER ALONE IN THAT BAD WAY…BUT THAT GOD IS TRUE TO HIS WORD TO “BE” YOUR HOME…YOUR REFUGE…YOUR STRONG TOWER…YOUR EVER-PRESENT HELP IN TIME OF NEED AND YOUR EVER-PRESENT COMPANION IN TIMES OF PEACE AND REST. I AM GLAD YOU ARE ACCEPTING MORE AND MORE HIS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE OF YOU…AND THAT YOU ARE OPENING MORE AND MORE TO YOUR FRIENDS’ UNCIRCUMSTANCIAL LOVE OF YOU. (I LIKE THAT WORD “UNCIRCUMSTANCIAL” AND WOULD LIKE YOU TO TELL ME MORE OF WHAT YOU HAVE IN MIND WITH THAT…WHEN YOU CAN). THE THANKFUL HEART YOU HAVE, PAIGE, ALLOWS FATHER GOD TO SHOWCASE THE WAY OF SALVATION FOR YOU (HAVE YOU READ PSALM 50:23 LATELY?). I HOPE TODAY FINDS YOU LOVING HIM EVEN MORE. AND I HOPE THAT WILL BE TRUE FOR YOU DAILY.

  3. How precious…your g-babies and your words!! I am so glad that you got to have so much of your family around to love on.

    I am so blessed to have this “second” chance at life. I really could have had an easy uneventful life…but my selfish, stupid choices made my life a horrible, miserable, disaster…no sort of life at all. But God, in His great mercy, kept me alive and kept working things and moving people around to get just the right circumstances that would touch my heart and change the course of my life. He opened the way for me to see my way back to Him. And once I was back with Him, He poured blessing after blessing on me. I have friends that love me…and I have no doubt of that love. That is a first for me. I have a nice, peaceful home and good children. I see them healing from their wounds and becoming the sort of people God intended them to be. I have a place to worship God that feels like “home” to me…I have made good heart-type friends there and I have been able to grow closer to God and see His work in my life and in others around me. My perspective on what God intends for me and expects of me has been forever changed…for the good.

    Thank you Father for your grace and never-ending mercy. I am blessed.

    SHERRY, THE WORK OF GOD THAT YOU DESCRIBE IN YOUR LIFE SOUNDS JUST LIKE HIM TO ME. I CAN JUST IMAGINE HIM TAKING SUCH PLEASURE ANTICIPATING YOUR REACTION TO THE THINGS HE WORKED OUT TO HELP YOU ON YOUR WAY BACK HOME TO HIM. HE KNEW THAT DEEP DOWN THIS WAS NOT ONLY WHAT YOU NEEDED…BUT WHAT YOU WANTED. I THINK OF THE JOY MY WIFE TAKES IN PREPARING SOME SPECIAL HOLIDAY DISH THAT ONE OF OUR CHILDREN LOVES…THE THOUGHT OF THEM ENJOYING THE FRUIT OF HER WORK FOR THEM…JUST ENERGIZES HER SO. SHE GOES ON AND ON TO BRING A SMILE TO THEIR FACE.
    TRULY THE BLESSINGS OF THE FATHER’S HOUSE ARE INNUMERABLE. WE CANNOT CONTAIN OR EVEN COUNT THEM ALL. WE GAZE UPON THESE WONDERS WITH LARGE EYES AND MOUTHS WIDE OPEN LIKE A CHILD IN A TOY DEPARTMENT RIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. THE SAFETY AND HEALING OF YOUR CHILDREN…THE FELLOWSHIP OF “REAL” CHRISTIANS WHO ARE WILLING TO ADMIT THE TRUTH AND WORSHIP GOD FROM THE HEART AND WITH HEARTS THAT CARE ABOUT OTHERS…THE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW MORE LIKE JESUS AND TO BE ALWAYS LOVING HIM MORE…FOR THE FRESHNESS OF MERCY…NEW LIKE THE DEW EVERYDAY…TRULY YOUR CUP OF BLESSING IS FULL. THANK YOU, SHERRY, FOR LETTING IT OVERFLOW UPON US. IT’S A PRIVILEGE TO KNOW YOU IN THIS LIFE AND TO READ SOMETHING OF YOUR HEART FROM TIME TO TIME.

  4. email girl on said:

    Your grandbabies are just beautiful. I’m so glad you got to share your holiday with them. I can tell they just filled up your heart and made this holiday a special one for you.

    I didn’t comment sooner because wanted to be able to say what I am full of…only I couldn’t think of anything positive that fills me up. Then it hit me…the love of my children fills me up. They are so awesome. I have 3 great kids whom I adore and I know they love me too. I hope that someday they can grow to forgive me for being less than expedient at removing mysef and them from this volitile situation in which we live. In the meantime I know that they know I love them and I hope they can understand someday, that although my best wasn’t always enough, it was what I had to work with. I love them and I hope they will never doubt that.

    Thanks Doug for always making me think.

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