Monday, August 3, 2009

Monday Gladitudes

A newish bloggy friend, Gretchen, knows the importance of being glad and having the right attitude in life. So how could I not join her?! There's just too many blessings in life to not show my "gladitude" for them and to the One Who grants them.

So on to my gladdies...

1 ~ I am so glad for His Word. I am thankful for it's teaching, admonishing, and encouragement. I'm grateful that He has given us this as a means to know Him better. Why do I struggle at times to be in it daily, when all I ever am after being in it is humbled, filled, and glad?

"Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you..."Col. 3:16a

2 ~ As crazy and weird as it may sound, I was glad today as I was paying my bills. Oh, I wasn't at first. In fact, I was feeling like complaining because I was thinking that the one month I thought we would have something leftover, a few unexpected expenses just happened to pop up. But before I could get very far, I was reminded to be thankful that those curve balls came in a month when there WAS extra. It wasn't very long ago that we weren't sure how we would buy milk and I'm complaining that I don't have a little extra money?! May it never be!! He has blessed us greatly with a roof over our heads, clothes on our bodies (which you all can add to your "glads"!), and food to eat! We are blessed indeed.

3 ~ I am gladder than glad, glad beyond measure, overflowing with gladness that my sweet, dear friend, Summer was granted her heart's be a mama! After many years of infertility, God answered Summer and Mike's prayers in an amazing, special way. Their hearts have welcomed a beautiful little girl into their family!

This special lady was meant to be a mama, and God had someone very special in mind. Baby Moriah is blessed beyond measure to call this amazing woman "mama" and God has blessed them abundantly with this sweet babe. They prayed for a child. He answered. In His time. In His way. Perfectly. Only God could have orchestrated Moriah being born into their waiting arms and hearts. He chose them for each other, and if that's not something to be glad about, I don't know what is. We can't even contain our gladness for you, Mike, Summer, and Moriah!!!
At the shower that we (Karyn, Mya, and I) recently threw for Summer and Moriah, Karyn gave Summer this poem that she found and it says it in words so beautifully...

"Not flesh of my flesh,
nor bone of my bone
but still miraculously my own
never forget -not for a minute-
you weren't born under my heart
but in it."

And this picture portrays it perfectly...
And as for me having another little babe to hold? Well, that's just the gladdy goodness on top!
I did have to share her, though, and was I glad about that? I don't have to answer that.
There are probably eleventy hundred more things that I could share that have me all gladified, like the $2 pair of almost new school jeans I found for Will at Goodwill, or that we get to spend some days this weekend visiting some good friends, or that I have 3 healthy, beautiful children, or that God has blessed me with new friends that feel like old friends, or that it's summer, the sun is shining, and my kids have those really cute tan lines, or that I have two friends who are pregnant with prayed for babies, or that I rode that ride (even though it made me sick) with my son while he still wants me to do things like that with him, or that it's no longer 108 degrees outside (cause that was too hot, even for me) but, instead, I'll just leave you with these 3 things.:)

Thanks for listening while I played "The Glad Game"!

..............I know I left "Pollyanna" laying around here somewhere...................................


Tiffani said...


That pic of your friend is truly priceless and worth a thousand words...

OH how I heart the Word, too, for all the reasons you mentioned.

I was doing some online bankin' myself yesterday and fought the same urge to be a little ungrateful and feeling like we just didn't have enough (when everything was paid and food in the cabinets). Maybe I'm not running out shopping today but THAT is not a problem (relatively speaking ;) )

I just posted this morning about thrift shopping!!!! What a great find you had and don't you LOVE it?! Feels good to make that money go as far as possible, doesn't it?!

Please get off of this comment box now you're freaking me out...

Ok, I'm going I'm going!! :) :)

Carpoolqueen said...

Just cried at the pic of your friend with her new daughter. As an adopted person, few things move me more.

Gretchen said...

Gladaciously glad that you joined in. All of them were a pleasure to read, and I'm thrilled for your friend and her new dtr. The bow in the almost hair is the best. NO, wait, the little bug-like posture as she's held--that's the best. No...

It's all the best, I suppose.

Summer said...

Thanks for your "gladness" Cathy. It has been so nice getting to share this jourey with you as a friend, praying and encouraging. My bigest hope is that all will be blessed by God's goodness in our lives and be touched by the testimony He has entrusted to us through Moriah! Love ya! Your words made me cry all over again.

Erin said...

I LOVE that beautiful picture of Summer's tears has she held that sweet little girl! Moriah will be blessed to have a mommy who loves and wants her so much!

Acker Family said...

Love that post...what a great reminder to be glad/thankful with what God's given us! I especially love the sweet baby pictures!! God is so good to your friend! What a blessing-and you look right at home holding that sweet babe! :) I thought of this post as I was paying bills today. It was a harder month, but I kept reminding myself (thanks to you!) that we have a roof over our heads, food to eat and a loving family. He's always providing! Thanks for the encouragement!

Amber said...

Guess what?!?!?

I'm glad for you.

Because I heart you. Like crazy business.

Family of 5 said...

What a Gladilcious post! :) Love the new Glad game! You are so creative! And what blessings babies are! God is so good! I have so missed catching up on your blog while I was in I don't have time to comment on every post, I did read them all! And looks like you had a GRAND time on those rides at the BITE! :) Way to be a kid again!