Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 107:11
As 2011 begins my heart is full of gratefulness to the Lord for all he has done. This was the fifth Christmas since we adopted. The holidays have been especially rough for Troy and Mikey. Between Thanksgiving and the middle of January each year had become an established pattern of emotional turmoil. We would think things were going pretty well, then suddenly we would plunge into a wild roller coaster ride of behavior issues. I love the holidays, but for this reason there was some wariness in my heart as they approached.
However, God showed us his power to heal hurting hearts, and we had such a special Christmas. This year we watched our boys eagerly beg us to open their presents to us first. We saw them joyfully interacting with all their siblings and genuinely being happy. They poured out love to those around them, and there was not a single angry outburst. It was the best present a mom could ask for, and I'm so proud of our boys for allowing Jesus' love to enter their lives and change them.
"Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders." Psalm 107:32
"He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs; there he brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle." Psalm 107:35-36
Most of all I'm grateful to God through whom all things are made possible.
"Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy." Psalm 107:21,22