Blessings along the way

God has been good and gracious to fill my days lately with little reminders of His love for me.  I had a wonderful weekend with family, as my parents and my sister and her family came for an early-birthday celebration.  It is good just to be with people I love.  Clay was off work Saturday, so we got another weekend with two days of family time.  I got to snuggle my new niece who is somehow attached to me even though she hasn’t seen me since right after she arrived in the country, and she knows that I’m the one who taught her how to make a monkey face.  They were all gone by Monday afternoon, but Clay was home by 6:00, so we had a good evening together as a family.  Yesterday he was home before 5:00 and we’re starting to cautiously like this new route.  Elisabeth slept from 8:30 last night to 5:30 this morning.  I have two big girls who like to snuggle with their mommy when they wake up, and I get to hear, “Mommy, I want to sit in your wap.” on a regular basis.  I have a night and day alone with my husband to look forward to this weekend.  We have money to go Christmas shopping with due the the generosity of a relative.  It’s very easy to get caught up in listing the prayers that God has not answered yet, or has not answered the way I wanted Him to, but my eyes are open this morning to the good gifts that He pours out on me every day.  Yes, we’re in a situation that is less than our ideal, yes there are several things we’d like to change, and yes, God is good and Sovereign and working for us while we wait for Him.  Abigail’s memory verse this week is Isaiah 30:15:  “In quietness and trust shall be your strength.”  This morning my heart is quiet, my mind is quiet, I am trusting my good God to do as He wills with my life, to pour the cup that He wishes for me to drink, and I am strong.  How great is our God.

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2 Responses to Blessings along the way

  1. Clay and Monica,

    I love the transparency you show in your blog…this is beautiful. I happened across it when “tagging” for family and religion categories. I work for KidTrek, a ministry designed to support the local church in doing what you are doing with your own kids…walking with them through life (Deuteronomy 6:7). I am on the “look out” for like-minded” brothers/sisters in Christ who desire to reach “at-risk” families with the Gospel. If you get a chance, visit our website at where you can learn more about what we are doing; it also has a link to our blog as well. God made the family for a purpose: to reflect his glory…unfortunately many families in America are being torn apart. We have a strategic plan to change that. Please email me at, I would love to hear more of your own passion and desire to care for your family…maybe it will give me more ideas how to do the same with so many families that are “at-risk” of breaking apart. I LOVE your transparency and honesty…no matter how hard life gets…God is GOOD! Oh…How we need to spread that word! God bless you both!

  2. Doug says:

    Our God is great! I did not know you and Clay were blogging…I am going to add you both to my list!!!

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