"I have grown in my own personal maturity, recognizing life isn't all about my desires, whether it be for my own bed space, or doing everything I want to do at the expense of the needs of those who count on me. There is an element of sacrifice that comes with parenting, and through this simple lesson, I have watched how I have responded to the small sacrifice, and embraced it, for the betterment of my children. And, while it is the smallest example, I can extend this one to the ultimate example of love and self-sacrifice I see in the Father for His own children." Want to know what spurred these deeper thoughts? Then read this past week's Gratitude Project post, up and available now! What were you most grateful for last week?
The longer I'm a parent, the more I find my approach to the journey changing. Parenting is a journey toward sanctification, and I am amazed at how there is beauty in the midst of the mess of this vocation! For what were you most grateful last week?
Last week's Gratitude Project and this week's Gratitude Project actually blended together seamlessly. I love it when that happens! What are you grateful for this week?
"So, to the parent out there, wondering why we put in the manual labor, the grief, the heartache, and the struggle to get children out of the door and off to Mass on a weekly basis, take heart." While not planning on linking up this week, the unexpected affirmation I received after Mass made me realize - another parent may need the same reminder!
This week's Gratitude Project focuses on finding a little bit of beauty, amidst the mess of our lives. And, serves as a reminder that we are challenged to recognize what I identify as my "Gratitude Project" this week, and then acknowledge its role in our lives. Read on to find out more, and don't forget to let me know - what are you most grateful for this week?