Happy New Year’s Eve everybody and welcome to From His Gracious Hands! I’m beyond excited to finally launch my blog after many delays and personal setbacks. However, I do find it quite poetic that on the final day of the current year I’m beginning this heart-cry journey. As I prepare my writing for the coming year I can’t help but to reflect on the year past. So many life altering changes occurred in 2016 that will have inevitable affects on the year to come. The biggest being the birth of our son.
All of the year happenings pretty much revolve around preparation and provision for the newest member of the Peay squad. For instance, our current living situation came about because we knew that I needed to be home with the baby and rent for our old place was to expensive for just one income. Well God opened a door for us to rent the home of a lovely missionary couple serving in India. Initially they were going to rent their home to another young couple but they eventually decided to take jobs elsewhere. That left the door opened wide for us.
We moved in three weeks before my scheduled delivery. The rent is within our single income budget with a two year lease. Did I mention that the house is amazing?! It is double the square footage of our apartment, fully furnished, and in a gorgeous community. It was a blessing to bring our new baby home to such great comfort. Their generosity and a 7% pay increase in my husband’s income made it possible for me to stay home full time.
Being a stay-at-home mom has added to the blessings of this year. My relationship with my eldest has grown into something we both longed for. In the few short months I went from overly tired grouchy mamma to a more patient more gentle mamma. It’s been refreshing to have more time and energy for my family. Having a new born has had it’s own challenges but it’s nothing like working outside of the home and having to take care of a family. I’m grateful that I am able to be mentally and physically there for my family.
I have witnessed this year the great power of a gracious God who is bigger than our very own dreams. I knew that before we got pregnant that I wanted to be at home. How that would happen was a mystery. But God! So, as I look towards the new year, I’m reminded of two things. First, everything that I am carrying into the new year has been provided by God. And the second thing is, God is the only One who can provide all that I need in the coming year.
How have you seen God work in 2016 and how will those ways affect your 2017?