Oh These Things That I Love

I love how the Lord takes all the broken messy pieces of our lives and weaves them into something beautiful, to be used for His glory. 

God is good. All the time. All the time. God is good.

I love how the trials we face do not define who we are, but the way we face them (with or without Jesus) does.
I love how God uses trials and adversity in our lives to draw us nearer to Him.

I love getting a glimpse of what heaven might be like when I see a child playing in the rain, or a bird singing in the trees, or the sunlight dancing on the windowsill after a long snowstorm.

I love that I am married to the most wonderful man on the planet who is just as broken and flawed and messy and screwed up as I am and that we both rely on Jesus as our #1 source to get through this crazy, nutty world.

I love authenticity and realness in my relationships.

l love beautiful girlfriends who pour out their hearts over a warm cup of coffee.

I love that I can rest in the fact that I will never be perfect, but I serve an awesome Creator who is.

I love knowing that the Holy Spirit dwells within me and He is my #1 source for strength.

I love that some days my heart overflows with prayer for people I don't even know. 

I love that I have a Savior who died for me, and for you, and who knew us before we were even born. 

I love being a beautifully broken child of the One True King.

I love being showered in His grace. 

I love that God used infertility and miscarriage this year to draw my husband and I closer to Him and to each other.

I love that I don't know what the future holds for the upcoming year, but that I can rest in the fact our Great and Mighty, All-Knowing Counselor and King does.

Friends, as we draw closer to the end of another year, take time out of your crazy busy life to reflect. And be thankful for the trials and the joys you have faced this year. Take some time today to once again fall head over heels in love with your King.

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  1. So grateful to have read this post this morning. Joining you in this thought today --> "I love that I don't know what the future holds for the upcoming year,
    but that I can rest in the fact our Great and Mighty, All-Knowing
    Counselor and King does." Hoping we stay connected so that I may rejoice with you in all that He does in your life! Blessings to you & your husband, Nicki!

  2. This is a wonderful poetic list of grateful thoughts. Thanks for these reminders of our ability to thank God for every aspect of life.

  3. Thanks Joanne. Yes, I am also rejoicing in that truth today. He knows all. The sorrows, the hurts, the joys and the things to come. May we all rest in that this Christmas season. Blessings to you. Looking forward to watching how God unfolds your story in the upcoming year as well. :)

  4. Thanks Gail. Yes, it is so hard to give thanks during the trials right? But such beauty awaits us when we can reach within and see how good our Great and Mighty King is! Blessings!

  5. So so so so so so so encouraging! Uplifting and wonderful post Nicki :) So glad we found each other over the blogosphere/Twittersphere! You are such a blessing! Hope you are doing well! :) xx

  6. You crack me up. Thanks for being my spiritual cheerleader today! :)

  7. What a beautiful list of things you love! I may have to make a list of my own. Thanks for linking up to Testimony Tuesday!

  8. An inspiring list, Nicki! Wishing you and your husband all JOY in the new year!

  9. This reminds me of what Paul also tells us to do:
    "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:2.
    You have a great list of things to be thankful for, and I join you in thanking God for those things too. Thanks, Nicki.

  10. Nicki, what a beautiful list this is. Totally made me smile! I definitely need to make one of my own now!

  11. Great idea for a post Nicki...Merry Christmas

  12. Merry Christmas to you Betty!

  13. Go for it. We all need to keep beauty in perspective during the midst of a trail. :)

  14. Paul has such wisdom for us during times of sadness and trials. But he learned from The Best, didn't he? :) Thanks for praising our Lord with me.

  15. Nicki, You bless me each and every time I visit. I love that no matter what is going on, you shine His light. Thank you! And God's blessings to you this Christmas Season.

  16. Thanks Barbie, looking forward to getting to know you too! :)

  17. Oh Deb, you are such a blessing with your sweet words. May we both keep the light shining through Christmas and into the NEW year! :)


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