My Favorite Gifts

My life is measured out in gifts received in abundance. I admit that I know how undeserving I am of most of the gifts I’ve gotten.

Christmas for me is the example of the greatest gift…God’s own son coming for me. I don’t deserve it, but he still gave him to me. Jesus, dying on the cross for me. I don’t deserve anybody dying for me. I’m not worthy of that kind of love, but I still got it.

The gift of being born into my family. The gift of life given to me in the form of two children whom I couldn’t imagine life without. The gifts of friendship, love, peace, joy. The gift of redemption and a new life, new home and a future with endless possibilities.

I love all of these gifts and people I’ve been given, but sometimes the gifts that leave me breathless are the unexpected ones that happen daily and come without strings attached…There were quite a few moments like that this past year where I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God was showering me with his love. Sometimes we take for granted gifts in nature, but this past year was a year where I was so aware of my surroundings and genuinely said “Thank you” out loud when i was presented with gifts like:

the amazing sunset in Long Beach California earlier this year

the cloud forest in Ecuador with all the butterflies and orchids

walking on the shore of Coronado beach with my new fiance’

Overnight trip to a lush and green Beaver Creek with Spence and the kids that was so perfectly timed

Gorgeous Buena Vista, CO with scenery only God could create

sailing on the ocean in Hawaii and seeing dolphins jump out of the water racing ahead of us.

seeing rainbows and double rainbows like I’ve never seen before…one even started in the ocean.

rainfalls that were perfectly timed with rainbows that followed…most specifically the one right after our wedding ceremony.

sunsets in Colorado with Pike’s Peak in the forefront

sunrises with the most vivid oranges and reds

I am a blessed girl and the recipient of many good gifts and I never want to take any of it for granted lest I seem like an ungrateful child.

How about you? What left you breathless in the past year?