The Gratitude Series – For my Parents

“There is no friendship, no love, like that of a parent for the child.” // Henry Ward Beecher

I don’t know that it would be right for me to go through the list of things I am grateful for without going into detail about why I am especially grateful for my mom and dad.

Growing up, I used to wake in the morning to find my parents reading their Bibles — a lot of times together, sometimes individually, but always, always, always reading.  My parents were always (and still are) in constant prayer, over us kids, our lives, our family, etc. My parents diligently seek and serve the Lord. My parents set an absolutely amazing example of how a God-centered marriage and parenthood should look. I don’t think I ever appreciated all of these things when I was younger nearly as much as I do today. The older I get, the more I realize just how blessed I am to have parents that were so intentional in their own relationships with God because of how much it helped them be the incredible parents they were and still are today.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting them, let me just give you a little run-down on who they are…

My mom has a massive heart. She is the single most giving, loving, and selfless person I know. My mom goes above and beyond to take care of my family.  She loves the people around her, and it is evident in the way she lives. She is a strong woman of the Lord, guiding me and encouraging me in my faith. She is an incredible grandma to her grandbabies. I can approach her with almost anything on my mind and she will drop whatever she is doing to devote her full attention to helping me. When I’m overwhelmed, she will stop me dead in my tracks and ask if I would like for her to pray for me. She has the most joyful spirit, always ready to break out in song and dance with me. She loves our family so well. She is what makes me so excited to one day be a wife and mother of my own home.

My dad is an incredible man. He has so much life and energy. He is extremely hard-working, the most dedicated person I know. My dad has so much wisdom and intelligence. Whenever I have a tough decision to make, my dad is one of the very first people I go to. My dad is a man of so many talents; music, business, and most recently, plane-flying! With ever-occurring health issues, my dad remains strong and positive. He is humble, giving, and loving. He, too, cares deeply about who I am becoming. My dad is a man of faith. He is passionate about the things he loves, especially our family. He is such an incredible example of the way a husband and father should lead his household. The way he loves us all is such a reflection of Christ.

As a teenager,  sometimes it was hard to appreciate some of these qualities. There were times I didn’t agree with my parents rules. A lot of times, I would want to argue over something I wasn’t allowed to do. I can recall times that I was upset with them…But I cannot ever recall a time in my life at which I did not respect my parents — even when I didn’t always agree with them, in my heart, I always respected who they were as people. As Christians. As a husband and wife. As my parents.

Now that I am in my twenties and am growing up, I see just a small glimpse into how much my parents have done for my siblings and I. I see how much work they put into making our home Christ-centered. I see how much effort goes in to raising us three crazy kids. I can see that all of the times they told me “no” it was with my best interest in mind. I can start to see the sacrifices that were made along the way to ensure that we had all that we needed. I can see, most of all, how much they undoubtedly love us with their whole heats.In a world full of divorce, absent mothers/fathers & single parents, I see what a blessing it is to have two parents in my life that LOVE me, LOVE each other, and deeply LOVE the Lord.

Thank you, God, for such an incredible set of parents.

When it comes to counting the things I’m grateful for, they are undoubtedly number one. 

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