Sunday, November 7, 2010

Blogging Challenge - Day 10

Mine is over. Still wanna join? Here are the rules. One.Last.Time.

Day 10 - A picture of you last year, and a picture of you now. How have you changed.

Well, most obviously, I am no longer with child.

Well, at least I don't think I am.

Either way, I am not ginormously pregnant, like I was at this time last year.

Ben and I had taken the kiddos to a pumpkin patch with some of our good friends. That is me in the white.

I know what you are thinking, but when you are ginormously this huge, you don't take pictures of yourself willingly.

But here I am now...

With said child on the OUTSIDE of my stomach, and I am down about 45 pounds (including baby). Which is A.Maz.Ing.

On a more serious side, I am a more patient mother, a more understanding wife, and hopefully a better friend.

My most drastic change, however, has been in my relationship with Jesus. At this time last year, I was disgruntled at our situation, nervous about our finances, and bitter against some people who had done us wrong. Just to name a few.

God has taught me over the past year to be anxious for nothing, and to take this "wilderness" experience, as God's desire to grow and shape us. He is preparing us for something GREAT and we must be patient.

I have learned to let go of my finances, and watch God provide.

And I have learned to forgive those who hurt us the most. It is amazing the freedom found when I let go of my hurts. And it is amazing to know that God forgives my constant grievances. I am so unworthy, but I am so grateful for his grace.

I hope at this time next year, I can be even more changed. And I plan to remain faithful to HIM no matter how difficult those changes might be.


Megan said...

I was going to tell you the other day you look SO good!! Good for you!! I'm a little terrified about how I'm going to get this baby weight off, maybe you can help me! I love your personal relfeciton about where you were this time last year compared to where you are now. That is one thing that I absolutely love about blogging, you can see how much you have grown! I love it!

Kinsey said...

I have noticed how amazing you look too! It is crazy that you have been pregnant THREE times, and you look better than ever.

Kathleen Miller said...

Wow this is really neat Meredith...I too am struggling A LOT with learning to forgive some VERY deep hurts recently. This was very encouraging- I'm trying, but it's SO hard!

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