Saturday, December 29, 2012

Twenty Twelve

As we all tend to do this time of year, I was reflecting back on 2012.  It's certainly been a year of challenges for our family, but in the middle of whatever we may have been enduring--heartbreak, hardship, tough decisions--we had a constant, an anchor, a faithful God who was more than able.  Although we prayerfully and with tears were begging for deliverance, He chose to work things out in a way we never would have seen, allowing us to face and experience some things that we were afraid of.  Taking pieces of life that we never would have thought relevant to what was happening, He used them for our benefit. We saw Him move and truly work all things together for good-even the bad things-and I learned once again that it isn't what He delivers us from, it is what He delivers us through.  Perhaps someday I'll tell the story, but not today.  It is still something between me and my Father, held in my heart to fill me with faith and hope for this new year in a world that is seemingly spinning out of control.

Have faith.  Be joyful and full of hope, for our God has overcome the world and He promises to never leave you or forsake you.  If you have difficult things to walk through, if you are lonely, grieving, heartbroken, discouraged...take heart and cast your burdens on Him. He will be with you through every hard moment, holding you up when you are falling, wiping your tears when your heart is breaking and then helping you to stand victorious on the other side. He will put the pieces of your life back together. He keeps His promises.

 "Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
Lamentations 3:22-23

Monday, December 24, 2012

Joyeux Noel

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas from the Pierson house!  May your Christmas Day be full of family, friends, good food and many blessings from our precious Savior.  We love you.

Monday, December 3, 2012

The One You Can't Put Down

“A first child is your own best foot forward, and how you do cheer those little feet as they strike out. You examine every turn of flesh for precocity, and crow it to the world.
     But the last one: the baby who trails her scent like a flag of surrender through your life when there will be no more coming after–oh, that’s love by a different name. She is the babe you hold in your arms for an hour after she’s gone to sleep. If you put her down in the crib, she might wake up changed and fly away. So instead you rock by the window, drinking the light from her skin, breathing her exhaled dreams. Your heart bays to the double crescent moons of closed lashes on her cheeks. She’s the one you can’t put down.” ― Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

It has been years since I read The Poisonwood Bible, but this quote has stayed with me, never failing to touch my heart.  Originally having decided to stop after having 2 kids, Jay and I both felt that we were supposed to have one more.  As I am an EXTREMELY miserable pregnant person, this was no small decision for me.  So we had our Maddy...the baby who came with no more coming after. I truly, truly cannot imagine my life without this amazing, brilliant, kind and precious girl. 

Maddy is growing up into a beautiful young woman. Where do the years go?  So fleeting.  Don't let a day go by without hugging your kids, telling them you love them, and making time for them even when you feel you couldn't possibly spare a moment. 

Love you, Peanut.  Thanks for all of the hugs, kisses, snuggles and love.  I am sooooo proud to be your mama.