Celebrating Life’s Miracles

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Have you ever had something happen in your life that completely rocked you to the core? Something that you never thought you would be able to come back from? Something that completely puts a dark cloud over your life? If you haven’t, consider yourself lucky because I have and let me tell you, it’s not fun. You start doubting everything around you. Fearing the absolute worst every single time the phone rings or your credit card takes a little longer to process at the store. Every little bitty thing that happens always comes back to that one thing. Always. Worst of all, you stop celebrating life’s miracles.

celebrating life's miracles

So, without going into too many details, five years ago, my husband was laid off. I remember all kinds of thoughts going through my head. Things like, whether or not we would lose our house; how we would pay for things; how we would take care of our two kids. Those thoughts consumed my mind day and night. At some points, I was unable to properly function because my anxiety was through the roof. I completely stopped seeing the beauty of life around me, like in the picture above from Sleeping Bear Dunes. Most importantly, I stopped having fun with my kids. Every thought I had was consumed with finding a job and making money. I completely stopped celebrating life’s miracles…my kids.

celebrating life's miracles

It’s been five years, he found a job relatively quickly, and I am slowly coming out of my funk. My husband, not trying to be mean to me or anything, has made the comment that I’m not the same person anymore. He’s completely right. I’m not. I lost a part of me and it’s taken me five long years to realize that and to want that back. A few weeks ago, I started my own 5 Minute Journal. My journal is broken up into two parts. In the morning I write three things I am grateful for, three things I will do to make the day great, and one affirmation. In the evening, I reflect upon my day and write three amazing things that happened that day and one thing that could have made the day even better. I can honestly say that in the short few weeks that I have made it a point to focus on the positive, rather than the negative, I have felt better. My life feels more grounded. Most of all, I feel like I want to celebrate life’s miracles again.

celebrating life's miracles

So, this past weekend, my husband and I watched the movie, Miracles from Heaven, starring Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson (doctor from Grey’s Anatomy…I’ll save you from Googling him mid-movie like I did!), Eugenio Derbez and Queen Latifah. If you haven’t seen that movie, then you need to. Stop by your local Walmart store and pick up a copy. Be sure to also pick up some extra tissues. You will need them because this movie is full of love, faith and spirit. It WILL move you!

If you aren’t familiar with the movie, Miracles from Heaven, it is a movie inspired by true events with the Beam family. They go through every parent’s worst nightmare. Their child is sick and there is nothing that can be done. From beginning to end, you are able to see how this family’s love for one another, their faith in God, and a little bit of life’s miracles help them get through one of the toughest times in their life. For more information about this movie, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

celebrating life's miracles

I’m not going to lie. This movie really helped to put things in perspective for me. It made me even more determined to get back to celebrating life’s miracles. Like I mentioned above, I had already begun working on refocusing my life and trying to celebrate life’s miracles again, but after seeing this movie and knowing that both my husband and I are healthy and our kids are healthy, it reaffirmed for me that in life, that’s all that matters. Everything else can and will work out so long as you focus on what matters and have a little faith.

celebrating life's miracles

Finally, how are you celebrating life’s miracles?

Comments

  1. I am sorry your husbands job less affected you so much. It is difficult to continue being positive in tough times, and I am so happy you were able to bounce back. I love the idea of a journal to reflect on things.

  2. It can be difficult to find the good things in life when something difficult happens. I’m glad you’re refocussing!

  3. I’m so glad you are moving forward – it can be really hard to recover when life throws you a curve ball. Sometimes it really can take years but you will come through. (I experienced that when my parents died within weeks of each other 8 years ago. I’ve recently realised that I’m only just beginning to feel like myself again now.) Miracles from Heaven sounds like a really wonderful film – very reassuring and inspirational!

  4. Now this is a must see! Thank you for this reminder to keep things in perspective and to celebrate miracles. I’m trying to always celebrate the positive and share the blessings with those around me. I need to start seeing things as miracles more often.

  5. Our children really are our little miracles. I have a core thing going on now. It’s been a year. Some things are better. others are not. Just trudging through it so I can see the sunshine on the other side. I want so much of it that we can’t buy enough sunscreen. 😉

  6. Your kids are just too precious! Sounds like a great movie too.

  7. I feel like I have a hard time celebrating life’s miracles. I love the idea of a journal to REALLY focus on them, though.

  8. It’s great that you found something so positive out of a bad situation, even if it took a little longer. It sounds like it was worth the wait!

  9. love that quote! Its so easy to let stress consume the beauty in life. I think it happens to all of us at one time or another. .So happy you found something that inspired you, I know I’ll definitely check it out.

  10. I’ve got five little miracles of my own, thanks for the reminder to appreciate them! I can’t wait to see the movie 🙂

  11. I have heard so many great things about the movie. Can’t wait to check it out.To answer your question though, we celebrate life’s little miracle by living in the moment and living a life of gratitude.

  12. Leah, I’m sorry that you’ve struggled so much, but I’m glad to hear that you see it now. I think that’s the first step to making a change. I think things can only get better from here .I’m so glad you enjoyed the movie! #client

  13. What a blessing children can be. I hope you situation gets better soon.

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