Thursday, October 26, 2006
Overwhelmed...With Absolute Joy
Hello everyone. It's Barb from A Chelsea Morning. I was very pleased when Overwhelmed asked me to be a guest contributor at her website today. After a lot of thought, I decided to tell you what the words in the name of her blog mean to me.
In my life, I have been completely overwhelmed with boundless joy only a few times. The first time I can remember is when I gave myself to Jesus and was saved. I was seventeen years old and I remember feeling a total sense of rebirth. I felt completely cleansed and ready to start a whole new life. It's hard to describe how I felt but I suspect you know exactly what I'm saying.
The day I married Rob was a day of complete joy. I'd spent nine years in a bad marriage, unhealthy for me. It took me several years to find the courage to end it. I'd never been alone in my life. I went directly from being Daddy's girl to being the wrong man's wife. I was terrified. I met Rob just two weeks after my divorce was final. I knew right away I'd found my soulmate. The day we stood together and married each other I knew what we were doing was absolutely right. I knew I was marrying a wonderful man and that we would share the rest of our lives together. I felt safe. Finally.
On July 17th, 1979 at exactly 6:03 a.m. my doctor placed my newborn daughter in my arms. Just remembering how I felt at that moment is giving me chillbumps. I never thought it would happen. I'd been told for years I'd probably never be able to carry a baby to term. We would have adopted children had I not miraculously become pregnant because with all my heart I wanted to be a mother. So when Krissy was born (and Mandy twenty-one months later) I felt more happiness than I can describe. In that moment I knew my life was complete. I was a mother.
Just when I thought I'd never feel that degree of overwhelming joy again, I held my grandchild for the first time when he was thirty minutes old. And that's all I can say about that because just thinking about that moment is putting a huge lump in my throat. If you haven't experienced that yet I pray someday you will.
These are just a few of the moments in my life when the name of this beautiful website absolutely describes how I felt.
Hurry back, Overwhelmed. We all hope you're having a wonderful time but we miss you!