February 20, 2012

The Blessing of No

She asked to do the activity. 

We can afford it.

Technically, we have the time free,
but we said no.

It wasn't because we were being mean.

Sometimes, we have to say no to a child to protect them, for character development and growth, or to allow for more family time.

And, other times, there is something better,
like a better choice for our child, time, or resources.

Yet, I have to wonder, at the times the Lord told me 'no.'  Perhaps, He protected me with a no, developed my character, grew patience, or allowed room for something better in my life.

And, today, I am thankful for the blessing of no.
~ Dorie

...continuing my gratitude listing...

966.  the answer of no, because He knows better than I

967.  having wisdom and courage to say no to our children when necessary

968.  baking light chocolate cookies from the same recipe my mom and great-grandma used

969.  surprising our children with a Valentine's Day treat

970.  being surprised by my husband with a Valentine's Day treat for me

971.  chocolate cappucino flavored coffee one morning

972.  taxes completed and filed

973.  time outside

974.  good friends for our oldest son

975.  finding a fabulous curriculum sale

976.  having time to exercise

977.   playing card games with my daughters

978.  an opportunity to help a friend from Bible study

979.  being blessed by that same friend with an organ for the children

980.  organ music in the house for the past two evenings

981.  a new garden taking shape

982.  the freedom of letting go of things

983.  taking the new camera 'out for a spin' {no pictures to post yet...still learning}

984.  desire to learn and try new things, and opportunities to do so

985.  sharing life with my family

...and so it continues...


  1. I, too, am thankful for the blessing of "no."

    I'm continually amazed at this - and other - lessons that I learn as I parent our children. Just as I always seek what is best for them, be my answers to their requests "yes" or "no", so God does for me.

    Have a great day!

    1. Tracey, I, too, am amazed by the "lessons I learn as I parent." Being a parent has been filled with perhaps more lessons for me than our children :-)

  2. we just led a lesson in childrens church on having patience.... and the word no came up.. beautiful

  3. Saying no is such a disciple - and I'm learning that it really can be a blessing once I step back from the rush of the moment! Can't wait to see what you take with your new camera :)

    1. Thanks Aurie! I took the new camera to the playground with the children. I was really getting the hang of it, when I filled our really small memory card. Ooops. I had left the 16GB card at home. I'm hoping to take it out again later this week.

  4. I'm learning this lesson right along with our children... how gracious our Lord is with us! God bless you all!

  5. oh the blessings of no...so true...sweet list....blessings~

  6. A new camera! Wow! The best part is that I know you will not only use it to record and capture the beauty around you and in your family, but also here on the blog(s) to be a testament to God.

    Many blessings indeed!

  7. Saying "no" is so hard, but so worth it sometimes! I often have to remind myself that saying "no" to one thing means that I am actually saying "yes" to something else!

    I can't wait to see the photos from your new camera! :)


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