Hello everyone…and a very happy Friday to you all! Just think…we made it through another week…and I don’t know about you; but that is truly a blessing to my heart!
You know…I just wonder how often we focus on the blessings that have been given to us by God. I remember one night…after spending some time with God; that I laid my exhausted body down to sleep. As my head hit the pillow, I began to see the blessings that surrounded me, through all the pain and tiredness that I was experiencing…and from there, I began to count each blessing out loud before God. Maybe the pain was there…and maybe the tiredness had overtaken my body that night…but the blessings that surrounded me at that moment, was what actually drew me closer to God, rather than what I was facing at the time.
Earlier, I was looking through some scriptures, for just the right verse that would portray what was on my heart today…and as I sought God’s word, He led me to a beautiful scripture in Proverbs 10:22 and we read… “The Lord’s blessing is our greatest wealth. All our work adds nothing to it!” In other words…God’s blessings make life rich and complete. Do we even realize how miserable we make ourselves, while living needless moments of suffering…all because we bypass the blessings in life, to focus on the worst that may never even happen?
You know…we need to realize that when we count our problems and even the symptoms of our problems…more than the blessings that surround us; that we are unknowingly opening the back door of our hearts…where Satan has free reign, to store up even more despair within the heart.
As I was sitting in my living room earlier…thinking on this writing; God actually helped me to see that counting our blessings is actually a form of faith that helps us to head towards a greater heart of expectation…one that is focused more on what God can do, rather than where our problems could be leading us. Just think on what life would be like, if only we would follow after our blessings, rather than our distresses.
One thing I am learning through some very difficult times right now; is that counting every little thing that goes wrong, only allows more things to go wrong. In fact…it was just yesterday morning; that I was reminded of this…and I’m learning more and more, to not let one bad moment create even more bad moments in my day.
You know…life is actually easy, when we stop and think about it…because of what Christ has done for us; but it is us who choose to take a detour off the beaten path…one that only festers with time, while leading us deeper and deeper into more despair. Just think on what could happen, if we would only look for one good thing in our day. Maybe that one thing…no matter how big or small, could possibly lead us to another blessing…and then another blessing. I don’t know about you; but I have come to truly see within my own life; that a blessing doesn’t have to be something big and rare, to feel like a blessing; but rather, the blessings that mean the most to me, are the things that God gives me, to make life easier and more complete.
No matter what you’re facing…and no matter how difficult life may be, may I encourage you to look around you for a blessing…and one thing I know…when you find something; then you will want to look for even more blessings…and before you know it, you will no longer be viewing your problem, in the way you once did; but rather, glimpses of hope will begin to brighten the path before you, as you continue to count your blessings, rather than your problems.
Have a very special day...and I will hope to be with you again real soon!
Many…many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain