Daily Archives: September 18, 2012
Since we are now in the 4th and final quarter of the year… (Wowza! I know, it’s crazy – Christmas is about 3.5 months away!)
I thought it would be a good time to count my blessings.
Everyday is a good day to count those blessings – but today… I just felt the need to express them out loud. So here you go:
1. I have a loving God who made me and takes care of me.
2. I have a Savior who gave up everything so I could have forgiveness and eternal life.
3. I have a loving, faithful, smart (yes, you may throw up now), and handsome husband who is a great leader, and loves the Lord.
4. I have 8 beautiful (I might be biased) blessings who God entrusted us to raise and nurture.
5. I live in a country where I am free to worship the one true God of the Bible.
6. I have plenty of foods to eat, to live and thrive – and feed my family.
7. I have a voice to sing with and to praise God with.
8. I have a mobile body, and am able to move and serve the Lord. (that includes working out!)
9. I am blessed with Christian friends and family who love the Lord, and me – unconditionally.
10. I am blessed with celiac disease.
We started a Bible study a couple of weeks ago, on the unseen evils in this world… the schemes, and guilt and doubt that we allow to tempt us and bring us down… the study is called “The Invisible War”.
Take some time today to counter act what you don’t have … or what you’re disappointed in, frustrated with, and FILL your mind and heart with what you DO have… and what you have had… I would guess it’s more than most. Thank God for those things.
God doesn’t promise us a happy, comfortable, stress-free life – and nor does He told us to strive for that, or measure that as a “success”. That is called the “Happiness Cult” of the world…
and it’s a lie.
We are to strive for Him – not for ourselves… and comfort, wealthy and easy – have nothing to do with the sanctification process.
Count it all JOY!
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
And let steadfastness have its full effect,
that you may be perfect and complete,
lacking in nothing.”