It’s been raining here hard for a full day with several days more predicted. Have to turn the television off from time to time to keep from being mesmerized from all the dire predictions and graphic photos of destruction. This morning I have been working with the first verse out of our Hymnal which reads
“In heavenly Love abiding, No change my heart shall fear; And safe is such confiding, For nothing changes here. The storm may roar without me, My heart may low be laid; But God is round about me, And can I be dismayed?
Today, I will continue with gratitude for all blessings. Only Good is going on!! That is certainly not burying my head nor being delusional but my faith in God grows daily. Praying for our state of Texas during this hurricane.
Recently, I was pondering something in my life and questioning the reason behind it. A light came on in my thinking as rather than asking “Why is this happening” or “When will this end”, I began to wonder “How was I getting blessed by this experience?” Psalm 112:7 reads, “He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” Lessons become blessings when understood and seen through God’s (Love’s) eyes.
In Luke 19, beginning at verse 11 through 27, it tells of a nobleman who was going to be away for a while and called a few of his servants to him and gave them each a pound to use while he was gone. Upon returning, several had multiplied his pound where one had buried it and the nobleman was incensed at that one. What that brought to mind for me were the opportunities I am given to pray and grow spiritually and when that happens, my blessings multiply. Then, I am reminded that the one that buried his opportunity happens when I give in to fear and doubt and resistant to God’s help. Lessons always become blessings when understood! We are never separated from God and His blessings.
This morning as I humbly ponder my blessings, I am reminded that they are not about earning and deserving, but believing and receiving. Sometimes, it may take me a while to recognize them but lessons always become blessings when understood.
Luke 11:9-10 reads, “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Gratitude and humility are always needed here; never pride and fear but a softened heart.
As I study and pray this morning, my heart is filled with humility and gratitude as I count my blessings! This feeling helps prepare me for the day, which I know is filled with blessings.
Recently, I read in an article when the alarm sounds off in a fire station, the crew doesn’t start putting gas and oil in the truck, loading equipment and giving it a tune-up, but they are ready to go in an instant. This is a wake-up call for me to keep my thinking well-oiled and full of Love .
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 When I do this, I stay free and out of mental bondage.
Today, I will listen carefully to what I am mentally entertaining. Frequently, I will ask myself “Am I listening to God” or to world thought, which daily bombards us with fear, anxiety, worry and apathy? If I feel my thoughts darkening, I will correct them immediately and proclaim “God is watching over me”.
2 Corinthians 10:5 states, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
The more I count my blessings, the more blessings I have to count. Even the impact of trials are cushioned as I stay grateful for all things! Psalms 100:4 states, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Then, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 reads, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Daily, I am reminded that “complaint is poverty and gratitude is riches”.