Monday, September 8, 2014

Count Your Blessings!

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. (Psalms 95:2) 

Sometimes when you don't feel like praying, or you're consumed with needing to speak to the Lord but can't gather the words, try that old standby---count your many blessings, count them one by one. 

It's amazing how you can get carried away from worries and woes and self-concern when you start naming out loud what you're thankful for. Right away your focus shifts from your needs to the Father's graciousness and love. 

Try it! 

Day by Day with Charles Swindoll 

This is not only one of the shortest posts I have read, but definitely one of the most encouraging, if not the most encouraging devotional to date. This devotional drives home the idea that we are to count our blessings no matter what it looks like in our lives. Whether we are living truly blessed lives or the complete opposite that is full of opposition on all fronts, we are to count our blessings. 

Counting our blessings we already have helps us to place everything into proper perspective. The proper perspective that I want to briefly emphasize on is that everything and everyone that God has blessed us with will ALWAYS be on loan from Him. We live in a period in time where we have become accustomed to being entitled to certain kind of things and/or people. That sense of entitlement can easily create a rift in all of our relationships and easily take everything and/or everyone for granted. 

I have read of numerous stories in the Bible in where God has allowed some of our heroes to go through really difficult circumstances in an effort to get them to learn valuable lessons in those circumstances. In the vast majority of those instances, our heroes have come out of those really difficult circumstances as broken and contrite (humbled) men and women of God. Those lessons we have grown up learning and hearing about can also be applied to our day and age. God will allow the most difficult circumstances to surface in our lives because God wants us to come out of those difficult situations better men and women spiritually , emotionally, mentally, physically, and even financially. Are there assurances that all of those areas will be fulfilled in our present life? No. Can they be fulfilled in the next? That all depends on where you spend eternity, but we'll save that subject for another post...:-). 

My dear friends. . . .count YOUR blessings! 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you all in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).