Everyday is a Blessings

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“If you don’t think you have any blessings, remember your heart is still beating”

I have absolutely no idea who originally said this as it has been floating around twitter but I absolutely love it.  It is so easy for us to get wrapped into a ‘why me?’ attitude (we all do it).  For us to look at everyone else and think “Well, how come they got that?” or “I deserved that” or “Nothing good ever happens to me.”  This quote gives a new perspective on that.  Just the fact that you are alive, your heart beats and pumps blood is a blessing.  Just think of how everything has to work together for your heart to beat.  Being alive is a blessing, having food is a blessing, having a roof over your head is a blessing.  When you think of how much you really have compared to so many other people, it really puts things into perspective about just how truly blessed you are.

Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”


Bible Wisdom

A few weeks ago I posted a post I wrote random in June of 2010 and I found another one I wrote back then when I was praying for a job. I had just gotten out of graduate school and was struggling trying to find a job. It is funny to sometimes go back and read things you wrote years ago to see how your life has changed in that time period. This is from July 2, 2010.

So I am currently going through this Bible Study called What Do You Do With Your Wait by Mike Harder. Definitely speaks to where I am currently in my life. Anyway, he says something really thought provoking (like most Bible studies do)-

“First you have to learn to trust that the place you are in right now, although it may stink, is the place God wants you (for the time being). Then consider what you need to learn in spite of your circumstances; in other words, get better at what you already do. Even now God is training you for the future assignment He has for you , and He rewards diligence.”

Wow! I don’t think there are any better words to describe it. Of course, knowing it and actually conditioning your brain to believe it really are two different things. As much as I know I am where I am because God wants me here, it is still a very difficult place to be. But God puts us in places we don’t like, puts us in situations we cannot see a way out of, puts us in times when we get very, very frustrated and the best thing we can do? Just trust Him. It sounds easy when you write it down, Just trust Him? That is all I have to do? Wow that should be easy! Notice my sarcasm because it isn’t. It is definitely not easy to trust God when He sees our future and I can barely see two steps in front of me.

What happens if we don’t trust Him? I don’t know that answer either but I do know and believe 100% that anything and everything God has for me is far better and far greater than anything I can try to do myself. And the biggest problem with trying to do things for yourself? Getting in the way of His plan for you. Is it worth it? Not in my opinion. Now of course this doesn’t mean you can just sit around and do nothing and wait for God to bring things your way, because it doesn’t happen like that. God appreciates the effort, I think He rewards the effort. I know this job search is His way of saying, I have something for you and either you am not ready or it just isn’t there yet but as long as you remain faithful and wait for me what I have for you is far better and far greater than anything you can do for yourself. Amen.


Sunday Scripture

‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up’

Galatians 6:9

I think when I do Sunday Scripture in the future I am going to make some sort of printable or at least a graphic as I think that would look much nicer :)  Anyway… this is one of my favorite verses.  I don’t know about you but sometimes it is hard to do the right thing.  It is hard to do things the way I know Jesus taught to do them because our world is so broken and we live in the brokenness.  But, it is during the times it is hard that I know how much more important it is to continue doing good, to continue being a disciple here on earth, to continue doing Kingdom work.  I may be the only person to shine the light of Jesus on someone during a day, someone who really needs it and I don’t want to miss that chance because I was frustrated or tired.  We cannot give up when it is tiring, we cannot give up just because we are tired of waiting and in God’s timing we will reap from that harvest.  And even if what I am wanting never comes along any time I spend giving glory to God is always time well spent.


Sunday Scripture

“The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.  Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” – Romans 13:9-10

“Do everything in love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  Matthew 22:36-40

Love is the greatest commandment.  It is because of love that Jesus died for us.  The Bible mentions love over and over again.  Not only are we to love the people that are easy to love, our friends and our family, the people who love us back.  We are also to love the people that are mean to us, the ones who are difficult to love, the ones who may not love anyone else.  We are to love like Jesus, to be compassionate, forgiving, and love unconditionally.  Yes, we are going to fall short but we bring our weaknesses to God and we continue to love.  We cannot do anything apart from Jesus and that includes loving.  When we abide in Christ we are able to love because Christ is loving through us.