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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Count Your Many Blessings.

One of the most difficult things for me to stay mindful of, as a Christian, is to be thankful in ALL things.  It is so hard to trust the Lord and be thankful when you feel like you are facing a mountain alone.  But isn't that exactly what we have been called to do?  Aren't we called to come to Him with a thankful heart?  Essentially, we are called to "Let Go and Let God".  That concept is hard for me.  I struggle with letting go and trusting Him to take care of me. Let's be honest; Haven't we all tried to take matters into our own hands and "fix" something before we even gave God the chance to intervene? 
I recently read a quote that really touched my heart and gave me reason to pause: "What if you only had tomorrow, what you gave thanks for today?"  Wow.
If you woke up tomorrow and all that was left were the things you'd thanked God for the day before, what would be left?  Family and Friends?  A roof over your head? A bed to sleep in? Food to eat?  Most importantly, would you have forgiveness of your sins?  We don't deserve these things and we certainly haven't earned them, but yet we take them for granted and even feel entitled to them.  These are all gifts of God's grace and we ought to give thanks for them every day.  
We must learn to be content with what we have and where God has placed us, not just in the good times, but ALWAYS and in ALL things.
"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

My goal is to recognize and be thankful for the many blessings in my life.  I hope you will make this a personal goal of yours too.

"Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His steadfast love endures forever." - Psalm 136:1

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