I have a very messy life, and I could count to you all the hardships and all the reasons my life isn’t just ‘right’. Instead, I’m going to count the blessings, because I didn’t deserve this life, but by God’s grace alone, I am what I am. God is big, and I am small. Yet He sent His Son so I could have a relationship of seeking God and coming to know Him more and more. God’s MERCY is undeserved, and yet He showered it out on the earth through the person of His Son Jesus Christ.
The world deserved judgment, but God offers mercy to those who will hear, who will repent, who will think again, who will come!
God is INFINITE, and I am finite.
God is PERFECTLY holy and just and in Him is no darkness.
And all my goodness is just filthy rags next to His shining purity.
Before Jesus Christ saved my soul and made peace between me and God, my life was without much purpose.
But my life in Christ is different now.
And that’s what makes me thankful today.
There are so many blessings I could count that this blog post would go on and on forever and ever, but you don’t have all day, and I want to hear what blessings you are counting:
Count Your Blessings 2016
147,000 trials that God used to refine me.
‘Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: ‘ (1 Peter 1:6-7)
400,000,000 ways things could have gone wrong, but God in His kindness preserved my life and my family.
‘For it is God who works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.’ (Philippians 2:13)
Count the 26,000 Times God used His Holy precious, divinely inspired Word to prick my heart, rend it away from sin, and make me realize just how much I need Jesus.
I’m thinking particularly of this Psalm last week after it was a REALLY tough day over here.
‘When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.’ (Psalm 27:8-10)
Count the countless sins forgiven that I can not even count them.
‘He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.’ (Psalm 103:10-13)
Water. The gift of water for a parched soul, both physical and spiritual water.
‘But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.’ (John 4:14)
Count the breaths of air. He made the air I breathe, and each breath is a gift.
Count the many miles I’ve driven without an accident, a flat tire, running out of gas. (Never mind that one time I did run out gas)
TONS and TONS of food that I have eaten my whole life.
‘And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.’ (Joel 2:26)
Count the pounds that I’ve gained and the LIFE and vigor.
Count the 8-10 years of recovery from an eating disorder. God has restored the years in ways I never thought possible.
‘And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.’ (Joel 2:25)
Count the 1,000 puppy kisses. Okay, sometimes they are kind of gross, but if it means my puppy likes me, then YES!
Count the 1000+ bowls of icecream.
Count the 100 MILLION PRAYERS ANSWERED! And 100,000,000 more unanswered prayers.
Infinite ways that things are working out for good. So many that i can not even give a number to those.
My hope is brighter.
‘For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.’ (Romans 8:24-25)
My fear of death and hell is gone.
‘Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.’ (Hebrews 2:14-15)
MY GOD IS GREAT, and I can not even comprehend His greatness.
‘Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.’ (Psalm 86:8)
Faith has grown.
‘And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.’ (Hebrews 11:22-23)
Selfishness has dissipated slowly, but it has!
Love is stronger.
Count the 40,000 friends that I do not deserve.
100,000 sermons of encouragement and God glorifying worship!
5000 times God preserved my life over my life time on this earth.
And most of all… this.
‘Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.’ (Luke 10:20)
I literally don’t want to stop here, but I want to hear about you, so let’s end with the WIAW for the week… Instead of the calories, I want to focus on the blessings in each one of these meals, each one of these bites of bodily nutrition.
Monday Breakfast: Try this. Yogurt + Naturally Nutty Sunflower Butter + Cranberry Sauce = SO GOOD!
Monday Lunch: Crockpot Vegetables, Crunchmaster Crackers, and LOTS of BBQ sauce.
The Best Cake I Have Ever Had (possibly) – Kat’s Cinnamon Roll Cake
The Weirdest Salad Ever: (Monday Dinner): Salad + Grapes + Leftover Stuffed Shells + Ranch = pretty good in my opinion!
Monday Dessert: And of course… let them eat cake. This cake was DENSE with a crunchy caramely cinnamon topping. And then you add Kat’s delicious frosting. Wow. Wow. Wow. Even my non gluten free family members LOVED it.
Unpictured: Always a huge mug of cereal… It’s become a staple lately. 🙂
What blessings are you counting today?
How have hardships you’ve faced taught you to rejoice anyways?
If you were to count blessings today, which one would be the TOP one that would come to your mind?