Saturday, November 19, 2016

Still Counting the Blessings

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

By taking deliberate time to count our blessings, it has a very positive affect on our attitudes and actions.  Through my journey of thanking God for who He is, I'm finding those beautiful blessings from Him are to be manifest in us and shared through us.  Here are some powerful things I've found this week:

November 14: God's love.  this is so vast and so mighty, but so basic..."and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment.  And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

November 15:  God's Divine Power:  The power of God that is only ascribed to Him, is shared with us, to equip us in our daily life..."His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence," II Peter 1:3

November 16:  God is our Help.  In times of trouble, we need a help greater than what we are facing.  God truly is our help..."I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth."  Psalms 121:1

November 17:  God is a Refuge:  This week, our family faced some great challenges.  What peace and strength it brings to know our hope is with God and He is a refuge for us. "My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God." Psalms 62:6-7

November 18:  El Roi - The God Who Sees.  "She [Hagar] gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”   I read Hagar’s story again in Genesis 16, what a beautiful truth that El Roi sees you, cares about you, and will provide.  

November 19: Our Protector.  Today we went to a follow up appointment with our son's doctor regarding his recent accident. This was a new doctor which alone was an answer to prayer we will have to share about later.  He read aloud the medical reports to us.  He had only heard our version of the injuries and was amazed as he read the results of the head scan.  Fractured skull, cracked, but if it moved a fraction would have punctured his brain, ruptured artery in the head, he looked at my son and are a miracle.  On the reports, the doctors first name was "Jesus".  He read that and said..Jesus was looking over you, then looked up and said.."Really, Jesus was looking over you."  Truly God is our Protector. 

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