Tuesday, December 19, 2017

25 Days God Given Gifts - Day 19 - BLESSINGS

But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him. 

Jeremiah 17:7




One of the definitions of blessings is defined as: 
A favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness.

Our natural tendency is to focus on our problems and how to solve them rather than focusing on the blessings and giving God our problems to solve.  

We’re told in Psalm 68:19 that God LOADS us DAILY with benefits. What if we stopped and really thought of our blessings for the day?  My social media name is Little Birdie Blessings, as you probably know. If I had a mission statement, part of it would be to encourage others to focus on their blessings.

We can let our troubles overcome us or we can choose to overcome them.

Life is not easy and problems face us every day. It’s often out of those struggles we find our greatest blessings.

Christian songwriter, Laura Story wrote the song Blessings during her husband’s treatment for brain cancer.  She sings what if trials of this life, are your mercies in disguise.





Have you ever thought that YOU are the blessing for someone else?
What would it take to lift someone's spirits
. . a kind word ... a smile ... a forgiving heart?
This hymn Make me a Blessing written in 1909 by Ira Wilson, pretty much sums it up:

Out in the highways and byways of life,
Many are weary and sad;
Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife,
Making the sorrowing glad.

Make me a blessing, make me a blessing,
Out of my life may Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing, O Savior, I pray,
Make me a blessing to someone today.
And of course, don't forget the hymn Count Your Many Blessings, a favorite among my church family. (Wonder where they got that from?)



Why not start the new year with a blessings journal. Write something in it every day. Some days are harder than others to find something, but they are there.  As we approach Christmas day and a new year, join me in slowing down long enough to focus on our blessings and reflect on today's verse from Jeremiah 17:7 - Blessed is the one who TRUSTS in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. Did you get that? We place our TRUST and CONFIDENCE in HIM and he will bless us.  I know that to be true! 

Thank you dear ones, you are a blessings to me.



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2 comments:

Maxine D said...

thank you Abby - as always your words are a comfort and inspiration, and a reminder to look to the Lord, not at my circumstances
Blessings
Maxine

Vee said...

Laura’s song really causes me to slow down and think. I am prone to fret. He knows I am a pile of dust. Still I will trust Him to get me through. Dare I trust Him, too, for some measure of joy along the way? 🤓 Abby, you’re coming into the home stretch. Your doing this every day has been a blessing to me and I know to many others. Thank you!