“Blessings and Thankfulness”

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops?
What if Your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy?
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

Blessings – Laura Story

I started writing this yesterday and planned to post it last night but I forgot to save the document and so I didn’t get to post it when I wanted. Apparently there was a reason for that and God had something different in mind because He put the song above in my heart this morning and I felt like I needed to share those words. So if you are reading this and those words are touching you, congratulations! You’re the one He sent it to : )

We tend to think of blessings as only the good things. Those moments where everything perfect and amazing comes together. Some refer to it as luck or being lucky…I say it is a blessing. And while this is true, it is hard to believe that those moments which aren’t so perfect and amazing can be considered blessings as well. I admit this week I have had a hard time believing (as I do from time to time) that all I have dealt with over the last twelve months could truly be a blessing in disguise. That’s when I have to really pull back from all the negativity I am feeling and focus on what God is trying to tell me…. I’m okay. I will be okay. He is near and will not forsake me. He is just calling me closer again because I am wandering once more, thinking I can do all of this on my own. I have to shut off those thoughts and listen to what He is saying. I’m making it my goal today to do just that.

And as we approach Thanksgiving next week, I realize I have so much to be grateful for. I am so appreciative of the fact that God has never given up on me and that He gives me what I need to thrive despite the struggles. I am also thankful that He has given me an awesome support system, a wonderful man, a loving daughter and amazing parents. I am also thankful for my family, friends and church family who continue to support me in ways that they may not even be aware of.

God is good. Count your blessings this week, and next week and every single day. Give Him the praise and the glory for without Him none of what we are given would be possible.

He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes – Deuteronomy 10:21

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“Somebody Prayed”

You can store up blessings and favor by living a life of excellence and integrity that will affect generations to come. I know I am blessed today because I had parents who honored God. I had grandparents who prayed for me and modeled a life of excellence.

You are where you are because somebody sacrificed. Somebody prayed. Somebody served. And now God is honoring them by releasing His goodness in your life. None of us got to where we are on our own.”- Joel Osteen

This is something I’ve never given a lot of thought to, at least in that way, but it makes a lot of sense. I know my grandmother has prayed for me her whole life and still continues to do so despite her own failing health. My grandfather attended church every Sunday until he was too sick to do so. And I know my parents pray for our family as well. Even several generations back, there was someone building a foundation for the family that I have today. How comforting to know that those people were creating a faith-based future for myself and those around me.

I try to instill these things into my daughter as well and hope that what I am doing in my life as well as in hers, will continue to be a model for generations to come. When we believe and trust in God’s word we aren’t just bringing hope into our present lives but for those following along behind us. Think about this as you decide what kind of life you are living, how you are raising your children and what type of role model you are. Not just in your own family, but to all of those you come in contact with.

Also, don’t forget to remind your children how important their grandparents and ancestors are/were because despite the ever-present generation gap there is so much to be learned from them. When they are gone, a certain set of values and integrity will be gone with them, unless we continue to pass them on to our children ourselves.

And in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice” – Genesis 22:18