Category Archives: Daily Blessings–2011

The Blessing of Peace

peacePeace.  Just saying that word brings a feeling of security for peace means mutual harmony.  It brings freedom from strife.  It offers tranquility and comfort.  

Believers, Christ is our Peace.  He is the only “Peace on Earth”  we will find.  He said:  “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  (John 14:27)

“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.” (Romans 5:1 NLT)

As we have been greatly blessed, let us celebrate His coming to earth as a babe by pausing and  rejoicing just as the angels did that night in Bethlehem so many years ago when they declared “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14 KJV)  for Peace came to earth to bring goodwill to all men.

 “Thank God for this Gift too wonderful for words!”  (2 Cor.9:15 NLT)  The Gift of His Son who is Our Peace !

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The Blessing of Abundance!

Christmas Village 2011

Christmas Village 2011

My three grand-children were visiting for the weekend and even though it was still two weeks before Thanksgiving, we decided it would be a good time for all of us to set up our Christmas Village.  It was early, but since we were all together, the Christmas spirit and excitement was in the air to get “The Village” set up.  

For the past 12 years,  usually the day after Thanksgiving, I and the grand-kids have set up our Christmas Village.  When the tradition started my youngest grand-son was 4 and the the Village, like him, was pretty small.  Each year we would add one or two new things to our Village and so it has greatly grown over the years.  What started out as a tiny village, this year seems to have become a mighty metropolis!  And, as the Village has grown, so have the grand-children.  However, each still wants to have a part in “setting up the Village”.  This year as the boxes were brought out from the closet, my grand-son asked what was new and I replied that I had only purchased one small item as an addition, since the Village was really too big now and I wasn’t sure there would be room to fit it all in my small apartment. I announced that we had an Abundance of houses and people!    We had a “more than enough” Village !  

As Believers we have been blessed with Abundance.  God has given us “more than enough” blessings to use in our daily lives.  

The dictionary defines Abundance as: an extremely plentiful or over sufficient quantity or supply or overflowing fullness
To me that simply means “more than enough”.  God has blessed me, and all believers, with “more than enough”.
We have an infinite daily supply of all that is needed to succeed. We just need to know what we have been blessed with and then how to use it in our lives.

Think about what you feel you need to succeed in your daily life.  I would say I often need Strength, Wisdom and Power, coupled with Boldness, Confidence, Hope and Favor.
That’s just a few things I can think of off the top of my head and I have often prayed that God would give these things to me.  

However, I have come to realize that the book of Ephesians tells me that when I believed and received Jesus as my Savior, I received all those things and more.
  Ephesians 1:3 says I was blessed “exceedingly abundantly” beyond all that I could ask or think.  

So now, each day whatever my need might be I just thank God that He has already given me more than enough to handle it, then I ask Him to bring it into being through His Holy Spirit Who dwells within me.
 Strength?  I am abundantly supplied.  Wisdom?  I have all I will ever need.  Power?  God’s Power, the Holy Spirit, dwells within me.  Boldness?  Confidence?  I have an over sufficient quantity.  Hope?  I have more than enough.  Favor?  I am blessed to overflowing.    These are but a few of the Blessings believers receive in Christ.

Just as the Christmas Village keeps growing each year, because my grand-son and I want to add just one more new thing to it,  so does our Abundance in Christ.  We have a never ending supply of blessings we can use everyday, we just need to decide what we need for the day and the best place to put it into action.  

So let’s begin each day by thanking God for blessing us exceedingly abundantly with everything we need to succeed and then ask Him to manifest whatever we need to walk in that day.
I think we will be amazed at the change we will begin to see in our lives as we walk daily in  the Blessing of  Abundance!

Daily Blessings

Fall ColorsThis is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24 [NKJV]

Sunny days here in Oregon are often few and far between, so when one comes along we Oregonians get excited and today is one of those days!

It is the middle of October, 73 degrees outside, sunshine is bathing the fall colors so that they vibrantly glow.  Red, yellow, orange, brown, gold, and green leaves swirl, leap and jump across my path as a gentle breeze blows my hair.  

“What a beautiful day!  Isn’t it exciting!”  a lady behind me exclaims as we leave the grocery store.
 “Yes,!”  I reply ” We better enjoy it!”   
“Oh, I am”  she says.  ” I had some vacation time l left at work, so I chose to take this morning off.  I just had to be outside to experience this day!”  

Her enthusiasm was so vibrant.  It was refreshing to meet someone who was excited to be alive and taking time to enjoy God’s creation.
I am sure God was smiling at her words.  

Thank You Lord, for blessing us with beautiful, sunny, vibrant days that awaken our senses to You and your creation.  Thank you for the warmth, rich fall colors, and  gentle breezes.  But…thank You also, for everyday You give us, even those wet, dreary, cloudy days or the cold, blustery ones, that cause us to run inside for cover. For I know that all days have their purpose and they all contain a blessing from You if we will but look.  

It is not hard to rejoice and be glad for today’s sunshine but, in Oregon, it is often difficult to give thanks for the rain.  However, each, is a day the Lord has made, and we can rejoice and give thanks because He has given us another day of life to live abundantly for Him!

Let’s be enthusiastic, excited, to experience each day of life, for no matter what the weather, the Lord has made the day and wants us to rejoice and be glad in it!

The Blessing of Enough

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and He [God] will give you everything you need.  –Jesus  (Luke 12:31 NLT)

Do you you ever think that perhaps you need something more in your life?  Perhaps you feel that you are not good enough, pretty enough, smart enough, or wealthy enough?  Well, I want to let you know today that we  Believers, are blessed with more than enough!

One of our riches in Christ is Abundance.  God abundantly gives us everything we need to fulfill His plan and purpose for us in this world.  Paul says in Ephesians 3:20 that God ” is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power [Holy Spirit] that works in us, “ If we are seeking His kingdom above all else, we will be walking in His Abundant Blessings!  And, Abundance is more than enough!

So the next time you start feeling that you aren’t doing enough, or that your life doesn’t amount to enough, remember that in Christ you have been blessed with more than enough to accomplish the plan and purpose God has just for you!  All you have to do is start walking in what you have already been given.

The book of Ephesians lists 54 Spiritual Blessings in Christ that you have received and Abundance is just one of those blessings!   A Devotional Book titled “54 Spiritual Blessings in Christ” will soon be published.  It lists each Blessing, Thoughts on how to walk in that Blessing, a suggested Prayer and a Journal Page to record your thoughts on it all.  If you would like to be notified when this book will be available for purchase just EMAIL ME and I will add you to the Book’s Notification List. 

Here, in future blog posts, I will be discussing each of the Blessings we have received and how we can claim and walk in them daily.  I hope you will visit often or subscribe so you don’t miss out on learning about all the Riches you have received in Christ!

I also invite you to check out Holley Gerth’s Blog post:                   You Are Enough!   Holly shares that in God’s Heart YOU are ENOUGH!  http://www.holleygerth.com/heart-to-heart-with-holley/2011/10/4/you-are-enough.html

The Blessing of Uniqueness

The blessing of “uniqueness”.   I once attended a Christian gathering to listen to a beautiful, talented lady sing and minister in songs she had written.  At one point during the service she passed a plate around that was full of shiny stones inscribed with one word.   She told each person there to pick out a stone to keep.  I randomly picked.  My stone said “Unique”.  I still have that stone.  It made me feel special. 

We are all unique.  In this whole wide world there is only “one us”. Sometimes we all need to be reminded of that.

As Holly Gerth says in her recent article  “You are Irreplaceable!” there is only one you.  You can’t ever be replaced.

Perhaps you don’t see that as a blessing, but God does.  You are special to God and to the world.  He created you to be His masterpiece.  Ephesians 2:10 says you are God’s workmanship.  His handiwork.  His poem. 

I hope you will walk in this knowledge today and be blessed!

(1)  http://www.holleygerth.com/heart-to-heart-with-holley/2011/9/27/you-are-irreplaceable.html

Blessing in Disguise

Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. 2 Cor 1:6 (NLT)

I was reminded of this verse today after dealing with a splinter in my toe.  I was in the shower and all of a sudden I felt something sharp in my big toe.  Weird!  Upon looking I see a splinter.  Where in the world did that come from I think!  I am in the shower for goodness sake, what is in here that would give me a splinter!

No matter, it got in somehow and now it needed to come out.  This caused a household search for the tweezers which I finally found in my tool box!  After, doing minor surgery on my toe with a needle, tweezers and of course rubbing alcohol, the splinter was gone. 

It was then that I remembered the conversation I had yesterday with my grand-son.  I had picked him up because he wanted to come spend the weekend with me.  During the drive to my house he told me he had helped his dad do some work on an old barn door and somehow his hand had gotten filled with splinters.  I told him when we got home I would look at it and perhaps I would be able to remove the splinters for him if they weren’t in too deep.  However, one thing led to another and by the time we got home after running a few errands, both of us had forgotten all about the splinters….at least I had and he never reminded me. 

Now,however, since I had gotten a splinter, it caused me to remember his splinters and with a little work I was able to successfully remove all of his too.  He was happy to have them out and I was happy to be able to help him.    I guess you could say my splinter was a blessing in disguise, because it prepared me to help him. 

The whole incident could be related to what Paul is saying in 2 Cor. 1:6.  If we look at it that way, we will be able to give thanks in everything as Paul says in 1Thess.5:18  because whatever we might have to go through or deal could prepare us to help someone else with whatever they are going through.  It is much easier to be compassionate and helpful if you have experienced the same trials as another. 

Thank you God, that You always work everything together for good in our lives.  I give You thanks for Your many blessings, even those that are sometimes disguised as trials and tribulations.  Help me to remember to give thanks in everything, for the trial I endure today may just prepare me for offering the comfort needed for someone tomorrow.


Lollygagging

Many of us may not be familiar with the word “lollygagging”.  I, myself, have not really heard it since I was a child.  My mom used to frequently say it when she reprimanded me or my brother.  “Stop lollygagging and set the table!”  “Quit your lollygagging and go feed the chickens!”

Lollygagging means “to dawdle, dally, or loiter aimlessly” (1) The original meaning comes from Amer.Eng., perhaps from dial.,  lolly  “tongue” + gag  “deceive, trick.”.(2)  This might have meaning in it for us writer’s who experience dry periods in our writing, for it would be saying that our speech is actually being muted, ie: our tongues are gagged.

For me, today, receiving this word was a blessing.  It popped into my head as I was thinking about my writing.  For a couple of months I have gone through a period of dryness in my writing, and this morning I  prayed that God would inspire me to write again.  I asked Him for ideas, inspiration, help!    Well, it really didn’t take long for me to get my answer.  Almost instantly eight ideas flooded into my head, so fast in fact, that I had to rush to write them all down so as not to forget them!

“Thank you God!” I said.  His reply ” Now stop lollygagging around and get to it!”   “Okay, Lord, I will!”  I replied.

Then, as if to affirm His intervention, I believe He placed two different objects in my path at different times today, both of which were directly related to ideas for stories I had planned to write about previously and never had.  It was amazing!  It was almost as if He was saying  “Remember those ideas I gave you previously?  What about writing about them? ”

Psalm 46:1 [NLT] says “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” In this case, He surely was a great help to me in jump-starting my writing and I am blessed to have Him near and always ready to help me with anything at anytime.

1. lollygag. (n.d.). Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. Retrieved August 18, 2011, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/lollygag

2. lollygag. (n.d.). Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved August 18, 2011, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/lollygag

Intangible Blessings

Everyday we are probably blessed in someway with many Intangible Blessings.  These are blessings that we are not physically able to touch or account for materially, but are ones that can be felt with our senses and spirit.

These Intangible Blessings might  come into our lives through others in the form of a smile, a word, a touch, a hand-written note , or a hug.  These blessings are in-valuable, for who can place a dollar amount on having a shoulder to cry on or a friend’s listening ear in time of need?  A small hand written note of love or a picture drawn from the heart can often bring lasting joy.  All the money in the world cannot buy the love of a child or the loyalty of a pet.   These are Intangible Blessings and they should always be recognized and valued.

God often shares Intangible Blessings with us daily through His word.  Sometimes a scripture will come to our mind at just the right time, or we will read a verse that jumps off the page to encourage us.  He often gives us a “brother in time of need” to uplift  us or He will remind us in the night watches that He is there to comfort us at all times.

I love to receive gifts.  Unwrapping a gift purchased for me by a family member or friend can be such a blessing.  Receiving something tangible that I can look at, use or touch is a great blessing to me.  However, I most appreciate those Intangible Blessings that come my way daily in various forms, for it is those that often touch my heart and mind and make an lasting imprint that carries me through each day.

 

A Guaranteed Blessing

Last night as I was watching TV, a commercial came on where a car maker was advertising they would guarantee how much your new car would be worth after you purchased it and drove it off the lot.

This seemed to cause potential customers happiness and comfort in the fact that even though they knew their new car would depreciate extensively as soon as they drove it off the car dealer’s lot, they would still have an assurance of  it’s worth in the future, for they had the promise of a guarantee.

This reminded me of the blessing that we believers have been given.  The Guarantee of God–the Holy Spirit.

2 Cor.1:22 says:  God  “put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”

The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance He promised and that He has purchased us to be His own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify Him. Ephesians 1:14 [NLT]

So, believers, you see, we have been give the best guarantee of all!  We are blessed!  Let’s praise and glorify Him today for this !