"We have to experience a lot of things in life to know how to appreciate and recognize our blessings...."
I count my blessings everyday, even when I am faced with situations that are not pleasant, for such is life. I used to worry and wonder (why me)? Ump, the real question would be, if it were something good, (why not me)?
I have found that its all a lesson and a way to shape and form us as we grow and mature. Even the beautiful rose that blossoms into full beauty, has its thorns.
We have to experience a lot of things in life to know how to appreciate and recognize our blessings... now I just try my best not to worry, (yes, its easier said than done) but I know in my heart and soul that everything happens for a reason.
Life is not easy for anyone, but we can all do our best to make the most of what we are fortunate enough to have....first and foremost give thanks to our Lord and the very breath we breathe.
It may sound like I am not telling you anything you haven't already heard, but how many of us have been guilty (like myself) and took the very simple things in life for granted.
I found myself always wondering why don't I have this or that, why am I in this situation, and the wondering was sapping me of my joy and blessings...oh yes, my blessings, for I could not see the forest for the trees. I put myself in the forest, and then had the nerve to wonder, why am I here...and I was the very culprit.
Its no harm in checking yourself every now and then, and giving thanks to the Lord for all he has done and will do for you. Just know that through it all, it could not have been any other way than the way it is, as we are all here with a purpose, and the Lord has a plan for each and everyone of us.
The best we can do is show appreciation for our mere existence and make the most of our lives. Its easier said than done, but its definitely more beneficial to your mind, body and soul....
Know that you are blessed, and don't block your blessings, help to create them by just being you, and true to you. Your one beautiful being, and God loves you, and always will, he will be there when you believe in your mind, that no one else is.....
Embrace your blessings, today and always....
Below are two separate verses that I read, so I copied and pasted them to share with others....
Enjoy & Embrace!
The Word for today:
Pray without ceasing! 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Have you ever been just sitting there and all of a sudden you feel like doing something nice for someone you care for? THAT`S GOD talking to you through the Holy Spirit.
Have you ever been down and out and nobody seems to be around for you to talk to?
THAT`S GOD wanting you to talk to Him.
Have you ever been thinking about somebody that you haven't seen in a long time and then next thing you know you see them or receive a phone call from them? THAT`S GOD. There is no such thing as coincidence.
Have you ever received something wonderful that you didn't even ask for, like money in the mail, a debt that had mysteriously been cleared, or a coupon to a department store where you had just seen something you needed, but couldn't afford? THAT`S GOD knowing the desires of your heart.
Have you ever been in a situation and you had no clue how it was going to get better, how the hurting would stop, how the pain would ease, but now you look back on it. . . THAT`S GOD passing us through tribulation to see a brighter day.
TO MY SISTERS.....
There comes a time in every woman's life when she has to take a closer look at herself. Not at her circumstance, not at what she did, not about how unfair life is, not at whom made you do it. She has to just look at herself in all her glory and imperfection. Have you ever admired a woman who has been through changes in her life?
Or have you made up in your mind that she is just messed up.
Before you make this mistake, take a closer look.
A woman who has endured the most unusual life is someone of wisdom, someone who has been chosen by God to go through things that have made her stronger.
Think of all the great women in the Bible: Mary Magdalene, Ruth and Naomi, the woman with an issue of blood flow,and Esther, to name a few. Mary was a prostitute, a very uneasy woman. But by the time Jesus was done with her, she was His closest follower.
Esther was unfortunate in marrying an abusive man,but by the time God was done with her, she had married one of the wealthiest men in the land. Women are so quick to beat the next one down instead of trying to hold her up. Before you wonder,
"What's up with her?" ask yourself, "What's up with me?"
That woman could be my mother, sister, aunt, in-law, stepmother, niece, grandmother, great-grandmother, neighbor, friend, or co-worker, etc.
That woman could be me.
Women are the carriers of life, not the channels of death. Let's build and encourage each other, as did Ruth and Naomi. Pass this to all the women in your life. Encourage and Love, Forgive and Forget, and trust that the woman that receives this will be touched in some way.
May peace and love be upon you.
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