Being aware of God blessings

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O my soul, bless God. From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name!

O my soul, bless God, don’t forget a single blessing!

Psalm 103:2   The Message

Counting our blessings requires a shift in perspective. Our Father’s thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are His ways our ways. When we count our blessings…we find that they often  can outweigh our problems! I am blessed because I have a Savior that loves me and goes through my problems with me!

This world is presently submerged in worry and fear. Paying attention to what we are grateful for helps us to see things with a more positive attitude!

Corona unveiled many things. We became aware of the things we had been taking for granted. We can choose to go through another season or maybe even another year focussing mostly on what we are missing. We can nurture the anger we may feel towards our government and the decisions it has taken. OR, we can focus on all the blessings we do have…. that we live in a country with religious freedom and good health care, that we have enough to eat, a shelter …

Every moment is a sacred moment. Every day is a blessing. Everything depends on our attitude. If we want joy in your life, we must focus on the good. Engaging the mind with the awareness that God is the source of all that is good is a means of increasing the joy in your life. When we give thanks for it all, an even deeper level of joy opens up for us, for then we become more aware of how much we are loved!

Imagine a friend inviting you to a sumptuous home-cooked meal, and you enjoy it, but you ignore the love that the meal represents. How much more enjoyable the meawould’ve been if I had noticed the love. And this is true for all the blessings that we take for granted. Take some time today to be aware of the blessings in your life. It really is a joyful experience because then you discover much of the beauty of your life that you otherwise would miss. 

What kind of blessings have you received this past year? At the beginning of a New Year I often take time to write down the things I am grateful for. It strengthens my faith and I am always amazed to see how God used even the difficult times to bless me in unexpected ways. It will not take away the pain we experienced at the time but we feel loved and comforted. Good memories strengthen us!

I also want to become much more aware of how I myself am a blessing in the lives of others by the loving quality of who I am in Christ and what I do.

Joyce Rupp in her book “The cup of our life” writes

“Calling forth a blessing is a naming of the goodness that is already there. A blessing is perceived to be something that communicates divine life. 

To bless is to bring the touch of God the touch of love and goodness to another by our presence as well as by our actions.”

“To bless is to put a bit of yourself into something. It is to make holy, to change something or someone because of your presence” Macrina Wiederkehr 

Someone said “Wherever you place your foot, a blessing remains!”

We are starting a New Year with this new awareness “Wherever we go, wherever we are, we can be a blessing.”

Jesus became a blessing to us! His presence engenders life, strength, healing, courage!

Here are some suggestions 

  • Think of the people who blessed you!  How did they do this?
  • Think about how you have blessed others
  • Think about the blessings in 2021 you have received –  which one means the most to you?
  • What helps you to be aware of and alert to your daily blessings?

Desmond Tutu who passed away this week said: 

The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu

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