Sunday, November 17, 2019


“It’s so good,
I’ve got more than I ever thought I would. 
I can finally see how all the wrong turns and the heartaches,
The lessons in the mistakes
Help me count my blessings like I should. 
And it’s so good.”

I needed this reminder this morning.  Particularly in this season of Thanksgiving, I needed a reminder to be thankful.  That I have been so richly blessed.  That this is where my focus should be.

It’s not that I forget these things.  I remember them, but I allow other things to take the focus away.  I start to focus on the fact that I don’t have a a permanent job yet.  We’ve not started our new adventure yet.  That the contract job has not had as many hours as I would have liked this week.

And focusing on these things makes me frustrated.  A little depressed.  It becomes easier to be negative.  To question.  To doubt.

Paul in his letter to the Philippians addressed this problem.

”The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Philippians 4:5b-8

The outline is there to focus on the good.  That’s the way to stay in the peace of good.  For focusing on the negative robs us of peace.  Focusing on the things above, focusing on the good puts us in the right perspective. 

It reminds me that I have a wonderful family.  This includes the family that I was born into, the family I chose, and the family I have married into.  To be able to stay with Jamie’s family in this transition is a blessing that many people are not afforded. 

It reminds me that I have a job.  It is providing my needs.  The Lord is looking over us.  He is directing our paths.  And He has plan.  Things are unfolding to His plan and I never would have imagined for this to have happened this way.   I would never have imagined that I would have gotten new certifications, new experience that will be useful in rounding out my resume in this time.  But that is what is happening.

It reminds me that I can choose to view this all as a blessing or as a struggle. 

I’m going to chose the former

Because the truth is, it’s so good.  I do have more than I ever thought I would.  I have been blessed by his hand far more than I could ever imagine.

So, I will count my blessings. 

Particularly in this season, but always. 

It is so good. 

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