I understand difficulties and trials come. Let's not be guilty of not comforting those in suffering and praying for them! But, I do think it's much more pleasant to be happy than to be sad. Although, sometimes it takes a little bit of effort to see the blessings :). I think we pass over many good things because we view them as insignificant. At least I know I do. However, if God sees the sparrow fall, and knows how many hairs are on my head, I'm convinced He's pleased when we praise Him for the small things. So, I invite you to rejoice with me, and even to share your blessings so I can rejoice with you.
Blessing # 1
I already shared my answered prayers this week. God answered again! Tonight I got to invite one of my students to Youth Group, and I was able to invite a university student that I teach to church. Also, on Friday's I teach two students who are Christians. We don't always talk about God, but tonight I had exceptionally good conversations with both of them about spiritual things. I think I'll keep praying that God opens doors for me to speak about Him! It's good talking about the Lord.
Blessing # 2 (the mundane stuff :)
It was still daylight when I finished teaching tonight!!
My health is good.
I have a lovely home.
God is abundantly providing for all my needs.
My Mom had a safe trip down south taking my sister and nephew back home.
It's the weekend!!!!
Blessing # 3
This year I took a huge leap of faith and started my own business. From a financial standpoint it was kind of scary. Not only did I need to finance my business, but I still had to pay my mortgage and all my bills. God has truly been with me each step of the way, and He has blessed beyond what I expected! I'm not a millionaire...yet... LOL, but He is providing for every need. Beyond that, I really like my job. I do get tired (really tired), grumpy, and just plain frustrated at times, but when I think of all the other things I could be
Blessing # 4 (spiritual stuff)
Salvation ~ where would I be without the grace and mercy of God!
A God who loves me, cares for me, guides me, protects me, etc. etc. (this list could get really long!)
The Bible ~ Thank you Lord... that's all I can say.
My church family ~ They're great people
My Pastor ~ I'm thankful for a godly pastor who encourages me to live for Christ in every possible way I can
The new people God has brought to our church.
Opportunities to speak about Christ ~ yeah, I already said that... oh well :).
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.