Think of five blessings every day,
That God has graciously sent your way.
They can be big—or they can be small.
Just be sure to remember them all.
Then write them down in this little book
And thank God for the time He took
To show you His love and daily care
And that He is with you everywhere.
So each morning when I am enjoying my first cup of coffee, and saying daily prayers, I think of God’s blessings and write them in the little book. Some are funny, “I am blessed with shoes that are comfortable,” and some may be a little sad, “Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of having a son, even though it was for only 18 years.” Or the grateful blessing of having an understanding friend who thought of me on Mother’s Day and sent me flowers. Perhaps the greatest blessing is having friends and a church family who are kind and loving. Yes, blessings come in all shapes and sizes.
If you do this, I wonder if there might be repeats in your blessing books such as I have. In case the Lord did not hear me the first time, I have mentioned at least three times what a blessing it is to have a screened-in porch to escape the buffalo gnats! It is a blessing for my dogs for the same reason, too. Triple blessed.
Perhaps you are blessed with a skill. My interpretation of that means that you are good if not excellent in a particular area whether it is mechanical or mental. You give of yourself and find happiness in maintaining this skill. How blessed you are!
Having good health is a big blessing. If you are a youngster in his/her forties, you will understand the health blessing when you reach these golden years.
There are beatitudes in the Bible about blessings. Matthew 5:8: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Did not Jesus tell us when he was here on Earth that “murder, stealing, adultery, lying, deception, insults and robbery are not due to poverty, abuse, our parents, or lack of love?” It is within us—our impure heart.”
Reading that brought about some understanding of how hard it is for many humans to be “pure in heart.” I often wonder if impure-hearted humans know that they are being used by evil. Are they even aware of the stronghold evil has in their life or on their soul?
But, I digress. Our lives abound with blessings. My blessing book does contain a blessing notation about what I miss. This year there are no hummingbirds at my feeder. Even when the honeysuckle bush was in full bloom, no hummingbirds feasted as in past years. Now I realize what a blessing and joy they were.
These tiny unique creatures had no protection against the rapidly reoccurring tornadoes and wind storms that have buffeted the southern and lower midwestern states—the hummingbird migration routes. With continuous climate change disasters, our hummingbirds may now be on the endangered species list.
I did have one female hummer check out the feeder but she did not imbibe. Many people do not realize that when the syrup and container gets moldy, the mold can sicken and kill a hummingbird. In the towns in which I have lived, the city water has always turned moldy rather fast in the feeder. Only a good scrubbing with vinegar can kill the mold. I have found that using bottled purified water or spring water does not turn moldy in the hummingbird feeder. Maybe the hummers now know that feeder food can cause illness, so they avoid it.
As of this day when I am writing this, there are 70 blessings written in my booklet. (Only the screened porch was duplicated!) I started doing this a mere 17 days ago. And wouldn’t you know that a song popped into my head about blessings.
Do you remember this one?
©Ann Rains June, 2019
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