This is week 5 of Stressed-Less Living by Traci Miles with Melissa Taylor Online Bible Studies. Although, there were some topics I wanted to write about this week, life just got in the way with year-end school and subbing for teachers taking their last leave days, and also many subs have given up for the year. So, I stayed with my list of blessings this week and picked up with the last five I have written down as of today. That list is surely to grow as I have time to sit down and continue to count the blessings we take for granted.
BIRDS – I absolutely love walking out on our porch with a morning cup of coffee and my Bible. Don’t you love watching the sun rise while sipping coffee and praising God for the majesty of that sun rise or a sun set??? They can be breathtaking.
This morning I watched the sun rise and first thing the birds were chirping and cooing and welcoming spring – robins, doves, sparrows, red birds and others coming to our feeders and our bird baths, and I have already seen some hummingbirds.
Many times I can remember when I was younger, those birds would irritate me when I was trying to sleep in and they would be chirping at day break – not anymore – I can’t wait to get up and spend time with my Lord and all his beautiful creations. I have the windows thrown open this morning and am listening to them chirping even now. Love it! What if there were no chirps????
TECHNOLOGY – Technology can be both a blessing and a curse. I choose to use that kindle, iPad, telephone, laptop, desktop, Pinterest and Facebook to God’s glory. How about you? What do you post on Facebook? I decided a couple of years ago if it did not honor or glorify God, it was not going to be posted. A few times yes I felt like hitting a share button on my page that did not honor my Father, but I now pause before liking and pause before sharing or commenting. So next time before you click – THINK is that really honoring my creator?
PRAYER – How often do you pray? I pray more than once daily. I find myself in a constant state of prayer, but the most meaningful is when I am on my knees, during those gut-wrenching prayers, and during that time it is almost always for my family and friends. Prayer is one of the most important things a person can take time to do.
FREEDOM – I am so very thankful for the freedoms we have. I am blessed each time I substitute teach when we say the pledge to the American flag and the Texas flag. Thankful we can still do that at school. After spending forty-three years with the Department of Defense, how could I not love our flag? I love our military because they were who I supported. The Pledge of Allegiance is a privilege and a blessing sometimes taken for granted. I thank God I was born in this great country. May God continue to bless America
MEMORIES – We do not remember days; we remember moments. ~Cesare Pavese, The Burning Brand.
One of my favorite things to say is “make the moments matter”. I don’t remember where I heard that phrase but I also say “savor the time”. God brought those words to me several years back when I realized my Mom would not be with us long, but I apply it across my life now. I make the moments matter with my mother-in-law and our married children and my husband. Life is too short to not make memories.
So how about you? Have you started a list of blessings? I think you will find it amazing to see all the little things that God has blessed you with, and we take them for granted. I invite you to share below several of your blessings and remind you what a blessing it is to start counting them when you become stressed or frustrated.