“I’ll Get The Ball Rolling…”

O.K.–I’ll get the ball rolling, so to speak… I’ll share with you a list of a few things I’m thankful for, and then you can be working on your own list. I can’t make you share yours with me of course; I just ask that you pray about it and “count your own blessings,” and let the Holy Spirit lead you as to how you can “bless” someone else.

I’m thankful for

–Jesus dying for me & forgiving my many sins and shortcomings.

–my 2 beautiful, healthy children so full of life, fun, and even a little mischief

–my faithful, loving husband who’s such a wonderful, caring daddy to our kids

–our nice home and nice neighbors

–food, clothing, and all our basic needs met

–all our family, friends, JCHE, (our homeschool group), and our church

I’m thankful that:

–I live in a country where we are free…

–I live in a country, where I still have the right and privilege to educate my children at home.

–I have a husband who doesn’t just allow me to homeschool, but supports & encourages me and even wants me to do so.

I am thankful for the special moments, the laughter, the tears, the struggles, the joy, the field trips, the Bible memory verses, the prayers, and everything that goes along with home schooling–(all the things that far outweigh any supposed financial/material “sacrifices”). I’m thankful most of all for the abundant life that God allows me to live now through His Holy Spirit and the everlasting life of peace He has waiting for me and all who believe…

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Count Your Blessings…

Every once in a while, I may feel a little down that things are so “tight.” The kids may wear a lot of hand-me-downs and “rob” the piggy banks for trips to McDonald’s, but oh my, do we have so many blessings that we so easily forget! Usually I don’t even think that much about how scarce money seems to be around here, but like I say, from time to time I might start to consider and worry…But you know what?… Today, I saw many people who don’t have homes, clean clothes, food, and worst of all, some people who seem to have lost hope… However, I also saw Christian helpers reaching out to these people and showing them the love of Christ through the Gospel message, clothes, food, and a smile. I was reminded of the scripture from this past Sunday School lesson: I John 3:18 says, “…Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”

I was also reminded of the hymn “Count Your Blessings,”which tells us to count our blessings and name them one by one. If you start to feel down and want to have a “pity party,” remember to count your blessings and to focus on helping someone else instead of focusing on yourself. If you do these two things, while depending on the Holy Spirit, you’ll find your worry and sadness replaced by peace and joy!! Just remember the old saying, “I felt bad that I had no shoes, until I saw a man who had no feet!” Suddenly, you’ll probably find it hard to grumble and complain!!

Thank the Lord today for all the many blessings He’s given you, and ask Him to show you ways that you can help others in need and show Christ’s love to them.  If you see someone in need, don’t just say “I’ll pray for you.”  Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how you can truly help, while also asking for His strength and guidance to do so…