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Written by Denise Pass for “Seeing Deep Ministries” @ http://denisepass.com/home/
Mundane Monday: Count Your Blessings
Inspirational Thought of the Day:
Don’t let the burdens of this life weigh you down – God will use them to lift you up!
Psalm 68:19 “Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation.”
Psalm 103:2 “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”
James 1:2-4 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Psalm 103:10 “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.”
From one thing to another, this day had Monday written all over it. I thought about not posting today. It was one of those days that I’d rather forget . . . until God gently whispered to me His encouragement through precious saints in my life.
While I pondered wearing the “rejection” or “failure” sticker today, my oldest daughter came and shared a post she wrote today about contentment. God was using one who I had poured into to encourage me. Then my son came next and shared an essay he wrote about how he hopes to be used by God to help others. On and on it went, my children circling me and sharing one blessing after another, followed by my precious husband who, with a smile, wiped away my tears. Wow. Now what was I complaining about?
Trials and problems have a tendency to discourage and disillusion us if we let them, but God has a much better plan. Taking our discomforts, insults, judgments and rejection as a tool for His glory and our good, He redeems it all.
Instead of regretting such problems or treatment, we can rejoice that God sees everything and always chooses to delight in us, giving us His amazing undeserved gift of salvation.
This life is hard. Maybe today was a rough one for you, too. Look around. What blessings are right there in your midst, that has God accomplished in and through you that are often taken for granted? He is indeed good – all the time – and our ever-present help in time of trouble.
Lord, thank You for encouraging us when we are hurt and prone to self-pity. You are able to take what seemed pointless and give us a precious jewel in the midst. You are our treasure, Lord, and You are enough.