Count Your Blessings

When I think about counting my blessings, it reminds me of a song we used to sing in church when I was in Sunday School.  “Count your blessings, name them one by one, count your many blessings, see what God has done.”  It seemed like such a simple song when I was a child and I never truly understood the meaning until I became a single mom.  My whole world was turned upside down and dreams of the future for my marriage were now shattered.  I felt like I was stuck in a pit with no rope, no life line, no hope, and nothing to look forward to.  Slowly, day by day, after my divorce God started putting the pieces of my life back together and showed me why my life had taken this path.  This was his ultimate plan!

He became a father to my children, a friend to my spirit, and a husband to me.  I was starting to see that life wasn’t so bad after all.  I had so many blessings in my life but with the “blinders” over my eyes I  would not allow myself to see and appreciate them.  I would wake up in the morning complaining that I had to get the kids ready for school alone, then make sure they had what they needed for the day so that I could begin my 1 1/2 hour commute (complaining in traffic the whole way and asking WHY ME) to work.  After completing a stressful day on the job, I would complain the whole way home again and then walk in the door asking the same question, WHY ME!  God kept whispering to me, be patient my child and you will see why I have chosen you and the blessings will be abundant but first you have to trust in me with your whole heart.

In September of 2008, I gave my life over to Christ 100%.  I laid my burdens on the cross and chose to follow him with my whole heart.  My life has never been the same!  I wake up now saying, “God, thank you for my home, thank you for the 2 angels you have blessed me to raise, thank you for my job to provide clothing, food, and a home for us, thank you for the journey you have taken me on and never leaving my side, thank you for the friends and family you have strategically placed to guide me in the correct path, and most importantly thank you for always believing in me to show me there is hope.

The Blessings are all around us but we have to first trust in him and ask that he remove the “shackles” and “blinders” that hold us back so that we can receive his true mercy and grace.  Be Blessed this day and every day!

– Ms. Kristi