March 4 – I’m Blessed, and That’s My Problem!

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The relationship I have with my wife is very special to me. We enjoy working together and love facing the daily challenge of life. Yet, sometimes our focus temporarily shifts to the “things to do” list, instead of relishing in all the blessings we enjoy right now. I have come to realize this is a trait of humanity; more blessing equals more pressing!

To those who see great provision, protection, and success comes the challenge close behind. God warned His people in the days of Moses to remember all the blessings when they came into the land flowing with milk and honey (Deuteronomy 6). He knows in the midst of greatness, the temptation to become disgruntled can be pretty strong.

Jen and I have discovered that when we take a moment to rehearse just a few of the good things we’ve experienced, our attitudes shift to the positive in a hurry. We find ourselves invariably giving thanks to God because we see His fingerprints all over the place.

That is my prayer today for every person on this planet. This is my prayer for America and every free nation in the world. May those who live and legislate in them awaken to the handprints of God and see all the blessings He’s poured out on them. May the sacrifices of those who’ve gone before speak loud and clear. And may we all realize and never forget that without the presence of God we would be nothing.

Lift up your head today. Look up from the task at hand for just a moment. And catch a glimpse of all the blessings surrounding you!

See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.   Exodus 23:20

 Deuteronomy 30:19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.

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November 10 – You’re in Good Hands

When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:6 AMP
When you find yourself in times of trial and test and it seems like no one in the world understands, hope will hold you close…let it.

And don’t take a care about the naysayers, it’s all a part of the Master’s plan. Keep your eyes on the Father and He will lead you home!

Today, I find comfort in David’s masterpiece. There’s no other way to say it better. The Message Translation adds a touch of colorful expression.

God, my shepherd!
  I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
 you find me quiet pools to drink from.
 True to your word,
 you let me catch my breath
 and send me in the right direction.  Even when the way goes through
 Death Valley, 
I’m not afraid
 when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
 makes me feel secure.  You serve me a six-course dinner
 right in front of my enemies.
 You revive my drooping head;
 my cup brims with blessing.  Your beauty and love chase after me
 every day of my life.  
I’m back home in the house of God
 for the rest of my life.   Psalms 23 MSG

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