Extraordinary Blessings on an Ordinary Day

Psalm 118

“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
   his steadfast love endures for ever . . .

This is the day that the Lord has made;
   let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Some days it is easier than others to give thanks to the Lord isn’t it?  Some days it is easier than others to rejoice and be glad in the day that the Lord has made?  Some days it is easier to see our blessings.

Most of us tend to be pretty good at remembering to give our Lord thanks and praise for his blessings to us on the big days in our lives.  Thanksgiving – Christmas – Easter – important anniversaries – birthdays.   Most of us remember to stop for a moment or two or three  to give God thanks on those days. 

But it can be a whole lot harder to remember to rejoice and give God thanks on the regular plain – old ordinary, run of the mill days can’t it?  It can feel especially difficult to give thanks right now – because thanks to COVID-19 life is feeling so hard – so painful – so complicated – so frustrating – so discouraging.  You may even find yourself wondering/questioning from time to time if God’s steadfast love really does endure forever?!? 

Honestly life is complicated even when we aren’t living through a global pandemic!   And now – well now – some days – it is hard to know what to think.

I do try very hard to be someone who remembers to seek God’s presence in my life and to remember God’s blessings to me.  I do this for many reasons – but one of the important reasons is I am happier when I do.

I love this quote by William Penn.  “The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.” 

I have found this to be so very – very true.  I find that one of the best ways for me not to become overwhelmed by the negative things that life brings my way is to list my blessings.  Yes – I literally list my blessing from God.  (I really like lists.)

Sunday afternoon/evening – I decided to spend some time listing my blessings from God.  Often I just write a list – but this time I decided to take pictures of my blessings.   I grabbed my camera and spent a few hours taking pictures of things – moments – and the people in my life that are blessings.  I just lived my life with my blessing radar on and when something felt like a blessing I took a moment to acknowledge and give God thanks for it and I took a picture of the blessing.

We didn’t do anything out of the ordinary.  This was a plain – old – absolutely – positively ordinary summer Sunday afternoon/evening at the McFarland house and yet – the blessings from God were abundant. 

Take two or three hours this week and just turn your blessing radar on. Pay attention. Pay close attention.

Seeing the blessings in your life often means recognizing the sources of beauty and goodness in your life.  What are sources of beauty and goodness in your life?  What are the blessings in your life? Who are the blessings in your life?

My afternoon started with a walk with Jason.
Knitting on the back step in the summer sunshine!
Harvesting from the garden with Jason. I tried to take his picture – but he said that you all knew what he looked like . . .
Watering the flowers.
I love marigolds. They remind me of the sun.
I love to wander around my flower beds. I pull weeds – deadhead flowers – and generally delight in all of the color.
Watching our sons enjoy a summer evening . . .
I love to look at the sky.
The family archer . . .
Our train engineer . . .
Taking my biggest boy to work at a job he loves!
William is very into Godzilla these days. We are watching ALL of the Godzilla movies in order.

I am so thankful I took the time to remember just how blessed I am.

You are all in my heart – thoughts – and prayers.

In Christ and with Love –

Pastor Kerri

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