Thursday, May 8, 2014

Precious Life

Do you ever just stop and think about how blessed we are to be living? And how blessed we are to have homes? It is good to be alive! 

Every day is a good day. If you don't think every day is a good day, just try missing one.  :-) 
I am so thankful for my life and constantly humbled by God's goodness to me.

I'm thankful I can breathe, pray, laugh and love. Thankful for my wonderful husband, my bright children, and our cozy home.

I have a bed to sleep in tonight.

I ate three meals yesterday and expect the same today.

I've been hugged and kissed and cared for.

I can turn the heat when it's cold, and A/C when it's hot.

I have proper clothing for every situation.

I have a wonderful van to drive and take me wherever I need to go.

I have a Bible to read and study any time I want. God's own words, right in my hands!

I have my own kitchen to make any kind of meal or snack or dessert that I fancy.

I have washing and drying machines to provide my family with fresh and clean clothes and linens.

I have computers to use for home management, budgeting, schedules, creativity, photos and more. I have television, radio, music CD's and iTunes for education and entertainment.

I have the physical faculties to walk around my neighborhood or even just out my back door any time of day for a burst of fresh air. I have eyes to gaze on God's beautiful creation of sky, creatures and landscape.

I have the ability to smile even if I wish that certain things were better or different in my life. I can smile because God is good and I will wait on him to do the things I cannot do. I will wait and be thankful.

There are many people who waste God's most precious gift - life.  Some who throw it away, which has to be the craziest lie the devil loves to tell. For all of life's difficulties and joys, it's still the most amazing thing to be here, breathing - living!  For the unrepentant sinner, earth is the only heaven they will ever know - unless they turn to Jesus and receive his free gift of salvation. For the believing redeemed, it is the only hell we'll ever know. Thank you Jesus for the free gift of salvation you have offered to all!

Each day, no matter what is going on in my life, I can praise the name of the Lord and thank him. I am his child and he is a good Father. I can trust him with my life and ask him for my needs. I can bless others with a kind word and serve them as though I'm serving the Lord Jesus himself. 

Things don't have to be perfect in our lives for us to be thankful. We don't have to wait until Thanksgiving rolls around to be consciously thankful. In fact, that is why God calls it a sacrifice of praise. It means all the more to the Lord when we bless his holy name when we're hurting. He knows all about our troubles. He knows and he has told us what to do.  

Psalm 6:5
For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? 
If you have the Lord, you are richly blessed. 
Seek to bless him back somehow today!


Laura Spilde said...

These simple things are so overlooked and FAR too many women look at the negative conditions. Thank-you for sharing the positive!

momtoAAA said...

I stumbled upon your blog through another blog, with me pushing buttons. I saw your post of May 8, 2014 and it just left me breathless and in awe. You have such a beautiful way of writing and you are so thankful in your everyday life. To actually see someone write what you wrote about all the things we take for granted, like stepping outside and just breathing fresh air. Many people live in countries that they are not safe or their countries are at war and they don't have such luxuries as fresh air, and beauty around them. I would like to personally thank you for opening my eyes to all that God has given me - especially His son Jesus, and the gift of salvation. I hope you don't mind, but I shared a portion of your May 8th post, on my Facebook wall (and credited your blog with your web address).

Thank you again, for waking me up to the gifts that God gives me everyday. I now intend to follow your blog daily. May The Lord continue to use you and your writing to touch others and remind them of the goodness God has for them each and every day.

Susan Parker

Simply Keeping Home said...

Wow, thank you, ladies. I appreciate your encouragement and I praise God that he was able to use me to bless you in some way.

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