Counting Our Blessings (Part 2)

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In part 1 of this blog, we talked about the different types of offerings that people in the Old Testament times would offer to God.  If you missed part 1 and would like to catch up on this history, you can read it here.

“May we all come to live in a world where everyone is blessed by the presence of everyone else … May we all come to know just how beautiful such a world can be.”

-Kate Nowak

This time of year I feel called to give gratitude for all the blessings in my life.  Whether it is having a warm bed, a simple meal with family or a smile from a stranger, I try to remember that I am constantly surrounded by beauty (if I only choose to see it).

When something difficult happens in our life, it can be harder to see the blessings that exist.  I can tell you one thing for sure; if we go around constantly complaining and miserable about our situation … we are making the choice to live with darkness instead of light. Besides, we are not capable of knowing what blessings may be hiding within a seemingly negative experience.

Even those experiences that we see a being difficult can carry the seeds of being a great blessing.  It is often only in retrospect, however that the benefit reveals itself.  Whether or not that benefit reveals itself and how quickly it does so, is dependent upon one main thing.  That main thing is our own individual perspective.

We determine whether something will be a blessing or a curse in our lives by the way we choose to see it.

Life is an ongoing process and most of us meet something at almost we wish had turned out differently.  Just because something is not turning out the way we want, it doesn’t mean it won’t turn out to be beneficial to our lives in the end.  When we insist on calling an outcome good, when we make up our minds that no matter what, we’re going to see it as a blessing, then our minds start working overtime to prove us right.  Magical things tend to happen when we have a positive attitude.  That which we label as being a blessing, more often than not, turns out to be one in the end.

We all have a mind that always tries to be right about everything so we might as well use it to our advantage.  Let’s focus on becoming a hunter of blessings, actively seeking blessings out in every experience and person we encounter in life.  No matter how bad a situation or a person might seem, let’s try to say to ourselves and mean it, “There’s a blessing in this and I will find it.!”

Our subconscious will accept this statement as a direct order and, if necessary, move heaven and earth to make certain the blessing is found.  If we follow this regimen for a while we may very well discover that we’ve poked a hole in every problem and as a result, we will misery packing and out of our lives for good.  Problems and misery doesn’t tend to stay in an atmosphere of blessings for very long.

“Become a hunter of blessings, actively seeking them out in every experience and person you encounter.”

-Kate Nowak

So the next time a difficulty arises, don’t let yourself get tied up in knots.  Take a deep breath and relax.  You have nothing to worry about.  That difficulty is nothing more than a signal that a blessing is on its way.  As you start looking for the blessing in everything, everything else will fade away.

To get us started in thinking about blessings, I have an assignment for you.  I want you to think about some of the things you are thankful for and would count as blessings in your life.  Take a little time and write down some of these blessings.  You can make a list or go into more detail and write is as a letter explaining what you are thankful.  You can address your letter to God and thank Him directly since He is the One who is ultimately responsible for all your blessings.

I would love for you to share what you came up with me and the rest of the readers and we can all share in each other’s blessings.

In part 3 of this blog, I will share with you the letter that I wrote to God thanking Him for the blessings He has sent my way this past year.

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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