I am blessed

Blessed Forever

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? –Romans 8:32

This morning…

I woke up to my husband’s gentle pressure on my hand—his silent good morning. I’m glad to wake up to a new day with you.

I walked with a friend in the pre-dawn darkness, and she celebrated with me as I look forward to a new house.

I had all four of my children home with me; no school today.

This afternoon…

I sat in the sunshine with a twelve-month-old boy and laughed while he threw rocks into the lawn because each toss brought a triumphant grin to his ornery little face.

I sent my oldest daughter off to her last race of the season. She smiled at me before she got onto the bus.

I watched my daughter mow our green grass, inhaling the fresh smell that never gets old and admiring her fine work.

Tonight I’ll go to bed beside the same man I began my day with. I am grateful, and as I settle in for a good night’s sleep, I pray…

Lord, I know my soul you’ll keep. If I die before I wake, I know my Jesus, my soul you’ll take.

I rest secure because of Your grace, and someday I’ll see you face to face.

I rest securely in Your hands, and in all things I trust your plans.

You promised good, though there are trials to endure. So while some moments hold tears, this love is sure.

And in all that is good, all that is bad; all the laughter and the things that are sad,

This I know, of this I am sure: I am blessed, because in You I am secure.

I am blessed

I am Blessed: A Joint Post

Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom. – Luke 12:32, HCSB

From Jen:

Ever hear of a comedy of errors? This week—no this month has been a comedy of frustration. Except it wasn’t funny. Our house has sold, and it seems the moment we signed the purchase contract things started falling apart in my formerly perfectly functioning, lovely home. Retaining walls failed. Hail damage—roof needs replaced. Sewage pump failed—water (ew) in the basement. And, most recent, our AC quit. To top it off, on one of my trips to town to get something to ‘fix’ one of these problems, I got pulled over. I haven’t been pulled over in fifteen years!

In the midst of all this, I keep reminding myself how very blessed we are. Great family, beautiful kids, wonderful new home, plenty of food—good food…I’ve got a long list of blessings. But I wondered today when the AC repair guy was here and as I reminded myself yet again that we are blessed, what if all of these things were taken away? Would I still be blessed?

From Susan:

Yes. Why?  Because our Father delights to give us the kingdom.  But it’s a heavenly kingdom he’s bless us with, not an earthly kingdom made up of our possessions.  In fact, the verse right after the one Jen chose make that clear: “Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves purses which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near, nor moth destroys.” Luke12:33 NAS

Like Jen, I also recently sold a house. While we are hunting for a new one, we live in a lovey rent house.  It boasts a working fridge and AC (sorry Jen), plush carpet and running water – far more luxury than most of my friends in West Africa could ever dream of owning.

But while a middle-class American lifestyle is certainly a blessing, it’s not the true blessing Christ is talking about in these verses. The blessing he’s talking about is built up in heaven, where ACs don’t break and sewage pumps never fail.

So I can, without any hint of guilt, say that my West African brothers and sisters in Christ, who live in mud huts with thatched roofs, are every bit as blessed as I am. Their blessing, like mine, will be found in heaven. Their blessing, like mine, doesn’t depend on their possessions.

Like Jen, I am also blessed with a loving husband and great, healthy kids. But does that mean the Christian woman down the street whose husband left her is not blessed?  Or the believing parents who lose a child to cancer? Are they not blessed?  With great tenderness and compassion, I say that even though they hurt with unimaginable pain, they are blessed.  Their treasure, like mine, is found in heaven.  Their treasure, like mine, is the Kingdom of God.

So yes, even if all these things were taken away, I would still be blessed.