Thursday, January 26, 2006

Blessed art me...

Just counting my blessings today. I try to regroup every now and then and think of how blessed I am. Take check and thank God for all that He provides...which is everything. I have been remembering lately my dependence on Him and trying to put myself where it belongs. Below, way below Him in reverence and submission to Him. I have trouble being reverent, especially the submissive part, to Him and remembering how GREAT He is and how little I am. Counting my blessings does that. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ." Ephesians 1:2-4 Remembering that Jesus is our greatest blessing of all, what other thing could we ask for? A good friend, Pastor Cheryl, e-mailed me a quote today and I thought it spoke of blessings:

I sense that striving for wholeness is, increasingly, a countercultural goal, as
fragmented people make for better consumers, buying more bits and pieces--two or more cars, two homes and all that fills them-and outfitting one's body for a
wide variety of identities: business person, homebody, amateur athlete, traveler, theater or sports fan. Things excercise a certian tyranny over us. Whenever I am checking bags at an airport, I recall St. Teresa of Avila's wonderful prayer of praise, 'Thank God for the things that I do not own.'"

Cheryl always has a verse at the ready or a good quote. She is such a great woman of God and I could learn alot from her! I think about the quote and am convicted about how whole I do not believe myself to be sometimes. I think of the material items listed in the quote and how I strive for those things and worry about the house, the car, the clothes and am brought back to God's Word and His promise... "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you
will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I
tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and
your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Matthew 6:25-34


What could we ask for other than Jesus? Nothing is the right answer...except to grow closer to Him and the closer we grow the more we find we don't need. He provides all things. AMEN!!!!

1 comment:

emily said...

Rachel,
Thank you for this wonderful message! It is good to be reminded that we have everything we need in God. It IS difficult to not be thinking in a consumeristic manner constantly.
By the way, what a cool blog! :) love ya!