Some may look at our family and our home and think we aren’t very “blessed.”

We don’t have cable t.v. Our home is 24 years old. Our living room furniture hasn’t been updated for 12 years. We don’t have new cars, and actually, we’re limping one along right now. We still have the same fridge and clothes dryer we purchased with our wedding money 23 years ago.

We may not have the latest and greatest, but that doesn’t mean we’re not blessed.

blessedWhen you think of the word “blessed,” or someone who’s blessed, what comes to your mind?

Do you think of riches, fame, or fortune? Someone who has a carefree, easy life? A life characterized by everything going the right direction? Do blessings equal things and stuff one owns? Are blessings tangible or intangible?

Dictionary.com defines blessed as:

1. consecrated; sacred; holy; sanctified

2. worthy of adoration, reverence, worship

3. divinely or supremely favored; fortunate

4. blissfully happy or contented

5. bringing happiness and thankfulness

These all come to my mind.

But sometimes being blessed shows up in ways we don’t expect. Sometimes the blessings are found in the mundane, the small, the ordinary. Sometimes what blesses us are the not-so-great moments and seasons we walk through. And sometimes we know we are blessed because we feel God’s presence big in our lives.

Sure, I’d love to have a new car and new appliances, but I’ll take real, true blessings from God over new stuff any day.

God’s ideas of “blessed,” are much different than ours.

Consider these, one by one:

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

 

You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

 

You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

 

You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

 

You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

 

You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

 

You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

 

You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.

 

Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.” Matthew 5:3-12

See, you don’t have to be rich or famous, or live an easy life, or have “things” to be blessed. You already are, just by having God in your life! Blessed in God’s ways is greater than we can comprehend.

Friend, you are blessed.

Which one above catches your attention? Which one hits home with your current situation?

Soak in these truths. Live as the blessed one you are, and watch how God shows up in your life today. Why not share these with another who could use some encouragement?

Much love,

Julie

 

It’s Day 20 of 31 Days #CelebratingWhoYouAre. This month is flying by! I couldn’t be more thankful you stopped by today. I’m glad we can walk this road together. You are a blessing in my life! (Linking this post with Kelly at #RaRaLinkup and Holly at #TestimonyTuesday.)

31 Days Celebrating Who You Are

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