Friday, August 12, 2011

Behind the Blessing

Life is all about the choices, the decisions we make

AND our attitude in dealing with the consequences

or blessings of them.

'Project 50 #33 - Watering Can' photo (c) 2009, Christopher Craig - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

She’s already in the vegetable garden when the rooster crows, out watering the yard or starting something on the stove. She rises with praise on her lips and her mind already thinking through the day stretched out before her; who could use a blessing today? Who could use a friend? A hug, a listening ear…a home-cooked meal? Always with an eye to the practical needs of others rather than herself.

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

(Phil. 2:1-4) NIV

'Garden shed' photo (c) 2009, Heather Clemons - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

She’s known dark days; times when she’s gone to her knees watering the garden with her tears, times of crying out to God when the pain and discouragement grip tight around her heart.

Yet, through it all, she’s held on to the hope, the promise of God’s Word – held on to truth and held on tight. She’s stood through the winds of uncertainty and challenge, loved through the storm of it all and remained firm in faith living out the attitude of her heart and sharing it with those around her. What blessings are those who are intent on blessing others despite their circumstances.

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

(Galatians 6:7) NIV

3 comments:

  1. I love this post! What wonderful encouragement and blessings flow from your words. Sharing the blessings! Bright blessings, Shanyn (Strawberry Roan)

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  2. Love this...we all know someone who fits this description! It's not me, but I desire for it to be :)

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