Sometimes I am not so grateful for things. I think it’s easy to do, sometimes. When you are working & living normal every day life, things can get mundane. At the check out line at the grocery store, I am conscious of how much it takes to feed my family. It takes a lot just to pay the power & water bill. Then, comes the car payments, insurance, gas, taxes, & all the other things we think we can’t live without! I sit & talk to God & ask why other people, who are not trying to live according to His will, how they can seem so much better off than my family. I think about what we do have- a roof over our heads, food in our stomach, clothes on our back. It occurs to me that I must learn contentment. Instead of asking God, “Why can’t You do more for me?” I need to be saying “Thank You” for sending Your Son, who died on the cross for my sins. God has promised us the hope of eternal salvation- for those who obey His will.
Act 2:38 Then Peter said to them, Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 4:12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
We have an aunt who has been through a lot here lately. She has just finished treatments for Lymphoma. She also had part of her colon removed. Now, she has blood clots, that she has been hospitalized for. I talked to her today & she was in the best spirits. She was excited that she was getting to go home from the hospital. During this process, she has made friends with the nurses, that are taking care of her. She laughed & said, “Yes, they all know me on a first name basis here (hospital).” I told her what a strong person she was. She said that through everything that had happened to her, she had never been scared or upset. She said she knew God was with her & she was at peace. What a wonderful thing to be sure of! God did not promise us days without pain. He did promise us peace, comfort, & strength for tomorrow.
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me all you that labor & are heavy laden & I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart & you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts & minds through Christ Jesus.
So, as I sit fretting about all my problems- I can find comfort in knowing I have a God that’s bigger than all of that! Instead of using prayer as a wish list to gain more material things, I need to thank God for what I have. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in what the world portrays as what you should have. I just need to remember to quit thinking about what else God can do for me. I need to remember the blessings of life, salvation, & peace, that’s already been given to me freely.
Thanks so much for stopping by to visit with me today. I have to be going now, because I should be washing clothes…..