Count Your Blessings: Dec 2-6 BRD

We are conditioned by our nature and surroundings to confine God’s blessings to the material realm. When we think of the blessings of God, we immediately think of our own health, our homes, our food, our vehicles, our clothes, and our bank accounts. There is no question, these are indeed blessings from God. However, our thanksgiving stops too short. If all we know of God’s blessings concerns the material blessings, it says something about our spiritual awareness and maturity. God’s blessings extend to all realms of life, and in fact, His blessings are right in front of us every day. It is tragic if we miss them. One such blessing is the gift of children. In our hectic, selfish culture, children are so often viewed as hindrances, obstacles, and delays. We could do so much more and get so much more accomplished if we didn’t have to bother with children. It’s interesting how differently we respond to the blessing of children as opposed to the blessing of one million dollars. For the latter, with no hesitation, we would gladly receive it. With the former, we have to “plan,” prepare, and pray about it! God’s word is clear—children are a blessing! They bring joy to the heart, responsibility to the home, and self-denial (finally!) to the parents. They are gifts, straight from the Lord. You don’t know the fullness of this until your little girl runs up and gives you a kiss for no reason at all. Or your little “buddy” cuddles with you in the recliner to watch the latest Disney film. Psalm 127:3,5 “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward . . . Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!”