Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Blessings. . .

I've been thinking over the past couple weeks, how blessed we are.  With earthly blessings, spiritual blessings, and heavenly ones.  These earthly ones have been coming in the form of checks, cases of beef, and friends who have said they are praying for us. . .when I don't even know why.  I really don't understand why people are giving so much, when it's not like we're dealing with something traumatic and horrible, or just had a baby, or anything of that nature.  But it's made me in awe of God and the blessings that He loves giving to His children.  It's made me realize that someone doesn't have to be struggling in order to bless them with a prayer, gift card, check, or even some food. . .they could be doing wonderful financially, physically, and spiritually.  Yeah, I know that physically we aren't always doing that great. . .but comparatively, we aren't that bad off either.  Maybe there are some financial things that are going on that I don't know about in our family.  But just maybe, these gifts that have been given over the past month are just little blessings to show us the character of Christ, a character of love.
I don't know what to say, besides thank you : )  I'm so shocked at all the things people have graciously given:  I feel like we don't deserve all this. But it has caused me to notice this thing about Christ, that I've never seen before.  A different side of His character of love. I've never really thought about His blessings and love in this way until now.  And maybe that's all God wanted, out of all of these blessings.

James 1:17
"Every good gift and perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
The spiritual blessings that we are honored to have, is just the fact that we are saved.  We have the most awesome privilege anyone could ever own: we can talk to a wonderful God and Creator of this planet that we live on, the Creator of us personally.  We don't have to know Him, but He chose us, out of all the people in the world.  He saw you.  He saw me.  Why?  We'll never know, but it sure is a blessing beyond measure.  It's not like we're anything amazing before He saves us. . .in fact, we were pretty ugly as far as I'm concerned.  But He saved us, and makes us amazing. . .makes us, shapes us,  and changes us to be like Him.  It is a spiritual blessing we'll never be able to repay.  Not even a life lived for the Lord will be enough.  But we can at least start there : )
The other spiritual blessings that God has given us, is character.  To me, it's a blessing when God teaches me a new character that reflects Jesus and I finally get it.  Maybe you understand forgiveness, love, joy, courage, compassion, or being a servant.  There are many characters of Christ that we all need to learn, and isn't it a joy when He teaches you one that you can finally put to practice!  It's a blessing to learn and understand the characteristics of Him. . .even if it takes a little while to learn.  Are there any other spiritual blessings that you can think of?

Philippians 2:13
"For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure."

The next heavenly blessings that we have, are at least 2 little children in heaven with Jesus.  They went straight to see Him without us ever meeting.  Never once, did they come into this evil world.  All they know is streets of gold, glorious gates to welcome those from this life into the next, beautiful landscapes, delicious fruits, and the best Father they could ever have.  Their names?  Charity, and Jubilee.  When my mom delivered Levi, the midwife asked if we had miscarried one because it looked as if Levi had been an identical twin.  So, us kids named him just in case : )  His name is Aaron.  When it is our time to be with Jesus, there with probably be 3 little Lodi's running around that we'll finally be able to meet, after all these years.  But Jesus has had the privilege of taking care of them for us, until we all unite with Him. . .and I'm quite sure He's done a better job raising them, then we ever could have done!

1 Corinthians 2:9
"But it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for those that love Him."

Praise the Lord for all these blessings.  He gives us earthly blessings, spiritual ones, and heavenly blessings.  Don't you see how blessed we are?  What more could a person want when we have Jesus and His character?

Ephesians 1:3
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ."

How have you seen God bless you?  And can you see Him in the little things, or only the big ones?

He is worthy and greatly to be praised


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