Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What Sort of Blessings Will We See In Autumn?

At the beginning of this year some of you joined me in filling a "Blessing Bottle." Simply write down any daily good stuff on a scrap of paper and "preserve" it in an old canning jar. At the end of the year you can open the jar and recall the good things the Lord has accomplished in your life in spite of the days of grief.

Today marks the first day of Autumn, and it's not too late to start counting your blessings. I'm already looking forward to the end of the year when I'll get to read all my notes and see the many things the Lord has done, things that I'm grateful for! One example might will be today---on Saturday morning my dad was surprised to feel his chest begin to tighten. When it didn't pass he took an aspirin, woke up my mom and said he wanted to go to the ER where a mild heart attack was confirmed. Today he's getting those blockages cleared, and I'll add some more notes to my blessing jar.

My parents live in Wisconsin, and with me way down in South Carolina, I'm not able to be there for them. So I'll continue with my plans for lunch with the neighbor ladies today. There will be about 8 of us around my dining roon table and I'm grateful for the growing friendships and good neighbors I have. Another note in my blessing jar.

I'm also grateful the weather has finally cooled off! Instead of the upper 90's, we're now in the 70's this week. So whether my blessings are big, like a heart attack recovery, or more routine like a change in the weather, I make a note of it, and I hope you do too. Gratitude is a choice that helps our attitude and helps heal the broken heart.

What are you thankful for today? ferree



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