Thursday, May 13, 2010

May 13 - We are Blessed

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the 
heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.
Ephesians 1:3

All praise and glory to Him for everything He has blessed us with! How often do you count your blessings and give thanks for everything in your life? Everything you have or don't have is because of Him. The path your life has taken is due entirely to our Father in Heaven. When you accepted Christ into your heart you were united as one and all of His blessings befell upon you. Dear friend in Christ, please do not despair when the blessings from above are not easy or cheerful. God puts challenges in all of our lives to test us, help us grow, and most of all bring us closer to Him. Your faith is tested when difficulties are put in your path. How do you deal with adversity? How do you cope with stress? Does your faith waver when He tests you? These are real questions that you need to answer honestly within yourself and with God. He will never forsake you. He will only ever give you what you can handle. Health issues, financial struggles, family problems; these are all secondary to the blessings that abound in your life. 

As a testament to His eternal wisdom and graciousness, I believe that it was His intent to put this devotional in my life on this exact day. I could have written it back in March like I had intended but the timing was never right. He knew I would need to write this devotion at this time in my life. Due to our recent move life has been a bit stressful. My patience and faith have been tested each and everyday since we left our home 6 weeks ago. But today His will and blessings in my life were shown in abundance. It is with honest faith that I can say I am truly blessed. Despite the hardships, the challenges, and the stresses I am enduring in this time of my life, I know I am blessed. Being blessed is one of my true identities in Christ.

Dear Heavenly Father, I come before you today to thank you for all the blessings you have given me. I might not always be able to see the gifts you have given me through the struggles in my life but Lord I know as a follower I am blessed. O Lord please give me the strength and wisdom to see your glory through the stress in my life. Please help me to not get bogged down in the everyday struggles but rather look to You for all the beautiful things you have placed in my life. Thank you Father for all that I have been blessed with. Through you I am blessed. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

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