In January I wrote on my personal blog about having chosen a word for the year. Initially, I identified the word as ‘habits’; later, I defined it more specifically as ‘trust’. As it turned out, there was a lot I was going to have to trust God for this year. And, praise God, He is faithful. He has shown His goodness time and time again.
Looking back on my life, I see many stories I can share with family and friends to testify of God’s provision. Some examples:
· He allowed me to be born into a Christian family, to attend church and participate actively in a community of faith;
· When I was seven, He (literally) saved my life by stopping me from running into a bog;
· Even though I did some dumb things when I was a pre-teen and a teenager, He spared me from harm;
· He didn’t always answer my prayers the way I wanted Him to, and in retrospect, I see how He was guiding my path and keeping me from heartache;
· Just at the right time, He blessed me with a god-fearing husband. We have been together now for more than twenty years and are raising two beautiful children;
· He gave me a talent and a dream and opportunity to pursue both;
· Through different events, He’s taught me that my heart and home are large enough to embrace people in need, and He’s more than big enough to take care of us all.
I could go on but you get the idea. As the song says, “our God is able to do exceeding abundantly, exceeding abundantly above/all our hopes, all our dreams, all we ever hope to be/our God is able to do.”
If I could model the legacy I want to leave, I would demonstrate the following: love God, love people; trust God, count your blessings. I leave you with this hymn as a reminder to do just that.
Count Your Blessings
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