Counting The Ways

We started a seven day challenge at our church this week. Yesterday, I was supposed to write a list of things that I need. My entire life was placed in sharp focus as I meditated on what my list would be. So many things came to mind. Each time the Holy Spirit would speak – “That’s a want not need.” My list couldn’t be about the in-ground pool I want, the kitchen renovation that I’m dreaming of, or the family vacation I’d like to go on.

I was reminded once again, my life isn’t perfect but it’s wonderful! Here’s a list of just some of things I was reminded to be grateful for:

I met the love of my life in college. After many detours, we are preparing to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.

We have 5 happy, healthy, children. They love each other, the laugh more than they’ve ever cried, they are compassionate and each of them walks in and lights up the room.

We serve The Lord, and others, together.

We pray hard, love hard, and live in peace.

I have food on my table..ALWAYS. I’ve never had to send my children to bed hungry.

We are members of a great ministry. We have an amazing Pastor and First Lady. They practice exactly what they preach and they preach the true Word of God.

Our family is surrounded by others who love The Lord.

My kids have friends who know and love The Lord.

My parents are still alive. My Mother-in-Law lives near us and attends our church.

The sounds of laughter, friends, food, are consistently heard in my house.

My friends, take a look at your life. If things in your life are tough right now please remember that His strength is made perfect in your weakness. There’s something there to be grateful for. Lean on The Master to restore you. Above all, remember these words:

11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Phi 4:11-13