When my daughter-in-law challenged me to document blessings as they arrived, I was enthralled with the idea. I knew that watching for blessings would increase my awareness of God’s presence in my daily life. I didn’t know at that particular moment that watching for blessings and being grateful for them makes them multiply. That was lesson #1 of this particular writing journey.
Being aware of God’s continued presence and feeling his loving comfort and gentle instruction as we go about our routine days brings an added measure of joy to each moment. There is a difference in knowing in our heads that God never forsakes us, and knowing in our hearts that he’s always with us; lovingly watching over us and guiding us. That was lesson #2.
There was another lesson headed my way. I believed that writing was the way that God called me to share his love with others. So, watching for blessings, I wrote and shared stories of blessings; being aware of being in his presence had me writing of the joy of knowing we are never without God’s divine grace and guidance. I kept right on writing until the day I didn’t ….
I asked the Lord, where are the stories? How can I write and share your love unless you give me the stories?
Retired for a year, my plan was to spend time each day writing. My first book was printed and I planned to start another. When I didn’t have stories to share, my plan went out the window. I asked the Lord to direct my days, filling them with his plans for my time. This is what happened the first week I didn’t have a book to work on or a story to share:
I went to stay with my precious mother-in-law for a couple of hours while my father-in-law went to a medical appointment. She has some memory problems and is not left alone. We had a happy visit and the blessing of getting to be with her was very appreciated.
The next day, I had a dental appointment. The hygienist and I visited about a magnificent double rainbow we’d recently seen. She saw it just after she had been praying for a grieving friend. We spent some time together gratefully acknowledging God’s awesome wonders and loving care.
The next day, my neighbor invited me to visit. A wonderful Christian lady, I always enjoy hearing how our Heavenly Father is working in her life. That day, she was eagerly anticipating the arrival of her newest great-granddaughter.
Another day, my daughter-in-law asked if I could take my granddaughter to an appointment. Of course, anytime I’m having fun with a grandchild is a blessing!
Friday night was family night. My husband and I had our sons and their families over for pizza and dessert, and a joyful time of sharing the latest happenings in our lives.
Looking back on a wonderful week of spending quality time with family and friends, I began to understand lesson #3. God calls us to serve him in so many delightful ways. When we prayerfully ask, and trustingly submit to his will, we begin a life of joyful abundance. As our days unfold, we begin to see a glimpse of the unlimited wonders God has in store for us.
Psalm 37:23 NIV The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;