New Digs

It seems like Susan and I have been moving forever. We started packing stuff way back in April. Last Sunday night we stayed in our “New Digs” for the first time. We moved from Dover where we lived for the past eighteen years to an old farm house built in the late 1800’s. lt’s a grand old place with a lot of charm and character. My dad was born there which adds to the charm. We are settling in! Boxes, boxes, and more boxes. How many times have we asked, “Honey, do you know what box” . . . It is amazing how much “stuff” you can accumulate over the years. “Look what I found!” “Didn’t know we still had this…” “We need to get rid of this junk!” As we open this new chapter in our lives, as we adjust to living out in the country, as we put things together, I find myself being so grateful for all the blessing in our lives.

It hasn’t been an easy move . . . our timing had a lot to be desired. (We went to Hawaii, Japan, Thailand, had heart surgery), trying to move and keep up with all of the other things in our life . . . but, in the midst of it all we find the blessing of God. I needed to look for those blessings. I did, and I found them. Thank you Lord!

Whatever we are going through in life, we can find God’s blessings, if we would just look. Even when things are not going as you plan, God will use those events, situations to “work together for your good.” Look for His hand of blessing each and every day. As you recognize those blessings, thank Him for them, once again you will be blessed.


Count Your Blessings

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits…” (Psalm 103:2 ESV).

When I was younger on Christmas morning and several days leading up to it, I would look under the Christmas tree for all the presents that had my name on them. I would count them and then compare how many were for me versus how many were for my brothers. I don’t know if you did this as well, but I have a suspicion that I wasn’t the only one.

I’ll never forget one Christmas when my dad caught me peeking into one of the wrapped presents and ended up taking the gift back to the store. I thought I learned my lesson when I saw it was one less gift for me, but it wasn’t until Christmas morning when I learned the real lesson.

My dad had taken back the stuffed animal that I had discovered several days earlier than I was supposed to. I got in trouble and thought I deserved to have one less gift. That seemed like a logical punishment. However, on Christmas morning, my dad revealed another gift for me that he had kept from under the tree. To my surprise, my father had replaced the toy with an even bigger and better one.

It wasn’t logical. It didn’t make any sense. My dad had, in a way, rewarded me for being a mischievous little kid. Later in life, I would learn that his biggest love languages is giving gifts. I guess it made a lot of sense after all. Even though I had messed up, my dad still loved me and wanted to show it.

I want to challenge you to take an honest look at what God has done for you. Maybe you haven’t taken time to slow down in the middle of a very busy season to count your best blessings. Maybe you look around and wonder why someone else has more or less than you have. It doesn’t make sense, does it? Maybe it doesn’t make sense to us, but God knows what He’s doing, and there is no doubt that He loves us. A loving father can be trusted to love his children even when doesn’t seem to make any sense to us.

How has your Loving Father blessed you this year?
~Pastor Susan B.