Sometimes I feel like I am too blessed. I feel like I don’t deserve the blessings that have been given me. I know that I haven’t done anything to deserve these blessings and I will sometimes look for the other shoe to drop. The shoe that evens out all of the blessings. Why can’t I just be happy with the way things are going instead of looking over my shoulder for what might be approaching?

I guess all of this stems from seeing really good and deserving people go through sickness, financial, or marital issues. It would just seem to me that the way things are supposed to be is that those who are good and deserving should be rewarded and never have problems or troubles. I guess that is why “I” am not the one in charge. I would never have anyone in poverty and there would never be a child go hungry.

Instead, I probably throw away enough food per week to feed another person. I buy things intending to cook some new recipe with them and then I find them later already starting to go bad. If it is not something that my dog Lucy can eat then it goes in the garbage. How wasteful!

I have more clothing than I could ever need. Yes, I do wear it but you and I both know that I could get by with less clothing. I have a nice home, it is not a mansion or really fancy, but it is plenty big and roomy. It is a roof over my head and keeps me plenty warm even on the coldest nights. I am not rich but I don’t have to worry where my next meal is coming from. My children are all wonderful adults and I am so proud of each one of them. And, I have been blessed with 5 wonderful grandchildren that I would do anything for. I AM BLESSED!

The fire at Mountain Mission School this week changed my mindset. Instead of thinking that this was a disaster, I chose to think of it as a blessing in disguise. The building will get a much-needed renovation. The children will receive some new clothing and toiletries. The . period of time between now and finish will not be easy on anyone but the end result will be a huge blessing.

The Lord doesn’t always give us blessings in ways that we expect. Be sure to look for the hidden blessing, for the silver lining, and for the gift from the Lord. It might not be wrapped in a pretty little bow but it is from HIM and He gave it to you for a reason. It is up to you to figure out why.

Have a Bless Day!

 

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22 Comments

  1. I have had that song in my head for days! I am learning that blessings, grace and mercy have NOTHING to do with what I deserve, nothing to do with me at all, really. However, it is ALL about a kind and loving Father who delights in giving good things to His children! Happy Sunday!

    • Tania Reply

      Diann, I am blessed and thankful that it is not given on merits. Our Father is so loving and you are right, He loves giving to us.

    • Tania Reply

      Thank you, Cathy! They are the Lord’s words (I hope)

  2. I am blessed every single day that I am able to get up, go to work. At my age of 67 it gets really hard sometimes. But I also am blessed with two adult daughters and five beautiful grandchildren. I sometimes look at the glass half empty instead of half full. But I am truly blessed and have to think of these things each fad

    • Tania Reply

      You are so right, Dianne. There are times when I find myself griping about having to go to work instead of remembering that I am blessed to have a job and the physical health to go. I am normally a half full kind of person but I do have my moments of self-pity.

  3. Marilyn S. Reply

    Needed to hear that this morning -Thank you once again for sharing your heart.

    • Tania Reply

      I am glad that this touched you, Marilyn. This is always my prayer for my Sunday posts.

  4. Oh my Tania…I am sitting here with tears running down my cheeks after reading your post and listening to the words of this song..which by the way I have never heard but think I need to keep it close by. Your post and this song hit so close to home this week as I have been so stressed with an issue that our oldest son and DIL have been going through and not a thing I can do to help. I know in the end it will all work out but in the meantime I have been so stressed and I worry about the stress it’s putting on them too. Just like you said, I too tried to remind myself of all the blessings that HE has given to them and to us and that there is a reason for why things happen and we sometimes have to be patient to realize what those reasons are. Thank you for this message this morning and….I will try to find the beauty in the snow that is coming down and blowing out my window this morning and know that eventually warm weather WILL come but for now will put the tights back on and leave the sandals in the closet when I dress for church.

    • Tania Reply

      Sandy, now you are making me cry. I hate that you and your son and dil are going through this. Keep focusing on just breathing, letting the Lord do the work. Stress only robs you of today’s happiness so try to think of at least one thing each day that you are so grateful for. That way you will concentrate on the blessings and not the struggle.

      • Oh Tania thank you so much for your kind words. You are so right in that stress does rob you of happiness(I am reading The Happiness Project” right now). And your words reminded me that the situation that the kids are in is not about their relationship, sickness, their kids…none of those important things to stress about but it’s just a housing situation that may cost extra money that they really shouldn’t have to deal with and I don’t want them to go to court just because of “the principal” of the matter so, this is not something that “I” should stress over because in the end they will have to decide how “they” want to handle it, not how “Mom” wants to handle it. Thank you Tania for the hug I felt around my shoulders reading your reply.

  5. My Dad passed 2 years ago at 90 years of age. Till the day he was gone, he would always tell us at family dinners how lucky we were as a family. Yes, my parents were both cancer survivors, but we were still lucky. I try to remind myself of his words everyday, I am lucky.
    Have a wonderful Sunday and thank you for reminding us of our blessings.

  6. I love your Sunday messages. We need to count out blessings every day. Some days it’s harder but He really dies bless us every day!
    I’m 56 and have been divorced for 5 years. I was happy and content just being a mom to 5 children but God sent me a wonderful man a year ago. We were so so happy and then 7 months into the relationship he was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. At first we were devastated but He has given us some wonderful time together. We’ve had to face things we thought would be much further down the road which has given us such a strong love and faith together. You really find the things that are important in life. He is doing really well and hopeful for many more happy days together. God really is good in all He does. Just have to look for those blessings🙂

  7. I too am blessed, Tania. Nice home, too many clothes, wonderful husband, two grown daughters who have great husbands and 3 great children apiece and a precious cat who completes my home on this earth. My Family all love the Lord. What more could I ask for? And get I complain at times too. Thank you for the reminder of how blessed I am! God bless you!

  8. Dear Tania, another important message, thank you! You have a gift for getting these Sunday blessings across in a way that hits home and you are a humble person in the process. I admire your style and fashion sense, sense of humor, and I love your Sunday posts. I also like reading through the thoughts and comments of everyone here.

  9. Hi. Sometimes I think you read my mind and know what I need to hear. We’re struggling with problems now and I keep trying to tell myself that it all has a purpose and things will be better in the end. Thanks for reinforcing that with today’s message. God bless you and the mission school.

  10. Tonya Mays Reply

    Thank you, Tania, for your reminder of God’s blessings as being undeserved. I just celebrated my 56th birthday Friday at a Mercy Me and 10th Avenue North concert. Their music is real, raw and reminding that He often takes us through (not around) trials and that in the end We Win! What a great way to end my special day giving glory to God💐

  11. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I enjoyed reading it. It’s so true!

  12. Love this so much. I often struggle with feeling waaaaay more blessed than I deserve. I am no better than anyone else in the eyes of our Lord. Yet, I have so much.

    Now, though, in the struggles with my aging parents, I’ve started looking for the small blessings everyday. My JOY was just gone until I started doing this. For example, I cannot for the life of me fold a fitted sheet. I’ve seen the videos, etc. Can. Not. Do. It. Then, yesterday…ta-dah! Folded it so beautifully that I sent a pic to my daughter, my daughter-in-law, and my best friend.

    Then, this morning, a precious teacher friend had been in Waco over the weekend. Near Waco is the town of West. West is KNOWN for their KOLACHES!!! (Kolaches are Polish pastries filled with fruit or meat.) You cannot know how good these things are without tasting one. Texas Country musicians, like Pat Green, have mentioned the kolaches from West in songs! Anyway, my sweet friend brought me my favorite, CHERRY! JOY!! It truly comes from the little things.

    You are a blessing and it is my joy to call you FRIEND!

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