Woke up feeling so blessed! Yesterday I actually wondered if I could write up 10 new blessings a day for 365 days. Even looking for the nuances of different "general" blessings, I wondered, could I do it? I started writing blessings down whenever I happened across them. I came up with over 30 during the day. I woke up this morning anticipating finding more. That's part of the reason for this project. I know that when I give thanks, and name my blessings, I am able to see more clearly how amazing, and how awesome my life actually is, instead of seeing only the tough parts.
This morning, during a 2 mile walk, my mom and I managed to "zing" each other several times. It was tough. I love her very much, and yet I often say the wrong things, and she can too sometimes. So, I was standing in my kitchen, feeling grumpy, and I thought, "wait a minute, I need to count my blessings."
So here they are, my ten blessings I'm counting and thanking God for today:
365 Blessings, Day 3
1. God keeps his promises.
2. My husband gives me hugs (and kisses) before he leaves for work each day.
3. My mom has a passion for her faith life, and often gives me words of wisdom. (and yes, that's a blessing I sometimes don't see right away)
4. My dad quietly takes care of my daughters each morning that I walk with my mom, before they wake up.
5. My daughters like to read in bed before breakfast. I just think that's cool, especially since I taught them to read.
6. I have the ability to walk. It seems like a simple thing, and yet since I've known a handful of people throughout my life for whom walking is either impossible or very difficult due to disabilities or illness, I know that being able to walk is a huge blessing.
7. The sight of three young deer frolicking in a fallow pasture of tall grass, nearby our house. They were so playful, so joyful, so beautiful and right just where they were, doing what they were doing.
8. Land owners who allow some of their land to be in a natural state, giving wildlife a place to roam and live freely.
9. Rain-soaked flags proudly beginning to unfurl in a slight breeze over a memorial park lined with graveside flags, and flowers.
10. Fluffy dogwood pollen floating on a wide, swollen river.
2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promises, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."