A "Blessings" jar. What is it? A woman who loves the Lord a great deal [and who is also a fellow bird-lover] shared this super neat idea a couple of days ago.
It requires very little time to do a very simple act: write down at least one blessing at the end of each day....for the entire year.
That may sound quite easy, particularly if your life is coasting along pretty well. It may also sound very difficult to those who are experiencing really tough times right now.
I believe God sprinkles at least one special blessing [or gift] to each of us daily. We may or may not recognize it/them depending on what we are encountering in our lives at the time. Yet, His blessings are never conditional or withheld.
God created everything....absolutely everything, including us. He finds great joy in sprinkling something beautiful into our days....whether the day is awesome, challenging, heartbreaking or wonderfully over the top. He also cherishes our recognition of those gifts when we take the time to thank Him from genuinely grateful hearts.
But here's the neat thing I find in commiting to a Blessings Jar: No matter what your day was like, you will discover there was something beautiful tucked into it. His blessing [gift] may be totally obvious right off the top, or you may have to [mentally] search back through the day to try to find it. But it WILL be there!!
One by one those written blessings in your jar will begin to pile up. As the days turn into weeks, then months those "pieces of paper" will become amazing visual reminders of God's faithfulness to you and His love for you.....in abundance.
There are many times when we are totally aware of God's blessings in our lives, but then a turn in the track takes place and they can be forgotten--we may suddenly wonder where God is or if He even cares. It happens to all of us. But He does care, beyond what we can humanly comprehend and I truly believe you will be in awe of the wonders He blesses your life with when you find the courage to search them out! I have personally experienced His love and faithfulness in even the darkest of days!! They let me know, beyond any doubt, that I am never alone.
So, I encourage each one of you to give this Blessings Jar idea a try. Don't give up if you miss a day or two, or a week....just begin adding to it again. But really, really make an effort to look back through your day each evening---then pop that note of gratitude into the jar and thank God from your heart for His unfailing Love and Faithfulness.
"Blessings" as you begin your 2017 journey!!
[Thank you Donna B. for sharing this wonderful idea!]
May we all, like St. Nicholas, remember why Christmas is......Christmas.
May we remember to bow before our Lord Jesus in quietness prior to and throughout the festivities of this busy season.
For in Him we experience forgiveness, unconditional love and the most profound gifts of all gifts: Eternal Life.
In Him we discover our purpose.
In Him we find all that we need to reach out to others---
We become His hands, His feet & His heart.
And only through Him are we completely whole.
~ © Kathleen M. Pritchard ~
Blessings to each and every one during this Christmas season.
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