Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Blessings of God

One of my favorite songs is the song entitled, "You Have Been Good" by Scott Krippayne.

If I never get to see another rainbow
Or share another life with a friend
If I never stand barefoot by the ocean
Or get to kiss my child goodnight again

If I never have another prayer that's answered
Or have another blessing come my way
If this is all I know of heaven's kindness
Father, I would still have to say

You have been good
You have been good
And I may've wondered how could it be

You have been good
You've been so good
So many ways You've been good to me

You've shown me mercy upon mercy
Grace upon grace, time after time
And I know all too well what I'm deserving
Yet, You are still so patient and kind

You have been good
You have been good
And I may've wondered and how could it be

You have been good
You've been so good
So many ways You've been good to me


The Lord has been SO VERY GOOD to me. Like the author of this song, I can honestly say that if the Lord chose to never answer another prayer or send another blessing my way, I would still be blessed beyond measure by what He has already done in my life.

Each blessing makes me humbly aware of my inability to truly thank God for all He has given me. To try, would take my whole lifetime, plus all of eternity. Yet, giving thanks to God is one of the most beautiful privileges you and I have been given. With so much to be thankful for, our hearts and our prayers should be overflowing with thanks.....but are they?

Last week, as I was driving home from work, listening to the radio, I caught the tail end of a short promo for an upcoming Focus on the Family broadcast. The guest posed this question to the host (and to all of us listening in):

"What if the blessings of tomorrow were only the blessings we gave thanks for today?"

I know. What an awesome question. I don't know about you, but this question revealed to me just how many blessings of the Lord are overlooked each and every day. I experience them (like seeing a beautiful sunset, sharing in a laugh with a friend, savoring a piece of pumpkin pie, smelling my husbands signature cologne), yet I fail to give thanks for them.

One of my old email addresses use to be thankfulheart@........, yet as I continued to try and fully grasp the depth of this question, I realized I'm not as thankful as I thought I was. How I need to daily cultivate a heart that is truly thankful....a heart that is ever mindful of each and every blessing, each and every day.

This Thanksgiving, may the Lord give us eyes anew to truly see ALL of His blessings. As He reveals His gifts of love, may He in return, hear unending words of thanksgiving and gratitude overflowing from the lips of His children.

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