For-Granted or a Gift?

         ⇒ The things we take for granted someone else is praying for.⇐

A friend shared this quote on social media last week and unlike some quotes it has stuck with me for more than a brief minute. As I  ponder how much of my life I take for granted the more I’m discovering how graciously and abundantly blessed I am. But it doesn’t stop there. It can’t. It leads to the question ‘Where do these blessings come from?’ and ‘ Am I thanking the Giver of these everyday gifts like I should be?’

When I really think of what I have and begin to count my blessings I’m overwhelmed. I have so much and I did nothing to deserve a single one of them. Instead of trying to count each blessing and thank God for each one of them I have found it refreshing and wonderful to thank God for blessings in the moments of remembering. It takes but 5 seconds to breathe a sincere prayer of thanks.

The things we take for granted someone else is praying for. 

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Someone is praying for a family.  I get caught up in my own little world and take for granted that my family will always be there for me. I love my family but when was the last time I stopped and thanked God for each of them? When was the last time I showed love instead of annoyance or indifference? We aren’t promised tomorrow or every family member for the rest of our days. Someday will we wish we would have done more, loved more, and invested more into the lives closest to us?

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There are souls searching for the meaning to life and praying for someone to bring them the Truth and tell them of the saving power of our Saviour. I was raised in a Christian home where I learned of God from a young age. I meet with a group of fellow believers every Sunday and hear God’s Word preached by His faithful servants.  I read God’s inspired Words every day from one of the numerous Bibles in our home and I go on with life planning to do the same tomorrow and next Sunday almost more like a routine than a privilege.

This past Sunday I was reminded of so many blessings I take for granted.  I sat in an air-conditioned gym (on a chair) beside my wonderful boyfriend surrounded by friends and  family after safely driving an hour and a half to meet with another church group. We were free from the worry of being found out by the authorities while being captivated with the powerful message of God’s Word for an hour and 15 minutes. Someone is praying for just one of those blessings. I don’t give them much of a second thought. After being spiritually fed we filed past 4 tables laden with many food choices to get physically fed. I don’t know if anyone gave it a second thought. We always have a delicious meal after the service. Would we have been content with just the spiritual food?

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Later in the afternoon the youth group made the trek up to the top of the Elba Fire Tower. It took strength and a good deal of leg muscle to climb those 600 steps to the top to enjoy the view from the fire tower. I have the health and strength that someone is praying for.  Do I thank God enough for the health I too often take for granted?

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I recently started a new job as a CNA in a nearby nursing home. I have a job that I’m going to love!  It’s been great to get trained in by kind and patient CNA’s. You see, I was hired as uncertified but I’ll be doing the work of a CNA until I get certified in November so because I knew practically  nothing about CNA work I know it took more explaining ,patience, and training to get me to the point of going on my own.

 

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I’ve barely touched the tip of the iceberg of this topic but I hope it will remind us to be more mindful of the blessings God showers us with every day and to thank Him for them no matter how small or great they may be.

Even in the midst of the worst of days there is something to thank Him for.

 

Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.  Psalm 106:1