Wednesday, December 3, 2008

How Blessed Are You Really?

Oh! How my soul loves Jesus! I remember hearing that old hymn and others like it when I was a little girl. I didn't really understand what they meant but I "felt" the Spirit of God as the tunes were sang. I woke up this morning singing "My Soul Loves Jesus". I don't know all of the words to the song and frankly I don't want to. Sometimes, I like to just sing out to the Lord in songs of praise and worship for who He is to me and all that He has done and is doing for me. I'll add my own little spin on the tune and then jump back in where the chours goes keeping in with the melody. Most of you that will grace my blog with your presence have never heard my singing. you guys are so blessed. (**Smiles**) I can recall several congregations laying hands on me and praying that God would anoint my voice or endow me with the gift of singing. It hasn't come to pass yet but I KNOW that it sounds good to my Lord and that's all that matters to me.

I felt good when I woke up this morning. This morning when I rose I didn't have any doubt that God was with me. I began to count my blessings one by one. I was well in the teens by the way I made it to my bathroom. I'm not even talking about the "big" blessings but it was the little things that we so often take for granted that I began to focus on. My husband was already off to work. I wasn't able to get him on the phone but I realized it was because God wanted to show me just how blessed I really am. That's three blessings right there. I woke up. I have a husband and he has a job. The fact that God blocked my plans just to have me focus on Him was just icing on the cake. There are many days that I wake up complaining because I have to go to work but there are many people loosing their jobs left and right. My family is fortunate enough to not only have an income but to have a two income household. Hey, there's a fourth blessing right there.

As I tiptoed past the children's bedrooms, I could hear them snoring. Hey, that's blessings five, six, and seven. I have children, they're safe and they're healthy. I felt a chill as I approached the bathroom so I decided to raise heat before getting ready for work. Without thinking, I headed straight for the thermostat. That's blessings eight, nine and ten already. We have a home. Many people are being forced out of their houses. I have heat and I am able to raise the temperature during a time when economists are urging that we should cut back. I don't have to worry about tomorrow because I know that God's got it. He promised to supply ALL of my needs according to His riches in glory. Before I headed back upstairs to get ready I decided to make a hot cup of coca and read my WORD to continue what had already began to be a blessed day. That's eleven, twelve and thirteen. I know that the Lord is my Shepard and I shall not want. I have time to sit back and relax before beginning my day and most of all I have His WORD. His Word is enough to be thankful for alone.

What are you thankful for? I challenge you to count your blessings and name them one by one (literally) throughout the course of your day. The enemy is quick to highlight what we don't have, should have and sometimes what we used to have. But God told us to give thanks in ALL things. The Apostle Paul encouraged us to be content in WHATSOEVER state we find ourselves in. As we are blessed, let's also remember to bless others. It's a blessing to be a blessing.



Sister Shanita,

You did it again, this is an awesome post.

You are so right we do have a lot to be thankful for first and foremost just being in our right mind, jobs, health, home, automobiles I could be here all night if I were to identify them all.

Keep your hand in the Master.

GOD Bless~~~

B His Girl said...

I love how you count Shanita...With every footstep you take. You have a house full of blessing and God's scenery outside! How pleased God must have been hearing you praise Him as you began your day. I think it is so funny you have a voice only a father could do I! Once I was in a serious talk with the Lord. I asked Him if He would give me a good voice so I could sing about Him. I heard God laugh. I am not kidding. It is the only time I have ever heard Him laugh. He told me I would sing....just in a different way. One day Shanita, God is going to do something mind blowing with a story I have. You will hear about it and you will say, "That's what B was talking about. She's singing in a different way" I am Walking by Faith Down Aisle 15. That's the name of my story. Oh, how my soul loves Jesus !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep counting Shanita and B a blessing to others. You inspire me!

Parkay said...

Hey lady - simply beautiful. I am counting and I've lost count.
That's how bless I am even with my aches and pains. I had to get a cortizone shot today and it wasn't very pleasant. But Praise God, that the pain I had when I went in to get the shot is now gone. I cried out to the Lord last night to help me. For the record, I have a very low tolarance for pain so when I say I was in agony I truly mean it. But again I praise
God for medicine that works! I am also blessed to be able to see and read these wonderful posts you and many others write. They are blessings too. Keep praising him girl friend. You are music to God's ears - PEACE!

Fitts said...

Great post sis, I'm glad I stopped by.


Vietta P's two cents said...

Hello my Sister. This is a wonderful way to start the day along with your personal devotion and praise. It is so sweet to count my blessings when things are going great. But, in times of struggle, counting is even sweeter.

Praise God for the GREAT things He has done.


Spring Fricks said...

I love that you said the enemy tries to remind of what we used to have. Never focus on the past becuase the future in Christ Jesus is always better.

Amen girl! I loved it and it was just what I needed to start my Thursday.

Have a blessed day.

Shanita Waters said...

Hello everyone. Thanks for stopping by. It's a blessing to read your comments and testimonies about how blessed you are. It feels good to rejoice withothers when they are rejoicing about how good our God is.

@ Hallelujah - thanks for the encourgement. It means a lot coming from such an awesome scribe as yourself.

@ B - thanks so much for the encouragement. You are an awesome writer and I would love to be able to come hear you speak some day soon. Maybe you could post some audio on your site . I look forward to "Turtle Tuesdays". you are an inspiration.

@ Parkay - Thanks for stopping by. I erally appreciate the scriptures you post on your site daily and thanks for e-mailing them to me. When they don't come, I get e-mails asking me where's the Word and seed for the day. Continue spreading the gospel.

@ Ms. Vietta - As always, it's a pleasure for you to grace my blog with your presence. Your comments always emit love and wisdom.

@ Spring - Hey sis! I just love your passion for the Lord. Surely, He has His hand on you.

Wanza Leftwich, The Gospel Writer said...

So true! This is a great post. Thank you so much.