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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I'm Blessed

I'm linking up with the "I'm Blessed" linkup again this week.

So I'm sitting here, trying to think about my blessings. And I think "I'm blessed to have my family.. Ryan... my pets..." and yet...

I feel empty saying that. They're true. I am grateful for those. Very grateful. But my heart is saying things like "I guess I'm blessed I might have a job, sort of." I talked to my potential boss again and I won't find out until Wednesday.  "I'm blessed to be with Ryan, of course, but we're both aching to be closer to each other. To kiss. To marry."  And I struggle with discontent.

Then I think about things I've read recently about blessings. About how blessings aren't always what we think they are. I think about the sermon on the mount. And I realize, that's the vein I need to follow in this blog post.

“ Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
       Thank you for these words, Lord. I recognize my own spiritual poverty. Help me to grow closer with you, and cling to you, for you are my pearl of great price, my treasure, and in you I have riches.

Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
       Thank you for the sources of sadness and grief you've given me, and for a heart that can mourn.  And thank you for your promise to comfort me, and to turn my mourning into dancing. I cling to these on my low days, and I earnestly thank you for that.

Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth. 
       Thank you for this verse, Lord. I'm not sure it applies to me, God. I'm hardly meek. But if I am and I don't see it, thank you. And if I'm not, as I think I'm not, then I pray for meekness, for it is a blessing. And Lord, I thank you for my meek brothers and sisters, who are a blessing to me and the rest of the Church.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled. 
      Thank you for the spirit you've given me, and thank you for its cries for righteousness. I am still being transformed and not all of me does; I pray that you would bless me and give me a spirit that cries day and night for your righteousness, relying on this promise that it shall be, that your kingdom come, your will be done, for your will is righteousness.

Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy. 
       Thank you, God, for the merciful. They bless us all, and you are the most merciful of all! Lord, please bless me to be more and more merciful, and provide me situations in which I can pour your beautiful mercy onto others and show them your light.

Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
       Thank you for this verse God. Please purify my heart. I know very well it is not purified now, but I know if you start the process, you will complete every good work you start.  I seek your face!

Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God. 
       Thank you, God, for this verse! You know how I claimed this one long ago. God, thank you for giving me a heart that longs to make peace among brothers, and bring your children to unity. Thank you for your promises, every one, which assure me this work will be completed. I love you.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
      Thank you, Lord, for persecution. Help me not to be surprised by it, but to rejoice in it. Lord, I ask for a life lived well enough for you that I face persecution, which your word promises your followers.

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
      Yes, Lord! Let me learn to rejoice and be exceedingly glad in all kinds of trouble. Let me run to the refuge of your wings, and rejoice!

Yes, yes, yes, I am blessed!

3 comments:

  1. So true, Pam, that blessings often come in unexpected ways!

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  2. I just love this post so much. Thank you for writing it.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this was amazing bible study done by you and a beautiful prayer...
    written like a wisemen and understanding like a theologian
    but beautifully in a Pam way written sermon

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