God's Provision in Life's Storms: Weddings, Taxes, and Health Challenges
This week has been a whirlwind...no, make that a tornado.  Just as a brief overview, this is how it has gone:
  • Our daughter is getting married next month.  Our budget has had to change due to some of the plans falling through and having to make adjustements.
  • We found out we owe on taxes (shocker, right??) and need to work that out.
  • My husband had emergency eye surgery this week, another unexpected expense that we need to work through.
We have been working on the wedding for a few months now, so I can't say that one is new to this week.  However, the other 2 both happened just this week.  Talk about sticker shock!  Life is happening super fast and coming at us head on.  And I know I'm not the only one it's happening to.  This economy is hard on us all.  Add in a few unexpected things and WHAM!

But here's the thing.  God always provides for our needs.  Blessings come in all shapes and sizes.  Even though we have a lot going on, it's super important to look at all the blessings we have.  This week I have spent a little extra time in prayer and thought just being aware of my many blessings.

  • I have a family who loves me and is willing to help any way they can.
  • I (with the help of my husband, of course) have raised 3 amazing kids who are willing and able to help in various ways.
  • I have a roof over my head, food to eat, and a reliable van to get me where I need to go.
  • Most importantly, I have GOD
These are the top blessings I have been reminding myself of this week.  When times are hard it's way too easy to see all of the negative things around.  The blessings mentioned above may seem a bit routine and obvious, but in times like this they are the biggest blessings that help me overcome.

It also helps to find scriptures to meditate on and help me remember who is in control.  This is one of my favorites when my life seems like a tornado:
"And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."
2 Corinthians 9:8

No matter how routine they may seem, always remember to count your blessings...especially during the hard times.
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