Counting the blessings

This weekend was a busy one! Even though it was extremely busy, I made it a point to count the many blessings. I’m challenging myself to see all of the miracles even in the worst of situations. I’m doing this as to keep my mind focused on good thoughts and not dwell on the bad. When we focus on the bad it gives a foot hold to the devil and can lead you down the wrong path. Saturday we had sabbath class and church service and then I prepped some Chile for the homeless meal on Sunday. That night I attended a 60th wedding anniversary for a very good friend but left early to catch a quick nap so that I could drive another friend to the airport. We had a great conversation telling of all my God stories the whole trip nonstop for an hour and a half! We walked into the airport together and made sure that she checked in safely. I was getting ready to pray for her and make my trek back home when she turned and asked me to stay with her while she waited for her flight. We sat and talked some more for over an hour then we prayed and went our separate ways. The trek home seemed to take forever but it gave me much needed time with God and to listen to Christian music. Once I was at home I continued preparing for the homeless meal. I fed all our animals and took a nap for about an hour but couldn’t sleep because my phone kept going off. I decided to drop the chili off at the rescue mission and retrieve the salad that needed to go with it. I called one of my friends back and they were offering me left overs from the anniversary party! Salad, sour cream, shredded cheese, tomatoes, onions and tortilla chips. After picking up these items I was heading back to the mission and in the back of my mind I was thinking about some rolls or bread for the chili but dismissed it because of my lack of sleep. As soon as I pulled up another friend had arrived and asked me if I would like 5 bags of garlic bread for the meal! I had many conversations with our homeless friends, cleaned up and went back home for a cat nap. My wife had text saying that her and my daughter had just left from where they were vacationing from and were still hours away. I was scheduled to have dinner with my folks but didn’t think that my wife and daughter would make it. I was plesently awaken by my wife and daughter giving me hugs and kisses. I looked at the clock and jumped up, “we need to go so we can make it to my folks house for dinner. ” We made it just in time to have a great meal and awesome conversation! Can you count all the blessings in this story? Heavenly father. Thank you for all the blessings that you bestow on us each and every day. Please forgive us for our sins and trespasses. Help us to be the best Christians we can be today. Today is a new day with a clean slate. Help us to see all the good things in life instead of dwelling on evil. In Jesus name, AMEN! Psalms 31:19 How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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