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Open Our Eyes To Blessings

01aa85fdc037a9b0199c1f3915f0ac84267018eba2There are many days in life where we find it is overwhelming due to the busyness that surrounds us while living with the realization there is never enough time to get everything done that is required of us. Do you ever feel this way?

You know those days where you struggle to open your eyes first thing in the morning because you were up all night with a sick child or a newborn baby. You were up all night finishing that project for school, college, or work because it had a deadline first thing in the morning. Lastly, you were up all night working a night shift and you are completely exhausted and can barely hold your eyes open now it is the morning.

My friend, I am here to encourage you today to open your eyes while taking some time to appreciate, both physically and literally, the life that passes you by every day. I want you to actively seek the things that bring joy to your heart, but you have no time to look for it or to see it for all the chaos you struggle with from day to day.

There are many days where we function by just going through the motions and barely surviving, but today is not going to be this day. Today you are going to concentrate on looking for the things which brings you joy. Whether it is a sight, sound, or feeling, it does not matter. What matters is that you are actively looking for it while you go about your day.

Today’s challenge is to begin by asking God to help you seek the joys of your heart. The joys you forgot you had due to being so busy that your life has passed you by. I want you to physically ask Him to show you the things that inspire and encourage you.

God will honor your request by opening your eyes to what you need, but you must simply ask.

“But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” John 11:22 NIV

0150f5c0f962a6c14b2754a9d36dd01d416b049ed3God tells us if we need something to simply ask Him for our every need, just as you would do to your Earthly parents. I know all too many times we forget how simple this is to do or how important it is to do, but He promises to listen. Today, you will break this mold and will ask for the desires of your heart. The desire to find the joy you hold but have been too busy to experience.

“Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.” Isaiah 7:11 NIV

I am an advocate of asking God for a physical sign, because I always joke about how He made me and knows I function better if I have something concrete to hold on to. Well, here, my friend, He tells us we can ask for something physical to hold on to. Ask Him today to show you physically the joys of your heart. Ask Him specifically for the flower you love, or that01086a8ba4978cfe9a25fbf09d9e5f955e97f83fb4 specific sound or song, or person. I do not know what the desires of your heart are, but I know that God knows each and everyone of them just as He knows how many hairs are on your head.

“And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Matthew 10:30 NIV

If God knows how many hairs are on our heads then He knows what brings us joy, even if we, ourselves have forgotten.

My friend, today I am reminding you to simply ask God to open your eyes and your heart to be blessed with what brings joy to your life.

Allow yourself to be blessed by God today.

Journey

Acts of Love Overflowing To Others

Encouragement Today

Sharing Acts of Love Today

Today’s Encouragement is to do an Act of Love for someone to make them smile and feel loved. 

I understand this is the season to express our gratitude daily, but I feel like this is equally important as well.

I am a person who does not always follow the path of the most, instead, I tend to be the person who follows the path of the few.  

Today’s detour will be a deflection from the traditional season of gratitude to that of love instead. 

I chose to use my family for this action today. I use to do things all the time for them but found with the countless daily doctor appointments, there was no longer time to do the little things I enjoyed. 

Today was the “perfect” day to use up my bananas that were too soft to eat but were perfect to make banana muffins with. As a result, I also have a warm, sweet-smelling aroma coming from my kitchen for my family to savor this chilly fall morning. I included my recipe, if you click on the banana muffin link you will have access to this easy and delicious recipe. 

The reason this is an act of love and not a norm any longer is that the past two years have been a whirlwind of health issues in our home. 

In the first of these two years, between my husband and my daughter, they had five surgeries due to health issues. Thankfully, this year only my husband had one surgery and Kiddo received a welcomed break from them, however, they have both been very sickly. 

As a result of them being sickly, daily doctor appointments have become of a part of my busy life and continue to steal my time away. They have robbed me of the things I found enjoyable. For the past two years, I have heard over and over and over again, “You can not do everything and you need to let some things go.” Unfortunately, the things I had to let go were the things I did to make my family feel loved and I enjoyed doing. 

I would bake for them regularly as well as keep the house clean, not pristine, but lived in clean. I found even this task was difficult because in order to keep the house clean, it would require me to be home and home is difficult to be at when you are running from daily doctor appointment to daily doctor appointments. 

Now I have given you a glimpse of what my past couple of years have been like you can understand why today is so important to me. It is something I use to do all the time. 

The Bible reminds us,


Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38 NIV

Your inspiration today is to remind you, it is impossible to out give God. It does not make a difference if it is in the form of love, service, or gratitude. God promises to continually bless you and me for blessing others. 

My Friend, today’s challenge is to bless someone with an Act of Love. It does not need to be big, or showy, or over the top. It does not need to be for a family member. It can be for a total stranger.

All that matters is that it comes from your heart and makes the receiver smile and feel loved because they will continue to treasure that random act and moment in their heart. 

In turn God will bless you with a need of your heart as well. Today, my blessing was receiving that warm feeling within me of doing something for my family that I use to do all the time. It felt wonderful to be back in my kitchen, baking and making my home a warm and inviting place to be. 

Feel free to leave a comment below to share what you did to bring love and a smile into someone else’s heart today. 

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Blessings Through The Raindrops

Encouragement Today

design-142Today’s encouragement is a gentle reminder that just because it may be raining outside does not mean there is not a blessing to be found.

Stop and listen. What do you hear?

When we take that simple moment to just stop and listen it is amazing the blessings that can be found in the simplicity of the silence.

This morning I woke up to the sound of rain hitting my window pane and at first I thought yuk, another rainy day until I realized no, this does not have to be a bad thing. Rain can be a good thing.

Blessings can come out of the rain. Do you need to be inspired by a song? Check out this song and maybe this will encourage you through your raindrops too, Laura Story “Blessings”.

My first blessing was hearing the birds sing their beautiful songs while I was in the stillness of my quiet home. I would not have heard them in the hustle and bustle of my busy day. That blessing would have been drowned out.

My second blessing that came with the rain was knowing I would not have to harbor any regret in getting some outside chores done today. I am free of that chore thanks to the rain.

My friend, your challenge today is to stop and be still. Listen to the silence and be blessed by what you hear.