Starting a week taking the time to celebrate the bounty of God's providence is, without a doubt, a blessing because we start looking not to the things, that in God's providence, we don't have, but to the blessings that He has already bestowed upon us; and doing so we fight discontentment.
Let us remember that the best remedy against an unhappy, discontent heart is a grateful heart. One that has learned to sing gratitude songs even in the dark hour, one that is grateful for the earthly blessings and yet, does not love the world or the things of the world more than the Lord Himself.(I John 2: 15)
Richard Baxter wrote,
"We need to guard our lives against the love of riches and worldly cares. All love for earthly goods, however, is not a sin. Their sweetness is a drop of his love and they have his goodness imprinted of them. They kindle our love for Him as love tokens from our dearest friend. Loving them, is a duty, not a sin. Earthly blessings are the means of sustaining our bodies and preserving our life and health, as we do God the service we owe him on the world on our journey to heaven."
Today I celebrate the bounty of God's providence, who has blessed our lives this week with... (#1375- 1388)
The joy of our salvation.
Food to nurture our bodies.
Skype sessions that have gladdened our days.
The ability to teach and to learn.
My girl, playing and jumping with a big smile, and (finally) being able to ride her bike! (just look at her so happy here)
Time to lift my feet up watching a beautiful sky!
Flowers that remind us that God dresses us more beautifully than them: even with a robe of righteousness.
Days of productive work in our school
Yummy breakfasts on Monday
Love that is shown in prayers.
The body of Christ, a support in difficult times.
Grace that opens a way for us to come before the throne of God to intercede for those hurting.
The Word of God that never changes
Marriages that last.
Let us celebrate His goodness and the bounty of His providence today and praise his Name for only He is worthy to be praised.