Read Psalm 16:5-6
Did you have a good vacation?
Yes, but the airline lost our stroller and
the plane was late and our rental car was a
So you didnt have any fun?
Yes, but the hotel pool was too cold and
the prices at the restaurant were so
But overall you had a good time?
Yes, but there was this rude lady at the
park who really made me mad.
Did anything go right on your
I like to complain
and block out all of the good stuff with the bad. I
prefer to pay attention to the problems instead of
I was jogging through a beautiful park the other
day when I twisted my ankle. For four days, I
hobbled around in pain and frustration. When I sat
down (blissfully) and looked back on my run, I
remembered the babbling stream, the fresh smell of
the trees, the quiet and the serenity. What a
blessing that quiet time alone was! It was so easy
for me to forget it because I was in the middle of
a painful struggle.
It is so important for us to keep track of how
God blesses us every day in a multitude of ways
because it is so much easier for us to focus on the
crap we are trudging through instead. Just because
some things dont go as planned does not mean
that everything had gone down the tubes.
Generous Giver, help me to count the blessings
You have given me instead of dwelling on whatever
trial I am going through right now.
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