Recognizing God’s Blessings

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Last May my family and I went to Colorado for a vacation. We were really excited to do some hiking and enjoy the cooler weather. What we didn’t expect was to get 12 inches of snow on the first night. We woke up the first morning and it had started to snow and just kept on snowing. As we watched the weather report and realized that it was going to snow all day and all night, we realized our plans for hiking were slipping away. We were feeling pretty bummed about our plans not going as expected.

However, as we looked out the window at the snow falling, which is something we never see in Houston, we realized it was an unexpected blessing from the Lord. The beauty of watching the snow fall on the mountain scenery was impossible to miss. It was a great reminder of the beauty of God’s creation and a wonderful reminder that His blessings come in unexpected ways sometimes.

When it was snowing, we could have been really bummed and upset that all of the things we had planned to do were now ruined and we weren’t able to do them. Instead, we enjoyed the beauty of the falling snow and made new plans. We enjoyed a day of staying inside, drinking hot chocolate, playing board games and then going outside to build a snowman together. The next day we were driving and saw a nice hill for sledding but had no sleds. So we improvised. We stopped at a grocery store and picked up some metal pizza pans and used them as sleds.

Out trip didn’t turn out the way we had planned, but we were able to see the beauty of God’s creation in a different way than we expected and we realize He blessed us with different adventures. How often do we recognize His blessings when our plans are changed and things don’t work out the way we had planned?

It is easy to become negative, frustrated and angry when things don’t work as we have planned. But, what we need to remember is that God’s plan for our day, vacation or our life is always greater than our own, even when we can’t see it in the moment. His blessings don’t always come in the ways we expect.

It is easy for us to remain negative, frustrated and angry when things don’t go our way. However, God is always at work in our lives and sometimes we just need to adjust our perspective or our vision to see where He is working. Some of the biggest blessings in my life have come from situations that were less than perfect, often they come from the most difficult of times.

Last year I went to take care of my sister-in-law after a foot surgery and was able to spend a lot of fun time with my niece. Because we have always lived 800 miles away and for 4 years we lived more than 7500 miles away. While I was there my sister-in-laws mother who was battling cancer took a turn for the worse. Instead of being able to spend Christmas with my husband and daughters, I went with my sister-in-law to help take care of my niece while she cared for her mom. It was very tough to be away from my family for the holidays, but God is good, all the time.

My relationship with my sister-in-law and her family grew by leaps and bounds and my relationship with my precious niece is stronger and closer than ever. The Lord used this difficult situation to draw my extended family closer together. I never would have had as  much time with my niece without her grandmother becoming very ill and ultimately passing away. But, the blessing was being able to support her, her mom and her mom’s family during this difficult time.

Look at your own circumstances. Are you feeling negative, frustrated or angry? Perhaps you need to look at where God is working and recognize the hidden blessings in even the most difficult of situations. God is good, all the time; all the time, God is good!

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13 thoughts on “Recognizing God’s Blessings

  1. So true – thanks for the reminder. Many times in my life the greatest blessings to our family came through experiences we could not even have thought of or planned for ourselves, and through ways we never would have recognized as God’s gifts to us. Only through looking back did we see the pattern of His plan and care for us:-)

    Love and blessings to you and your family,

    • Bernadette,

      Hindsight is most often 20/20 when it comes to the seeing the work of the Lord. Thankfully His blessings are always amazing. Blessings to you and your family in 2015!

  2. A new year is a great time to take this inventory of God’s blessing in our lives. And, to be reminded His plan for us if far better than we can imagine or hope for. God is good all the time!

    • Karen, you always have such wisdom to share. The new year is a great time to take a little inventory of all the Lord has blessed us with.

  3. Ann Rogers

    Again,Thank you Shelley for this reminder. Your writings have been an inspiration to me and I see you as a blessing! Please keep up the good work because you are touching so many people in such a positive way. I am now more thankful than ever because of reading this!

    • Ann, thank you so much for your encouraging words! I love sharing my faith walk with others and it doesn’t get much better than recognizing the goodness of our God!

  4. Nelda de Hoyos

    Excellent writing. Thanks for the inspiration. Indeed, God is always good!

    • Nelda, thanks for your sweet words friend! It is always such a blessing to be rinsed of God’s goodness!

  5. That was wonderful, thank you for sharing–He is an awesome God

    • Charles, we are so lucky to be loved by such an amazing God who wants to be involved in our lives. Be blessed!

  6. I love this and what a beautiful way to look at things.

    • Heather, thanks for your words of encouragement. It is so easy for us to miss God’s blessings because we are too focused on looking for Him to answer our prayers in our way and in our time.

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