From today’s message: Living Blessed:
During the middle part of my story, when our family experienced significant and life-changing loss in almost every area of our life, I learned more about the blessed life than ever before. Eventually the pressure of it all brought me to a cross-road of choices. I finally realized that nothing would change magically, what had happened needed to be faced and managed.
It seemed too hard. It was. It is.
I watched other people live blessed lives, despite their circumstances and learned some powerful lessons to live by. The worst thing to do in a difficult and dark circumstance is to do nothing, accepting it with the mind-set, “It is what it is.” When the choice is made to get up and get going, believing God is the God of more, a connection is made with the “super” of God in our natural state-of-being.
In other words, a blessed life is connecting with the supernatural ways of God. It’s a way of life, with developed habits:
- Put God above anyone and anything—blessing the Lord—being more concerned with God than self.
- Tend to relationships – be the salt and light of Christ—flavor the world as the salt of Christ—shine in the darkness as the light of Christ—be a blessing.
- Be kind to anyone and everyone—reveal Christ in you.
- Be grateful, no matter what. Gratitude changes how life is seen and managed.
- Look for the gift of the day. It’s there.
- Live simply in every area of life, it gives freedom to do what matters.
- Listen to understand, rather than to try to fix a person—a blessed life is about transformation, not about being fixed.
- Laugh often. You’ve got the supernatural presence of God in you. Enjoy the blessings of the presence and power of God.
- Serve all.
- Love all.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)