Count Your Blessings

Grace. Blessing. Favor.

Whatever you want to call it, God gives it to his people. Like, in abundance.

But if you're anything like me there are times when you just want to go stick your head in the sand. Or dig a hole and never come out. Or simply just lay in the bed and not face the day.

I have 3 small children, so while there are days I'd rather not deal with life, life is still happening. And people need me. And people need me to get in the game. So what in the world can I do to shake that head in the sand feeling?

First, I have to realize that it's just a feeling. Yes, God created our emotions for beautiful things. But our emotions cannot control us. They were never meant to.

Then, I pray. Jesus gives me hope. "For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." 2 Timothy 1:7

And last, my newest revelation. Count your blessings. For my peace of mind, if I just stop and think about all of the good going on around me instead of the bad, I find I can pick myself up enough to keep walking, while focusing on Him. He's given me so much. He's always faithful. The kids and I memorized Joshua 1:5 last week. And while I'm horrible at memorizing anything, it is sticking with us all.

"No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will never leave you nor forsake you." What a beautiful reminder and something I definitely want to be in the forefront of my kids' minds as they are walking through the difficult things of this life.

So, here goes. I may even start a new "count your blessings" column here on the blog because it's such a beautiful celebration of God's grace to recount the ways He continues to bless us!

  • Our best friends (the godparents of our kids) had their first baby this week! Praise God from whom all blessings flow! He's just beautiful. And perfect. And they waited so long for him. And they are just naturals at this parenting thing.
  • Cooler weather! I absolutely adore Fall. It makes me all mushy. You know, warm and fuzzy inside to think about beautiful leaves and pumpkin spice everything. I fall in love with Fall over and over every year.
  • I'm not sure if your kids get hurt as much as mine do, but I swear mine need to wear helmets and knee pads every day. Ughh.....but it could always be worse than it is. I'm amazed at his grace in keeping my kids safe even though they seem to try to get hurt constantly.
  • Homeschooling is hard y'all. I mean really really hard. Especially when you have little ones underfoot. I love my littles and want to include them but sometimes I just can't physically read a book, bounce a baby and teach math at the same time. Believe me, I've tried. And it's hard. But this week, my 6 year old got to read a book about Ella Fitzgerald. this is my kind of schooling! So, on a couple of cool mornings we sat on our front porch swing for hours listening to Ella and reading and laughing at the little ones dancing together. I am convinced that listening to jazz instantly creates a calming effect on us. So we'll be doing this more often, whether we are studying it or not.
There's more, there's always more. But this is all I have time for now.

Please share with me any blessings you'd like us to celebrate with you in the comments below.



  1. YOU are a blessing, Michelle. To me and to so many others! Love you, my sweet sister and friend. Thank you for allowing our amazing God to use you. Keep shining!

    1. Aww Jenn, I just now saw this! Thank you so much.