One of my favorite verses is Psalm 78:4, especially the last phrase.
Let’s face it—it’s easy to overlook the blessings in our lives. Sometimes the Lord blesses us in very obvious ways. He gives a new baby, miraculously provides finances for a specific need, or grants healing after an accident or serious illness. But He blesses us in other ways too. He allows our cars to start so we can go get groceries. He gives us hot water for showers. He gives us strength to feed our children even when we’re so sick we can hardly get out of bed.
My children need to know about all of God’s wonderful works. They need to know He gives only good gifts because this truth is foundational to their development of a biblical worldview. They need to know that God is faithful in small things as well as big things. It is part of how their faith will grow.
So here’s my list of blessings for today:
- Cuddles with my toddler
- The willingness of older men and women to share their wisdom about childrearing
- Hot drinks
- Technology such as cell phones and email that allow me to stay in touch with far-away friends and family members
- A great deal on a new coat for my middle daughter
- Supper that’s already made and simmering in the slow cooker
- Sunshine after more than a week of rain
- Taking a walk with my children and enjoying God’s creation
- Observing my children learn new skills—my toddler can now climb a ladder
- Strangers in the grocery store who graciously allowed me to get in front of them in line
- Watching the relationships among my children grow stronger
- The ability to read God’s Word for myself
God has given us so many good gifts. Let’s continually praise God to our children.