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Count Your Blessings

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not  be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

Last month I had surgery on my right hand. The surgery was more intense and painful than I had anticipated. Being very “right handed,” it has been difficult for me to do anything these past few weeks.

During this time, I have had a few “pity parties.” On one occasion, God spoke to me in a strong way. I could hear His voice within me saying, “Think of the blessings and not your troubles.” I listened to Him and began to realize how blessed I have been. My husband has been here to take care of me. Some people have a paralyzed hand. Some folks have lost a hand.

I began to count my many blessings, and I immediately felt better. Our blessings always outweigh our troubles.

Our Bible passage for today was encouraging to me. I found it while I was feeling sorry for myself. Notice that God promises help, strength, and encouragement. I am so grateful for God’s righteous right hand. This one verse makes these promises:

            God’s presence – I am with you
            God’s power – I will strengthen you
            God’s protection – I will uphold you and help you

Did you notice that these promises are very personal? They are made to you—that’s each of us. As I read this verse several times, it was as though God was speaking directly to me.

Suffering is a part of life. It teaches us lessons which enable us to help others. Suffering tests who we really are. In my times of suffering, I feel closer to God. He has my attention.

Are you trusting God in your trials? His promises are many. His promises never fail. Look for your blessings.

Dear Lord, I thank You for Your showers of blessings. Thank You, Lord, for always being there for me

Georgia Andrus

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