Pass it on

Blessings.

I have written about them so many times before and have even shared quite a few with you. I know that my writing has been sporadic at best lately, but there is a good reason. I am really enjoying this summer. Not only am I counting more blessings, but I am trying my best to pass them on. When I took part in the study One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, she helped to really open my eyes to discover just how blessed I really am. And you are infinitely blessed, too! Even on the bad days. Furthermore, she added that when we receive a blessing we are not supposed to hold on to it with a clenched fist. We are supposed to open our hands and share those blessings…even pass them on to others.

wpid-20140705_183727.jpgThis is Cooper. There may be times when I mutter “dumb dog” under my breath, but he’s certainly not dumb. More of a goofball like me. He is actually very, very intelligent…maybe a little too smart for his own good. In the heat of the day, as the sun is beating on the sliding glass door in the rear of our home- I pull the curtain in an attempt to cut down on the amount of heat that radiates from that beautiful sun. There is a floor register just in front of that door and I am always careful to push the curtain behind the vent so the cool air can flow through our home unobstructed. Nice cooool air. What a blessing. It did not take Cooper long at all to discover that the cool air came out of that vent. For this friendly, four-legged fur ball- it was not enough to lay near the vent…or even ON the vent. He goes between the curtain and the slider and pushes the curtain out so it actually catches the air. He creates a climate controlled wigwam of sorts where he rests comfortably for most of the afternoon. Cooper is an air hog…a blessings hog.

Sharing blessings creates a ripple effect and that ripple effect is something I have been thinking a little about today. So, today I am going to come out of my wigwam and push the curtain back and share some blessings. Some that were shared with me…and others that were passed on.

A friend was given an incredible Bible study to review. The gift she received...she shared with others. As a result, I had the blessing of discovering my "places" and "passions" and look forward to owning and using my God-given gifts and talents. Thank you, Sharon!

A friend was given an incredible Bible study to review. The gift she received…she shared with others. As a result, I had the blessing of discovering my “places” and “passions” and look forward to owning and using my God-given gifts and talents.

 

A gift from a friend. While it was a token that reflects the relationship she and I have developed, it is also a reminder of how Jesus sees me. He knows it all and still loves me. A friend who sticks closer than a brother. Thanks Danielle!

A gift from a friend. While it was a token that reflects the relationship she and I have developed, it is also a reminder of how Jesus sees me. He knows it all and still loves me. A friend who sticks closer than a brother. And an encouraging card from a dear woman at church…that prompted me to send some cards of my own to the people around me who I love dearly.

My hubby is gifted in so many areas and I am so thankful that he knows how to do most things. He used his talents to install a new faucet for me...and I love it. His handyman abilities also gave him an opportunity to help another couple out this week as they begin their adventure in home-ownership. God has blessed him and I am blessed by him.

My hubby is gifted in so many areas and I am so thankful that he knows his way around a tool bench. He used his talents to install a new faucet for me…and I love it. His handyman abilities also gave him an opportunity to help another couple out this week as they begin their adventure in home-ownership. God has blessed him and I am blessed by him.

My kids have been at their Nana’s for two weeks. Initially, I had a list of things I wanted to do for me. I wanted to play golf, do some target practice, float in the pool, and start and finish a book. My first inclination was to take the blessing of a mommy time-out for ME. That quickly changed and the blessing that I received multiplied exponentially.

A friend read a book by Christian author Charles Martin called Where the River Ends. She passed it on and that was the book I started and finished while my kids were away.  I am so thankful she shared this author with me. I actually went to the library and got two more of his books...and have already finished one of those. Not only did she share the author- but, she gave me the gift of "down-time". In the evenings, snuggled up in the chair next to hubby while he read, too.

A friend read a book by Christian author Charles Martin called Where the River Ends. She passed it on and that was the book I started and finished while my kids were away. I am so thankful she shared this author with me. I actually went to the library and got two more of his books…and have already finished one of those. Not only did she share the author- but, she gave me the gift of “down-time”. In the evenings, I snuggled up in the chair next to hubby while he read, too. He has been trying to get me to do that for years. Quality time…what a blessing.

 

In invited a friend to play golf with me. Recreation sprinkled with exercise along with a healthy dose of laughter. Thelma and Louise style.

In invited a friend to play golf with me. Recreation sprinkled with exercise along with a healthy dose of laughter. Thelma and Louise style.

I am pretty handy with tools and am not afraid of a little sweat on my brow. With some paint and a pry bar- I took the opportunity this week to help others in need. Working along side of others, I was able to use my talents and had the bonus of spending some time with some pretty outstanding ladies. I helped …but, their company was a blessing that you could not place a price tag on.

And still counting…

2533. A sermon that is RIGHT on for the day and moment.

2534. The kids little voices on the other end of the phone. And they are having so much fun.

2535. Revelation in scripture: A treasure trove in the story of Joseph.

2536. Jumping into a pool fully clothed to escape the heat.

2537. Dinner with a friend

2538. Lots of quiet time with hubby.

2539. A day to sleep in

You don’t have to have experience with tools, or a strong back, or ample money or food to be a blessing to someone. Sometimes a smile or a word are all that we need to pass on. PASS IT ON.

Jesus said, “…Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Don’t be greedy with those blessings -Pour them out! Step out of that comfortable, cool wigwam and let that blessed air flow all around you and waft onto others. Offer that refreshment to those around you today.

What blessings have you received that you could share with others? How about your salvation in Jesus Christ?

Have you counted your blessings today?

 

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