Friday, April 1

Opposite situation. Blessed just the same.

At a recent Bible study at work a question was addressed to the two of us in the room with younger children, "How do you manage to bear the cross of having younger children at home?"

My colleague and I looked at one another to see who would speak first.  My colleague hesitantly began to speak.

He didn't speak of the cross he had to bear with three young children at home.  He began to talk about how blessed he is.  He spoke about his supportive wife.  He spoke about how his parents live around the corner and how his wife's parents also live close by.

I was blown away, not by what he was saying exactly, but that he was expressing the same feelings of being blessed that I would have expressed had I been the first to speak.

But what is most remarkable is that our situations could not be any more different.

I am a single mom.  I don't have family that lives close by or even in town.  I don't have the stability or the same support system he does, but I am just as blessed.  I could relate exactly to what he was saying about being blessed because I experience that same blessed feeling every single day.

Being blessed by God has nothing to do with our individual situations, but everything to do with our relationship with God and how we allow Him to work in our lives.

And this is the beginning of the story behind my six word story.

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  1. Jenni, thanks for stopping by my blog today. I have enjoyed looking around your blog. This post is so accurate. We can all find amazing blessings in our unique situations.

  2. Hi Jenni,

    It was great to meet you, and thank you for stopping by my blog and your sweet comment, it was so hard to write that and I was so scared to post it. Anyway, we started a new series in chruch today called Thrive it is about saying yes to God and having a willing heart. There was a part in the sermon where the pastor was talking about perspective, it was about how do you look at your problems, and the pastor outlined a situation very similar to what you described here, one problem two perspectives, one based in faith and one based in fear. This has been a common theme today, perhaps God is trying to tell me something. Blessings.