God generously pours blessing after blessing into your life.

 

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Have you ever thought about those blessings in a spatial kind of way?

Maybe that seems a bit weird to you, but what if those blessings were actual objects you could hold in your hand?  For visualization purposes, let’s imagine that these blessings were in the form of a very soft putty, kind of like the slime you make with your kids.  Imagine some of them so small that dozens would fill the palm of your hand and other blessings so large you need help moving them.

You are grateful for every blessing… large and small… but have you ever thought about the quantity of them?

My purpose here is to get you to think, not just of the size, but the quantity.  Blessing after blessing… Then I will open the windows of heaven and flood you with blessing after blessing.

 

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God generously pours out his blessing upon his people.

I LOVE this scripture…

By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.

There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! —Romans 5:1-5

In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

Now imagine your blessings filling the palms of your hands… so many… you find yourself moving them to bowls, and baskets, and large vases, and drawers, and on it goes until you run out of containers to hold the blessings and they get heaped up on the counters and tables and floors.

 

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God is the source of every blessing… but what’s our part in receiving his blessings?

Standing tall and shouting our praise.

We shout our praise through the good and the bad, the thick and the thin, the easy and the hard…

Why?  Because we have discovered that even in the difficulties of life we’re growing… developing patience that in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue.  

You can be sure that I will always be the first one in line to get off the train of adversity… yet I know through years of trial and challenge these were the best of times for God’s hands to shape me, bit by bit, into his image.

Seriously, as difficult as those long years were I never felt shortchanged. I am definitely a better person for having walked that difficult journey.  I think differently, I look at people and situations differently, I hold possessions in my hands more loosely, and my relationship with the Lord is on a completely different plain. My heart is full… with overwhelming gratitude because of what God did through that time.  And continues to do as a result of those incredibly painful and challenging years.

This extended time of adversity helped me to live in alert expectancy.

Daily, I fully anticipated that God would turn the switch and the train I was traveling on would gently slide onto a different set of tracks and I would find my heart’s desires and all my prayers answered.

 

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It never happened quite like that.

Instead, I saw God in people and in nature in amazing ways. I experienced his provision, his love, and approval.  I found contentment and satisfaction in ways I would never have ever imagined.  And I was able to serve others in new and different ways.

While I waited for God to open up the floodgates of financial blessing, he generously poured blessing after blessing into my life, so much there weren’t enough containers to hold it all.

And there still are not.

Even during the darkest of days when I was hungry and felt abandoned, I continued to write in my journal, listing one after another, the things from the day that I was thankful for.  Page after page… blessing after blessing… one journal after another… the things I discovered in my stance of alert expectancy.

 

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Today… my days look different… but, one thing I know… when we stand tall in God’s goodness and grace and glory… hands open and arms raised with a heart shouting HIS praise… that… that is the posture where things happen and God moves.

It may not be what you hoped for… but it will be meaningful… purpose-filled… and yours.

And the blessings for living in alert expectancy? Pressed down and overflowing.

This place you are today… God is with you.

But… it’s up to you to choose to live in alert expectancy.

When you’re turned towards him and your ear is inclined his way… you can expect the Holy Spirit to pour blessing after blessing into your heart and life… so much so you won’t be able to contain it.

And when we can’t contain all that blessing what do we do?

Pour it back to God and into the lives of those he has placed in front of us.

Blessing after blessing…

And on and on it goes… the circle of living in alert expectancy.

 

Have you experienced blessing after blessing?

Have you ever lived in alert expectancy?

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It’s Joy Day!

 

The day when we look back over our past week and count.

Count the good and the not so good.   Just seven.

And we give thanks for it.  All of it.

I’ll start…

I’m grateful God for…

  • Your love and faithfulness and generosity in pouring out blessing after blessing.
  • remedies that bring wellness and ultimately knowing that YOU are my healer.
  • the children you’ve placed before us and the simple things we can do with them to bring us both joy.
  • another small blast of creativity.
  • the fellowship of my dear friend and delicious dinner.
  • grocery store flowers and the fun of arranging and photographing them.
  • knowing you have plans for us as we wait in alert expectancy. 

Now it’s your turn!

Scroll down to the “Share your Extraordinary Thoughts” box below and tap in your ‘seven.’

When you do, you’ll find the corners of your mouth turn up and the joy meter in your spirit rise.

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  1. Melissa Dalman says:

    1) The cross, which reminds me of my worth in His eyes
    2) Two precious children, entrusted to me to teach God’s love and mercy
    3) The few but true friends who hold up my arms during the battles when I’m growing too tired to hold them up on my own
    4) A warm home, good food, a soft pillow, a place to rest
    5) Coffee, pajamas, and pecan pie
    6) Medicine, splints, doctors—God uses them to bless my body with healing
    7) Words:The giftbGod gave me to craft them into something He can use for His glory

  2. I took Eph 3:20 as my “word” of the year. I EXPECTANTLY await God’s instructions for me to follow then sit back and EXPECTANTLY await for Him to “exceedingly and abundantly “ fulfill His will. Obedience first. Your Bible translation tags along with my idea when it stated “keeping us alert for whatever God will do next”. Thanks for sharing this great lesson.
    1/ new insulation in attic 2/ fun part time job 3/ healthy senior parents 4/ new foster FIV+ Cat 5/tasty chili my husband made for lunch 6/ central heat. 7/ ipad

  3. Minnie McCoy says:

    Happy joy day to you!
    The thought of putting all our blessings somewhere never crossed my mind before. I don’t have enough storage 😱
    Lord this week I thank you for,
    1. Our oldest son and daughter in-law and our youngest son and his girlfriend all went to Disney land. Now the thing that I’m happy about is they truly enjoy spending time together. They do all kinds of things with each other…..a lot.
    2. Middle son, daughter in-law and my grand babies are coming home from a trip to MO. today. Can’t wait to see them.
    3. Spring is on the way. I am already planning out my garden.
    4. We almost got a new free couch in perfect condition but it really fits in our daughters house much better. And she will get more use out of it.
    5. C. is recovering from his surgery just fine.
    6. The burst of energy that I needed to clean out my sewing room and hall closet. That was a real job.
    7. Laughter and humor. No matter our age we have it. The smallest of babies, the oldest of adults have it and everyone in between. Even my dogs show it, all the time. Yep they do, I’m tell’n ya.
    Since we are in the shadow of His cross here I feel I can ask this. My father has been in and out of the hospital all month. Today he is going to a rehabilitation \ nursing home. He SO doesn’t want to be there but can’t go home until he is strong enough to get himself from bed into his wheelchair. I’m asking for prayer. I know he just wants to be home with his full time companion, his little dog.
    He calls anything computer related, “The on line” and he will be tickled that I used “the on line” to ask for prayer for him. He is amazed that I talk to “strangers a world away from me”. He’s so funny.
    Thank you!
    Blessings to you!
    Minnie

  4. This is so beautiful, Diane, and so very true! You brought a song to my heart and praise to our Heavenly Father fills my mouth.
    You, my friend, are such a blessing! xoxo

  5. This is one of my favorite posts. I need to print it out. The photos are always a blessing. I get to enjoy your farmer’s market flowers too!!
    1. Good dental checkup
    2. Grandson is doing much better
    3. A perfect passage in Hebrews that means so much right now.
    4. True friends
    5. The camellias keep blooming. They are so cheerful!! No thorns. Shiny leaves year round. Gorgeous huge blooms.
    6. Blossoms are covering trees now!! The look of spring. Dove cooing. So exciting.
    7, my loving parents. I’m so very thankful for them.

  6. This post was wonderful, Diane! Such Truth! (And your pics are gorgeous!… Good job!)
    Thankful to the Lord for:
    1. A pastor who teaches us to do the hard thing, and trust God for the good thing.
    2. A new blogging friend in Diane.
    3. A new blogging friend that is in the midst of some HUGE trials… but is looking to the Lord for grace and strength.
    4. For my children who are teaching their children to follow Jesus.
    5. For a wonderful boss at my day job.
    6. For the new journey of blogging.
    7. Grace and strength in getting me through each day… with my health.

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