Blessings ~ [bles-ing]†† noun
1.† the act or words of a person who blesses.
2.† a special favor, mercy, or benefit: the blessings of liberty.
3.† a favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness.
4.† the invoking of God’s favor upon a person: The son was denied his father’s blessing.
5.† praise; devotion; worship, especially grace said before a meal: The children took turns reciting the blessing.
Almost 6 months laid off.† I do not get child support, I do not get unemployment, I get no weekly/monthly money.† However I do get something wonderful…blessings all around.
People have given us so much, friends, family, anonymous people.† My boss has given me some money a couple of times.† My Daddy has helped. We have made it.†
On Halloween I opened my email to find a “Happy Halloween” to Karen and Keilee gift card for $50! I cried.† Sunday when we got home from church there was a $25 gift card to WalMart stuck in our door. I cried.† Saturday a friend dropped off tangerines, apples and potatoes, I cried. I seem to cry at the drop of a hat lately.† And these are all just RECENT blessings.† Trust me in the course of a few months I have seen many.
I wish I could explain what this means to me.† How I feel each time an envelope is opened, an email with prayers, a phone call to encourage.† This experience has taught me so much.† I have learned so much about the woman I am and the Christian I want to be.† A dear friend said “Karen you are such a strong woman” and I almost laughed…ME? Strong?† No way.† I feel so weak at times.† So helpless, so small. I am NOT always strong, I wonder if all the decisions I make are the right ones.† I pray.† A LOT.
All I want, all I have ever wanted to to take care of this precious child that God has entrusted to me.† As a single Mom I made the decision years ago to stay at home, work from home.† I knew it would be hard. I knew I could make more money in the ‘work force’ but I chose not to do that.† I have never regretted it.† Not.once.
My brother came over this weekend to get some of his things. We went through tons of my Mother’s stuff.† She was a writer, she wrote down poems; ones she wrote herself and ones she heard or read.† Little snippets of information or encouragement everywhere.† This is one she had hand written.† I have no clue where she found it, she must have read it somewhere.† I read it and thought, “God thank you for placing this in my hands. I needed it”† Another blessing…
Learn With Every Goodbye
by Veronica A Shoffstall
After a while, you learn the subtle difference
and between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesnít mean leaning
And company doesnít mean security,
And you begin to learn that kisses arenít contracts
And presents arenít promises,
And you begin to accept your defeats
With the grace of a woman,
not the grief of a child,
And learn to build all your roads on today
Because tomorrowís ground is too uncertain for plans,
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight
And after a while, you learn That even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endureÖ
That you really are strong
And you really do have worth
And you learn
With every goodbye, you learn.
At church Sunday IV told the story of “The Prodigal Son”.† Keilee and I just looked at each other with our mouths opened.† Do you know the name of the movie that I have been waiting on all these months?† “The Prodigal” based on…”The Prodigal Son”.† I listened carefully and I got it God.† Another blessing…
ìThose blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks.î†~Thomas Goodwin