Richly Blessed

by Kathy Cheek



                               

Fall Street

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,and the son of man that You visit him?
For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

~ Psalm 8:3-5

I remember a day the sky was so blue it took my breath away, the sunrise so pink I could only stand in awe. The stars that night twinkled brighter than ever a night before, or so it seemed as I gazed enthralled by God’s awesome creation.

Surrounded as I am by His constant beauty and all my eyes behold, I proclaim the greatest wonder of all is the Creator, our Holy Almighty God. He is the reason I am drawn to drink in a sunrise or sunset. He painted the indescribable, breathtaking blue sky. He placed the stars across the horizon, each one counted, each one named. He made a crown for His creation and called us mankind. He asked us to walk in fellowship with Him and enter a relationship described, “After God’s own heart.”

This is my desire, to pursue the relationship He wants me to have with my heavenly Father. This is my purpose for living, and walking in His purpose for me brings many blessings. Not the blessings of health, status, wealth, or fame, but the blessings of grace, mercy, love, peace, and joy—only to name a few!

My greatest blessing is that I know the God of the universe, who made all things and holds all things in His hands, holds me in His hands. I am His child and I delight in knowing there was a moment in time before I was formed in my mother’s womb when He thought of me, designed and created me, and ordained my days.

In the days He has given me, I choose to walk with Him and build a relationship with the One who gave me life. He gave me life in my mother’s womb, and He gave me eternal life when I accepted the gift of salvation through His Son Jesus’ death and resurrection. While I am walking day by day with the Lord, I will enjoy each day He has made. I will stand in awe of the beauty He created, and I will count myself richly blessed!

 

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Kathy Cheek writes devotions, inspirational stories and poetry and has been published in various Christian magazines and regularly guest posts on several devotional and ministry sites. Her favorite subject to write about is the rich relationship God desires to have with us and how that is walked out in everyday life and every circumstance. Kathy and her husband live in Dallas, TX and have two daughters who also reside in the Dallas area. You can read more of her devotions atIn Quiet Places

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A surprising benefit of thankfulness

November is a month of thankfulness.

Fall on the parkwayAll over social media, we see people expressing gratitude for things in their lives. In early November the posts read along the lines of,

“I’m thankful for a warm house, clean clothes, and food on the table.”

As the month goes on, I’ve noticed an interesting trend: the focus narrows. A 30-day gratefulness challenge causes participants to look beyond the obvious and find the more obscure gifts in life.

A random kindness.
A good night’s sleep.
A warm cup of tea.

An attitude of gratitude benefits us in many ways. First and foremost, a grateful mindset honors the Lord.

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I am in recovery…

I am in recovery, and my children helped restore my joy. I love that they do that for me. That may be one of my blessings as a Mid-Life Mama (you raise them, and if you are blessed, they raise you back). Welcome to my spiritual recovery. I mean no disrespect; I have immense regard for people who have fought demons and overcome addictions, but that is not this story. I am in recovery from the dangerous notion that I was ever in control of my life. I am in recovery.

I am walking out of the wilderness that was my life for the last several years.

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On Gratitude : Sifting Through the Mess, Getting the Message

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Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
― Marcel Proust

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John F. Kennedy 

Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. – Philippians 1 : 3-4 The Message

Wisdom waits. In my twenties, expressions of gratitude were measured by feelings of satisfaction with my life and goals.

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Seasons

Photo: SusieKlein

It is Sunday morning and I am looking out my big windows at the way the sun is hitting the trees behind my house. From here you’d never know that there is a brisk snap in the air as we slide from autumn and into winter. Even as the leaves are slowly shifting from green to yellow, I am still grieving the end of summer and my daily swims out there beneath the trees.

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Carried Along By Waves of Grace

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Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.
(Psalm 42:7)

Grace – the unmerited favor of God, the conditions or fact of being favored by someone.

I long to walk throughout my day knowing that the grace of God is with me, holding my head high as I realize his unmerited favor upon my life. What does it look like to walk in His grace? I picture a ballerina, gliding ever so gracefully as she dances, never missing a step, yet all the while leaning into her partner for strength and support.

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“Forgive as the Lord forgave you..”

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“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”Colossians 3:12-14

I had a small bible study with my husband on these verses and I felt so encouraged by God after reading them.

God calls His children to love and obey His commands because of what He has done for us. He loved us so much that He sent His one and only son – Jesus Christ– to this earth so we could all have the chance to follow Him and spend eternity with Him.

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Dare to Believe You are God’s Masterpiece

Do you like me? Am I valuable? Am I beautiful?

Psalm 139:13-14

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What’s underneath this need to know that we have what it takes? Have you tried to build an identity on what you can accomplish or what you look like? The longing to prove we are adequate, valuable,and loved lurks beneath the surface of all our trying. You may think you’re the only one who feels this way, but we all feel this way at times.

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