Daily Benefits

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

Psalm 68:19

Modern society frequently is obsessed with stuff, never content. We often complain about what we don’t have because we forget what we do have. For example, I had needed my house to be switched from a fuse box to a breaker box, partially because I couldn’t add a plug to move my refrigerator or add a dishwasher until it was replaced and reallocated. When it was finally completed and I could move my fridge, I was so excited because I could finally finish some projects and reattach the water line for filtered water dispenser. Every time I went in the kitchen and used the dispenser, I smiled. Soon, however, I noticed other things I “needed” in the house. My joy started to dissipate because I was focused on what I didn’t have instead of with the things God had already given me.

Psalm 68 says we are daily loaded with benefits from God. Loaded means stacked high, overflowing, more than we need. Every day God gives us benefits that we take for granted, starting with getting up in the morning to a new day. I’ve seen a lot of posts on social media about 2020 being such a horrible year, and I have been prone to agree with them, yet God gave us another year, which is not a gift everyone was given. Most of the people complaining still had what they needed for every day survival. Above that God gives us little blessings as well, but we can only see them if we look for them.

So, take a moment and look around at what you do have. If you can read this, then you probably have a roof over your head, electricity, and electronics. Think back over your day. Did anything good happen? Was there a kind word, a door held open, a chat with friends or neighbors, the love of a pet, or just a ray of sunshine on a drab day? We look at the news and social media and think about all the bad things out there, but do we look at the good things? If you dig a little deeper, you can find stories of neighbors helping neighbors, people trying to meet needs and giving of themselves. The good is still out there.

When you feel yourself overwhelmed by all the bad news and negativity, turn off the television or social media and take out a piece of paper and a pen. Make a list of things to be thankful for in your life. Start with where you are sitting and look around. What do you have here and now? Start with the four walls around you and then move further out into your neighborhood, your country, your world.

I bet you can come up with at least 5 things to be grateful for; actually, I bet your paper can’t hold all the benefits God has given you if you really think about it. Maybe start a gratitude journal. The enemy wants us to focus on perceived needs which are usually just wants in disguise, but God says meditate on His word (Joshua 1:8) because it will keep us focused and grounded on what is true.

What benefit are your grateful for today? I am grateful to have access to a dentist but even more grateful I don’t have to see him again until next year. I am grateful the rain gives me an excuse not to mow the yard. I am grateful for a little furball who snuggles close and purrs even if she emits warmth like a heating pad on a hot summer day. I am grateful for a car that keeps moving even though mechanics warned me years ago that I needed to replace it. I am thankful for a God who gives daily blessings even when we complain. How about you?

A few of my favorite things:

Overflowing

May Your Cup Overflow

The age old question: Is your cup half-full or half-empty? Your answer is supposed to determine whether you are an optimist or a pessimist. While it may be an entertaining argument, the real question is why is your cup half full?

Psalm 23:5 says, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” God wants our cup to not be half full or empty. He doesn’t want it just to be full. He wants it to run over into your saucer. Why is that?

First, God wants to give us the abundant life. John 10:10 says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Abundance, like overflow, means to have plenty or more than enough. It means we have extra to spare. That is the kind of life that God wants for His children.

Second, it is from this overflow that we are able to share the extra with those around us. We don’t minister to others through a scarcity; we give through an abundance that flows from God. We were created for a relationship with God and with others. God gives us grace, mercy, joy, love, and hope, and He wants us to share the overflow with those around us.

So, what do you do when you feel like your cup is only to the halfway point?

You go to the source and fill her up. We all have times in our lives where we feel like Empty Cuphalfway would be awesome since we are currently running on empty. We can fill our cup up in a number of ways. Prayer is a great start. Prayer has the double benefit of helping us empty ourselves of negative things like worry and refilling us with joy and peace. Then, there is music, whether it is singing or just listening. Music can lift us up and remind us of the good things in life. Reading and studying the Bible can remind us of God’s promises and strengthen us spiritually. Talking with supportive friends can boost our spirits as well as they give from their overflow. Finally, do something that makes you happy. I like to knit because it is calming and creative.

FREE REFILLS!

Overflowing CupThe important thing is to discover your way to the Source (God) and fill up your cup. Don’t go halfway! Fill it until it flows over into your saucer so that you have enough to share. That is when the abundant life is alive and well in our lives. So, lift your cups and take a sip because God refills for free.