048: COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and this is a fantastic time to reflect back on all of your blessings both large and small.

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Sometimes in the midst of everyday life we lose sight of how much we have received.

We challenge you during the next month to take the time to write down the blessings that you have received from your spouse and make it a gift to them.

This is truly a priceless gift that only you can give.

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6 thoughts on “048: COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

  1. Enjoyed the podcast once again and Tony opening up about feeling a bit disconnected from God. Having recently gone through an extended spiritual dry spell in my own life, I can appreciate what you might be feeling right now. A few things I learned through it (and this is certainly not advice for you…just my experience): While I’d always like for life to be a continual upward progression, the fact is that we have to go through peaks and valleys, and some of our greatest growth comes during the valleys. I really believe God allows us to go through times where we don’t feel his presence, where we think he’s pulled away from us, and the closeness to him has pulled away, even though like you said in the podcast, he hasn’t really left us. I think he does it to test us – to see what our character is really made of when we don’t feel ‘high on God’ or whatever you want to call it. Are we going to keep on seeking him? Praying? Reading the bible? Trust that he’ll never leave or forsake us or walk away because we don’t believe that?

    I learned through my experience that I had a few things in my heart that I needed to work on that frankly just took time and some experiences to flush out. I think God allowed me to go through that to strengthen my character and resolve those issues. I certainly didn’t like it at the time, but I’m glad to have gone through it. And one of the biggest lessons I learned is that I’m likely to go through the valleys again as life goes on, and the difference is that I hope to embrace them as an opportunity to grow when I do go through them. I guess I’m learning to see life as a series of challenges rather than just getting over this or that hump.

    I’m guessing some of this doesn’t necessarily pertain to your situation, but again, this is just what I learned coming out of my most recent spiritual dry spell. Praying for your brother!

    • Thank you for this Ron. You bring up some great points from your experience that I need to examine in my own life right now. One in particular for me is reading my Bible on a daily basis. I keep telling myself I need to do it, but then don’t. Also, I need to take that assessment our church has for us to learn more about myself and how I connect with our Heavenly Father.

      Your prayers and friendship are much appreciated.

      Blessings.

      Tony

    • Thank you for this Ron. You bring up some great points from your experience that I need to examine in my own life right now. One in particular for me is reading my Bible on a daily basis. I keep telling myself I need to do it, but then don’t. Also, I need to take that assessment our church has for us to learn more about myself and how I connect with our Heavenly Father.

      Your prayers and friendship are much appreciated.

      Blessings.

      Tony

      • You’re welcome…glad to give you some things to think about. One other thing…corny as it might sound, I started going through the Purpose Driven Life as a daily devotion once again in addition to scriptures and it really opened my eyes up to some of the ‘basics’ that I had been ignoring for a while. Highly recommend that book. For some reason I didn’t like it the first time I read it about 5 years ago, but really love it this time around (nearly finished). Refocusing on the basics has helped me greatly.

  2. Excellent Randy! So glad you have been enjoying our podcast.

    Great blog post you did there. I was fascinated by the 2nd story windows at Disneyland. I’m a native SoCal guy, been to Disney many of time, and have never looked up at the 2nd story windows. We haven’t been in years, but the next time we do I will have to look up and see all those names.

    Your thankful list was awesome. I really like how you call your in-laws “parent-in-love”. This is such a positive way to express those we were married into. Kudos to you for your love for them.

    I’m tweeting your post b/c I’m curious about how many people know about those windows.

    Blessings and glad you are a faithful listening.

    • Thank you! I’m glad you liked it, and I hope you (and others) have a chance to poke around my site a bit more. This is an area that I am very passionate about, and I’m really trying to build my readership and share it with as many people as I possibly can.