Lately I have been contemplating blessings. They come in all shapes and sizes, don't they? Sometimes they can even be difficult to recognize because they don't meet our own expectations. I am learning to look for blessings both big and small in my life right now.
In the past week, I had the blessing of receiving a gift basket overflowing with all sorts of goodies for me--food treats, teas, a new scarf, a new DVD--and lots more. A dear friend of mine from church who knows something of the trials our family is going through made me one--and my daughter one as well. She loved hers, and I love mine, too.
Another blessing we just received today. We have been talking about selling off a vehicle which is a little small for our family--and which has reached an age at which all those little things tend to go wrong with it. Yet we really can't afford to trade up right now. So my husband just happened to stop by a friend's business and mention that we were thinking about looking for a new family vehicle--and he said, "I've got it right outside, but it was headed to auto auction tomorrow so tell me if you want it now!"
My husband drove it home, and we loaded all the kids and took it for a spin. It is a white 1996 Suburban which was used as an SBC Disaster Relief vehicle at our friend's church. It has never been wrecked, has been well-maintained, and although it has high mileage comes home at a great price. It is a 3/4 ton vehicle, so it will be a gas guzzler, but it is a huge blessing to our family right now.
Has God given you any blessings lately?