We are blessed more than we realize

I think that if we were able to truly see and number our blessings we would run out of time to do it. It is just that so many blessings in our lives either go unnoticed or are taken for granted. Padre Pio said; “Try to serve the Lord with all your heart and with all your will. He will always bless you more than you deserve”.

Of course, we KNOW that to be true. His grace is His gift to us. We, of course, have not and cannot do anything to earn that grace. But He gives it to us. I must serve Him. It is my calling and joy. It is each of our calling…to know Him, love Him, and serve Him. When I think about blessings this time of year, I often think of the movie “White Christmas” [the scene where Bing Crosby teaches the ‘Counting Your Blessings’ song to Rosemary Clooney]. It is a wonderful song, and reminds me so sweetly to count my blessings. The Christmas season overwhelms me with reminders of blessings. I see outpourings of generosity all over the place.

That reminds me, of course of God’s generous gift to us. Himself. The repercussions of that gift are worldwide and timeless. Don’t you find that over time we are blessed a hundred fold for our efforts? I am not talking about material wealth or even a measurable quantity of friends. If you pay very close attention, there is always someone trying to bless your life.   All around you blessings flow your way. Even when you are lonely and downhearted, someone is trying to bless your life. Perhaps someone is praying for you. Knowing that someone you may or may not even be acquainted with is praying for you can strengthen you a bit. Knowing that there was a day when someone was kind to you helps you realize that you are worthy of being blessed. We each are.

Life is an extraordinary opportunity. God promises each of us that we will be blessed a hundredfold. Tomorrow it will be a year since I came down with Bell’s Palsy. I have been blogging for less than a year, but already the words that I write have traveled to many parts of the world. That thrills me beyond measure. It truly does. I began to blog so that I would not become the affliction I had. I began to blog as a therapeutic way to become the kind of lady I believed God intends me to be. I wanted to write so that I could spread light, faith, joy, perseverance, strength,  and optimism. I have been blessed. I can see community all around the world.

What joy….what almost inexplicable joy…..yes. I am more blessed than I could have imagined. I am witnessing talent and joy through people’s work and blogs. It is astonishing and miraculous to witness the talent around me. I am learning from each of them. and I say : Alleluia! There truly is joy and determination in every part of the world. Praise be to God :-).

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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10 Responses to We are blessed more than we realize

  1. hugmamma says:

    You are truly an inspiration. I did not know you were afflicted with Bell’s Palsy. God bless you for not allowing it to overtake you. Your life inspires…your voice inspires. Don’t ever be quieted…for you are a beacon of hope for the rest of us. You’re truly awesome!

    huge hugs for the holidays…and for always…hugmamma. 🙂

    • Kate Kresse says:

      The Bell’s only affects me a little bit by now….just a bit of facial affect. It took time and patience. I have found that praying to God to give me patience (that was when I was a teen) has given me MANY opportunities to develop and practice patience. I am so happy that you think that my life and voice inspire….that humbles me and makes me want to shout for joy. It is always my fervent prayer to bring hope to others. The world can feel dark, sad, and hopeless to people. One of my purposes in life is to help them see the hope there is. thanks so much—always—Kate

  2. One person’s palsy is another person’s inspiration.And One Person made that difference. If there were no blessings but the breath of His constant presence, it would be enough.

  3. ElizOF says:

    Thank you for this post and for sharing your experience with Bell’s… You are an inspiration! 😉

  4. dogear6 says:

    I love your topic. I’ve been working on having more gratitude this year and you know, it’s really helped my attitude and patience. I truly think I’ve been happier for it. Your post reminds me of the same thing.

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