Hey friends, how are you today? Our weather has been rather busy, here. We’ve had a return of winter, with snow and cold temperatures. The birds are confused, and the flowers have bowed their poor heads in defeat. Our temperatures have dipped in the 20°(s)  and rarely rose above 45° during the day.  I’m about to bow my head in defeat.  Sometimes, when one thing is wrong with our world, it isn’t hard to view all subsequent circumstances in that same light.  The worst is almost expected, right? 

With that outlook on life, it’s hard to appreciate present circumstances. It’s hard to see the goodness of the Lord, when I view life through myopic or distorted lens.  Only when I recall that the Lord of the Universe is in control, can I truly be thankful for where I am placed.  Sometimes, it means I have to ask the Lord to open my eyes to ‘see’ His goodness. God’s blessings can always be found in His Word and in the time spent with Him.  Perhaps I may need to be reminded by others, like my friends and family.  At times, it’s listening to music or our favorite preachers.  But just in case, there is the need for additional help, here are six things we can be thankful for, during this time;

Time – today, we have more time on our hands than we’ve had for quite some ‘time’ (see what I did there).  Before this virus, most of us wished for more time to spend with our families, to complete unfinished tasks, to draw closer to our God.  Guess what? We’ve got the time.  

Home – we have a roof over our heads, during this time.  That is a blessing, especially during this time, when social distance is a necessity. It’s an additional blessing when the house has heat as winter makes her return. 

Abilities– whatever they are, the Lord has definitely equipped us all with something special, just for us and for the purpose of service to others. Some of us are hospitable, others are great teachers, and still others are wonderful preachers.  We all have a gift; for His glory and for our good.

Nature – our Lord has given us such beauty around us.  The hills and mountains, the oceans and the seas.  The birds and the squirrels, as they flitter from tree to tree.  The trees and the flowers as they bud and bloom into a variety of colors. 

Knowledge – to be in the know; to know that we know that we know what we know.  Our God has not left us ignorant, He gave us sixty-six books, where we are reminded that they are profitable for knowledge. When we spend time in the Word of God, knowledge of who He is and who we are, will be inevitable. Knowledge leads to doctrine, doctrine leads to godliness.

Salvation – such great grace; a gift so free and so wonderful.  We owed a debt, we could not pay, Our Savior paid a debt He did not owe, so that we could spend eternity with Him.  What a blessing!  

Really… how are you doing? How are you handling this ‘social distance’ during this pandemic?  What are some things you are thankful for during this time? 

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