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Blessings


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My 10 and 12-year-old boys have been giving me flowers every since they were little.
It all started when we began to take leisure walks around our neighborhood. It never fails that as we stroll, they’ll notice and pick flowers growing in the grass near the sidewalks. It’s their way of saying I love you.

Over the years though, I’ve observed that my reaction to the gesture hasn’t been one of excitement. I’ve been outright nonchalant about receiving them. And it’s not because I don’t love my boys or the flowers, it’s my familiarity with them. It’s no longer fresh and exciting like when they were younger.

Have you ever heard the saying “Familiarity breeds contempt”? It’s an old proverb which basically means a substantial knowledge of, or a close association with someone or something leads to a loss of respect for them or it. Do you ever feel like this?

I attribute these feelings to being unsatisfied. When I become unsatisfied, it’s primarily because I haven’t taken the opportunity to count my blessings. This leaves me neglecting the bounty in what I have, as I long for the presumed prize of what I don’t. Being that I have 5 children ranging in ages from 3 months to 23 years I find myself longing for a lot of things surrounding them. And while the imperfect things they do urk the Jesus out of me, I also allow that imperfection to steal from the good that they do, like my fresh hand-picked flowers.

So, as usual, I’m back at the Master’s feet searching for help in this area. In Hebrews 13:5 it says that I should be content with the things that I have because God has promised that He will never leave or forsake me. And Ephesians 3:20 makes it clear that He can accomplish infinitely more than I can ask or even think to ask of Him.

As you can see He makes it clear that I should be content, but why aren’t I? Can I just chalk it up to human appetite Ecclesiastes 6:7? Or is it my focus? It may be a bit of both but what screams at me loudest is FOCUS! You know the saying “what you see is what we get.” In other words, what we focus our attention on, will be what we experience. And I can readily admit that when it comes to my children sometimes, my focus is off. I often “see” them making more mistakes, causing mischief, or just being silly kids as obnoxious. I then highlight those as being faults, constantly! But thanks be to God for the solution found in Philippians 4:8

God has blessed me beyond measure! He gave me a beautiful family and life. My prayer is that He will continue to help me and many others like me to keep Him as our #1 focus then we can always see Him and His blessings in everything!

And you know I can’t close without a tune to relate to my madness! This week it’s none other than Lecrae with “Blessings”. It’s a head-boppin’, shoulder flexin’ hip track to remind us of God’s Blessings in our lives.

Till next time✌️

*Tee’s Music does not own rights to this music*

 Blessings- Lecrae
If I ever took a loss, I learned a lesson
I won't ever think I'm better than the next man
I've been down before the come up, I ain't stressin'
Baby I'm too busy countin' all these blessings
Yah, yah, yah
Count it up, count it up, count it up
Line 'em up, line 'em up, line 'em up
Swear the sun shinin' on me in my huddle
No matter the trouble surroundin' us
They don't see that it's a lot of us
Everybody move anonymous
Won't take that credit, I know where we get it
Them blessings be comin' from God above
I was doin' all kinda bad
Where the choir at? Tell 'em I need a verse
Hit the pew and tell God He's first
Hit the studio to body a verse
I remember pushin' mama's little white Hyundai with no gas money
I just bought a car, cash money
I ain't even tryna brag on it
I just tell it how it really is
I ain't trippin', they ain't feelin' this
I ain't sayin' I deserve nothin'
I'm just tryna talk about the benefits
I've been punchin' in the clock
Tryna keep the kitchen stocked
Man it's a blessin' 'cause we ain't ever had a lot
But all we need is all we got
If I ever took a loss, I learned a lesson
I won't ever think I'm better than the next man
I've been down before the come up, I ain't stressin'
Baby I'm too busy countin' all these blessings, blessings
Count it up, count it up, count it up
Count it up, count it up, count it up
Count it up, count it up, count it up
Blessings
Count it up, count it up, count it up
Count it up, count it up, count it up
Count it up, count it up, count it up
Blessings
I put my mama in the crib, said, "Stop stressin'"
I put my girl in a brand new diamond necklace
She said she need more of my love and affection
'Cause lately I've been workin' harder than ever
She said, "Baby, you a boss, baby, clear your schedule
Dolla you a boss, let's do somethin' special
Take me on a PJ, we should go to Mexico
I've been down for you boy, since when the money was low"
Anything for my bae 'cause she a blessing
If you woke up this morning it's a blessing
If I ever took a loss, I learned a lesson
I won't ever think I'm better than the next man
I've been down before the come up, I ain't stressin'
Baby I'm too busy countin' all these blessings, blessings
Count it up, count it up, count it up
Count it up, count it up, count it up
Count it up, count it up, count it up
Blessings
Count it up, count it up, count it up
Count it up, count it up, count it up
Count it up, count it up, count it up
Blessings
I took so many losses
Coulda lost it
Left 'em leakin' like a faucet
Almost cost me
Everything that I got, all of my fam
Part of the plan
I was eatin' fried bologna out of the pan
Y'all don't understand
I was tryna get it
I'm in that studio tryna keep it pushin'
Patty pies, boy I kept 'em cookin'
All I needed was the Mary Mary
But the God in me was havin' commentary, woo!
I got angels all around like Anita Baker
Blessings fallin' in line, guess I need a taper
And every loss is a lesson
Tell my haters I confess
Treat 'em like the green bubbles on the iPhone
I probably never read the message
If I ever took a loss, I learned a lesson
I won't ever think I'm better than the next man
I've been down before the come up, I ain't stressin'
Baby I'm too busy countin' all these blessings, blessings
Count it up, count it up, count it up
Count it up, count it up, count it up
Count it up, count it up, count it up
Blessings
Count it up, count it up, count it up
Count it up, count it up, count it up
Count it up, count it up, count it up
Blessings
Songwriters: Allen Swoope / Maurice Simmonds / Tyrone Williams Griffin / Asheton Hogan / Lacrae Moore
Blessings lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Cypmp

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