I am a Christian. I get it we are supposed to share with the world the blessings God has bestowed upon us. However, I do believe we over use the term blessed. In fact, I find myself not using that word (blessed) for anything other than the staples in life. If I say I am blessed I refer to ordinary, truly thankful things.
I want to share a few stories with you about truly being blessed, about learning the hard way and not being physically blessed but spiritually held together by God.
When Travis and I were homeless in Colorado Springs, living in our friends basement while looking for and applying for jobs we were so blessed then. Yep we were homeless, yep all our stuff was in their garage, yep we had no idea what to do next. I honestly do not know where we would have gone if they hadn’t opened their home to us. But that time with our friends, time to fall to our knees and truly depend on God was a blessing. This was one of the most exhausting times in our marriage. We were both working part time, Travis applying to jobs all over the country and me trying to hold all the anxiety and worry in. My friend Liz, would commonly invite me out for walks just to clear my head. I grew accustom to walking the dogs, alone and prayed a lot. No one would ever ask God, to be homeless. No one would ever invite the idea of joblessness and constant job seeking into their lives. He did provide, because He is faithful. But without someone to give us a home, we wouldn’t have made it. Verbal words of, “It will get better” became like Salt in a Wound. Take my advice and remove these words from your vocabulary unless you plan to DO something to physically bless someone when they have NOTHING. Overall, this experience has given me perspective on life that I cannot put into words. And since then every time we have fallen on hard times, God is amazing with blessing us with people on our path to lead us to Him. To rest in His Word.
From Brandy: My husband and I have been trying for a year now to have a baby. We were 23 and 26 when we said and I do and had a huge desire to start a family. God convicted us that children are a blessing from The Lord as scripture says and that we should trust Him for the timing and the number. It’s a scary thought to have a honeymoon baby or end up with 15 kids but we trusted. We never really thought of being on this side of the spectrum. It’s been the most struggling season of my life to wait on Him when I just desire to have my womb filled with His blessings… But He’s poured out so so many blessings in this process … The blessing of being used by Him, the blessing of praying and being burdened for others, the blessing of praying to God with an unveiled broken heart just as David did, the blessing of peace and faith and hope when I feel like I can’t find any. I know most of these things people wouldn’t count as blessings but I can’t help but too considering what He’s doing in my heart. Read more about Brandy’s Journey, HERE
My husband has a job #blessed
I have clean water #blessed
I have a roof over my head #blessed
I was sick and you brought me soup #blessed
This is what being blessed looks like. And to bless others means to give of yourself, not to just throw money at a situation or person. Show some hospitality and truly give of yourself, your time and care for them. Blessing others is nothing more than showing hospitality. And by hospitality I don’t mean a 4 course meal with your finest china. I mean your home is a wreck, you haven’t gone to the store yet but your friend comes over, she has had a bad (with a capital B) bad day. Instead of telling her your home is a wreck and you have errands to run you open the door to your home and your heart.
Hospitality is meeting a stranger or making a friend and realizing you care about this person’s well-being, you give up your extra time to help them, buy unexpected gifts for them or simply drop them a text to say, I care about you. Hospitality is not being June Clever, hospitality is not worrying about you and worrying about how you and your life appear to others. Hospitality is learning to truly love and forsake yourself. Blessing others is seeing them as people, people who are down on their luck, hurt by the economy, struggling to make it. Blessing is taking the time to care for these people. Blessing is giving your last 2 cents and giving more than the millionaires. (Mark 12:41-44)
Because you chose to give with your heart.
Don’t be a holiday Christian. Give to and Bless those around you beyond your friends all year-long. What does that look like? It is different for everyone.
The next time you think you are blessed with you favorite shoes on sale at the store in the mall, consider what a child in Africa, India or even in Urban Houston would be blessed with? Or the suffering Veteran, who gave his life up here to fight a war that wasn’t his own, he gave up security, personal safety and time with his family, what would he be blessed with?