I Count My Blessings…

As I write these words, people and families in various parts of the town I call home are being evacuated from their residences due to flooding or the imminent threat of flooding. Rivers and streams and gulleys are over their banks across the region. Lakes and reservoirs that had been at the point of going dry due to years of drought are running over their spillways or are within a few feet of doing so. Streets and highways and bridges are closed because they’re inundated with water.

I count my blessings.

I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back, food on my table and the love of God and family. Nothing else is important. We human beings complain about the smallest things and tend to ignore the big picture. We lust after the material world and forget about the simple things. We focus on “me, me, me” and shove the needs of others to the back of our minds.

I count my blessings.

I gripe that I can’t wander in my garden because the ground is too muddy….while a foot of water covers some back yards in my town. I get irritated when my husband comes in out of the rain and drips water all over the kitchen floor….while some folks will have several feet of water inside their homes within the next day or two as rivers rise. I groan when all the television stations are knocked off the air due to lightening or heavy rain….while others will be without the conveniences of home for days or weeks as their property and possessions dry out.

I count my blessings.

The truly important things in life can disappear in a heartbeat. We should never take them for granted.

Psalm 46 says: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. (Psalms 46:1-3, KJV)

Please keep in your thoughts and prayers all of the people who are suffering due to flooding or tornadoes, not just in my North Texas town, but in the entire state of Texas, in Oklahoma and in other areas of the U. S. being afflicted by severe weather.

Bird In Rain

22 thoughts on “I Count My Blessings…

  1. You’re so right–it is always important to remember and be grateful for the good things/events/people in our lives. Wishing North Texas and Central, for that matter, a reprieve from the floods.


    • The worst seems to be behind us for the moment. The rivers have crested and those people who were evacuated from their homes have been allowed back. But with more rain expected I think everyone is still on high alert! I hope things get back to normal in your area — the videos of the water rushing through some of the streets in Austin were just astounding. Take care…


  2. Your rain fall is on the news even here. Texas has had such drought and now this! So sad the way the weather gives and takes. We are facing drought without rain for a month so far. Our area was never know for having no rain.


  3. The weather is nothing but extremes these days. Really makes me wonder. I’m glad to hear you are safe for the time being and your attitude is healthy and focused on your blessings. We really do have so many things to be thankful for. ❤


  4. It’s important to keep things in perspective and know that the rain will eventually subside. While we don’t complain about the rain now it would be nice to save some for August.


  5. I reread the post. It is very touchy and a reminder to me not to compalin about small inconveniences of my life. I hope all will be safe and return to their home soon. Thanks for sharing this.


  6. Thank you for putting what we perceive as disasters into the context of God’s sovereign plan. Your post was a superlative way for me to begin me Memorial Day.


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