Praise be

Lately friends have been posting about how perspectives, including a friend wrote about battling exhaustion, all while trying to be a good mom. Now she could have left her post as a complaint, but she chose to change her perspective by focusing on the blessings she had in her life. By the time I finished her post, I found myself feeling grateful for similar blessings in my life.

I imagine that Paul felt the same way when he wrote the letter to Ephesus, but his gratitude was for more eternal things. He wasted no time listing the blessings either.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to fellowship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will– to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us (Ephesians 1:3-8b NIV).

That is a pretty impressive list to be grateful for in life. Years ago I was a part of a Bible Study by Beth Moore, Believing God. In it we learned the abbreviated version of this passage and I still find myself reciting it when I need to refocus my view.

“In love, I am blessed, accepted, adopted, chosen, redeemed, and forgiven.”

I would pray this over my sons and my high school girls in the youth group. I wanted everyone I knew to remember who they were through Christ and what they were blessed with because of Christ.

So much of the world’s view is focused on the beautiful outside, but the inside itself could be rotting away. We tend to forget that the world is in need of Jesus as desperately as we once were. His love and grace are enough for us. But we often believe that we need the new things in life, when God wants to give us a new life! We cannot grow as believers when we fill our life with cotton candy. One drop of water and it dissolves into nothing.

Christ said he had come to give us not just a life, but an abundant life (John 10:10). An abundant life comes out of living and celebrating as the Child of God we were created to become. We have been given an opportunity for an intimate life lived with access to the Throne Room of Heaven, forgiveness of our sins because of Christ’s death on the Cross. We can live without shame and the need to pay off that debt. We are called to a life of joy, peace, grace, mercy,love, and a gimme into eternity.

We get all of tat just by asking Christ into our live and our hearts. We don’t have to pay ur way, do good works in hopes of earning our way, we don’t have to do anything. Just ask Him to come into our hearts and lives And He will. And from there we can start writing our our list of gratefulness for all the things He has done in our lives.

I believe this is the attitude from which the Doxology was written. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below, Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Best Beloved. We can mope in this world, there certainly seems to be enough of that though. It’s time to create those attitudes of gratitude. Time to celebrate the ways He has blessed us today. We we focus on the blessing, the change in perspective won’t be far behind.

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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