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Deuteronomy 28

Blessings on Obedience

1 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:
3 “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
4 “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
5 “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
6 “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
7 “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
8 “The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
9 “The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways. 10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you. 11 And the LORD will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you. 12 The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. 14 So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

The Most Important Things Aren’t Things…

Last night, my husband and I attended a community Thanksgiving service.  The message was taken from the Scripture quoted above.  The minister reminded us that while our tangible blessings are enough to be thankful for, we have so many more intangible blessings from God as we grow in our relationship with Him and service for Him.


This may seem a little obvious and not very practical, but hang in there with me…

Do you have moments when you feel frustrated?  Overwhelmed?  Hopeless?  Tired of all the stress and drama?  Count your blessings.

Thankfulness takes our minds off of our problems and focuses them on God, who deserves our attention and praise.

Thankfulness brings contentment, which is different from happiness.  Happiness depends on your feelings in a circumstance.  Contentment depends on focusing on God’s perspective of the circumstance.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

A thankful life is an obedient life.

An obedient life is a blessed life.

A blessed life is a thankful life.

And so God created it to be.

Blessings to you and yours during this Thanksgiving week.  I thank God for each and every person who takes the time to read what I write.   And I thank God for giving me this assignment – to minister comfort, wisdom, and encouragement to fellow Christians through His power and His Word.