As we continue looking at our “Plus One” blessings, today’s Scripture reminds us that God blesses us abundantly, even to overflowing! “You have crowned the year with Your bounty, And Your paths drip with fatness.” (Psalm 65:11 NASB 1995) In the World English Bible (WEB) it says, “You crown the year with your bounty. Your carts overflow with abundance.” I like the way the WEB uses the phrase “Your carts overflow with abundance.” It gives the image of a bountiful harvest, so full and so huge that the cart of produce is overflowing! God’s blessings are overwhelming!
God provides blessings upon blessings. There is no end to what He wants to give us. He loves us with an everlasting love, (Jeremiah 31:3) that tells me that His love for us is a blessing also. “And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.” (Ezekiel 34:26 KJV)
The Bible reminds us continually that God has blessings for us. Psalm 84:11 says, “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (ESV) His blessings are contingent on our obedience to Him. He loves to shower us with His abundant blessings. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” (Matthew 7:7 KJV) The idea here is not to ask just once or seek just once or knock just once, but to continually ask, seek, and knock. It isn’t because God is ignoring us or that He’s deaf to our requests, but in continually asking, seeking, and knocking, we are establishing a relationship with Him, and as He grants us those things we request, our faith is made stronger.
We receive from Him abundant blessings and they come one after another. His blessings can be in things that He gives us, and they can also be in not allowing something to happen in our lives. We may want something so desperately, but He knows it would not be good for us. When we look in hindsight and see that the thing we wanted so badly would not have been a good thing, we can give Him praise for the blessing of not allowing it to happen. “A person’s heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9 NIV)
Our hearts are filled to overflowing with gratitude for His goodness and we can say as the Psalmist, “How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.” (Psalm 31:19 NIV) Our “Plus One” blessings can come in all sizes and shapes and multiples!
Donna Knuth Rice
I am trying a blog for the first time in my life, and frankly, I feel like I don't have a clue as to what I'm doing! But, here goes.
I work at a Christian Television network in the Correspondence Department, where I write letters and emails to our viewers, pray with them for their needs, and send materials they request.
I am a Christian. I was saved at the age of 11 during a youth meeting at my church. My pastor led me to the Lord, and to say the least, my life has been an adventure.
I am a widow. My late husband, Allen, passed away after 34 1/2 years of marriage. He had been sick the last seven years of his life, and it was a struggle, for him and for me.
We met as part of a singing group that was affiliated with a Christian Radio station, and we sang together all through our lives together. We both worked in television and radio all through our married life, mostly for Christian stations.
Besides singing I also play flute. I had the luxury of having parents who started out as music teachers...so music was in our house constantly.
Some people describe me as being a loud-mouthed lime type...can't disagree with that. I have a tendency to put my foot in my mouth more times than I can count! I also have a tendency to say exactly what's on my mind...which is why I get myself in so much trouble! LOL! Trust me, that's something me and God have been working on for a very long time.
I have no children here on earth, although I have a baby in heaven. My baby here is my dog Jack. He's a black lab/ chow mix. He's a big boy....thinks he's a lap dog!
Can't think of much else to say. The reason I started this blog is because a few months ago in church, a guest pastor came and delivered a message, and when he asked for those of us who wanted prayer to come forward, I did. When he came to me he asked me if I did any journaling. I told him no 'cause I wasn't very good at it. He told me to start, and prophesied over me that my journal thoughts would impact other people. I wasn't sure just how I was to go about doing this. In fact, I was a little hesitant at first. I started journaling at home, and our assistant pastor's wife asked me to submit something for our Senior newsletter. I didn't the first edition, but something I had heard on Christian radio a long time ago and has stuck with me all these years, came to mind so I submitted an article. That article will be my first post.
I don't claim to have all the answers, and my thoughts may seem a little "out there", but I feel God has been prodding me to do this, and so here I am.
I hope what I post will bring encouragement, and "Something to Think About".
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