Summer’s Over! How Did God Take Care of You?

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Hey TD,

For most of us, summer is officially over and a new school year has arrived.  But before you launch head first into the new activities, duties, and happenings of Fall, it would be a great thing for you to review your summer and give thanks to God for many of the specific ways in which He hand-crafted personal blessings for you – both large and small.

Last week, Sandra, Angela, and I walked our dog, Joy, around town and spent the time giving thanks to the Lord for specific ways He blessed us this Summer.  One by one, each taking turns, we were each able to name 25 specific Summer items of thanksgiving.

Now, I must admit, towards the end, the rate of sharing was a little slower than at the beginning, as we had to strain a little bit more to think of our summer thoroughly.  That’s when I realized, here we are, straining a little to think of 25 ways we were blessed this Summer; yet God thought of each of us personally and thoroughly, in our contexts, and hand-picked personalized blessings for each of us – lots and lots more than we even realize … or acknowledge and give thanks for.

Most of you will acknowledge how difficult it is to constantly think of and plan for others’ well being.  And that is what God is doing each and every day.  Amazing, isn’t it?

If God spends the time and energy to do that, I want to encourage you all to take the time to thank Him for it.  Try to personally give Him thanks for at least 25 specific ways He thought of you and blessed you this summer!

Count your blessings, name them one by one

Count your blessings, see what God has done

Count your blessings, name them one by one

Count your many blessings, see what God has done

– Arthur

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