Day 318: 3:33 (November 14)

Last weekend, I had arranged for my mom to take my kids for the weekend.  I knew Chris and I needed the time to relax and reconnect.  Life gets so busy and a marriage relationship takes intentionality.  I was really looking forward to spending time with him at our home resting.  I had no big plans, just being together.  During the night before my mom was to take the kids, I woke up and felt a nudge to check what time it was.  When I looked at my phone the time read, 3:33.  Immediately, I felt God saying, “I am about to really bless you.”  I began praising Him in my mind and singing of His goodness as I fell back to sleep.

That morning, as I was preparing breakfast Chris announced that he wanted to take my off for an overnight trip to Dallas, TX.  I had no idea he was even thinking in this direction.  It felt like such a blessing.  The thrifty side of me immediately began crunching numbers and thinking, “It would be far cheaper to stay at home.”  But because of my 3:33 wake-up call with God, I knew my answer should be yes.  I knew He was trying to bless me, I only needed to let Him.

I spent the days after that 3:33 wake-up call actively looking for ways He wanted to bless me.  It was a delightful exercise.  I have carried that into today.  Even though I had to have an unexpected procedure done yesterday, I have found His blessing in every part of it.  He has blessed me with a husband who truly cares for me and has gone above and beyond to keep family life going like normal during my down-time.  My body is healing and that is also a blessing.  I have a job that I can work from home.  Praise Jesus for that!  Every day and in many different ways, I can see His blessings unfolding over my life.

I used to spend my time worrying about the bad things that could happen, now I am intentionally looking for good.

Won’t you take time today to look for the good in your life?  Take an inventory of large and small blessings that surround your life.  The evidences of His Presence caring for you.  He loves you.  He cares for you.

I will always thank the Lord; I will never stop praising Him.  I will praise Him for what He has done; may all who are oppressed listen and be glad!  Proclaim with me the Lord’s greatness; let us praise His name together!  I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me; He freed me from all my fears.  The oppressed look to Him and are glad; they will never be disappointed.  The helpless call to Him, and He answers; He saves them from all their troubles.  His angel guards those who honor the Lord and rescues them from danger.  Find out for yourself how good the Lord is.  Happy are those who find safety with Him.  Honor the Lord, all His people; those who obey Him have all they need.  Even lions go hungry for lack of food, but those who obey the Lord lack nothing good.  Come, my young friends, and listen to me, and I will teach you to honor the Lord.  Would you like to enjoy life?  Do you want long life and happiness?  Then keep from speaking evil and from telling lies.  Turn away from evil and do good; strive for peace with all your heart.  The Lord watches over the righteous and listens to their cries; but He opposes who do evil, so that when they die, they are soon forgotten.  The righteous call to the Lord, and He listens; He rescues them from all their troubles.  Psalm 34:1-17