Blessed are the rejected!

The world’s definition of success, often blurs our view of the blessings which have been bestowed on us. We tend to believe that we are entitled to that which we desire,and fail to recognise – how blessed we already are!

I received a kind reminder from God regarding being and feeling blessed. It is as simple as it is deep. You have everything you need; enough to not feel inferior-no matter the situation!

A few years back I resigned from my teaching position and transitioned from a good life,to a life of great struggle. I learned to recognise everything as a blessing,and witnessed the greatness of God. It was hard to figure out exactly how I managed to survive despite having,virtually,no income. But the one thing I learned very well,was to recognise the hand of God; his love; mercy and provision in all things.I finally understood that whatever God gives us, is not a payment for our good behaviour – it was because of his infinite love for us. The same way we are prepared to give all and everything we have, to someone whom we love – Jesus Christ gave his life for us. Overwhelmingly profound!

Adversity
It is in great adversity that we learn to conceptualise,the depth and width of God’s omnipotence. You recognise that God is the only one who can save the day. In dire moments, even the most clever plan can fail, purely because of the element of humanity embedded in our singular view of our situation. How can there be a blessing in adverse circumstances? It gives you an opportunity to come back stronger,wiser and ready to do better!

Our own idea of what being blessed means clouds our vision and triggers ingratitude. This blindness steals our peace of who we are and what we have;because our eyes are on that,which is destined for another. Our blessings are tailor made,crafted to suit each of us differently!

To be blessed is wonderful but to realise how blessed you are, is priceless!

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This post was inspired by a rejection, which forced me to seek the hidden blessing!

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Happily everafter

I often wonder what I will do the day my children have all flown from the nest. I am planning on sticking to the nest exit age, of eighteen; and might give them a few months  grace!

That might be the most important stage of my life, and requires detailed planning. My track record for productive use of ‘me time’ has been severely tainted by my inability to do something fun when not with my children.

The five things I absolutely have to do:
* Eat ice cream at Nelwa’s Gelato in Tanzania

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* Experience a sunset in Kenya

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* Touch the right hand of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil

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* Conquer the world one-cupcake-at-a-time with my Cupcakenism brand.

More than just a cupcake lover!

*Write a book dedicated to my children to let them know how much I love them!

Triple fold blessings

Everyday is not sunny but that doesn’t mean one has to stop dreaming. So whilst my son is dreaming about becoming a Formula One driver, I fantasize about eating ice cream; uninterrupted!

It is totally worth it to raise my trio, but it will be even greater to look back on a life, lived and loved! I may not hold their or my future in my hands, but the One who holds us reminds me constantly of  ‘… plans to bring about the future you hope for.'(Jeremiah 29:11).

Share your plans for living a life a happily ever after raising your kids.