Monday, August 9, 2010

Balancing Act

We need the balancing act of both blessings and difficulties.

Plum Scrumptious

We can easily forget what blessings we actually have… we take them for granted.  If all of our possessions were taken away, we would certainly look at life with a new perspective, realizing how much we really had…now that it’s gone. The good goes with the bad. Just when we are doing good and blessed with abundance, something difficult is thrown in our path. Why?  Why did this happen to me?... we ask.  It is all part of the evenness that God has chosen for our lives. A balance of stability least we forget Who has given us what we have and Who is carrying us through each rainstorm in life. Make sure you find shelter in the One who calms the storm. ...

When terrible things happen to us it is so easy to get angry at God and say "How could you let this happen to me!?"  Terrible things happen to people all the time. If we look at life through eyes that are not our own and learn to give up the rights we think we deserve, then our response can be pure and blameless. The only thing we’re guaranteed in life is that God will always be here for us. We all remember the old saying "The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away…"  Let us all pray this prayer:

"Dear Lord, next time you take something away from me, instead of me being bitter help me to praise you and be grateful for the time you allowed me to have it. We don't realize how much we have until we don't have it anymore. Thank you for all the many blessings you have showered us with and the many storms you have carried us through…Amen."
Our Finest Moments

God knows the importance of balance; that is, the importance of having both blessings and difficulties. We cannot have one without the other. We should not become too comfortable with what we have, because when we forget that the things we have are a blessing from God and when we start to assume that they are guaranteed possessions, it is quite possible that God will take them away from us in order to teach us that we need both blessings and difficulties, because one without the other is neither.

What I’m likin’ today~

The 3-4 inches of rain we got


Pink painted toes

Photography as art

A date with the hubby

Sharing with the families in the NICU

Lobster and Crab stuffed mushrooms ~swoon


Have a wonderful week...

Do not neglect to do good and to share with others,
 for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Hebrews 13:16

Sources:  Christnotes and Teens4God


Karen said...

Hi Cora so glad you came by to visit. and Im looking forward to becoming Blogging friends.. and learning from each other..
I will be in touch again real soon

Have a blessed day...

Cinner said...

Cora, what a beautiful reminder to us of the good and the bad in our lives, without the bad we would not appreciate the good, and sometimes later what we thought was bad turns out to be something good....sorry I am on a roll...hope you are well. think of you often. the photos are beautiful, as always.

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Thanks, I needed this today!

Char said...

a beautiful message for sure. so very true.

lovin' you loves still.

Holly said...

Good message! Missing you. Cant wait to see you and daddy on the

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

cora...this was wonderful...

life...ever changing

thank you for sharing this today, my friend

you are an inspiration...and a comfort to me


Karen said...

Cora what a wonderful post..
and how true.. sometime we act like spoiled little children of God..
pouting and whining when things dont go our way.. but God knows what is best for us, and what lies ahead.. so if we would learn to trust him more and give up a little bit of the control..and stop stomping our feet and making a scene..we would get along much better,,
thanks for sharing.. wonderful thoughts and encouragement..
Thanks my new friend..
God bless your day

Bev said...

i love this cora, thanks for the reminder...we are here to serve our god, not the other way around. and with that comes blessings and difficulties, as you say..let us always be grateful...

Christina said...

this is filled with such love. i am allowing each word of the prayer to seep into my heart.

swoon over that apple photo and those yummy sounding mushrooms.~ those are my fave!


Thanks for sharing this message. It is through the difficult moments in life that we grow.

Erin Wallace said...

Cora, this is probably the most important lesson that I have learned, and still am learning, in my life. We realize what we had and are more greatful for the things that are in our life. God supplies our needs. This is such an important lesson.

xo Erin

Faith said...

Hi Cora, you do such beautiful photography...what a gift, and perspective you give to us..Thank you. Also, thank's for stopping over at my place...I can only imagine what beautiful picture you would have turned out on this display...I took this in Amish Country, Walnut Creek, last year..can you tell I am not a photographer...? hee to you again soon...I have chores
to do...folding the laundry, vacuming, crocheting...not in any particular order hee hee.....and of course blogging...with my ladies....

Sares said...

Beautiful post Cora! I hope you are having a wonderful week!

Kathleen Grace said...

Cora, your photography is magical! I so agree with you,I'm usually a glass half full person. I try to look at my blessings and what God has given me rather than what I don't have. I sometimes get a little down though and that is usually when I have someone pointing out the good things in my life. Sometimes we need a reminder:>)

Michelle said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the reminder...I am thankful for all my blessings and difficulties.