Some Things Which Have Blessed My Life

Some things simply bless your life.

Here are three which have blessed my life in recent years.

Of course, God’s blessings and mercies are new every morning. He is the father of lights and the giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). Therefore, His blessings are myriad in nature. I thank God for such blessings.

Even understanding that God gives many blessings, these three have touched me tremendously.

First, practicing the presence of God. In the 1600s, brother Lawrence practiced God’s presence in every part of his life. This is a totally biblical practice. Jesus told us he would be in us and we in him. The Holy Spirit is present with us now. He will never leave nor forsake us.

To practice the presence of God means I acknowledge Him in every part of my life. When I rise in the morning, I sit down with God to have a cup of coffee. It has blessed my life to acknowledge God’s presence and to know that wherever I am – – in front of the computer, in the automobile, or working quietly in my office – – He is present with me.

Second, reading Scripture and meditating on it. I read through the Bible every year, and I  usually read through the New Testament two times.

It’s not a burden, and I don’t read it to see how far I can get in the shortest time possible.

I read it to hear from God. I spend time thinking about His Word. I want to know what matters to Him so that I can pray about what He wants.

I encourage you to find a reading plan (I would be glad to suggest one if you leave a comment) and begin the process of reading God’s Word for the purpose of meeting God in Scripture. This has blessed my life.

Third, letting God examine my heart. “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts” (Psalm 139:23).

This, frankly, is rather difficult. It’s difficult because you have to be willing to do what God wants to do in your heart.

To let God examine your heart means you ask Him what He wants to change about you. This habit calls for repentance. Repentance is not easy, but it is sweet.

These are blessings in my life. They are all a gift from God. They are free to every believer.

Experience these and be blessed.

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7 Responses

  1. I am so grateful, Waylon, for your daily posts! God blesses me through you. I would be so appreciative if you would suggest to me a reading plan as you offered. God bless you, Julie Johnson

  2. Love your daily posts. Thank you so much for your faithfulness to the Lord. I hear Him through your messages:) I would love a reading plan and would appreciate it if you would send one to me:) Thank you and have an awesome day:)
    Remember that your Struggles always lead to Strength.
    Every difficulty in your life, whether big or small, is something God will use to produce more strength, faith and perseverance in you if you let Him! All your pain has a purpose.
    “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28


  4. Bro Waylon, I also read and look forward to your daily devotions . They are always what I need. I have shared them with my family and friends that are struggling with different issues.
    I would like for you to send me a
    reading plan.
    Thanks for making a difference in my daily walk with God. I want others to see HIM in the way that i live.
    Have a great day.. Carol Ethridge

  5. Bro. Waylon,
    I am certain that you have a better reading plan, but this is one I have developed that works for me.

    I divide the Bible into 5 sections: 1. Genesis-Deuteronomy (187 chapters); 2. Joshua-II Chronicles (216 Ch.); 3. Ezra-Song of Solomon (276 Ch.); 4. Isaiah-Malachi (250 Ch.); and 5. The New Testament (260 Ch.)

    Every day, I read 1 Psalm and 5 Chapters in the current section. Some days I have very little time so I may only read one or two chapters, but then I go back and start where I left off. If I have lots of time, I may complete one section and start another.

    Another couple of things I do: I break up the New Testament, ie. Matthew, then Romans-II Corinthians, then Mark, etc. In the poetry section, when I finish Job I jump to the current Psalm and read five at a time.

    The reason I developed this concept is that some sections of the Bible are difficult or boring (think of the first nine chapters of I Chron. or difficult to follow like some of the sacrifices in Leviticus. This way I always know that there is something new and refreshing around the corner and I stay excited about reading.

  6. I do the same each morning. I fix a cup of coffee, sit and ask God and His Holy Spirit to speak to me as I pray to Him. Afterwards, I read a chapter out of the Old Testament; I’m reading Isaiah now, then I read a chapter out of the New Testament; I’m reading John now. This starts my day off on a positive outlook.

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