#Blessed

I love hashtags! Not as much as Jimmy Fallon lol . You can hashtag everything for people to see your post. #’s are made to loop people’s post together in the same theme. So…
If I type in #proudpastorswife, you get this:

If you search for a specific # anything can come up, but you get excited if your post was one that popped up I know I do. This blog is about being blessed, and I can truly say I am blessed. I have an AMAZING family, church, ministry, friends, etc. more importantly I’m blessed to be a part of God’s kingdom! Even if I’m not swimming in money, or have the best of everything, I’m blessed beyond measure. #blessed is me

What does Blessed mean, well here it is….Blessed: Spiritual Joy and Satisfaction that remains regardless of conditions.

This brings me back to Sunday School time when I was little…. The Beattitudes. So here is my little take on them.
“When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat. “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for. “You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family. “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom. “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.”
Matthew‬ ‭5:1-12‬ ‭MSG‬‬
#BlessedByAnActiveGod
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:3‬ ‭MSG‬‬
When we realize we can’t, but God can. Let go Let God! John said ““He must increase, but I must decrease. [He must grow more prominent; I must grow less so.] [Isa. 9:7.]” John‬ ‭3:30‬ ‭AMP‬‬

We are not Superwoman or Superman, but God is an Active God! 
#BlessedByGrace
“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.”
Matthew‬ ‭5:4‬ ‭MSG‬‬
“Blessed and enviably happy [with a happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace] are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted!”
Matthew‬ ‭5:4‬ ‭AMP‬‬
No one likes leaving the comfort of their past, but you have to leave the past to give God complete Lordship over our lives. He wants to embrace us with his love and grace.
#BeYouBeBlessed
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:5‬ ‭MSG‬‬
Every person is unique, I don’t have to be like someone else. I want to be who God wants me to be! When you find who you are in God, you are blessed. Don’t strive to be someone else, Be You.

#BlessedWithGodsUnlimitedRefills

“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭MSG‬‬

When we are hungry, we can satisfy ourselves with different things. When the prodigal son was hungry he satisfied himself with hog scraps, but when we are starving, like the prodigal son we run to the Father.
Fasting is the best feeling, because it’s just you & God. There is always blessings in the “desert”, sometimes we aren’t aware of them. God is a well that never runs dry. Free refills always with God, as long as we hunger & thirst for him.
#DontCrushBeBlessed
“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭ASV‬‬
As my husband Jeff says “mercy is, “having the ability to crush someone, but choosing not to”
I’m thankful for Gods mercy He has shown me, therefore I won’t & shouldn’t crush someone else when they are down.
The MSG says it like this. “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭MSG‬‬

No one is perfect, so we must develop a caring attitude for others, because God cares for you. No judging.
#ClearEyesPureHeartBlessed
“Blessed are those whose hearts are pure. They will see God.”
‭Matthew‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭NIRV‬‬
Regardless of our condition we need to focus on Him. If we lose focus, we could miss our blessing. God wants to bless us! Sometimes our condition blinds us from what God has for us. No matter the condition you are in always be aware of your blessings around you. Don’t let our condition block our blessing.
#BeAPieceBeBlessed
“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.”
Matthew‬ ‭5:9‬ ‭MSG‬‬
In a jigsaw puzzle every piece is made to work together to form a beautiful picture. Have you ever had a similar piece from another puzzle find its way in the wrong box, well when you are down to the last piece, you are excited to finish it, but that one piece will not work. You try rotating it & flipping it, but it won’t cooperate. In Gods family we all need to work together, one fighter can leave the puzzle undone. . In Gods family there is no competition. In the Kingdom of God each one of us is an important piece of the puzzle. Let’s work together as one. Be a peacemaker. Be a piece Be Blessed!
#StayCommittedBeBlessed
“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:10‬ ‭MSG‬‬
Stay committed to God, Dig deep in His word. God doesn’t give up on us, so we can’t give up on Him. We owe Him our full devotion.
#StandFirmBeBlessed
“Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:11-12‬ ‭MSG‬‬
Stand firm in Him! Some people live in a state of hurt, they may not want healed from hurt, therefore they hurt others. That’s all they know. Stand firm in God. He’s got you. He wants to bless you. I’m thankful God turned my hurts into thanksgiving!

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In turn we need to bless Him! He deserves our praise for all the blessings he has given us.
Everywhere I look I see a blessing. On my mountain I am blessed. In the desert I am blessed. In the trials I am blessed. No matter your condition find your blessing. When you don’t see your blessing, stop & catch your breath. Open your eyes & see you are blessed!

When I type #blessed I want to see your/ my face under it!

We need to constantly walk in a blessed state of mind, because God blesses us. Walk in a thankful state of mind also.
I’m thankful for what God has giving me, physically, emotionally & spiritually.

“Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits–”
‭Psalm‬ ‭103:2‬ ‭AMP‬‬
Catch your breath & be Blessed! 
Love,
A Pastor’s Wife Finding Herself

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