Monday, November 3, 2008

Counting Your Blessings

I received a really neat little message in church yesterday and I've decided to post it because with everything we are dealing with in the world today, there are some things we need to remember.

"Said one well-known author: "Both abundance and lack of abundance exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend . . . when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present - love, health, family, friends, work, the joy of nature, and personal pursuits that bring us happiness--the wasteland of illusions falls away and we experience heaven on earth.""

It is so easy to focus on the negative things in our lives. Let us all make a conscious effort to look for the positive things that happen and rejoice in them, because we will find ourselves happier as we do so.

In the grand scheme of things, this part of life is so small, but this small moment is the most significant.

Suggested Reading

Book: At the Manger - The Stories of Those Who Were There Author: Peter V. Orullian Publisher: Descant Publishing

The Book
Few events are as celebrated, as transformational, as the birth of Jesus Christ. Modern stories abound of those who have been touched and changed by this blessed event. But what of those who stood at the manger the night Jesus was born? Who were they? What are their stories? At the Manger - The Story of Those Who Were There is a collection of inspirational tales which pose possible answers to these questions.

With moving narrative, At the Manger captures the imagination while lifting the spirit. Through great personal sacrifice, gifts are laid at the foot of the crib and the reciprocal treasures of liberation, peace, and love blossom in the hearts of the givers. Residents of Bethlehem and travelers from Rome alike, stand as witnesses in the stillness of the night to the profound, humble birth.

Learn of the struggles of the carpenter who built the manger, the midwife who helped Mary deliver the child, the origin of the swaddling the wrapped the babe, and other heart-warming stories. Through their own trials, those blessed to be present at the Nativity are woven into a fabric of mutual dependence and ultimate redemption.

I had the opportunity to sign next to Peter back in 2001 and was really impressed by him. He is a great guy and his book is an excellent collection of stores that I guarantee you will completely fall in love with.
At the Manger can be purchased at

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Tristi Pinkston said...

That quote was lovely, Jewel. Thank you for sharing it!

ali said...

What an awesome quote Jewel, I love it. I copied it into my 'favotrite quotes' file, lol.

Heather B. Moore said...

Great quote. This book looks interesting!