I Am Blessed

 

(Gen 1:1 through Gen 2:3)  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. {2} Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. {3} And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. {4} God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. {5} God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning--the first day. {6} And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water." {7} So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. {8} God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning--the second day. {9} And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. {10} God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good. {11} Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. {12} The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. {13} And there was evening, and there was morning--the third day. {14} And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, {15} and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. {16} God made two great lights--the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. {17} God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, {18} to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. {19} And there was evening, and there was morning--the fourth day. {20} And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." {21} So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. {22} God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." {23} And there was evening, and there was morning--the fifth day. {24} And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. {25} God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. {26} Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." {27} So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. {28} God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." {29} Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. {30} And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground--everything that has the breath of life in it--I give every green plant for food." And it was so. {31} God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning--the sixth day.

 

(Gen 2:1-3 NIV)  Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. {2} By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. {3} And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

 

Found this online and had to share it. It was called, “Steve’s Statements.”

 

How Blessed We Are

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.

 

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

 

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

 

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

 

If you attend a church meeting, without fear, harassment, arrest, torture or death, You are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

 

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

 

If you can hold someone's hand, hug him or her or touch him or her on the shoulder, you are blessed because you can offer a healing touch.

 

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

 

 

I am blessed for all of those reasons and much more.

*   I am blessed because I know the Father and He knows me.

*   I am blessed because I know Jesus and He knows me.

*   I am blessed because I have received the Holy Spirit, my comforter and protector.

*   I am blessed because I can see a child playing with a puppy.

*   I am blessed because I can hear a baby laugh and a baby cry.

*   I am blessed because I can smell mom’s apple pie and the air when it rains.

*   I am blessed because I can taste mom’s apple pie and the ice cream on it.

*   I am blessed because I can touch a hand and feel the warmth of friendship.

*   I am blessed because I can remember my first day at school and my first car and the day I was married.

*   I am blessed because I have imagination. I can imagine what it would be like to miss the mark and I can imagine the thrill of hearing, “Well done good and faithful servant.”

*   I am blessed to be here today with each of you.

*   I am blessed to sing songs of praise and to make a joyful noise.

*   I am blessed to watch the seasons come and go and come and go.

*   I am blessed that I can help others and that others can help me.

 

Yes I am blessed. So are you. We could go on and on about how blessed we are. But for now I want you to share a blessing or two that you have cherished. It doesn’t have to be well known or miraculous. It’s just something that you have appreciated and knew God was the author. You knew it was not simply circumstance but an actual blessing from God. Something that when you think about it you feel the need to say or think, “Thank you Lord.” Let’s share a bit and then we will share the blessing of a fabulous lunch in the park.

 

Aaronic blessing (Num 6:24-26” and prayer of thanks for the food.