Count Your Blessings

Have you ever read through The Beatitudes in the Message translation?   Last night, I took some time to do this again.  Here it is if you’ve never done this.

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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)

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As many of you know I’m going back down to the Dominican Republic this Saturday on a mission trip.  I’ve begun my mental packing list.  Here are some of the items on my list…

a flashlight for when the power is turned off throughout  the city at night

toilet paper- because most of the time there isn’t any in the bathrooms

earplugs- so I can sleep at night, the roosters don’t care what time it is.

Each year as I prepare, I am reminded how blessed I am and, each year, the blessings continue to unfold as the trip unfolds.  This is just the beginning.

Linking up with Jen today over at Finding Heaven.

 

 

 

15 thoughts on “Count Your Blessings

  1. Kandi

    Eileen,

    Love the new place! The Beatitudes are a beautiful scripture. To gain our life we must first loose it. I know I am blessed, looking at me from the outside, the world would most likely disagree, but I am blessed where it matters.

    have a great trip to the Dominican Republic, may God keep you safe and blessed during your time there.

    Kandi

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  2. Tracy

    Hi Eileen – I’ve never read this version before and its beautiful. think I’m going to get me a copy. Happy packing mental and otherwise. Enjoy it thoroughly and open yourself up to what God has for you.
    God bless
    Tracy

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Wow, thanks, Arny. Back at ya! So thankful for you and so many other beautiful friends I’ve met through blogging. 🙂

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  3. Heidi

    Love these verses in the Message! This one stuck out to me today… ““You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.” Everything just seems to calm and come together when I am in this place of peace. Thanks Eileen, I’m praying for you and your trip ahead!

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Heidi, it’s interesting you should pick THAT one. Initially, that was the only one I was going to share…it stuck out to me too. Then I changed my mind and shared the whole section. I love it all!

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  4. Janet

    I have the Message beside my couch. I’m going to open it up and read the Beatitudes again – and again. Thank you for point this out.

    I will be praying for you on your mission

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  5. Lisa

    I don’t think I have ever read the Beatitudes from The Message, so thank you for sharing. I like the first one – “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.” I want more of God and so much less of me.
    I’ll be praying for this trip, Eileen. Many blessings!

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  6. Jen

    My class last week was about this: “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.” I didn’t use this verse because we were talking about Nehemiah, but what the perfect summation!

    Have a fantastic trip, E!

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  7. Allison

    Never seen this before…I love it! I think I have a copy of the Message around here somewhere. I need to get it out and take a peek…praying for you as you prepare for the trip. I know you’ll be a blessing and be blessed!
    Happy Anniversary 🙂

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