Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy—dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8 CSB
I was quite content on my way home from work.
Having been told I would receive a raise the next Monday—although it wasn’t much—I was still grateful for God’s provision. At the time, I lived alone on a meager salary, but God had provided my every need.
I thought back to a year before when I checked my mail. Sale flyer, junk mail, water bill. I opened the water bill, expecting the usual amount of $19.00. Boy, was I wrong. The bill was over $400! I’m sure my blood pressure rose as anxiety overwhelmed my mind and body. How was I going to pay that bill? More importantly, why was it $400 in the first place?
Soon, I found out there was a leak in the water line running to the house. But God was with me. Friends and family appeared to help me dig up and fix the line. The water company also excused half the bill.
One day, I walked into my house and noticed my kitchen table flooded with groceries and other necessities, from cereal to shampoo that my sister had purchased for me so I would not have to worry about the basics. What a wonderful example of selflessness, kindness, and love.
The blessings and miracles of God are everywhere, and, honestly, sometimes they are easy to forget. Whether I am in a difficult situation or things are going my way, I love to look back on all He has done for me and on all the times He was there, even when it didn’t feel as if He was. It doesn’t take long to see God’s fingerprints throughout my life and the footprints of Jesus walking beside me even when I feel alone.
At a quick glance, we can find something demonstrating God’s love, whether through His creation, in His people, or in His Word. Sometimes, it’s easy to dwell on the negative. The bad stuff can take over our thoughts and minds. In times like these, we can cling to God’s Word, reminding us to think on what is lovely and true.
God will always love you and will never leave you.
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Ashley Dutch lives in Crossville, Tennessee, with her husband who owns a pressure cleaning business. Ashley is pursuing a ministry in Christian writing. She and her husband enjoy God’s creation—hiking in the woods, searching for seashells on the beach. The Lord is their true passion, and they enjoy spending time serving Him.
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