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Blessed by the little things
By Andrew Greenhalgh, Life Group leader, Jubilee Church Wirral
As I sit down to write this blog, I am surrounded by little blessings.
I came into my office this morning to be greeted by a note from my son which would be hugely sweet if it was left for me by my 10-year-old, but was touching beyond measure considering it was left by my 19-year-old.
I have just eaten a mince pie which, no exaggeration, is possibly the nicest mince pie I have ever tasted.
(Confession: I have eaten a lot of mince pies.)
I am listening to fantastic Christmas music on my iPod in the office. This morning I have been accompanied by The Waitresses, Bruce Springsteen, Eurythmics, The Ronettes and many others. Right now, Run DMC are playing!
My wife has just messaged me to say how excited my daughter was at opening her lunch which I made her yesterday afternoon.
A very good friend of mine has messaged with an encouraging message from a guest at this weekend’s youth meeting.
Another good friend saved me a whole load of time by doing something yesterday afternoon.
These are just a smattering of the ways I feel blessed today.
Now if I wanted to, I could list a few things that I am struggling with at the moment. My life is not perfect.
But it’s so important to thank God for the basic stuff. The stuff we could not notice and forget about if we didn’t make an effort.
Being grateful and praising God for the little things as well as the big things isn’t just important, it actually HELPS us. We were made to worship. We don’t feel complete unless we do it.
In Psalm 34, David says this: “I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me: Let us exalt his name together.Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.”
That sounds like a direct invitation from David to me. I don’t know about you, but when David invites me to praise God with him I’m saying yes.
Maybe you’re reading this and thinking: “There’s nothing in my life to be grateful for. Everything’s rubbish and I’m not praising anyone thanks very much.”
I get that. I’ve felt like that plenty of times too. But I know from experience that saying thank you to God for the smallest of things (electricity, running water, a bed to sleep in) is a good way to start feeling a bit brighter.
So here’s a challenge.
Think of something that you can be grateful for today. More than one thing if you’re feeling adventurous.
Then thank God for it.
Andrew Greenhalgh with his wife Julie
Chantal Robertson on the ways we can be ecologically sound while decorating – and save ourselves some money into the bargain too.
Nicki Frodsham says thank you to all the members of Jubilee for all the contributions during 2021, however big or small.
Matt on God’s faithfulness through years of teaching and why, as a Christian of many years, he made the decision to be baptised.
Lucas, Asher, Zach and Josh on why they made the decision to be baptised at Jubilee on Sunday. Not to be missed!
Julie on how she struggles with waiting – but how she has got closer to God while learning to wait.
Chris on knowing the mind of God by growing in His spirit and loving others as He loves us.
Danielle reflects on Dan Morrice’s book Finding the Peacemakers and how we can be the peacemakers in our lives.
Andrew Greenhalgh on relying on God completely and how it completely changed his life.
Michael O’Brien on working for God as a Christian businessman, doing things His way – not the world’s way
Becca Johnson on the meaning of Jesus’ name and the importance of names to God. What does your name mean?
Vernon Martin on worship: Why we should be praying for the gospel to naturally flow from our lips and our actions.
Chantal Robertson on doing what we can to protect our planet without feeling condemned that we’re not doing enough.
Julie Greenhalgh on trusting in the Lord, and being transformed from someone who struggled to make a decision to someone who knew who to ask every time there was one to be made!
Guest blogger Jonathan Kent on the trials and tribulations of the storms we endure – and how we were built for storms!
Andrew Greenhalgh on challenging long-held beliefs and seeing ourselves the way God sees us.
Dave Frodsham on being blessed and knowing God is your comfort and joy and you have real people who care around you.
Nicki Frodsham on running the race with God with endurance – and encouraging others to keep the faith, too.
Dawne Cooper on going through trials, and trusting in God in the darkest times.
Chantal Robertson on being half-French and remembering that God doesn’t make mistakes.
Vernon Martin on the power of the tongue and asking God to heal the scars that words leave on us.
Andrew Greenhalgh on the challenges of living in the world but not taking on its values as our own.
Helen, who admits she doesn’t like blogs, on why it might not be important how you listen to God – but that it is important that you do.
Andrew Greenhalgh on gifts, encouragement and using what God has blessed us with to help others.
Julie Greenhalgh on putting God in the driving seat of our lives – instead of insisting on staying behind the wheel ourselves!