Are Your Blessings Stressing You Out?

Our home is surrounded with landscaping.  I didn’t create the landscaping, it was an added benefit to buying the house (or so I thought).  The spring after moving, the weeds began popping up EVERYWHERE.  Two springs later, entropy began to conquer our previously beautiful landscaping.  Let me tell you… I’M NOT ONE WITH THE EARTH AND I’M NOT A “GRANOLA EATER” TYPE PERSON, IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM.  I scream at the sight of bugs…  And worms… Oh, my!!!  I am a Martha at heart (on the inside of the house), but weed pulling (gross… not me).  Yesterday, my husband pulled in the driveway, coming home from work.  He stepped out of his jeep as I’m stressing about the weeds taking up residence in our landscaping.  I’m sweating, dirt ridden, and fully grumpy.  He walked up to me a smile beaming across his face.  He says, “Do you know how blessed we are?”  Ugh… I don’t know about you, but when I am feeling {fully grumpy}, the last thing I want is someone telling me how blessed I am.  He continues, “We have a beautiful home, four wonderful children, a happy marriage, I have my dream job, you are a graduate student, and we live in a beautiful neighborhood.   We have so much to thank God for!”  {Grumpiness replaced with guilt.}  I return his hug and look up at him and say… “Funny, how our blessings can be so stressful!”  

We continued to work on the yard, as I’m thinking… “We really need to hire a landscaper!” {not thinking, but stating out loud to my husband}.  We completed the front yard, the finished product was beautiful and wonderfully rewarding.  We ate dinner as a family and put the kids to bed late (because we were having tremendous fun),  After putting the kids to bed, my husband (Robert) and I walked around the house after a fresh spring rain, we observed our home and felt entirely blessed with God’s goodness. 

Question…. Are your blessings’ stressing you out? 

I’ve been pondering this question all day.  My husband is my best friend, my lover, and soul mate, but at times he stresses me out {hate to break this to you honey!}.  My children are wonderful, funny, cute, adorable, but at times being a mother wears me out.  I’m living in my dream home but the weeds continue to grow, the sinks continue to clog up, the insects still find a way to get in, and the struggles of home ownership persist.  

I have come to the conclusion that all blessings are stressful at times.  Except for one… {God}… God has {NEVER} stressed me out.  I need God… {We all need God}!

If I keep my eyes on God, I will appreciate the blessings in my life, and {guess what}…  The consequence?  A much happier life for me, my husband, my children, and everyone I come in contact with.  God’s love in contagious… infectious!!!  

Friends, let’s focus on the {Giver} of our blessings!  Let’s praise God for the blessings in our life and {maybe} infect the world with His love!!!

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:12


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