Posted: June 12, 2013 in Online Bible Study

A very wise friend told me a long time ago that if we get caught trying too hard to fix our own problem we should give-up and remember how God carried us through before.

Funny, so many times I fall into the trap of wanting to solve my own problems. I do not like asking for help, period. I find joy helping others and consistently remind everyone that I’m only a phone call away…yet, why is it so hard for me to simply stop and realize this works the other way too?

I’ve been a part of an AMAZING Online Bible Study sponsored by Proverbs 31 ministries (check out the blog for more info – http://www.melissataylor.com). The current study is on week 10. Each week there are various readings and fun assignments allowing opportunities to connect with other women and readers. Each week we are invited to post an answer to one of the weekly questions. Each week I see this assignment called, “#Blessed” and I go…”Well yea, I know I’m blessed…I’ll choose another topic” and off I go.

well, this has been a hard week for me for so many reasons…reasons so not worth going into on here. BUT let me ask you…have you ever had one of those weeks where you stay SO focused on fixing your problem that you tend to block everything else out? I’ve been trying to pack up the house. Trying to spend time with the boys. Trying to focus on where God may be leading me for the next ministry opportunity. trying to stay paced and focused….yea, sometimes that just doesn’t always happen. Sometimes I feel like I’m trying SO hard I forget God is even there.

I don’t think I’m alone…just saying’

So, this week, I choose to simply stop, in the mist of my chaos and simply admit how stinking BLESSED I am through the amazing gifts God has given me…

– I have a great husband who loves me
– I have three AMAZING boys that love me too…and enjoy taking pictures!
– I have a house…and even though we are moving out, we found a buyer AND we do have a temporary place to live 🙂
– I’m still cancer-free (once you’ve been down that road, you realize how just bold and faith-filled that statement becomes)
– I fully realize and am encouraged about my passion for ministry. I know how God has wired me and can’t wait to see what’s next!
– God has brought some VERY amazing, close friends into my life that I can boldly say I never knew I needed. FUnny how God has you in the right place at the right time.
– We have 2 working vehicles…enough said.
– We still have money in the bank…God truly provides!
– Matthew gets hearing-aids next week…I’m SO excited!!!
– We have so much “stuff” to pack, we need to sell some of it…I found this a blessing in disguise)

I really could go on here but time is keeping it short. I’m learning why they came up with this #blessed list. It really helps me focus on what is important and…well…like I always say friends…

God ain’t done yet!

Stay focused this week…

  1. I love this post! Our God is so good! Your family is absolutely beautiful and you are surely blessed!

    Melissa S OBS Group Leader

  2. Anonymous says:

    I am glad you had a chance to stop and write this Bethany. You bless our OBS group too!
    We love you and are praying for you!
    Mary B. OBS leader- group 44

  3. Sometimes I feel like I am trying so hard I forget God is even there. Bethany, these words spoke to my heart. Thank you for sharing and reminding me of where my focus needs to be. Our God is bigger, our God is greater, our God is higher, praise our God. May you be richly blessed.

  4. shannan says:

    It's amazing when we can stop and count our blessings in the midst of all craziness going on. Thank you for sharing your blessings.

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