28 Jan 2016

Blessed Beyond Belief

A mere glance at my life will prove that I am blessed. Overwhelmingly blessed. Incredibly blessed, and it surrounds me everyday. In a good cup of tea and a good book, in a smile from another human, in the laptop I'm using right now, in the opportunities and future of my life, in coming back from a run on a cool evening, in having enough so that I am able to give to others, in being able to talk for hours with people I love, in the good, good things I have but don't deserve, in everything.
Yet I find myself complaining. Too often. How can I when the list of what I have could go on forever?

This is a (very) short list of what I have to be thankful for:


My amazing family and the encouragement they are to me.

My friends, who put up with me and stick with me.

The house I live in.

The clothes I wear.

The food that is available to eat, everyday.

That I am able to learn, to educate myself, that I have the resources and the time to do so.

That I have a healthy body. No diseases, no ailments, no disabilities.

That I can be creative and make art or bake a cake or go for a swim or take photos of beautiful things or play tennis or write something for my blog or narrate a novel or experiment or go to the mall or see a friend or have a sleepover or watch the sun go down or eat ice cream or dress up for fun or flop onto my bed after a long day.

Being able to talk to my God and ask Him for the peace I know He gives freely. Being able to rest in Him and know that He's the only one that will always be there. Being able to pray to Him and read His Word.

Words. Just, words in general. Language and communication are such wonderful things.

Music. Oh, music!

Colour. Blues, pinks, greens. Warm hues and cool hues. Making things brighter, more interesting.

Nature. The life and glorious creation all around me takes my breath away again and again.

Always having enough and more.

The rest of my life, however long or short. Having my God right here to lead me through it. I have so many ideas and passions and sort-of-plans, but I'm going to trust Him to take me where He wants me to be. I want to follow Him, in everything I do. And He wants me to follow Him. It's mind blowing to think that the creator of the universe wants me.

Love. I am so unconditionally, undeservedly loved.

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How? How can I complain?

That list is only a fraction of the joy and blessings that have been poured out on me.
That list is something to remember when I find myself complaining or moaning. I'll use it as a wake up call when I find myself doing that. (I tend to doze off often)
That list will be there for me to read so that I can receive it like a slap in my face when I need it most. I am so obviously blessed beyond belief. And I am thankful.


  1. I love this. Thanks for reminding me how blessed I am, too:)

  2. you're such a beautiful person, Tane. ily

  3. Amen. Your joy is spilling out and I'm glad that I get to see it. <3

  4. SQUEE. I'm right there with you, Tane girl, so blessed. Amen, amen. ♥♥

  5. THIS. POST. Is so incredibly beautiful and gAH. IT WAS JUST OINTMENT ON MY HEART. ♥ OINTMENT. How do you do that...like...I needed this. A lot. so thank you. ^.^ And it's really a wonderful thing to think about -- because we have sooo much to be grateful for and when we are noticing our blessings, we are truly living in the moment which is WHAT I WANT TO BE DOING ALL THE TIME. Not focusing on the past or the future, but simply focusing on His hand in mine. :)

    you're brilliant.

  6. THIS IS SO REFRESHING. How beautiful it is to be thankful for the many things we do have even in the the midst of this crazy life.
    i'm so blessed too, my friends, and family and the Lord and the way he has been growing me closer to him. <3

  7. Beautiful post Tane. ♡


  8. Hey there! Love this post!

  9. I love that you wrote this post not even close to Thanksgiving. And yes, it's amazing how blessed we are. Colors stuck out to me in your list. I LOVE THEM.

  10. I am not exaggerating when I say I cried. I am not trying to give you an empty compliment when I say this moved me to tearful, thankful prayer to God. I've been struggling to remember that God loves me with an everlasting love. But this post reminded me. I don't praise you; I praise God that He has sent this post to me when I need it most. But thank you for being a vessel for His love and truth, for serving Him simply by living and sharing your life. "In all your ways acknowledge Him"--surely you have done this; I see the proof in front of me, so "He shall direct your paths" (Proverbs 3:6). God directed you in writing this, because this is exactly what I needed this very moment. So praise be to Him, and may He bless you for allowing His work to be made perfect through you. "But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection...And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him" (Colossians 3:14, 17). You have done this, so you will be blessed.

  11. TANEEE. THE PICTURE ON THE SIDE OF YOUR BLOGGGGGG!!! you is so beautiful k

  12. I tagged you for the Infinity Dreams Award! Please do it! http://maggiesbutterflykisses.blogspot.com/2016/02/i-did-get-officially-tagged-infinity.html

  13. What a sweet post! And you're blog is absolutely lovely, by the way. I love the themes and classiness ;)

  14. I was looking at your older posts. How DO you get so many comments and viewers?! :)

  15. I love this. Especially "always having enough and more" because a lot of us take for granted what we have, and it'd always good to stop and give thanks.

    Little Moon Elephant

  16. This is sooo beautiful. <3 There's sooo much to be overwhelmingly grateful for. I need this reminder every day. We're all given so many wonderful blessings.

    Also, your blog is absolutely beautiful! You have a new follower. :)

  17. We are so blessed by a loving Heavenly Father, yes! <3

    golden halcyon

  18. This was such an amazing post!!!



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