Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year because the weather is crisp and beautiful. It’s that lovely transition ending the heat of the summer and anticipating the cold of the winter. It’s that perfect “in between” with the brilliant blue skies and brisk air. These months are my favorite months to go for long walks. My feet pay for this every year…but the rewards are amazingly worth it. I have walked with various friends throughout these weeks, and I have walked many times alone. Both are precious to me.
Walking alone is my favorite time to pray, ponder, and plan all that life has laid out for me. It’s something I do quite often to keep me grounded. When I don’t get enough of this devotional time…I start to crumble. I need it. I must have that precious alone time for myself to center my world and sharpen my focus. Whether you have a little time or a lot, I really believe it is a critical piece to our peace.
So on a walk one day, I decided I was going to identify 100 blessings in my life.
Yes. 100. Blessings.
I often start with some kind of focus on my walks. That helps me use the time productively. Sometimes I pick about 3 or 4 people to pray for. Other times I decide I need to think about blog post ideas, or plan the upcoming week’s events, or listen to an audio book. You get the idea…
For this particular walk, I decided to count my blessings.
100 of them.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8
I ventured through the woods and winding pathways acknowledging more and more blessings in my life. It was so easy to do! I counted on my fingers and came up with a “system” of tens to track them. I found myself praying for so many people and so many circumstances that were attached to many of my blessings. The gratitude bubbled up from my heart as I felt this immense pleasure in embracing praise and thankfulness in the intricate details of my life. I could have walked for hours as the blessings and prayers flooded my heart.
I left the park thinking of how many people could use this kind of focus. It’s so easy to only spotlight the bad stuff isn’t it? The stress at work. The annoying things our kids do. The family issues that pinch our nerves. The sickness or struggles, the exhaustion or troubles all people face. Everyone has them. There are no exceptions.
Maybe you too, need to remind yourself of the blessings in your life? On your way to work? In the shower? Lying in bed at night? Carpooling the kids? Anywhere really.
We don’t need a particular place to count our blessings. You can do it anywhere…
Then may I suggest you make this a habit? A true glorious task of your day? I’m not talking 100 blessings- You might need a good pair of walking shoes for that. Just reflecting on our blessings can strengthen our faith and change our perspective. Some days it isn’t easy. But, there is always something to be grateful for every single day. Matter of fact, I’d bet you could discover 100 if you tried.
And after you spend some time in gratitude…it becomes a beautiful part of your attitude. Your lens deepens and you realize the abundance of blessings surrounding you every day. It works. I’m living proof of that. 🙂
No wonder Paul encouraged us to focus on all that is excellent and worthy of praise.