blog update,  unexpected blessings

Same blog, new look!

I may have changed platforms, but it’s still the same blog! I needed a new look and an updated base, so that I could do more!

I am excited for what my blog will bring in 2014!

With a new look to the blog, I wanted to dive deeper into how the title has grown richer for me since I began this blog almost two years. You can see the original post in reference to the title, here.

But as I thought about why I describe the blessings in my life as ‘unexpected’,  I was reminded of the Parable of the Sower.  You may be familiar with the text, but I’ve posted it below for you to check out.

“That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying:

 ‘A farmer went out to sow his seed.  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred,sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.’”

Matthew 13:1-9,

I thought about the rocky places in my life (events & relationships) where seeds have fallen. I am disheartened, but at the same time, I have hope.  I know God plants seeds in every situation and that I have to trust His timing. Many of the unexpected blessings, which I experience, come despite the rocky places.  This is only possible because God is in charge.

It’s a comfort to me to be reminded that God plants seeds in all situations. Sometimes we think they don’t work out, on our end, but the scatter of seeds, whether on dry land or rich soil, have a purpose.

As I’ve shared unexpected blessings as they have come, each one is a reminder of God’s goodness. Each one is also a reminder of all that is possible if I keep God and his love through Jesus Christ, as my focus in this life.

The picture below is my reminder that “all things are possible with God”, as I continue to share unexpected blessings with you in 2014! I hope that what I share will be a reminder to you of God’s unexpected love and blessing in your own life.

dry soil and growing plant

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