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  December 31 Days of Blessings

A series in which I hope to write one blog a day about the blessings that God provides!

  Blogs In Series
December blessings, day 1
John B. Abela+
published . 1 min read
This is the 1st of a 31 part series called “December, 31 Days of Blessings” in which each day for the month of December I will (hopefully) experience something throughout the day, or previous day, that is a blessing to me in some way. Never Give Up: Usually for me the first week of the month is the hardest time financially. But last month I got nailed with yearly-recurring bills I had forgotten about and sucked my bank account dry towards the middle of the month. I had one bill left to pay and there was just no way it was going to get paid on time before the end of the month. Than, out of nowhere, a couple of folks came forward and donated some funds via a couple of my different websites, and it was just enough to pay the bills and buy a couple days of food. I often think about...
December blessings, day 2 - the reassurance of faith.
John B. Abela+
published . 2 min read
This is the 2nd of a 31 part series called “December, 31 Days of Blessings” in which each day for the month of December I will (hopefully) experience something throughout the day, or previous day, that is a blessing to me in some way. The Reassurance of Faith: A number of years ago I bought two paintings by Brian Jekel that have adorned my living room and which continue to bless me each time I take the time to stop and just let them speak to me. One of them is of the story of Jesus walking on the water, as recorded in Matthew 14:22-30, which is also a story that is known as Peter's reassurance of faith. This is a story all of us know well. It is one of the childhood stories that grandma's around the globe teach to young children in Sunday schools. Often times this story...
December blessings, day 3 - everyday sandals
John B. Abela+
published . 3 min read
This is the 3rd of a 31 part series called “December, 31 Days of Blessings” in which each day for the month of December I will (hopefully) experience something throughout the day, or previous day, that is a blessing to me in some way. Everyday Sandals Earlier this year I decided to try wearing sandals for the first time since I was a wee lad and this has been a rather interesting adventure - if you can call wearing sandals an 'adventure.' I started off with a pair from one of the most popular and world-wide known sandal makers and used them for about six months, conditioning my soles to using sandals, letting my feet get use to not being fully covered, and just getting to use the way that sandals are secured versus traditional laces on shoes. Recently I have been...
December blessings, day 4 - the fire of life
John B. Abela+
published . 1 min read
This is the 4th of a multi-part series called “December, 31 Days of Blessings” in which each day for the month of December I will (hopefully) experience something throughout the day, or previous day, that is a blessing to me in some way. The Fire of Life The house where I grew up had a fireplace... I really miss having a fireplace. Every place that I have lived in since the house that I grew up in has not had a fireplace. There is just something about a fireplace during the holiday seasons. Jeremiah 23:29 (NKJV) "Is not My word like a fire?" says the LORD I love this verse. It really speaks to me during the winter season when it starts getting cold outside. It gives me assurances that just as it gets cold outside during the winter and we can start a fire to warm up,...
December blessings, day 6 - trapped like a rat!
John B. Abela+
published . 2 min read
This is the 6th of a 31 part series called “December, 31 Days of Blessings” in which each day for the month of December I will(hopefully)experience something throughout the day, or previous day, that is a blessing to me in some way. Trapped Like A Rat! I live in the middle of one of the two Redwood forests in the world. Here in Northern California the weather is some of the most consistent weather anywhere in the United States. Earlier tonight I got a notification that all of the roads into (and out of) the region had been shut down due to bad weather - in this case, snow. It has snowed three times in the 20 years that I have lived in the Redwoods. Each time I was out of town on business or visiting family. So in many ways I am trapped like a rat, as the saying goes. Psalm 51:7...
December blessings, day 7 - transforming of the heart
John B. Abela+
published . 2 min read
This is the 7th of a multi-part series called “December, 31 Days of Blessings” in which each day for the month of December I will(hopefully)experience something throughout the day, or previous day, that is a blessing to me in some way. Transforming of the Heart Throughout my life there have been very few times when I have allowed entertainment to have an influence on my life. Be it books, movies, music, or the other things that tend to fall into 'entertainment' for me. Probably the only exo-biblical book that has had a direct influnce on me is"The Knowledge of the Holy" by A. W. Tozer. It is the only book that I have read more than once - in fact, I try to read it at least once a year. I firmly believe that if you read a chapter of this book and do not go...