Every day has great surprise

Every day God sends beautiful gifts just waiting for us to open. Unless we are tuned in, these blessings will go right on by and not be noticed. I only have room for ten suggestions to start with, but there are many more.

Have childlike faith. We can learn a lot from children. Children don’t sweat life, and they certainly don’t sweat the small stuff. Children abandon themselves in life, and their trust is amazing. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14 NIV).

See with your heart. Seeing with the heart is the best sight of all. Aunt Mary lived to be 92. Although legally blind, she still found joy in simple things. She always said, “Others see with their eyes, but with a little sensitivity, some see with their hearts, and that brings many secret surprises.”

Listen with your heart. I believe the Holy Spirit enables us to listen with our hearts … “Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper …” (1 Kings 19:11-12).

Realize love has no boundaries. Love is not based upon performance or “What’s in it for me?” Those special little blessings only come through unselfish love and acceptance without a thought of reciprocation.

Live in the “now” of life. Live in the now and tomorrow will take care of itself. “With God all things are possible” (Mark 10:17). Life and the time to live it are precious gifts from God. Today is the day to begin living. I believe small blessings lead to even greater ones when we live one day at a time trusting in God’s leading.

Look on the bright side. Pessimism blocks God’s wonderful surprises. Jesus has given us everything that pertains to life and godliness. Live life with gusto because the best is yet to be!

Expect the best. Do you pray expecting the best? Do you really believe? When our children requested something from their daddy, they didn’t waver in doubt and unbelief. Their daddy had promised, and they expected the best. Our heavenly father does the same.

Do something for someone else. The blessings you give to others return to you in many ways.

Give yourself away. Be a blessing gift to everyone you meet today. “Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others” (Philippians 2:4 NCV).

Start and end your day with prayer. This not only starts your day right and ends your night right, but also keeps your focus on Jesus. It will enable you to receive and recognize the many surprise blessings God has in store. By the way, God’s telephone number is Jeremiah 33:3.

Think about all the good things that have happened to you and be thankful.

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV).