Wednesday, July 4, 2012

So Many Gifts

Today's Post is a Re-Run of a post I wrote after Hurricane Irene. It bears repeating after storms left much of the state, including me, without power this week in the largest non-hurricane related power outage in Virginia history. 
Remember your gifts this week.

Today I am without power, internet, phone, cable, and on and on, as a result of Hurricane Irene hitting our area, in Virginia. I spent hours yesterday raking debris out of the yard, and again this morning. The tree man is expected today to come with a crane to take the tree off of our roof, and cut it and haul it away.

Yet, if I really consider it, I have nothing to complain about. A generator hums in the backyard, powering our fridge, lights, stove. We have water. And while the a/c isn't on, a cool breeze is in the air, and while its about 81 degrees in the house, it's not miserable.

My family is safe, we are unharmed in any way. We are inconvenienced. And yet so many of the conveniences that we are missing, are things that other people don't have every day. And yet, we feel the right to complain, we are to be privileged and not inconvenienced.

No. Lord, help me remember how blessed I am. Let me be like the apostle Paul and learn to be content in all circumstance. Let me grow through this, and be more like Jesus.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry whether living in plenty or in want.I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:12-13
Kelly Combs is a Christian wife, mom, writer and speaker. You can learn about Kelly by visiting her website at

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