God has an abun­dance of bless­ings in store for you

Woonsocket Call - - BLACKSTONE VALLEY/FAITH - A New You CATHER­INE GALASSO-VIGORITO

A while back, I read the Book of Habakkuk 3 in the Old Tes­ta­ment. There, I learned that most of what the prophet Habakkuk wrote about were mirac­u­lous acts of God from the past. Habakkuk was look­ing back in rev­er­ence to the great things God had done.

He’s re­mem­ber­ing what God did when he res­cued His peo­ple from Egypt; the way in which God over­came the Egyp­tians and parted the Red Sea; and how, at the re­quest of Joshua, “The sun and moon stood still in their habi­ta­tion.” (3:11).

Why was Habakkuk look­ing back at yes­ter­day? Be­cause Habakkuk was liv­ing in dif­fi­cult, un­just times and wanted to re­mem­ber what the majesty of God had done be­fore. He needed en­cour­age­ment, strength and hope for the fu­ture. Habakkuk knew that God was ca­pa­ble of do­ing all things. So, even as Habakkuk viewed the out­ward cir­cum­stances of his present, ad­verse af­flic­tions, he knew all was not lost, for God could in­ter­vene and bring him through tri­umphantly.

More­over, Habakkuk re­solved to be joy­ful, and re­joiced in the Lord, as we see in the song of wor­ship in which he wrote: “Though the fig tree does not bud, and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails, and the fields pro­duce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen, and no cat­tle in the stalls, yet I will re­joice in the Lord, I will be joy­ful in God my Sav­ior.” (Habakkuk 3:17-18).

To­day, let’s look back for a mo­ment and re­call the bless­ings and won­ders God has pro­vided for us. What past dif­fi­cul­ties have in­spired you to new achieve­ments? What ‘bless­ings in dis­guise’ have tran­spired in your life? Pon­der past sit­u­a­tions that turned around for good per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally, and make note of them in a jour­nal for fu­ture ref­er­ence.

In spite of it all, no mat­ter how bleak the prob­a­bil­ity of suc­cess is in what­ever we may face at this time, or when life just doesn’t make sense, if we are go­ing to lead joy­ful and pro­duc­tive lives, we must al­ways keep God in the fore­front of our minds, re­mem­ber the bless­ings He has pro­vided for us in the past, and com­pa­ra­ble to Habakkuk, re­joice in the Lord.

Let us think about how God brought us out of a cir­cum­stance, that we thought would never come out right. Let’s bring to mind the great re­la­tion­ships He has brought into our lives. Let us sum­mon up when we were at the right place at the right time and re­ceived an un­ex­pected bless­ing. And, con­tem­plate how we were kept safe, held back from mak­ing a mis­take, or when some­how, our needs were abun­dantly met.

Re­gard­less of what chal­lenges you are now con­fronting, God is faith­ful. Re­mem­ber, if God sent a mir­a­cle be­fore, and has brought you through dif­fi­cul­ties in the past, He can ac­com­plish it again.

So, daily, let us praise Him for what He has al­ready done, and for all that He will do for our fu­tures. Think the thoughts of God and all through the day, ut­ter prayers of thank­ful­ness and say, “I am grate­ful for Your hand of pro­tec­tion,” “Thank you, God, for the new door that is about to open,” “I praise you for restor­ing my health,” “Thank you for bless­ing my fam­ily,” and “I trust that at the per­fect time, I will ac­com­plish what You’ve called me to do.” And as we gen­uinely ex­press our ap­pre­ci­a­tion, I be­lieve, God will pour out His bless­ings in even greater and amaz­ing ways.

Hence, be filled with hope, en­thu­si­asm and divine ex­pectancy. Speak aloud what you de­sire to come into your life. And dare to dream big, God-sized dreams and then do your best to go out and make them all come true! Don’t stop be­ing ‘you’ or let any­thing hold you back. No as­pi­ra­tion is too big for you to achieve with faith in God, self-re­liance, and hard work.

The Bi­ble says in Eph­e­sians 2:10, “You are God’s master­piece.” You’re some­one spe­cial. You are valu­able, wor­thy, strong, and qual­i­fied. Your life is not an ac­ci­dent or a mis­take. You have ex­tra­or­di­nary gifts, for God has called you to a pur­pose in this world.

There­fore, smile, and carry your­self with con­fi­dence. Hold your head up high and be your best each day. There are many vic­to­ries yet to come for you. God has a won­der­ful plan for your life that’s full of love, joy and suc­cesses.

Ac­cord­ingly, let’s pause, re­call the mir­a­cles, and thank God for what He has pro­vided in the past. “I will re­mem­ber the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will re­mem

ber Your mir­a­cles of long ago.” (Psalm 77:11). Right now, He is work­ing in your midst. Trust God. Pon­der upon the good. Speak faith-filled words. Ex­pect pos­i­tive re­sults and fol­low Him com­pletely. God loves you and His hand is reach­ing up and gently mov­ing you in the di­rec­tion of His divine plan.

One of my fa­vorite songs is ti­tled, “Do It Again.” It’s by song­writ­ers: Christo­pher Brown, Steven Furtick, Mack Brock, and Matthew Redman. It is a pow­er­ful dec­la­ra­tion song that re­minds me of what God can do in our lives. And with joy­ful ex­pec­ta­tion, let’s pon­der upon what He is yet to do in our fu­ture. For if God moved moun­tains for you in the past, He will ‘do it again.’ “I’ve seen You move, come move the moun­tains. And I be­lieve, I’ll see You do it again. You made a way, where there was no way. And I be­lieve, I’ll see You do it again.”

It’s time for sit­u­a­tions to fi­nally come to­gether. This is your sea­son to grasp new God-given op­por­tu­ni­ties. It is your year that goals and dreams will be ac­com­plished. So, live the pur­pose for which God has made you. Get ex­cited about the fu­ture. God has an abun­dance of re­wards and bless­ings in store for you.

Cather­ine Galasso-Vigorito’s na­tion­ally syn­di­cated weekly col­umn, “A New You,” has en­deared her to read­ers across the coun­try for over 15 years. In ad­di­tion, Cather­ine is fea­tured on tele­vi­sion and ra­dio where she in­spires view­ers and lis­ten­ers by of­fer­ing in­spi­ra­tional com­men­tary, home dec­o­rat­ing and en­ter­tain­ing ideas, plus DIY seg­ments. She is the best­selling au­thor of three books: A New You, God Will Do the Rest, and The Open Win­dow. As a de­signer, her gift lines have been fea­tured on QVC and she is a for­mer Miss Con­necti­cut USA.

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