“The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.” (Deuteronomy 2:7 NIV)
For the last few months, my family has been in transition. We have been stressed beyond what I would have ever imagined. Due to our relocation, our living quarters have been compressed. My husband and I are sleep deprived from a teething toddler, from children who do not think sleeping through the night makes sense, and from trying to fight the battle of creating our new normal. Last night between taking children back to their beds, I sat on the couch rocking my oldest back to sleep. I considered it a privilege to be able to squeeze in a moment to hold her in my arms, and then the Lord spoke to me.
He said, “You are so blessed.” It was almost as if he gave me a panoramic view of my life and all the things He’s saved me from. He saw us through trying times when we thought we would be taken out; He provided and these events were distant memories until now. I cried. I cried at the fact that during those harsh times, He held me close and helped me not to give up. I cried and placed my face into my hands at the overwhelming thought of just how thankful I am.
I looked around and realized that in my room is a husband who loves me immeasurably, half asleep trying to rock a blessing (our youngest daughter), made so perfect and so unique that only God could create her, back to sleep. I looked down and cried more, looking into the face of my oldest who I know has God’s anointing over her life. I looked at her features and sobbed knowing of all the women who have tried for years and decades to birth, and God gave me two. I don’t take that for granted. I looked around my home and thought about how much “extra” furniture I have and all of the people living in houses or apartments without bed rails, couches, tables or chairs. I cried some more. I once fussed about the area rug I have, but God showed me people whose floors are barely supported by a foundation. I looked at my desk, covered with laptops, one for work and one for school. I was so humbled at the thought of pursuing a degree my grandmother probably never knew existed or having that job I literally dreamed about. I cried.
I thought about my friends. I’ve moved twice, now over 300 miles away, and I still have friends who will come visit me or call and fuss if we haven’t talked in two days. I wept and prayed for God’s favor over their lives. They have never asked me for anything, all they want is my companionship. My parents are both alive and well. I talk to them every day. My family is alright and my health is strong. I cried some more. Some people spend a life time looking for a church. I came from one of the best churches in North Alabama, St. Luke Christian Church, and I felt that I would NEVER find that type of home again. We “stumbled” upon the best church in South Alabama and have been embraced without second glance. I cried and cried and cried; the sense of family and belonging has heightened.
I write this EmpowerMoment for one reason only. My purpose was not to showcase the things that God has blessed me with because, to be honest, if you are like me, those things you take for granted because you are searching for what you think is “better.” I wrote this piece to hopefully prompt you into recognizing how good, faithful, strategic, awesome, loving, caring and great God is. It is so easy to forget that He has blessed us and watched over our journey through the wilderness and that while we were in that wilderness we did not lack, nor starve. I’m humbled.
If I had a billion tongues, I could not verbally express how thankful I am right now. There are some things I want in the future, some things I think I can seek after. But if You decide to stop here, I can truly say, You have blessed me more than I could imagine. I am so humbled at Your grace and mercy. I don’t deserve it, at all. Yet and still, You see fit to bless me. Lord, may You bless the Daughter reading this message, that she sees Your work in her life and that she is able to give You all of the praise for her right now. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to sit back and count your blessings. We can always look for areas in our lives where we “think” we lack or have need. I am guilty of that. But in spite of it all, we are BLESSED, we are BLESSED, we are BLESSED! Just to breathe, laugh, love, and live, we are BLESSED.
What are you thankful for on this BLESSED, beautiful morning?
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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a university administrator. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV) Khalilah also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Her passion is mentoring young women and marriage empowerment. She resides in Orange Beach, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. They are members of New Beginnings Christian Center in Foley, AL.