So far, by God's grace

Friday, September 16, 2011

Philippians 4:8, “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (NIV)
  1. I have a husband and a daughter - 2 things I always dreamed of having.
  2. I am living in my own (rented) home. Not depending on my in-laws. There are so many Indian women out there for whom this is the case.
  3. I have a job that I love
  4. My daughter is so smart
  5. My husband loves me
  6. My parents and inlaws are constantly surrounding my family in prayer
  7. I live on a quiet, peaceful lane (very hard to have in Chennai)
  8. I live near the beach
  9. I have friends
  10. I don't have any major life threatening illness
  11. My daughter is healthy
  12. My husband has a job
  13. My husband provides for our family
  14. I have a cook cum nanny who I trust
  15. My bed might be small but it is oh so comfy!
  16. There are people who want to read what I write
  17. I have never starved for food
  18. I can talk to God whenever I want
  19. I have a family heritage I that God is proud of!
  20. God has protected me and brought me this far. I couldn't have done it on my own!
These are just the first 20 things that came to my mind. I'm sure if I were to actually sit down and count them all, there would be far too many to type out. As I was writing this, I was reminded of my grandma - my precious Ammachy. This was one of the songs she loved to sing and she taught it to all her grandkids. I'm sure she drew strength from this song as well.

She was a big town girl brought up in an affluent, influential family who gave up all that she was used to to go with her husband and two little sons to a tiny, famine struck village far away from home. I remember Ammachy's stories of how their first thatched house didn't even have a toilet. Of how she would wait in line at the common well to draw water. Of how biscuits were a rare treat for her children. And I remember her letter to her children before she passed on. She wrote of how blessed she was.

When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings name them one by one
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

Count your blessings,name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God has done.
Count your blessings,name them one by one;
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

Thank you Lord!


  1. A while ago i used to keep a diary of blessings. Every day I'd write about answered prayers and blessings and all that I was thankful for. It was good, coz I had this huge list every single day. I guess we all need these reminders, because we have SO much to be thankful for. We just lose track of them at times.

  2. this used to be my fav sunday school song..i mean i used to sing this at all competitions :)

  3. I've read An Adventure in Faith and much has been said about the support and encouragement your ammachy lent your appachan. I can only imagine what a great lady she must have been. Lovely post........write on Deepa.

  4. @ Primitive Lyric: WoW! That would have been a great exercise! Must be nice to go back and read those!

    @Open Book: Same pinch!

    @Priya: You've read my Appacha's book! And Yes, my Ammachy was a truly great woman. Maybe one day I could write a book on her!

  5. Thank you for this post! In the midst of small everyday problems, there are so many things we forget! And so many blessings we take for granted!