MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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GIFTS FROM THE HEART

I feel so very blessed to have a family who dearly loves me!!! Two of my greatest gifts from God are my children, daughter Natasha and son Stefan. It is not uncommon for them to just come home with something they’ve surprisingly gotten for me. Recently, my daughter gave me a Coach handbag and matching wallet.

Today, my son surprised me with the “Hidden Figures” DVD and book!!! I didn’t even know there was a book! Can’t wait to read it!

I’m not sharing this post to brag about what little I have materially but because I am so thankful for my family and their gifts from the heart. Even if they are something some may consider small (washing the dishes, running errands for me, asking about my day, etc.), I greatly appreciate and cherish it all.

And as always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !

Maxine 🙂

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COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

PRAYERAs I’m getting ready to wind down my day, I wanted to write a brief post about counting our blessings.  My day started out on a pretty good foot.  Later as I was on my way to pick up Mama from dialysis, I was listening to the radio and heard 97.5’s Radio Host Carol Blackmon say something that I had no idea would echo in my head again before the day was over.  What she said was simple yet so profound:  “Count your blessings, not your problems.”  Being the sentimental person that I am, I was deeply touched by her words.

As the afternoon progressed, things started going downhill.  Series after series of problems started occurring, and as a result, my stress level went from 0 to 10.  Anyway, to make a long story short, when I finally got back home around nine o’clock tonight, as I uttered a blessing to thank God for the food I was about to eat, Carol’s words popped into my head.  I briefly went over with God some of the things that had gone wrong throughout the afternoon when I suddenly realized that the end result could have turned out a whole lot worse than it had.  After all, my family and I are still alive, we have everything we need to sustain us in life, and there are so many other people in the world who are suffering far worse than I.

I know now that God had me hear Carol’s words for a reason.  He knew that something was going to happen that would have me so consumed with anxiety that I would need to remember to count my blessings, not my problems.  He always gives us exactly what we need when we need it.  No, He doesn’t always act when and how we want Him to–but as my mama taught her children, “He may not come when you want Him, but He’s always right on time.

And no, I’m still not feeling on top of the world, but no longer do I feel as though I’m down under it.  Tomorrow’s another day, and hopefully, a better day.  But as I’ve learned, I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.  I have enough to deal with already without worrying about what tomorrow and the next day(s) will bring.  So instead of worrying about all the problems that might occur, with God’s help, I’ll handle each problem as it arises.  (Matthew 6:34)

Good night, and as always, this is from my heart to yours!  🙂

Maxine

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(Woman Praying Courtesy Of Office.com Clip Art)