I read Matthew 5 in The Message version today and it penetrated my heart. Timely words I needed to hear. Hope you don't mind if I share it with you.
"You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule."
You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the ONE most dear to you.
You're blessed when you're content with just who you are - no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought.
You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God. He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat.
You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being "care-full" you find yourselves being cared for.
You're blessed when you get your inside world - your heart and your mind - put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That's when you discover who you really are, and your place in God's family.
You're blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God's kingdom."