Count Your Blessings

There is an old hymn that talks about counting our blessings and how that practice can turn our attitude around.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God has done.

Someone at the Wednesday morning Bible study talked about this topic and it got me thinking that this is a good time to do just that. Think about all the ways that God has blessed your life and the lives of those around you. If you are discouraged or angry you can think about the ways God has poured out grace upon you. You have a place to live, there is food in the cupboard, we have people to talk to today.

There is someone you can call if you need some help.

Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare. Psalm 40:5

When you wonder where to go next or are having trouble making a decision, start to count the ways that God’s Spirit has led you in the past. We have God’s word, the Spirit’s voice within, wise friends and even creation itself to be our guide. Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26

I like to write down some of the blessings of the day before I go to sleep at night. Not worrying about grammar or spelling but just getting thoughts down quickly and easily in a free-flowing manner makes for a peaceful feeling before closing my eyes. I think of people I interacted with that day, insights, laughter, a good story, being outside, a beautiful sight, enjoyable work, something accomplished, an encouraging word.

The blessings are numerous if we stop to count them. Most of all, we thank God for the cross and our wonderful salvation that comes to us as a gift from Jesus Christ, the greatest blessing the world has ever known.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?

Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?

Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly, And you will keep singing as the days go by.

I think of Paul singing in a prison cell, Jesus rejoicing in seeing God’s work accomplished even though he was hungry and without food, the angels rejoicing in the news that a poor family was going to have a baby that would change the world. God is up to some great things. May we have eyes to see and hearts to receive.

Pastor Bob