Count Your Blessings Name Them One By One

How do you count your blessings?” I was asked this by one blog post this morning, so I was lead to ponder. Indeed, how do I count my blessings? Well, I meditate and thank God in prayer for the wonderful life, family, and friends that he has given me on a daily basis and never fail to thank him for the happy surprises he throws my way. While I was about to conclude that I am properly expressing my gratitude to God for all the blessings he showers me with, I then recalled this song called “Count Your Blessings.”

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 hath done.

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

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.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Then, I realized, I should not only be counting and thanking God for all the good things but also thank him for the blessing of trials and hardships. Everything’s a blessing! So count your blessings name them one by one, as the song says.

God’s Blessings are Like The Weather

Have you ever thought of characterizing God’s blessings in the same way that you would describe the weather? Have you ever seen the characteristics these two actually share in common? No? Well, same here. I’ve read a few writings comparing God’s blessing to a river, a waterfall, a garden, a burning fire, and even a radio station. I have never encountered a comparison between God’s blessings and the weather until today, through this post: The Weather of God’s Blessings.

This very inspiring post says: “Like rain or snow God’s blessings come, making our lives fruitful.” Indeed, the blessings we receive from above enrich our lives–helping us grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. However, like rain, there will be times when the blessings we hope to receive don’t come on time. During these times of drought, we must continue to trust God and believe that in His time, we will receive the rain we ask for.

Recognize the Little Blessings in Your Life Today

Yesterday was the Feast of the Epiphany, and as you all know the day is in honor of the Three Wise Men bringing their gifts to Jesus. This morning I read a post on A Catholic Heart for the Home that talked about being grateful for the gifts in your little world. This referred to the little things that you might overlook sometimes, but that really mean a lot to you. I thought it was fantastic that the author was able to take something personal like that away from yesterday being the Feast of the Epiphany. The author Niki lists some really great gifts that she wanted to recognize from her life. It got me thinking that we all definitely have at least three small gifts in our life that we could recognize like Niki did. I felt that sharing this idea was smart, and I hope it helps you to recognize some of the blessings in your life today!

Growing Older: Aging Has Hidden Blessings Along the Way

People typically don’t look forward to aging. In fact to most people birthdays become somewhat of a bummer because of the reminder of how many years they’ve been around. I think people look at it the wrong way though and so does Charlie Palmer of Grand Magazine.

Charlie recently wrote an article “Next Time Someone Tells You Grandparents are Old” that highlights what he loves about growing older. Sure life has its ups and downs, but overall he feels that growing older has allowed him to be more positive.

Maybe we all have it wrong when we don’t look forward to getting older. The best could be yet to come as they say.