Are you a list maker? I used to be. Now I dictate my lists on my cellphone.
We make lists of many things. Groceries, What to pack for vacation, Errands to run,
Chores, Christmas gift and card list, (one of my favorites!) Bible Verses to memorize, Ideas for stories to write, Ways to introduce Bible lessons in a memorable way… the list of lists could go on forever! Have you ever listed or counted your blessings?
“I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
Several years ago, I had major surgery and was in a lot of pain when they wheeled me back to my room. John was there with Mom and Dad. I remember Mom saying, “That’s not my Kathy, she’s not smiling; my Kathy always smiles. And then John leaned over the side rail and said, “Sing Count Your Blessings!” It wasn’t easy but I softly sang. This surgery had meant that there would never be a miracle baby for us. But I knew God had a plan and I trusted Him. Of course, John and my family were among the first blessings on my mental list, and of course, knowing that the Lord is always with me is always at the top.
Timberlake Baptist Church and our brothers and sisters in Christ were huge blessings to both of us. The following day I had some visitors. There were flowers and cards from our Fourth Grade Sunday School Class. One precious little girl drew a picture and message so sweet – it is now among my treasures. My doctor was blessed by that little treasure too. Every child I have ever taught and cared for are all on my list of blessings. Too many to count! When I count those special blessings, I pray for each one as the Lord brings them to mind.
What about you? Are you having a dark storm in your life? Go to the One who created you. The One who gave His life for you and arose that you may have eternal life. He came that you might have life more abundantly. So dear friend, as you go before the Throne of grace in prayer, remember to count your blessings. In doing so, you are acknowledging His hand in your life and it is a way to delight in Him. You may be surprised to see what the Lord has done for you!
Click on the link below and sing along with me as I sing along with George Beverly Shea. Don’t forget to Count your Blessings!
Count Your Blessings
(Johnson Oatman, Jr. ~ Edwin O. Excell)
“When upon lifes 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;
Count your many blessings – see what God hath done.”
Kathy, to be able to sing that song, and mean it, as I know you do, in the midst of those emotions and physical pain you were about to endure is a true testimony of your faith and God’s glory. Thank you for sharing this with us. Blessings from SC!
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Thank you, Cathy. Only by His grace.