The Lord has really impressed upon me the importance of giving thanks continually, not just on Thanksgiving. When I think back on all of the blessings I've received so far in my life and not just in 2007, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. I have a job (which I'll be working on Thanksgiving!), a healthy family, a car that cranks every time I turn the key, a house to keep me warm and try to keep clean with little hands and fingerprints on doorknobs and walls, a husband that is complimentary of me even when I'm sporting a big belly...the list goes on and on. When I sit down and put things on paper, the blessings just keep flowing. It reminds me of a hymn we used to sing in church:
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 has 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.
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.
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!
Take some time this week to count your blessings and see what God has done for you!