Count Your Blessings

“At the moment I have everything I need – and more!…And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:18,19 (NLT)

I, your Lord, walked the dusty roads of Israel.
Paul was bound in chains!
Remember when Silas and Paul were severely beaten and thrown into prison?
In those days there was no electricity,
no running water,
nor the vast array of groceries you have in your house.
Yet, Paul did not complain!
I want you to thank me for all the blessings of your present life.

As I read the scripture above, I realize Paul was under house arrest. He did not ask to be released and actually felt he had everything he wanted. I want to learn to be more thankful as we are so blessed in this country.

There is an old song “Count Your Blessings” by Johnson Oatman: the last two phrases are

“Count your blessings – name them one by one;
count your blessings – see what God has done.”

1347Stanton by mgstanton
1347Stanton, a photo by mgstanton on Flickr.

When we make thankfulness part of our devotional time, we do see how many answers to prayer God grants. I am thankful for the Lord Jesus who cared enough to come to  earth, for the precious Word of God, for sunshine today, a friend to walk with, the food we eat, an acquaintance who stopped over to visit and so much more. Some friends make lists and count over two thousand blessings God provides!! I usually have three to four answers to prayer or unexpected pleasures for which I am grateful the Lord provided each day.

About Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose is a retired marriage and family therapist and speaks on subjects related to prayer, spirituality, marriage and mental health. She travels throughout North America and one of her favorite subjects is "listening to God" through scripture, sermons and the still, inaudible voice of the Holy Spirit. She writes a weekly devotional called
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2 Responses to Count Your Blessings

  1. Bob Hunter says:

    Yes, Rose, we have a lot to be thankful for.


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