Gratitude 101: Count Your Blessings

Have you counted your blessings lately?  One of the old songs I love to hear in church challenges us to “Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings see what God has done.”  Certainly, my heart is full of gratitude for what the Lord has done, not only in my life but what He has done among His church.  And I am excited about what the Lord is doing now and what He is going to do in the days to come!

When we humble ourselves in prayer and seek unity in the Body of Christ everyone is blessed.  I sense the Lord is blessing many of His people with “Showers of Blessings!”  There will always be those songs of gloom but that is all the more reason for us to be on our knees in prayer.  Remember, “People need the Lord.”  It is important for me to remember the valley experiences in my life when gratitude seemed illusive.  When I encounter someone that is depressed, angry, resentful and sometimes just plain mean to folks, my heart aches for that person.  Somewhere in the past that person has most likely been hurt and has not been able to let go of that hurtful experience.  I am grateful that the Lord has provided for us everything that we need to live victoriously.  If you encounter someone that is not nice to you, I would like to challenge you to pray for that person.  Pray that his or her heart will experience healing.  We need to help and encourage those who are in the valleys.   I have learned that one of the best ways to help others is to pray for them.  As we continue praying, let us encourage one another in the Lord.  Remember, God does not want to withhold any blessing from you!

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