Count Your Blessings

For many years we have sung the song “Count Your Many Blessings.” This is a very old song, but with a most relevant message for us today.

It seems today as if God blessing us is equated with our personal financial (material) condition.

Having talents, education and abilities to provide financially for our families certainly is a blessing from God. However, if we see our financial independence and ability to earn a living as our only blessing from God, we have really missed the point of the song and the true meaning of God’s blessings toward us.

If we go back to the verse of the song that says, “Name them one by one” and we actually sit down and list all of the ways God has blessed us, we will definitely understand how blessed we are.

What’s on your list, mine surely is not finished or complete. Somehow making a list, writing them down, giving them some thought helps us realize just what a blessed people we are.

With the economic hardships that many people are experiencing today, if we equate God’s blessings with our financial health we will truly miss all the other wonderful ways that God has blessed us.

Think about how God has blessed you, write them down -”Count Your Many Blessings, Name Them One By One.”

Ephesians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ”.

Matthew 6:31 & 33 “Therefore take no thought, saying what shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you“.

–David Coleman

 

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Count Your Blessings

For many years we have sung the song “Count Your Many Blessings.” This is a very old song, but with a most relevant message for us today.

It seems today as if God blessing us is equated with our personal financial (material) condition.

Having talents, education and abilities to provide financially for our families certainly is a blessing from God. However, if we see our financial independence and ability to earn a living as our only blessing from God, we have really missed the point of the song and the true meaning of God’s blessings toward us.

If we go back to the verse of the song that says, “Name them one by one” and we actually sit down and list all of the ways God has blessed us, we will definitely understand how blessed we are.

Salvation                                     Health                             Relationships                           Jobs

Forgiveness                               Spouse                           Homes                                        Food

Prayer                                          Children                          Country                                       Clothing

Spiritual Family                          Grandchildren               Memories                                    Wonders of Nature

What’s on your list, mine surely is not finished or complete. Somehow making a list, writing them down, giving them some thought helps us realize just what a blessed people we are.

With the economic hardships that many people are experiencing today, if we equate God’s blessings with our financial health we will truly miss all the other wonderful ways that God has blessed us.

Think about how God has blessed you, write them down -“Count Your Many Blessings, Name Them One By One.”

Ephesians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ”.

Matthew 6:31 & 33 “Therefore take no thought, saying what shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you“. 

–David Coleman

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Give Thanks Every Day

The history of Thanksgiving Day as we know it was begun by the early settlers that arrived in America around 1620. According to the World Book Encyclopedia, one of the first Thanksgiving observances in America was entirely religious and did not involve feasting. Later, people gave thanks with feasting and prayer for the blessings they had received during the year, it was an occasion to thank God for their plentiful crops.

In 1621, Massachusetts Governor William Bradford declared a Day of Thanksgiving for the purpose of prayer and celebration. Neighboring Indians were invited to the feast, as without their help the settlers would likely have perished. President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November 1863 as “a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father.”

In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is usually a family day celebrated with big dinners and joyous reunions. It is also a time for serious religious refection, worship and prayer.

Thanksgiving Day is clearly not a biblically commanded day of celebration and feasting; however, Thanksgiving Day is certainly based on the biblical principle of being thankful to God for all of the wonderful blessings he has showered down on us. As individual Christians, we can follow the Traditions of our forefathers and enjoy family and friends on this special day, but in response to God’s goodness and his continued blessings let’s express our thankfulness every day for what our “beneficent Father” has done for us, especially the giving of his Son for the forgiveness of our sins!

As Paul said in I Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (ESV).

HAPPY THANKSGIVING 

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