Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving--In Everything

A very Happy Thanksgiving to all of you here in the U.S.! God is so good. I was recently impressed by a speaker mentioning the fact that though our circumstances do not always lend themselves to thanksgiving, we are commanded to give thanks. Not necessarily for everything, but in everything. A very distinct difference.

We sang the hymn, Count Your Blessings, in church last night. I always thought of this song as a list of the wonderful things God had done for the author of the song. Not so. It is a perfect example of giving thanks in the various circumstances that come into our lives. Let's take a look...

Are you in the midst of an emotional battle?

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 hath done.

Or maybe a spiritual one?

  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.

Maybe you are struggling financially?

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high. 

Is your battle within a relationship?

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.

WHATEVER your struggle today, this is the remedy for us all:
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

And, among my blessings, I count you! Thank you for reading and have a very blessed day with family and friends!


  1. Thanks for the reminder to be looking for the blessings, despite the circumstances! I need that right now! :)

  2. Thanks Jenn. I needed to be reminded.