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Count Your Blessings

Yesterday I woke up with a song on my heart and it just didn't go away...what song? "Count your blessings"

It was exactly 4 a.m. when God woke me with this beautiful reminder...to ALWAYS count my blessings.

4 a.m. may sound a little early for many people however, it is the absolute BEST time of day for me. It's a time when the rest of the world is asleep...no distractions, no interruptions, no obligations...just time alone...with God!

For many years, this has been our pattern.

God uses music to lovingly say to me..."wake up"..."I want to spend some time with you".

When I was a child...still living at home. My mother would always wake me with music...she would walk into my room and sing "Wake up little rosebud....it's time to get up"

I will admit...I wasn't always ready to wake up when she called...in fact, I can remember pulling the blankets up over my head.

But I love waking up early to spend time with God.

And so...at 4 a.m. yesterday, I laid in the dark, praising God and counting my blessings....still the song raced through my head.

I did my morning Bible and prayer time...still the song raced through my head.

I worked in my flower garden, did housework, checked up on family members...and still, the song raced through my head.

The song stayed with me all day long. And so...I praised and counted blessings all day!

What a wonderful day!

Years ago, during one of our family's "talent/lack of talent" shows, that we did each Christmas morning, my dad wrote and acted out a skit about "counting your blessings".

It involved a homeless man going into a restaurant and ordering a bowl of hot water. He then used the ketchup from the table to make tomato soup.

I don't remember the entire skit but I do know that it involved a discussion between the homeless man and a waitress (my niece) who befriended him...and gave him some meatballs and spaghetti.

At the end, the homeless man (my dad) was looking up at the tiled ceiling and listing each of his blessings...using each tile to represent another one of his blessings.

A homeless man...who seemingly had nothing...counting his blessings! A definite learning moment for each of us that morning.

Know that no matter how discouraged or alone or frightened or aggravated you may feel during this "pause in time"...God is ALWAYS on the throne...and we are sooo very BLESSED!

Stop and take time to count your blessings! You will find that...just like the homeless man above...you have a whole lot more to be thankful for than you could ever imagine.

Instead of looking at the things that are bad during this time, look at the things that are good...It will change your perspective forever.

Lately, I have been reading and studying "Wisdom".

This morning's scripture comes from Proverbs 4.

Coincidence? I think not!

1. Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. 2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching. 3 For I too was a son to my father, still tender, and cherished by my mother. 4 Then he taught me, and he said to me, “Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live. 5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them.

Have a blessed day! I have prayed for each of you this morning.

Count your blessings name them one by one, count your blessings see what God has done!

Start counting.....

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