Today’s blog is quite simple for me. It is the first of the month of November. A time that many begin their Christmas decorating, and often make Thanksgiving an afterthought.
And yet, Jesus and His disciples showed us that the way of the Kingdom is one whose heart is filled with gratitude.
Colossians 3:15 says this, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.”
And the Scriptures could go on and on!
Why do you think we would be encouraged to be thankful? I believe one of the reasons is so that we keep the right perspective. We may have difficulties, but we also have a lot to be thankful for.
Here’s an old hymn, written by Johnson Oatman Jr. called “Count Your Blessings”:
“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 has done.
[Chorus] Count your blessings; Name them one by one. Count your blessings; See what God hath done. Count your blessings; Name them one by one. Count your many blessings; See what God hath done.
Are you ever burdened with a load of care? Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear? Count your many blessings; ev’ry doubt will fly, And you will be singing as the days go by.
When you look at others with their lands and gold, Think that Christ has promised you his wealth untold. Count your many blessings; money cannot buy Your reward in heaven nor your home on high.
So amid the conflict, whether great or small, Do not be discouraged; God is over all. Count your many blessings; angels will attend, Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.”
So, beginning today, I want to encourage you to “count your many blessings” and maybe even post them for this month. You can use this graphic each day and post on social media one thing you are thankful for! Watch what it does for you and for those around you!
I am grateful for the opportunity to be with so many of you at The Deeper Retreat, November 12-13!!! Come join us! Register at: https://www.jenaforehand.com/the-deeper-retreat