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Count Your Blessings

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Time Flies

2010 just flew away.  With the tick tick of the second hand, a year has ended and a new year has begun.

On this 1st day of January in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, I can’t help but look back on the yesteryear with an attitude of gratitude. I can’t help but hum the refrain of Count Your Blessings (Johnson Oatman, Jr., pub.1897, Copyright: Public Domain)

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.

I have SO MUCH to be thankful for…

Parents who love each other and did their best to provide for and protect us as we grew up, and they are still living, so I am able to draw from their wisdom as I raise my own children.
A husband that not only loves me as I am, but treats me with respect and honor.  He is a good steward of time and talents, as well as our treasure.  He cherishes our family, and shows it.
Two children who are God’s own gift to me.  Watching them as they grow is one of my greatest pleasures, and hearing them say “I Love You” (or “wuvee” in Sister’s case) simply melts my heart.
Pastors that truly care for me as a person, and that stand as outstanding examples of servant leaders.
Siblings that love me, and know how to support one another in crisis.
A home that literally is exactly what I prayed for and envisioned years before it came to be.
In-laws that I not only get along with and like, but also enjoy spending time with.  As an added bonus, though our families have only known each other for seven years, it’s as if they were never strangers.

I could go on… and on… and on… I am humbly grateful for these, and all of the other blessings that the Lord has seen fit to bestow upon my life.  God is good.

I read a few really OLD journal entries, and I have to say, I am also grateful for the things that the Lord has seen fit NOT to bestow upon my life, which I thought I really needed at the time.   Isn’t it funny that hind sight is 20/20?

What are some of the blessings on your list as you name yours one by one?

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.

Comments

  1. Leah Walker says:

    I have so much to be thankful for, and deserve none of it. I want so very much to do better in all aspects of my life in 2011. I want to be a better Christian, mother, wife, daughter, sister, and just all around person. I have let so many things slide lately since I’m so ‘busy.’ One of my big things is that I need to stop telling myself I’m so busy when in reality I have time if I really look at things. Hope your new year brings you nothing but health and happiness.

    • Leah- thanks so much for sharing. I certainly know how “busy” life can be. I am going to try to be a better steward of my time this year.

  2. You certainly do have much to be thankful for! 🙂 I think it is a sign of true spiritual growth when you are able to identify gifts and thank God for them. Being thankful is a spiritual discipline, it does not come naturally – it is grown in us, slowly over time, as we realize that our Father does care for us and wants to give us good things!

    I am thankful for 3 wonderful children, a husband who loves me and with whom I share a wonderful marriage, friends and family I can care for and who care for me in return, and the presence of Jesus in my life and in our home. 🙂

    • Megan- thanks for your encouraging words about gratitude being a spiritual discipline. I hadn’t thought of it like that, but it really does make sense. And yes, our Father does care for us, doesn’t he? Sounds like you have been truly blessed, as well. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Greetings from Wordwise Hymns. It was your quotation from Johnson Oatman’s fine gospel song that caught my attention today, as I posted an article on it this morning. We do indeed have much to thank the Lord for–and I greatly appreciate your positive attitude. God bless.