Counting Blessings

23 11 2016

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, Psalm 103:1-2 ESV

We have so much to be thankful for. Counting our blessings is one way to be mindful of God’s goodness to each of us. God’s grace, God’s unmerited favor and love encircle our lives that result in so many blessings. The powerful lens of gratitude is an opportunity to look at our situations with a new revelation on a daily basis. God is great and continues to make a way for us even in the darkest hour and most difficult situations. I remember during testimony service, the Saints would share their thanks for portions of health, life and strength, for having a mind to serve God and the gift of salvation and being filled with the Holy Ghost. The recitation was often repetitive but reflecting on it now, I realize its importance. We can thank God for blessings each day. It is impossible to enumerate them all but taking the time each day to reflect on God’s goodness and giving the Lord praise strengthens our journey. Creating a gratitude journal is a wonderful way of capturing the Lord’s blessings. Writing daily at least three things that you are thankful for establishes a pattern of reflection and our response of gratitude to God’s goodness. God is good. God is worthy. And we are thankful. We bless God’s Holy Name.

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O my soul, bless GOD. From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name!
O my soul, bless GOD, don’t forget a single blessing! Psalm 103:1-2 MSG


16 01 2015

IMG_0160Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,

for I am trusting you.

Show me where to walk,

for I give myself to you.  Psalm 143:8 NLT

We can set the atmosphere for our daily living.  I feel like I am at my best when I take the time to set the stage for my day.  A good start begins with a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord for another day; just taking a few moments before anything else to invite the Holy Spirit into my day.  Taking a brief time of thanksgiving and stillness in God to reflect on His goodness and His power makes all the difference.  My office and my car are places of peace where I listen to uplifting messages or encouraging music.  Inspirational notes and pictures of loved ones adorn my desk that keeps a smile on my face.  They are visual reminders of God’s blessings to me.   Throughout the day, I can keep soft music or something edifying playing in the background.   I want to surround myself with peace and reminders of Him.

I am thankful for this time and this place in my life.  I am thankful for the opportunity to surround my life with reminders of His love, mercy and goodness to me.  I praise God for another day.  I bless His Holy name for a day ahead filled with love, peace and joy that flows from Him.

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.  Psalm 103: 1-2