Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Giving Thanks - Count Your Blessings

Giving Thanks I am joining the ~Giving Thanks~ celebration this week. Monday through Thursday we are sharing as we prepare for Thanksgiving. Stop by Kelli's and see what others are up to this week. Or join in the fun by signing onto Mr. Linky and share how you are preparing for this special holiday.

Here are some things you could share:

-What you are thankful for
-Thanksgiving traditions and memories
-Decorating ideas
-Your menu
-Cleaning/Organizing "before" and "after" pictures
-Anything having to do with Thanksgiving!

Today I am sharing the words of a poem, that were put to music, and became a classic hymn.
This special season certainly calls us to pause, to look around us and to count our blessings.

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.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessing - every 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.

Count your blessings - name them one by one;
Count your blessings - see what God has done;
Count your blessings - name them one by one;
Count your many blessings - see what God hath done.

Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1856-1922


Stacey said...

Hi Linda. I love the hymn. Just finished a Beth Moore Bible study. She said in the class to say things out loud instead of just thinking them...seems like it makes all the difference to me. Count your blessings out loud! :)

A Hint of Home said...

You only have to be still for a moment and many blessings will come to mind. Thanks for the post!

Mrs. H. said...

One of my very favorites! How appropriate for Thanksgiving. :-)

Lara Gisela said...

Beautiful hymn Linda. And we do have so many blessings. We should really count them more often.

ceekay said...

Ok, so see what I mean. I love that song. Used to sing it to my kids and put their names in it...I am telling you it would be hard to pick favorites because they are all so great!

Susan in SC said...

This is one of my most favorite hymns! Thank you for reminding us of it today! Now, I will hum it all day long!

Jenn said...

Beautiful, thanks for sharing your thoughts today with us ;-)

Anonymous said...

It's so important to count our blessings and be thankful. Thanks for sharing this hymn with us today. I hope to write a Thanksgiving post this Friday.

Jules said...

Thanks for your comments on my site and thanks for sharing this song! Usually all I can remember is the chorus and I haven't heard it sung in quite sometime.

Susie Homemaker said...

How timely this is...thanks so much for posting this...


Wanita said...

This is one of my favorite hymns. It's a good reminder to always count the many, many blessings I have.

Blessings to you,

Melinda said...

I love this poem, thanks for sharing it!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I have been singing that hymn so much the past few days! I lost my father this past May and I know he would want me to count my blessings instead of my grief, although it's been hard, that song keeps coming to me when I'm feeling down and by the time I'm done with the chorus I do realize how many blessings we have! Wonderful post!