Count Your Blessings
by Dr. Charles R. Swindoll
Sometimes when you don't feel like praying, or you're consumed with needing to speak to the Lord but can't gather the words, try that old standby-count your many blessings, count them one by one.
It's amazing how you can get carried away from worries and woes and self concern when you start naming out loud what you're thankful for. Right away your focus shifts from your needs to the Father's graciousness and love. Try this:
LOOK UP . . . thank You, Lord . . .
for Your sovereign control over our circumstances
for Your holy character in spite of our sinfulness
for Your Word that gives us direction
for Your grace that removes our guilt
LOOK AROUND . . . thank You, Lord . . .
for our wonderful country
for close family ties
for an opportunity to help others
for a place to live, clothes to wear, food to eat
LOOK WITHIN . . . thank You, Lord . . .
for eyes that see the beauty of Your creation
for minds that are curious, creative, and competent
for memories of pleasures and recent accomplishments
for broken dreams and lingering afflictions that humble us
for a sense of humor that brings healing and hope
He is worthy of our highest praise and gratitude. To Him goes all the glory.
If you can't pray, make a personalized list of blessings.
Reprinted by permission. Day by Day with Charles Swindoll, Charles R. Swindoll, copyright © 2007, W Publishing, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, 174. All rights reserved worldwide.