FOR THURSDAY TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Isaiah 63:7-14
“I’ll make a list of God’s gracious dealings, all the things God has done that need praising, all the generous bounties of God, his great goodness to the family of Israel—
Compassion lavished, love extravagant.” (Isaiah 63:7; The Message)
“Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.”
[written in 1897 by Methodist lay preacher, Johnson Oatman, Jr.]
Ronald Willingham from Amarillo, TX wisely teaches that an attitude of “count your blessings, not your troubles” will change your basic life attitudes from negative to positive. “If we can see our day to day problems and even our longer-range problems against a background of our blessings, our lives can be much happier, and we will be much more constructive in facing our problems.”
Equip your heart for the day ahead by first taking time to acknowledge the blessings of God. I can’t think of a better way to start the day! Then, throughout this day, let us show our gratitude to God, the Giver of all good gifts, by faithfully sharing our blessings with others and obeying God’s call.
Prayer: When my problems seem to overwhelm me, Lord, remembering your blessings helps me to keep my head and heart focused on you. Be my foundation, as I seek to stand firmly on your promise of presence. Amen.