Count Your Blessings

There used to be an old hymn that said, "Count your blessings, name them one by one."  There was another one where we would sing, "Bring in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves,"  I had no idea what a sheave was.

Sheaves are bundles of wheat. People used to gather wheat by tying them into bundles called sheaves. So the term "bringing in the sheaves" means gathering in the harvest. 

Now I thought I understood what count your blessings was supposed to mean. But now I'm not so sure.  

As I sit here in my office I can say I have had a good day.  But I am overwhelmed with everything that I need to address.  Family, Pastoring, Presbyter, Personal Life and Development, Marriage and more!  I caught myself being a little frustrated and resentful of all of this pressure.  But then it dawned on me.  These are blessings in my life.  These blessings are growing and changing.  Some are downright challenging, but nonetheless, they are a blessing.  I wouldn't trade these blessings for anything in the world.  God has blessed my life with them, and they do bring me joy.  

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

What has God blessed you with?  Have you said thank you?  Even for the things that frustrate you? 

PRAY.  Dear Jesus,  Thank You!!! AMEN 

PS, As I was writing this, my wife sent me this pic.  There is another blessing.  

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