Thank God for music!
I love music! My best times of devotion are when I listen first to a praise song and sit and meditate on God’s presence before I pick up my Bible or my devotional book. In times of great joy or great sorrow in my life I have often gone to my piano and played a song expressing that joy, that sorrow.
One of my favorite musical groups is Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. This morning listening to one of their songs, “So You Would Know,” once again my mind roamed back to all the times God has been there for me in times of great sorrow or tragedy.
Thank God for help in times of great need!
I have shared in other blogs many of those times God helped!
I’m thankful for those times when God’s presence and help were so needed – and He was there. Those times when I was weak and He carried me. Those nights when he wiped my tears away. Those times when pain racked my body and He sent healing down to me.
When you walked on this problem
Didn’t I step right in on time
When you got weak along life’s journey
My angel carried you
When the pains were racking your body
Didn’t I send a healing down to you
How many days must I be a fence all around you
How many nights must I wipe your tears away
How many storms must I bring you safely through
For you to know just how much I love you
Thank God for the everyday blessings!
However, while I thank God for help in difficult times, sometimes I forget to thank Him for day-to-day blessings, the many things I take for granted.
Didn’t I wake you up this morning
Were you clothed in your right mind
Didn’t I put food on your able
Show UP! when your bills were due
So today I thank God
- that I woke up this morning still in my “right mind.” (And at my age, that is a blessing!)
- that I was able to walk all by myself
- that I was able to see the colorful fall trees
- that I was able to hear as I watched the news and now as I listen to the music
- that I had plenty of food to choose from for breakfast: bagels, cereal, bacon and eggs
- that I had a hot cup of coffee waiting for me fixed by my loving husband (and at our age, to still have my husband alive and well is a blessing!)
- that I have a warm house and warm clothes as these fall days turn colder
- that while I am not rich by any means, all my bills are paid
- that I have clean, running water
And the list could go on and on. Things I just take for granted. Things that a majority of the world does not have.
Today can I get an Amen?
I want to encourage anyone who reads this to take a few minutes to think about all the things God has blessed you with. And recognize how many times we complain about our very blessings.
- We complain about our “busy” schedules instead of thanking God for the children we have or the friends we have that take up so much of our time. That we have a house to clean or a grocery store and money to buy food for our family.
- We complain about the weather instead of thanking God for the air conditioning and heating that makes life so comfortable on those hot or freezing cold days.
- We complain about our jobs instead of thanking God that we have employment (if we are still young enough to work) OR
- We complain about our aches and pains and loss of energy as we age in retirement instead of thanking God that we have lived long enough to be retired.
Thank God for the greatest gift of all!
But the greatest blessing in my life is not that He delivered me from cancer, He strengthened me when my husband died or all the material blessings He has given me. The greatest blessing is that as a young child He helped me to see my need of Him and to understand how much He loves me.
When you were lost in sin and sorrow
I died to set you free
So you would know just how much I love you
Can I get an Amen?
Join with me in praising God today for His blessings – both the BIG ones in times of GREAT need but also the EVERY DAY blessings we take for granted. And as you count your blessings, let it be a reminder of HOW MUCH GOD LOVES YOU!!!