Sometimes we can forget what God has done for us. At least I know I have. Do you want to know how to remember what God has done for you?
“Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your blessings, see what God hath done!” are the words of a hymn I used to love to sing. We don’t ever sing it anymore in church, but I can still hum the catchy little tune and remember the joy that goes along with that happy song. The song proceeds to tell us, “And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.” Don’t we love surprises?
“There is so much truth to this; especially on difficult days, when we are down in the dumps and life is just the pits, we need to remember all God has already done for us. He was with us then and He will be with us through whatever mess we are going through now. He hasn’t left us.
What are some ways to remember your blessings?
- Thank God. Pray everyday thanking the blessing Giver.
- Write them down. In a journal, your Bible, a blog, or book write down what you are thankful for.
- Tell others. Share what God has done for you!
- Record a video. For your eyes only, video yourself stating what God has done for you. Make it private on YouTube so you can go back and visit it.
The song says, “Are you ever burdened with a load of care? Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?” We will occasionally find ourselves with what feels like the weight of the world on our shoulders. Maybe we are overwhelmed with grief or sadness, or our work drains us and we hate what we do. Is your boss difficult to deal with every day? What if you haven’t heard from your prodigal child and you are worried about where he or she is? Perhaps you have too many bills and can’t think of a way to bring in more income. Before long, you will no longer be able to rob Peter to pay Paul. You are in debt, the burden is all on you, and Christmas is here again. Has it been a year already?
Sometimes our problems are due to our own choices and mistakes. At other times they are the result of something beyond our control. The cross seems heavy to bear, it did for Jesus, too. It was so heavy that the Roman soldiers called a man out of the crowd to help him carry it. If Jesus needed help during despairing times, so do we. Look around. We believers are supposed to pray and help carry the burdens of those we love. Jesus carried our burdens all the way to the cross at Calvary. There is counseling and help for overwhelming situations. You are not meant to do this all alone. Ask God to lead you. Remember to count your blessings past and present, knowing God’s got this. There is always someone going through something more difficult than you.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 we’re reminded that God allows difficulties in our life to make us stronger, and most of all to draw us close to Him so that we reveal who He is to others:
“ In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
How hard do you think it is to say, “Thanks, God” when your life seems to be falling apart? Very hard, however, if God allows it, then we can rest assured He has a plan to use it. He wants us to know He loves us and is with us always. He will never leave us to handle life’s problems by ourselves.
Why do you think God would say “give thanks”? God’s plans are for good but He will also use the hard times to draw us closer to Him. He wants us to show gratitude for what Jesus did for us on the cross. It’s because of the cross we can give thanks even in the difficult times. If He allows it to happen; He will work it out for good.
It’s amazing how when going through the valleys of life we tend to forget what God has previously done for us, and how later after the trial is over, we can come back and say, “Thank you, God, for helping me.” In those times our faith is deepened and we can share with others God’s provision and protection. Give BIG thanks to our BIG God, for this is His will for us!
I would never have chosen to go through breast cancer when I was 24, but I am so much more thankful for health and life now because of it and try to comfort others going through it. He also taught me many lessons through a divorce, after 23 years of marriage, which I would have never chosen to endure. But you know what? I can now thank Him because it was the most bittersweet time I have ever lived through. Crying out to God day after day for a year and a half led me closer to the foot of the cross and the sweetness of embracing our Lord. For that, I am thankful.
I have story after story I could share of the faithfulness of God and why I choose to give Him thanks, even when I don’t understand.
Today is Thanksgiving Day 2014. What are you going through that you need to give thanks for, even though it’s hard? What is God trying to teach you? I can attest that He is faithful and worthy of our praise. How can I pray for you? Please leave a comment! All people who leave a comment will be entered in a drawing for my book, “Joy Beyond.” Drawing will be held on Cyber Monday!
Remember, “Count your blessings, name them one by one.” One day you too may be thanking Him for His provision or protection during the year 2014.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving and be thankful! Life is fragile and short!
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