November is a sense-ational month. Every morning the world takes on a new look, sound, smell, or feel.
In my world, gold, orange, and crimson paint the landscape. Now mind you, I have to search for it. 😊 Distant sounds are louder due to the falling leaves. Allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves fill the air. And soft fleece blankets are my new companions.
This month is also a time of harvests, homecomings, and Thanksgiving. A time to spend with family and friends. It is also a time to give thanks for our bountiful blessings whether our baskets are brimming or lacking earthly treasures. The truth is we are blessed if we have Christ.
Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered (Romans 4:7 KJV).
Blessed is a reason to give thanks. Don’t you think?
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s (Psalm 103: 2-5 KJV).
Without giving it much thought, what benefits come to mind when reading Psalm 103? How many can you add after thinking about it?
Why not take a moment and count your blessings as Johnson Oatman Jr. encouraged folks to do in 1897?
Count Your Blessings
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your blessings, see what God hath done; Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
Johnson Oatman Jr. 1897 Public Domain
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