Blessing for the Water

Blessing for the Water

by Denise Ouellette

Where does one begin to talk about the blessings of the Lord? They are countless and unfathomable. How does the old song go? Count your blessings, count them one by one, count your many blessings see what God has done!

A blessing:

  • To smell a fragrant flower,
  • To wake to the morning choir of bird songs,
  • To sink your feet into the wet sand, the ocean waves covering your ankles,
  • To hold your new born child,
  • To hold the hand of your elderly father as he passes from this earth,

Blessings, more than material things, more than an emotion, are not an entitlement or a reward. They come from the heart of the Father to His children without limitations, abundant and given freely to everyone who needs them.

Do we see the blessings we are showered with blessings every day? Does our attitude block them from our vision? When we are angry at the traffic, do we miss the blessing of the beautiful day with its sunshine? When we can’t afford that new car are we missing the blessing that our current car has run far longer than any car should or that we don’t have a car payment to worry about? When we are complaining about our job do we see how blessed we are to have the strength to work?

Three important things to remember about God’s blessings:

(1)  You’ve got to look for them. I don’t mean like our children look for their socks, you know, standing in the middle of the room waiting for them to jump out. Consciously look for the small ways God blesses you every day. Did you find a good parking place – blessing. Did you receive an unexpected thank you from your spouse – blessing. Wow, your check book balanced – blessing!

(2)  When you recognize your blessings, acknowledge them and thank God. Gratitude is the catalyst for more blessings.

(3)  Spread the blessing to others. Maybe that cashier needs a smile from you. Maybe your parenting skills can be used to bless a neighbor with babysitting on date night. Constantly look for ways to daily give back of the many blessing you have received.

Finally, teach your children to be grateful for their blessings. A group of women in Africa met for prayer. The eldest asked how life was going and many broke into tears because their children weren’t sleeping. You see, they were going to bed hungry every night. The woman asked what they had in the house. “Only water,” they answered. “Then give thanks to God for the blessing of the water,” she said. They went home and did what she suggested. The next week they came back to report their children now sleeping soundly through the night.

Count Your Blessings
Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1897

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 has done.

Refrain:
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
*Count your many blessings, see what God has done.
[*And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.]

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Count your blessings, countless and unfathomable, from the heart of the Father to His children without limitations, abundant and given freely.

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