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Sundown Devotional: Looking Back and Counting Blessings

MsDora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Year end is a good time to look back at our blessings.

Year end is a good time to look back at our blessings.

The Devotional

You crown the year with your good blessings.
Psalm 65:11 (NET)

The little girl knew that her mother was putting away the groceries. When her mother left the kitchen, she peeped into the pantry to see what was new. After glancing over each shelf, she expressed in disgust, “She didn’t buy anything!” Translation? “I will not acknowledge these food products, because I do not see the one thing I want―my little bag of potato chips.”

As we close out the year, will we pine over an unanswered prayer or will we recall the many blessings for which we did not even ask? Will we remain disgruntled over one person who withdrew from our friendship or blow kisses at these who keep cheering us on? Will we count what we lost, or what we still have?

Psalm 65 is a song suggesting a scene in which God provided for the people every day, of every month, of every season, for the whole year. Barnes’ Notes would have us personalize the year “as a beautiful female, perhaps, walking forward with a diadem on her brow.” The writer visualizes that on the head of this woman built from God’s goodness, He placed an additional crown of blessing.

This story of abundant blessings throughout the year is true for all of us. Along with the generic blessings like sunshine and rain, we received customized blessings: the item we needed but could not afford until we bumped into the one-day sale; the compassion we developed for the same individual who previously evoked our anger. We prospered in several ways, at different times. If we did not take time to count our blessings daily during the passing year, let us develop the habit of recognizing at least one blessing every day, in the coming year.

With the potato chips hidden in the pantry from the little girl’s view, her appetite for her dinner increased. Just so, the blessings which passed by us unnoticed, will increase our sense of appreciation for God’s goodness when we recognize them in retrospect. Let’s look back and count them. We will realize what a blessed year we have had.

Prayer: Bountiful Jehovah, we approach the end of another year with hearts full of love and gratitude for all the blessings we received, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

The thankful heart will find ... some heavenly blessings.

The thankful heart will find ... some heavenly blessings.

Ten Positive Perspectives on Blessings

  1. “Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.” ― Og Mandino
  2. “Count your blessings, not your problems. Count your own blessings, not someone else's. Remember that jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.” ― Roy T. Bennett
  3. “Reflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” ― Charles Dickens
  4. “My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
  5. “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise” ― Oscar Wilde
  6. “The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” ― Henry Ward Beecher
  7. “The most significant gifts are the ones most easily overlooked. Small, everyday blessings: woods, health, music, laughter, memories, books, family, friends, second chances, warm fireplaces, and all the footprints scattered throughout our days.” ― Sue Monk Kidd
  8. “Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now.” ― A.W. Tozer
  9. “Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks.” ― Thomas Goodwin
  10. “Lord, make me a blessing to someone today.” ― Jan Karon
Count your blessings.

Count your blessings.

Life During the Passing Year

© 2019 Dora Weithers

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