Devotional for Saturday and Sunday April 13-14

Good Morning Everyone,

Our theme for this month: “Laugh Again”

Our Bible verse for today: “Let them give thanks to the Lord for his faithful love and his wondrous works for all humanity.” Psalm 107:31

Our thought for today: “Count your blessings”

Johnson Oatman was a young Christian man who grew up in the 1850s, the son of the best singer in town. Johnson always had a desire to be a musician and singer, or perhaps a preacher, but he wasn’t gifted for any of those things. However as a young adult he discovered that he did have a gift for words, specifically written words, and so he began to write songs for Christians to worship by. Johnson’s gift of writing worship songs was so strong that he averaged 200 songs per year, over 5000 in his lifetime. He wrote such classics as “No, Not One” and “Higher Ground”. But his most popular song, and the one that is still sung frequently in our churches today, was “Count Your Blessings”.

“When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, When your 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.”

Yesterday I wrote about church as your happy place. One of the reasons church tends to be a happy place for so many people is precisely because it is a place of giving thanks and praising God for all He has done. Laughing, joyfulness, and thanksgiving are therapeutic. An upbeat and joyful song of thanksgiving like “Count Your Blessings” lifts your spirit and helps you to remember how blessed you truly are. Come to church this Sunday and praise God for all your blessings. Doing so will lift your spirit and put a song in your heart.

By the way, did you hear about the man who counted his blessings and came to the conclusion that God had not yet blessed him with enough money? So he decided to trick God into giving him more. He said, “God, how long is a million years to you?” God replied, “A million years to me is like a second to you.” Then the man asked, “Well, what is a million dollars like to you?” God said, “To me a million dollars is like a penny to you.” Then the guy asked, “God, can I have one of your pennies?” God smiled and said “Sure, just a second”.

Join us in church this Sunday to thank God for your blessings!

God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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