Good Morning! Thinking about Thanksgiving this coming week a few things kept coming into my thoughts. First the words to the song Count Your Blessings. Verse 1 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. Verse 2 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 be singing as the days go by. Verse 3 When you look at others with their land and gold, Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold. Count your many blessings money cannot buy, your reward in heaven nor your home on high. Verse 4 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 journeys end. and the chorus tell us to count your blessings name them one by one, count your blessings see what God has done.

The other thought that came to me that bears repeating are the BE - Attitudes found in Matthew 5. [Mat 5:3-12 NLT] 3 "God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. 6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. 7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. 9 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. 10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 11 "God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

We are such a blessed people with a name that God has given us...Children of God. Give Him the Honor due His wonderful Name and don't forget to count your blessings this week. We could even extend it to count your blessings all year!

God Bless!

Jeff