Devotional for Monday November 2nd

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Be Thankful”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “I will thank the Lord with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous works. I will rejoice and boast about you; I will sing about your name, Most High.” Psalm 9:1-2 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Count your blessings, name them one by one.”
 
Let me ask you this morning, “Are you a thankful person”? I mean in general, by disposition, do you tend to be a person who focuses on the good rather than the bad, the positive rather than the negative, what you have rather than what you don’t have?
 
It takes a special person to be happy and thankful most of the time. Our human nature tends to lead us in the opposite direction. In my work as a preacher I might get five positive remarks about a sermon, which I will be grateful for, but if there is also one negative remark it’s the negative one that will stick with me and continue to play in my mind. Then, rather than simply being thankful for those five encouraging comments and being upbeat and happy because of them, instead I might find myself a little dejected as I continue to replay the negative.
 
You too? It’s human nature. We tend to allow the negative to have more power over us than the positive. We are often more aware of what we don’t have than we are grateful for what we do have, and we simply do not spend enough time counting our blessings.
 
That being the case, we’re going to spend the month of November counting our blessings and giving thanks. And just to get us started, here’s a verse and chorus from that much-loved hymn “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.
 
In the days and weeks to come I will challenge all of us to think about how richly we have been blessed and how much we have to be thankful for.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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