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Count Your Blessings, Not Your Troubles

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Lesli NolenBy Lesli Nolen
November 2009

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. Then Christmas and before you know it, 2010 will be here. I don’t know where the time goes, but it goes by way too fast. And it is usually during this time of year that most people are busier than ever. Holiday shopping, traveling, cooking, cleaning, work—the list goes on and on. But it is ever so important that this year be a year of giving thanks and counting our blessings.

It is sometimes hard to see everything we have to be thankful for when our world shows us only the dark side. The news, the radio, they remind us daily of how horrible our world has become. The economy: Are we or aren’t we in a recession? War: Should we or should we not send more troops? H1N1 Swine Flu: Do we or don’t we get the vaccine? Health care, crime, murder, greed—its all out there and that seems to be all we talk about.

And last November, (wow time does fly) when the majority voted for change, change is what we got. Whether it was for the better or for the worse, our lives changed. But, we can allways find something to be thankful for.

I have so many things to be thankful for. I am blessed beyond measure. I have a wonderful family who loves me very much. I also am blessed by my church family. It hasn’t always been easy at Harris Avenue Baptist Church, but God is working through us and is doing wonderful things. We are very blessed at HABC to have Mr. Randy Bush as our pastor and his wife Sharon with us. They are such a blessing. God is working every day in the lives of our church members. We are growing and spreading the word of God, we have recently started a choir and we are planning a revival. Wow—God is great!

I am also blessed to have such a great job. A job that allows me to also pursue my higher education, a job that allows me to pick up my daughter every day from school and a job that allows me to express my thoughts and opinions to you. Over the past three years here at Ranch I have been truly blessed. Through the years you’ve become my friends, not just my clients. And I am most grateful to my co-workers. It takes a lot to work with me and I’m so blessed to have them in my life.

Be thankful for all the little things in life we take for granted every day. I have my fingers to type this article. I have my eyes to see what I’m doing. I have my legs to get up and do things. I have my ears to hear. I have a roof over my head. I have food in my fridge. I have clean water to drink. I have a hospital to go to if needed. I have a phone to call someone. I have clothes to wear. I have shoes on my feet. I have an education. I have men and women in the military fighting to keep me free. I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture. When we look closely we can find lots to be thankful for.

Society has piled so much on our plate today, as a nation, as a community and as individuals and it will only get more hectic as the holidays near. So I hope you will start today and find something to be thankful for. Don’t wait for a specific time to give thanks; give thanks today. The saying goes, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” Every day is a new day and every day we have is a day to be thankful for.

I encourage you today to start counting your blessings. Don’t wait until you sit down at Thanksgiving dinner to be thankful. And don’t stop counting your blessings after the holidays are over.  Give thanks to our Creator and watch your life be blessed for the better. Our community will be blessed, our nation will blessed.

There is no greater time than now to have God intervene in our life.  Most of our subscribers are of Christian faith—so I urge you to be the light of the world around you. Be thankful this holiday season. Let God’s eyes be your eyes, let God’s ears be your ears, and let God’s words be your words. Count your blessings every day and watch them grow. “Little is Much When God is in it.”

If you would like to share with me how God has blessed your life you can email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . I would love to have the December article full of praises. I look forward to hearing from you and all the ways you are blessed.

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