Count Your Blessings: A Way To Stay Sane in a Crisis
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done!
When I was much younger, I rolled my eyes every time we sang this hymn at church. To my mind, the lyrics touted a solution far too simplistic for the troubles our family faced.
Even when I did as instructed, life didn’t get better.
My dad was sick and getting sicker. My mom shouldered too much stress as she worked to feed and clothe us. The trend continued after the birth of our son. Five years and seven surgeries into his young life, life was hard and getting harder.
So far as the count your blessings thing went, I told God to count me out.
Then, one day the beginning of Zechariah 4:10 caught my eye: For who has despised the day of small things? (NASB)
If my response to the lyrics of Count Your Blessings was any indication, I had been despising the day of small things for years. Maybe even decades.
Not good. Not good at all.
An attitude change was long overdue, and it was a hard change to make. But as I began to look for small blessings, it was easier to see and delight in them.
And then, along came COVID-19.
The temptation was strong to stop searching for small and good things while living through such a vast pandemic. But for my own mental and spiritual health, I kept looking for and found these 10 tiny and precious treasures.
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Jolene Philo is both parent and daughter of loved ones with special needs and disabilities, as well as a former educator who worked with children for 25 years. She’s written several books about caregiving, special needs parenting, and childhood PTSD, including the recently released Sharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages® for Parents Raising Children with Disabilties, which she co-authored with Dr. Gary Chapman. She speaks internationally about caregiving and parenting children with special needs and blogs at www.DifferentDream.comJolene and her husband live in central Iowa.
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