Counting your Blessings

Growing up, I was always taught to count my blessings. So I would pretty much go through the same routine everyday. You know, thanking God for my mom, my dad, my siblings, my grandparents, my aunts and uncles, the rest of my amazing family, and honestly whatever I could think of in the moment. A few years ago my grandma gave me a sign that read, “when I count my blessings, I count you twice”. I put it on my shelf and didn’t take it down until I moved out. Today, as I was going through some stuff I brought to college that I haven’t gone through yet, I remembered that sign. I don’t have it with me but looking at my other decor made me think of it. It had me thinking. I have always counted my blessings and I have always thanked God for everything I have. But today I looked around my little dorm room and noticed little things that I had never thanked him for. We are so used to living in this society that we don’t realize how truly blessed we are. I then started praying right then and there. I thanked God for this little dorm room to keep me safe, I thanked God for my shower shoes so I don’t get any funk on my feet, I thanked God for my fan for keeping my cool, I thanked God for my keurig and coffee for keeping me awake on those early mornings, I thanked God for my bed that keeps me cozy, I thanked God for my backpack that carries my schoolwork, I thanked God for this amazing University that I love so much, and I thanked Him for so much more. I went around my entire room and thanked Him for every item I have. ¬†Sometimes we get stuck on the rollercoaster that is life and we forget that everything we have comes from The Great Lord above. Every little thing in our lives is a blessing and counting them all would take years. But its worth a shot right? I mean, considering God took the time to create these things, we can take the time to thank him for them. I am blessed in so many ways and I could not be more thankful. From now on, when I count my blessings, I am counting ALL of them twice!

A new goal of mine is to write down every blessing. When I can’t sleep, I will write down a blessing. When I am having a bad day, I will write down a blessing. No matter what it is. It could be something as silly as my chick-fil-a breakfast on Friday mornings in the student union building! I truly believe we are all so blessed and I believe remembering that God gave us all of this is a great reminder of that. I challenge whoever is reading this, to write down their blessings too! And if you’re interested in sharing.. I would love to hear yours.

xoxo, laurel

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