And How Was Your Day?
by Helen Dowd

"Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” Psalm 100:4-5.

Did you get up this morning with a groan in your heart, and words something like this? "Oh no! Not another day of the same old-same old, another drive through the traffic to get to work, another confrontation with the boss...." Or did you jump out of bed, happy to start another day of doing the same thing, but doing it better, more cheerfully? ** "Energize your life by starting each day with gratitude. When you wake up, before you do anything else, stop and count your blessings. Then find something special about each day for which you can be thankful."

In one of Corrie ten Boom's letters from prison, (Corrie ten Boom's "Prison Letters") she has this to say: "A cell consists of 4 stone walls and a closed door. There are 3 little holes through which we secretly talk and exchange little bits of prison gives us the feeling that we are not sitting there completely separated. Then a guard enters.... with a container of cement.... the holes are searched for and found and closed with a dab of concrete. On the way out, our little pencil is snatched away. (The pencil she uses to keep little sketches of her daily life; the pencil she uses to write her letters to her family her only contact with the outside world) The door is closed again and we are locked in even more than before. How greatly a prison deprives people of the most elementary conditions of life..."

Then, later she writes: "I am fine.... I have miraculously adjusted to this lonely life, but I am in communion with God. I speak often with the Savior. I am obtaining a deeper insight into time and eternity and am being prepared for both life and death. To depart and be with Christ is far better. But life with Him here on earth is also attractive."

Can anything that happens to us during the day be quite as bad as what Corrie went through in 1944, while she was in the German concentration camp? Yet she was able to praise the Lord. The doctor, when examining her, remarked: "You are always so cheerful." And she relates in her letter, "I sing inside nearly all day long, and we do have so much to be thankful for an airy cell...." She goes on in her letter saying that she asked God to free her. His reply to her was: "My grace is sufficient for you." (II Corinthians 12:9) No matter what our circumstances are, God's grace is always sufficient. If Corrie could still count her blessings, even when the circumstances could not have been worse, then I think that we should be able to find a few things to be thankful for.

There is an old hymn, which, as a child, was one of my favorites. The second and fourth verses went like this:

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessing, every doubt will fly.
And you will be singing as the days go by.

Count your blessings.
Name them one by one.
Count your blessings.
See what God has done.
Count your many blessings.
Name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

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 journey's end.

Some days I don’t feel well. I could complain because of it, and maybe I do mention it a few of times to my husband. But I shouldn't. I should mention it only to the Lord. And I should count my many blessings. Today I will. I will begin with thanking God for sending His Son, Jesus, to die for me. Next I will thank Him for giving me a comfortable home; a loving husband; pets to keep me busy and entertained; lots of groceries in the house; a peaceful land in which to live; peaceful neighbors all around; a friendly neighboring nation, the United States…I could go on, but the list would be too long.

Now, you make your list. When you have finished you will feel much better. You then will be able to make it through another boring day of work, of school, of being a house wife, of aches and pains of an aging body, of...whatever it is you got out of bed this morning wishing it would go away.

** "There are many good things in your life. It makes sense to fully appreciate and enjoy them. When you do, those positive things will grow even stronger. Begin each day by counting your many blessings. By so doing you'll attract many more."

** Quotes from "The Daily Motivator"

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