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 then one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
LDS Hymn

I love the words to this hymn. When we feel discouraged, frustrated, overwhelmed, weary, tempest-tossed, lost, lonely, misunderstood or any of the other emotions that drag us down, we can get a little pick-me-up by counting our blessings. It doesn't always remove all those other things from our lives, but it helps put them into perspective.

Today I've had to do a little blessing counting, so I thought I'd take note of a few things I'm thankful for. I'm leaving out the obvious ones--my family, the gospel and a comfortable home. I am thankful for those things, but today I tried to think of some of the more obscure things I'm thankful for, things maybe I don't always recognize as blessings.

I'm thankful for a car that almost always starts on the first try.

I'm thankful for a perfect cup of hot cocoa.

I'm thankful for sparkling clean bathrooms.

I'm thankful for books.

I'm thankful for lively and spirited conversation.

I'm thankful for a freshly swept floor.

I'm thankful for prayer.

I'm thankful for Uncle David, for his life, his faith, his example and his sense of humor.

I'm thankful for advances in hair products for curly hair.

I'm thankful for Bare Minerals (once you try it, you'll never go back!)

I'm thankful for all of you who read my blog.

I'm thankful for all of you who leave a comment--even Anonymous, who thinks I'm jealous of Stephenie Meyer. (I don't want to write books like hers, but I might be a teeny, tiny bit jealous of how many she's sold.)


Tawnie J said...

I have to remind myself all the time to look for the good and sadly sometimes, it's hard. Isn't that stupid?!!! But sometimes the bad seems SO BAD, that I struggle to see beyond it. I'm still trying though. Thanks for the reminder.
p.s.....i am jealous of a swept floor and sparkling bathrooms. ahhhh.
I went around my house and took pictures of EVERY room. NOT ONE ROOM WAS UNCLUTTERED. It's really pathetic. Hence.....I am thankful for having the rooms. I love them.

Creator McDonald said...

So, I'm thinking along the same lines, but I have to ask: Does the Mary Kay mineral powder work as good as the Bare mineral stuff? I've been using it, but only tried Bare Minerals once.
I'm jealous of Stephanie Meyers and I've never published a book.

Karey said...

I've never tried the Mary Kay mineral products, but I've tried some of the other brands and they haven't compared. They were a waste of money. I swear by the Bare Minerals and am SO glad to never put on liquid makeup again.

Melissa said...

I have wanted to try Bare Minerals for a little while now ... actually, for a LONG time!

But, I have doubts because I have tried the knock-off brands and they don't work for my face. Well, one brand worked for a few months (thankfully, our wedding fell in the middle of that time span!).

I wonder how good Bare Minerals is, and will probably continue wondering until we get enough money for me to try it.

Unless you know any good deals or coupon codes ... ;)

Karey said...

Melissa, I know it's expensive, but it lasts a really, really long time and you don't have to use nearly as much of it as you do of the knock-off brands.

There's a place in Sandy called Ulta. They sell Bare Minerals and if you get on their mailing list, they send out coupons and specials. I always make sure I buy it with a coupon. I'd get on their mailing list and then you'll know about their deals.