Songs of My Soul: Count Your Blessings

Sparky couldn’t handle the excitement and passed out amidst the mess.

We’ve just had a wonderful Christmas holiday. As usual, my children were very blessed (probably a little too blessed, honestly), and my living room still shows the signs of it. I have great children, and they keep swinging by the couch giving us hugs or kisses and saying thank you. They know they’re blessed.

Still, it made me think, though. Sometimes it’s easy to see your blessings, as it was for us when the floor was full of toys, discarded wrapping paper, and cardboard boxes. Other times, it’s not so easy. And that’s when it’s the most important to count your blessings.

In my first novel, Don’t Ask Me to Leave, the main character struggles a lot with that. The novel is based on the story of Ruth and Naomi from the Bible, which means that very early on, the main character loses her husband (and almost her faith). She balks when others point out the blessings that still surround her.

That is how it often happens, isn’t it? “When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost”?

So many of our blessings are easy to ignore or forget. But right now, I am so blessed. I am sitting on a couch, surrounded by family and two very grateful cats inside a warm house while it’s below 20 degrees outside. My refrigerator is full. I live in a country where I am free to express my opinions out loud, online, in just about any way I see fit.

And sometimes, when we think we’re not blessed, it’s because we’re “missing the forest for the trees”.

About thirteen years ago, I was pregnant with our son. To our dismay, it was a high-risk pregnancy, and starting at four months, I started bouncing in and out of the hospital thanks to pre-eclampsia. My husband ended up leaving his job, and for a few days there, we were very worried and stressed.

And then the phone rang.

He had applied for another job months prior (so many months, he’d almost forgotten about the application), and he would start in a few days.

So it ended up that he was off work while I was having my initial hospital stays and diagnosis, and then he started a new job with better insurance, pay, and hours.

Blessings come in many forms, even when you’re not expecting them.

We’re just a few days away from a new year. There’s no telling what it will bring. I’m sure there will be struggles and sorrows, but blessings also abound. I hope that you will be blessed in this new year.

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