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Counting your Blessings


Where were you when Derecho tore through Iowa?


I was typing on my work computer when the sirens blared and the sky turned black. The wind whipped debris past the window and snapped a tree in half. The electricity flickered off, and I wondered how long it would last.


I didn't realize the intensity of the storm until later. Derecho knocked down power lines, uprooted trees, flattened cornfields, and damaged homes. Thankfully, I haven't heard of any deaths or injuries.


Monday was a "normal day" until the storm twisted through our town.


Derecho disrupted people's lives for several days by shutting off electricity, internet, and air conditioners. People scrambled to complete work with no power while juggling yard clean up, preparing food in the dark, and assisting others.


People joined together to remove branches, share generators, provide meals, and help where needed. Everyone stopped and took inventory.


Isn't this how life is?


We rush along until something happens and requires us to stop. Then we realize we took a lot of things for granted.


But what if, we started every day with a thankful heart and concentrated on our blessings.


Family, friends, freedom, faith, health, a home, clean water, electricity, transportation, food, clothing, etc...


"In a society that has you counting money, lbs, calories and steps, be a rebel and count your blessings instead." by Linda Young


Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation.


Psalm 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.


Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Psalm 105:1 Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!


As we return to normal after the storm, may we take time to count out blessings every day.

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