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Count Your Blessings

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

"Count Your Blessings" is generally considered to be Oatman's finest hymn. It first appeared in Songs for Young People, compiled and published by Edwin O. Excell in 1897. It has been sung all over the world. One writer has stated, "Like a beam of sunlight it has brightened up the dark places of the earth."

The London Daily, in giving an account of a meeting presided over by Gypsy Smith, reported, "Mr. Smith announced the hymn 'Count Your Blessings.' Said he, 'In South London the men sing it, the boys whistle it, and the women rock their babies to sleep on this hymn.'"

During the great revival in Wales it was one of the hymns sung at every service along with such Welsh favorites as "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah" and "O That Will be Glory". The composer of the music, E. O. Excell, is a well-known name in early gospel hymnody. He was born in Stark County, Ohio, on December 13, 1851. At the age of twenty he became a singing teacher, traveling around the country establishing singing schools. For twenty years he was associated with Sam Jones, a well-known Southern revivalist. Excell was recognized as one of the finest song leaders of his day. In addition to writing and composing more than 2,000 gospel songs as well as publishing about fifty songbooks, he administered a successful music publishing business in Chicago. While assisting Gypsy Smith in an evangelistic campaign in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1921, he was suddenly stricken at the age of seventy and taken home to join the immortal heavenly chorus.


Verse 1
When upon life's billows You are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged Thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings Name them one by one,
And it will surprise you What the Lord hath done.

Chorus:
Count your blessings Name them one by one.
Count your blessings See what God hath done.
Count your blessings Name them one by one.
Count your many blessings See what God hath done.

Verse 2
Are you ever burdened With a load of care,
Does the cross seem heavy You are called to bear.
Count your many blessings Every doubt will fly,
And you will be singing As the days go by.

Verse 3
When you look at others With their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised You His wealth untold.
Count your many blessings Money cannot buy,
Your reward in heaven Nor your home on high.

Verse 4
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.

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ERIN_POSCH 4/17/2014 5:12PM

    thank you

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LINOVER 12/7/2010 8:57PM

    emoticon This was very interesting!

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ANNABELLE1957 12/7/2010 3:11AM

    thank you so much, this is something we all can relate to and need to practice emoticon

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DEDICATED2HIM 12/7/2010 2:49AM

    Thanks Judith, for this interesting info.
Recently, our worship team at church, which tends towards more contemporary worship launched into a lively version of this hymn...and the audience came alive!! Sang with such gusto and foot-stomping enthusiasm they had to sing it all over again when done! Good songs never go out of style...and the Spirit never leaves lyrics such as these....


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Exercises...

Monday, December 06, 2010

I am PTL that my exercise routine went well yesterday, here's hoping my strength training and cardio will go as well today..I'm rejoicing as with my recent flare the exercises were hard to do and as a result I cut the routine down to half, sometimes more than half, yesterday I didn't I followed the whole routine and completed all the exercises...Yay me, Thank you Jesus for helping me to finish!

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ERIN_POSCH 4/17/2014 5:13PM

    awesome and amen

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Precious Gift...

Monday, December 06, 2010

Celebrate this Christmas
The birth of Godís Holy Son
Give praise and thanks
For all that God has done
The miracles at this time
Are all too often hard to see
All of our time is spent
Buying presents for under the tree
Donít forget the reason
Behind this glorious day
Was a babe born in a manger
On that blessed Christmas Day
His life was laid down for us
Christ, he gave us his all
To suffer our sins for us
In hopes that no one would fall
Our sins have been forgiven
All thatís asked is we believe
There are no words to express
The love he has for us
Remember how he suffered
Before he died on the cross
Worship him this Christmas
Fall on bended knee
Lift your voices singing praises
Let him be all you need
Though presents and decorations
Are a lot of fun
Give thanks to God this Christmas
He gave the most precious gift to us,
The life of his only Son

--Stephanie Cherie Burger

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ERIN_POSCH 4/17/2014 5:13PM

    thank you

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BECKYR16 12/6/2010 1:27AM

    Good reminder!

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ELINTY 12/6/2010 12:52AM

  that was beautiful and nice to see some people haven't forgot what the season is about

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Thank you...

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Hello Everyone,

Just a quick up-date on my status, things are getting better, PTL!

My jaw is still pretty painful..

The ongoing symptoms in regards to the nerve pain, low electrolytes, thyroid are improving, PTL, I'm feeling the ongoing Healing Touch of God flowing through my body.. Indeed we serve a Mighty God, He is Jehovah Jireh, my provider and He is Jehovah Rapha, my healer!

Thank you for your ongoing prayer support and for your valued friendship. I am standing with you joining my prayers with yours believing for a miracle that all pain will cease, my thyroid function & all blood work will be restored back to normal to God's Glory!

Have an awesome day in the presence of the Lord...

Psalm 118:24 (New King James Version)

This is the day the LORD has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.

  
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PLAYBLUES22 12/5/2010 12:52PM

    Sweetie, you are worth it , a little prayer never hurt anyone emoticon

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Up-date/Thanks for Support & Friendship

Friday, December 03, 2010

Good Morning my Spark Friend's,

I asked you to pray for me last evening, I shared about a recent flare with TMJ that was giving me some severe jaw pain, about nerve pain and blood work out of sorts etc, I want you to know this morning the pain is less and a little easier to manage, I feel somewhat stronger too, so please keep up the prayer support, PTL for prayer being answered step by step, I'll keep you posted, new Blood work is being done next week...

I want to say a BIG emoticon to all who posted your words of prayer support and all the emoticon Spark Goodies and notes shared, this has been so encouraging knowing my friend's are here for me praying and supporting me.

God's Blessings today and always! I'll keep you posted, and would appreciate your ongoing prayers.

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WCATAP 12/4/2010 9:23AM

    Pray works!!! He Rocks!!!

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    I'm keeping you in my prayers and I know that things will get better.

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PLAYBLUES22 12/3/2010 4:52PM

    Sweetie, have faith will help in the most unusual ways. I will keep you in my prayers

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    You will always in my prayer,just keep believe that prayer changes things, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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