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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Counting My Blessings!

Counting My Blessings!

As I see so many friends struggling with cancer, aging, and other issues, I'm finding myself increasingly mindful--and thankful--for my health. Gratitude helps keep my chronic "pains" in perspective! 

When my children were little, we used to write down things we were thankful for, and put them in our Blessing Box. We most often recorded our blessings on holidays. However, sometimes, I'd find messages that had been secretly placed in the box at other times. The blessing box is still in my kitchen, as a reminder to count my blessings. Some of the old notes are still in it. I read them periodically. Needless to say, "I'm thankful for Mommy and Daddy" still warms my heart!

Our Blessing Box. The star is the drawer pull. 

I saw this Do-it-Yourself blessing board project, on a blog, and wanted to share it with y'all! I thought somebody might be inspired to come up with their own way to "count blessings." With different fabric, you could match any decor. The ways this project can be personalized are limitless! This would be a great gift, and it can be made without breaking the bank, especially if you have an old frame you can repurpose!

Click link below for directions on making this Blessing Board

Click for directions for the "Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss" Blessing Board!

I'll close with the lyrics to a hymn from my childhood, "Count Your Blessings," written by Johnson Oatman, Jr. May it inspire you, too. 

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.
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

P.S. I'd love to hear how you and your family count your blessings! Comment or e-mail me!


  1. I love the "Blessing Board!" I would love to make one for our house and one for my mom & dad--and I'm pretty sure I have at least 2 large, unused frames sitting in the closet. Spring Break craft project ahoy!

  2. A blessing box--great idea! I tried the list on the refrigerator, writing on a dry erase board. I wanted my kids to catch on to the idea, but I was the only one who ever wrote on it. I might try that again! It was a great idea, and even if they didn't write on it, they could still see that I was grateful for things every day.

    I also started a list of 1000 gifts, an idea I read about on Ann Voskamp's blog A Holy Experience. I try to add to it every few days. I'm almost to 400.

    Thanks for the reminder to count our blessings!


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