What the Editor is Thinking

YOU AND YOUR “SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS”By Floyd Allen, Editor, GOD’S GOOD NEWS GAZETTE

If you are forty or less, you may not remember the old Hymn that talks about “Showers of Blessings.” As a result, I am going to include part of it here for you:

There Shall Be Showers of Blessing  Major Daniel Webster Whittle

There shall be showers of blessing
This is the promise of love
There shall be seasons, refreshing
Sent from the Saviour above

Showers of blessing
Showers of blessing we need
Mercy drops ’round us are falling
But for the showers we plead

What you also might not be familiar with is the Scripture that the song is based on:

Ezekiel 34:26“And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.”

If you are like me, you realize what a great promise this Scripture represents, and is presented to us in this song! Not only, as a Christian, will we experience Blessings, we will experience SHOWERS of Blessings! What I am noticing, however, is the fact that while we are still experiencing our Blessings, to a great degree we are not recognizing our Blessings. That begs the question – – “How momentous must a Blessing be before we recognize it as a Blessing?

For example, here are a few Blessings I experienced in the past week or so and I would like you to TRUTHFULLY tell yourself if you would have recognized them as Blessings:

  1. I found a parking spot in the shade at my Insurance Agent’s Office.
  2. On different days I was able to have lunch with several of my friends.
  3. I had numerous relatives thank me for the Books that I wrote and forwarded to them.
  4. I didn’t go hungry.
  5. I didn’t sleep on the streets.
  6. I had numerous people tell me they Love me.

Well, how did you do?

There is another old hymn that I always think of when it comes to Blessings – -Let me share the lyrics with you here:

Count Your Blessings (Johnson Oatman, Jr.)

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

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 keep singing as the days go by

So, amid the conflict, whether great or small
Do not be disheartened, God is over all
Count your many blessings, angels will attend
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end

Count your blessings, name them one by one
Count your blessings, see what God hath done
Count your blessings, name them one by one
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done

I have discovered, and have been teaching for a number of years, that one of the best ways to Count Your Blessings is to keep a Blessings Journal. I actually keep two Journals: A Blessings Journal and a Miracles & Super Blessings Journal. Together they help me realize just how Blessed I am, and that God cares about every aspect of my life, regardless of how trivial others might think the Blessings that I recognize and enjoy really are!

There is one other aspect of Blessings that I want to share, and, again, I will introduce it with one of my favorite Hymns:

Out in the high-ways and by-ways of life,
Many are weary and sad;
Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife,
Making the sorrowing glad.

CHORUS:
Make me a blessing, Make me a blessing —
Out of my life May Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing, O Savior, I pray,
Make me a blessing to someone today.
By Ira Wilson

Simple question: If you kept a Journal of how many Blessings you received and how many Blessings you were, which would take up the most pages? And that, my friend, is the GOOD NEWS for today: If you want to receive a Shower of Blessing, then have God make you a Blessing Today!!!

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