More Blessings Than Sand


Thou Eternal God,
Thine is surpassing greatness, unspeakable goodness; super-abundant grace
I can as soon count the sands of ocean’s lip
as number thy favours towards me;
I know but a part, but that part exceeds all praise

Valley of Vision – “Divine Mercies”

When was the last time you pressed the “pause” button of life and took stock of God’s mercies toward you? It’s so easy for us to become fixated on the one thing that’s “wrong” in our lives that we miss the staggering heaps of divine blessing strewn about us.

Try to make a list of God’s blessings toward you. Don’t forget to include:

  • Your salvation. If this was the only thing on my list I would have reason to spend my entire life singing.
  • Your health. Walking, breathing unaided, playing sports – all grace. Why can I do these things and others can’t?
  • Your family. I get to spend every day with my best friend, my wife Jen. I have a daughter that’s cuter than a bucket of puppies.
  • Your house. Every day I enjoy hot showers, warm covers, and three square meals.
  • Your job. I’m not rich by American standards, but I make more money in a day than most of the world makes in a year.
  • Your church. I can worship without fear of government assassination. I own at least five Bibles. My church meets in a building, not under a tree in the African plains.

The list could keep going for pages. I didn’t even mention friends, times my life has been saved, my pastor, my parents, my computer, my spiritual resources, the correction of the Holy Spirit, and ten-thousand other things. God has been kind, hasn’t he? I don’t want to stumble past mountains by staring at a grain of sand.

So what’s on your list?

+photo by photoxgo


  • Stephen, thanks for encouraging us to look for blessings today. What a great reminder. It really served my soul this morning. You inspired me, I did a blog post on my own blog. Here’s the first couple that I posted on my blog:
    Salvation. I could never move on from this. This one thing makes my life full of joy. It colors everything in my life. Without it, I would be running full tilt towards Hell. Happily enjoying a life from the God I hate. But, God being rich in mercy, snatched me from my sprint and redeemed. He changed my heart. I do not hate God, I love Him! I do not run away from God, I run to Him. I don?t walk away ignoring Him, I sit at His feet and listen. Wow!!! His mercy leaves me speechless.

    My Parents. People have thanked me from time to time for one thing or another. People have encouraged me on aspects of my life or character. I smile and thank them. What they?re not thinking about, is that there?s only two reason I am the way that I am. First (and foremost), God. Second, the best parenting a girl could ask for! If there?s anything good in my life, you can take to the bank it is because I was taught it, watched it modeled, or heard it prayed. My parents are my best friends and my heros!!!

    My Siblings. I do not think it is possible to have a better brother and sister than I have! Jimmy and Katie are such a huge blessing. They make me laugh when I need to lighten up. They kindly ?yell? at me when I?m being stupid. They push me to try things and do things I never would have tried (or don?t want to do). They love me and care for my soul. They?re also a ton of fun!

  • Greg B says:

    My dog: love the creatureliness of him. To think that God made such things as dogs!
    My wife: man I love her. She gets better ever day! How does she live with me?!
    My books: Love my library!
    My Savior: He never ceases to amaze, confuse, confront, comfort, love, grow, put up with, speak to, provoke worship from, teach, cherish…me!
    Blogs: where have they been all my life!?
    Preaching: Never wanted to do it, cant live without it!
    On the way child: Not sure what it is, but cant wait, already grateful!

    these are not in order of importance

  • Stephen Altrogge says:

    YellerDaisies and Greg – Thanks so much for adding these things. What great lists.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>