Great Hymn Of Thankfulness

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.


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.

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 keep 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. Wealth can never buy Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

Verse 4

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.

written by Johnson Oatman  Jr.  in 1897(who also wrote the popular hymns No Not One and Higher Ground)


Living On The Hallelujah Side

Sometimes things will happen in our lives to prompt us to make changes. I didn’t have anything major happen in my life to make me want to change my eating habits. I think it was the fact that I am getting older and that my husband’s brother had a heart attack recently that got me thinking more about the foods that I eat. I also met a minister’s wife recently who told me about a diet she had been on for a long time. It’s called the Hallelujah Diet, and you can read about it here. With those things in mind, I started thinking, “Do I really want to wait until I have a major health problem to start taking care of myself and eating better?” I decided for me that the answer was no, so when January began I stared my journey on the Hallelujah diet. To my surprise, I find that I’m really enjoying this change, even though I have been spending a lot more time in the kitchen preparing food. I definitely have a lot more energy than I have had in a long time, and I’m not depending on coffee for it either.

It’s funny how we tend to put off things like dieting or changing our eating habits, even though we know we need to do so. Many people do wait until they have heart problems or other issues before they think seriously and make the choice to make some dietary changes. It seems like when it comes to our spirituality that we are even more hesitant to make changes. People can be living in sin, knowing it, knowing that they need to make a change, but yet they won’t seek after God until something major happens in their life, such as health problems, death of a loved one or a financial crisis.

My question today is, “Why wait?” Do you want to wait until a catasprophe happens in your life before you turn to God in repentance? The real truth is that not a single one of us have the promise that we will even live to see tomorrow. If we keep putting off getting our hearts right with God and decide to wait, one of these times it might be too late.

Putting off eating healthier is one thing, but putting off living for God is a decision that can affect us eternally. Scripture urges us not to put off concerning our soul’s salvation.

2Co 6:2

(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)


I know not everyone is going to make the choice to be a vegetarian and go on the Hallelujah diet, but I urge you today to work out your soul’s salvation and obey Acts 2:38. Then, as the old hymn says, you can truly be “Living On The Hallelujah Side”.



Living On The Hallelujah Side


Verse 1


Once a sinner far from Jesus I was perishing in the cold


And the blessed Savior heard me when I cried


Then he threw his arms around me and he led me to his fold


Now I’m living on the hallelujah side




Oh, glory be to Jesus let the hallelujahs roll


Let me sing my Saviors praises far and wide


For I’ve opened up toward Heaven all the windows of my soul


And I’m living on the hallelujah side


Verse 2


Here the sun is always shinning and the sky is always bright


Tis no place for gloom in Christians to abide


For my soul is filled with music and my heart with great delight


And I’m living on the hallelujah side


Verse 3


And when this life is over and we’ve reached the other shore


And have safely crossed old Jordan’s rolling tide


You will find me shouting glory just outside my mansion door


For I’m living on the hallelujah side


Honoring Mom

Below is a song we’ll be singing in church on Sunday to honor our mothers.  To all the moms out there, I wish you a very special and blessed Mother’s Day.  To all you daughters and sons, I encourage you to take some time and in your own way, let your mom know that you love her.  It will make her day.

I Love You, Mom

(sung to the tune of I Love You Lord, Today) 

 Verse 1

 I love you.  I love you. 

 I love you, mom today,

because you care for me

in such a special way.

And so I thank you.I honor you.

I pray God bless your special day.

I love you more than words can say. 

Verse 2 

Your life, your love

the way you give unselfishly,

 so many little things you do

that reflect God’s love to me,

And so I thank you.I honor you.

 I pray God bless your special day.

 I love you more than words can say. 


I love you more than words can say,

more than words can say,

 more than words can say.