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Counting Our Blessings: A Blessing In Itself
Tonia O. Alabi

Many more times, our prayers are based (informed)by) on what we think we are yet to achieve, receive or secured from, while we forget those we have achieved, received or have been saved from.

The word of God below will enlighten our minds in Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Ps 107:1

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever.
These words of our God are very important for our consideration of how we should approach the Throne of Grace.

So much so that we may understand the inspired David to write the whole of the Book of Psalms just that we may see we cannot thank him enough.

I have come to know that my prayers are easily answered when I sing praises to the Almighty for favours received in the past. I take myself through the process of looking back at things or situations that God has glorified Himself in my life and that of my family.

We have come to know that God’s blessings do not tarry, but the waiting time is just time of Perfection of our request. They get so perfected that they last the test of time. I can cite so many examples but the most vivid one is the publication of The Beacon Magazine. It took a long time to kick off. We prayed and prayed, when we were almost giving up, things started falling into place, and to God’s glory, The Magazine has been published non-stop since 2002 and by His Divine providence it shall surpass generations.

Giving thanks to the Almighty, the King of Kings in itself is a blessing, because it gives you peace in the midst of turmoil.
You are waiting , but with hope and strong faith that He who has done so many great things for you, for generations before you is still on His throne and as it is written, He remains the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. So I say, sing the Psalms and wait faithfully for God of all good and perfect gifts.

Join me and say “I will give thanks to you Lord with my whole heart, I will tell of your wonderful deeds.” Ps 9:1
And we will all be winners in Christ.

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