Go visit the multitude of nursing homes, hospitals, food banks, jails, prisons, homeless shelters, burn units, battered shelters, and the various impoverished or disaster-torn areas in your city.

Go visit victims of crime.

Go visit the terminally ill.

Go visit the grieving.

Go visit the orphans.

Go visit the starving.

Go visit those with addictions.

Go visiting and see if it changes your perspective.

We all face adversity, but many others have it worse than we do. Pray for them (1 Timothy 2:1-4; 1 John 5:14-15), help them (1 John 3:17; Galatians 6:10) and always COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS—that you are doing a little better than most (Ephesians 1:3; 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:18).


  1. Wow, yes! So often we focus on the trouble we have, because it IS trouble, and necessarily takes our attention. But the way we look at things really can help. Satan is constantly trying to discourage us, and doesn’t spare any trick, using illness, crisis, pain, hormones, weakness, fear, even endless dreary weather in his attacks. We can realize that, yes, these things are hard, and discouraging, and to be weighed down by their heaviness is not faithless, it’s part of the temptation. Jesus said in Matthew 26:36-38, “My soul is sorrowful, even unto death.” But the good thing is that by using “the weapons of our warfare,” we can fight back against the attacks of discouragement, and SEE our blessings best when we consider the works of God. In these things we can take comfort and draw strength, and find ways to rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS. The key is to remember to consciously choose to THINK on these things when counting our blessings is hard. 1 Samuel 30:3-6, 2 Cor 10:3-5, Psalms 42, Psalms 105. Many of the Psalms, actually, start with the psalmist’s cry, but then turn to remembering the work of God with his people. That’s really something to rejoice in, and that will cause us to be thankful.
    Thank you for your encouragement to consider our blessings. I don’t do that often enough, for sure. May we all learn to consider the blessings of God in our own lives, and also to find new joy daily in considering the works of God. Psalms 77

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    1. I think that when we have calamities we are more thankful to be spared. It should not be that way, but our temptation is to forget on the ordinary days that we have been spared too.
      If only we took Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.


    1. Thanks, Maria.

      This year we are more than happy just to be alive. We have endured the long days of extreme flooding in Chennai, India and are now “home for the holidays.”

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      1. Beth, sadly I hadn’t heard of the flooding in Chennai. BBC stated that there were almost 300 deaths due to the flooding, and that cleanup had to be done before classes resumed in schools and colleges. They said that the largest university in the state is there.
        Yes, you must be grateful! How is the work going there?


          1. Beth, hello! I’ve followed your granddaughter’s blog – you must be grateful that she is walking with the Lord. So far I haven’t found the photos but will search there. God bless you!


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