Counting My Blessings

Counting My Blessings

When I’m worried and I can’t sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep, counting my blessings

When my bankroll is gettin’ small
I think of when I had none at all
And I fall asleep, counting my blessings

I think about a nursery
And I picture curly heads
And one by one I count them
As they slumber in their beds

If you’re worried and you can’t sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you’ll fall asleep, counting your blessings.


I love the lyrics to that classic Irving Berlin song, performed by Bing Crosby in White Christmas. Though the song has long been familiar to me, I didn’t realize that “Counting My Blessings” was autobiographical. Berlin wrote it after his doctor recommended that he count his blessings, instead of his stresses, to help him beat insomnia.

Though I don’t often suffer from insomnia, I can relate to Berlin’s struggles with stressful thoughts at bedtime. Just when I need the most sleep, questions whirl through my mind. Did I remember to write down that doctor’s appointment? Did I handle that disciplinary issue properly with my kids? Did I really need to say that snarky comment to my husband?

Of course, none of those thoughts will lead to restful sleep, and worrying about them at midnight is pointless. So, before they start creeping into my consciousness, I’ve made it a habit to ask the Lord to help me set aside the concerns of the day.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.—Phil. 4:6,7

Then, I count my blessings, thanking God for all the things he has given my family and me: our health, home and safety; a loving extended family; a caring pastor; my salvation. I always add to the list a few things that might seem like lesser blessings, but truly matter to me: my electric blanket, fresh eggs from our chickens, and hot tea and coffee always top my list.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. —Psalm 103:2

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. —I Thess. 5:18

The more I thank God for, the more my concerns fall away, until I fall asleep.

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety—Psalm 4:8

Do you find it difficult to let go of the cares of the day and fall asleep at times? What are you most thankful for? I’d love to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “Counting My Blessings”

  1. I love that song as well! I pray all through the day and first thing in the morning during quiet time with God, of course… but I also pray as I close down my day… often carrying that conversation on with God after my husband has already drifted off to sleep. Nothing better to bring about peaceful sleep than conversation with my heavenly Father! 🙂 Lovely post, Meredith! So much food for thought here! ❤

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  2. Yes, it’s a powerful song. When I first heard it, I was like wow!!! I also love the hymn Count Your Blessings 🙂 “Count your blessings, name them one by one, count your many blessings, see what God has done.”

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