We have had quite a cool down in our weather this past week! There was a record high of 84 on Monday then the cold front came through on Tuesday and the forecast was for freezing temperatures by Thursday. As I wrote this on Wednesday morning I wondered where was the coldest place in America that day. The trusty Internet informed me that in Noonan, North Dakota, on December 6 it was 4 below zero with a wind chill of 23 below zero. Brrr! That’s cold! It made me count my blessings that I was here in north Texas where it is nice and warm, comparatively speaking. Counting our blessings is a good thing to do on a regular basis, even daily. It is a benefcial and uplifting experience for us to do this. Each of us has good blessings from God every day, don’t we? Most people tend to focus on what they don’t have instead of what they do have. They focus on their troubles instead of their blessings. As a result they get upset, anxious, and dissatisfed with their lives. This happens to everyone from time to time, even faith-ful Christians. Think carefully about this teaching from Jesus in Matthew 6:25-34. “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the feld, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the feld, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, say-ing, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek frst the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Suffcient for the day is its own trouble.” This is a promise from God that He will take care of all of our needs when we choose to seek Him frst in our lives. Instead of having frustration, anxiety, and dissatisfaction with life like so many people of the world, we can have peace and confdence through our faith in God. Count your blessings. Be grateful and be faithful to God Who provides them to you.