A Life Style of Gratitude

A few days ago, I felt the need to make a CD compilation of hymns that I love and went about doing exactly that. The first hymn that came to mind was “There Shall Be Showers of Blessing”. I fell in love with this hymn when I was studying for my postgraduate degree and I had to attend The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) where it was, and still is, their custom to sing a hymn every Sunday service. I wanted to get the lyrics off the internet because I do not know the hymn word for word and then I stumbled upon a comment by another reader. His comment gave me a new perspective about what it means to be grateful and indeed made me love the hymn even more.

There Shall Be Showers of Blessing

There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.

Chorus: Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need;
Mercy-drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.

There shall be showers of blessing
Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys,
Sound of abundance of rain.

There shall be showers of blessing;
Send them upon us, O Lord!
Grant to us now a refreshing;
Come, and now honor Thy Word.

There shall be showers of blessing;
O that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!

There shall be showers of blessing,
If we but trust and obey;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
If we let God have His way.

Most times we spend our time ignoring the ‘mercy-drops’ God has sent to us in the meantime, because our focus in on the blessings we rather God shower on us at the moment. We often times forget that it is when we are thankful for these ‘mercy-drops’ (little) that the floodgates of heaven will be opened up to guarantee us a much more bountiful harvest. We forget that our gratitude is the water that gives result to the seed of our prayers.
At the beginning of the year, we had so many aspirations, wishes, dreams and desires. Some came to pass, others did not. However, our focus should not be on what we hoped for that did not manifest, but on that we prayed for and was answered, as well as those that were freely given to us even when we did not ask. Let us rejoice and make joyful sounds unto the Lord because we serve a God who is STRONG and MIGHTY and is ABLE to DO  exceedingly abundantly above ALL we can ever ask or imagine! Rejoice, again I say, Rejoice because although misfortunes we do not understand may have come our way, God’s word tells us that His plans for us is to prosper us and to give us a hope and a future.




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