Name Them One By One

Counting our Blessings Can Change our whole outlook on life
Johnson Oatman, Jr. (1856-1922), wanted to preach but he wasn't good at it.

So he went into business, always looking for ways to serve.

At age 36, he began writing lyrics in his free time, and his hymns became immediately popular. When publishers asked his price, Oatman surprised them by refusing more than a dollar per hymn. He wanted to offer his music to the Lord, not for profit.

Before he died, he'd written over 5000 hymns, reaching millions with his lyric messages. He truly wrote his hymns with all his heart, "as working for the Lord, not for human masters" (Colossians 3:23).

One of his most popular hymns may also be the one that best reflects his generous, grateful life: "Count Your Blessings" (1897). The message is simple, profound, and just as relevant 100 years later:

♪ ♫ Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God hath done! ♪ ♫ 

Let's do it everyday. 
To listen to this hymn: Count Your Blessings

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Counting our Blessings Can Change our whole outlook on life


  1. I love these little glimpses into the lives of our fellow Christians. So inspiring. Thank you, Gail!

  2. Oh, my, Gail, I had no idea that Johnson Oatman had written that many hymns! And, yes, I just LOVE that hymn and enjoyed singing it when was younger! Oh, thank you for bringing that wonderful hymn to my mind and heart! I too love the glimpses into lives of wonderful believers! God continues to use them for many years to come! Hugs, sweet friend!

    1. I'm so glad this blessed you, Cheryl. It also blessed me to hear of such a generous spirit in the man who wrote a song that I also have sung since childhood and enjoyed.

  3. Thanks so much for this Gail. I used this exact scripture on my FB page today. I'll share your devotion there as well. One of my favorite hymns. ~ Abby


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