It's very easy to complain. It's easy to imagine that our sufferings, our struggles, are unlike any that others have experienced.

It's harder to see, especially in the tough times, that God's blessings are still around, that God remains faithful.

Look now to see what blessings God has in store for you today, especially if you are finding that hard to do.

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When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.

Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.

Psalm 126:1-3

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Could you re-word today's verses into a song? The words remind me of singing Queen’s “We are the Champions” with teammates on the way to a swim meet, or playing “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas before going out with friends.

Psalms like this one represent some of the original texts and teachings on the power of positivity. Words, stories, and songs give us strength, and a positive attitude gives us energy. All people singing this song, when it was written and now, in churches and temples around the world, need to remember how great it is to belong to God. Repeating praise is pleasing to God because it is good for us, keeping us motivated no matter what we are facing in life. We are blessed when we sing our joy.

Denise Nickerson-Caudéran

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It is so great to know you, God, that it feels like a dream. Thank you for this and other songs of joy that rise up within me, connecting me to you. Thanks for the real memories, and the hope they create. Amen.

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God's blessings are raining down.

Walk with your face lifted up;
Lift your hands also to receive

The gift of God's presence,
The embrace of the One who is near.

Denise Nickerson-Caudéran

Denise Nickerson-Caudéran is a writer and mom living on the French-Swiss border near Geneva. She's American, her husband is French, and their two daughters are both nationalities. Denise also enjoys working with international people like Third Culture Kids.

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