“count your many blessings.”

the weekend was beautiful.
warm crisp weather,
colorful leaves all over DC
& people out everywhere.
we basically lived outside.
yesterday during church,
we sang count your blessings. {in the hymnal, it says to sing “brightly!”}
even if we don’t share the same faith,
i think these lyrics are so beautiful, and very fitting for this time of year.
i need to sing them to myself {in my head of course} more often…
count your blessings:
“when upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
count your many blessings, name them one by one,
and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
chorus: count your blessings, name them one by one,
count your blessings, see what God hath done!
count your blessings, name them one by one,
and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
are you ever burdened with a load of care?
does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
count your many blessings, every doubt will fly;
and you will keep singing as the days go by.
when you look at others with their lands and gold,
think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
count your many blessings. wealth can never buy
your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.
so, amid the conflict whether great or small,
do not be disheartened, God is over all;
count your many blessings, angels will attend,
help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.”

you know something? God is good.
  1. Celeste

    so true.

  2. thank you for making my day.

    God is good.

  3. Beautiful reminder. God is so good, always. How blessed i am, and how often I complain and want more. Thank you God for all you are.

  4. I needed to be reminded of that song, today. Thank you so much!

  5. Carolina

    i agree :) so much good and guidance. thanks for sharing the beauty and loveliness, beautiful lady. have a wonderful week.

  6. Carolina

    i agree :) so much good and guidance. thanks for sharing the beauty and loveliness, beautiful lady. have a wonderful week.

  7. MaKenna

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  8. Liz

    thank you for sharing that! I don't share your faith, but agree that song sends a powerful, universal message.

  9. God is the best, isn't he? he's gotten us through the toughest of times, and i agree.. whatever your faith is.. it's important to count your blessings.

    ps those pics of you two are gorgeous!!

  10. Love this post! It's so true, even if people don't share the same faith, we all have so much to be thankful for, ALWAYS. Beginning with health!
    Gorgeous photos, as always!

  11. God IS good. And I love that song. Thanks for the reminder. :)

  12. so happy you had a great weekend. and you are so right god is good and we just have to always remember what we have and all the blessing in our life and be oh so thankful…especially when we're down and want to just be sad

  13. Beautiful reminder. I can't help but be happy when we sing that in church! Gorgeous photos as well.

  14. JKreids

    I love old hymns. This one will be in my head all day! Thanks! And I really mean thanks — it'll help me be mindful of my many, many blessings.

    This one definitely should be sung BRIGHTLY! I'm humming it now!

  15. Breezy

    thank you for that :) i am counting right now.

  16. Chymere

    a Southern Baptist classic! These words mean a lot to my family, all roots in a church i must say there are very valuable lessons to learn in all walks of life and faith.
    Great post. and the pictures are so wonderful and uplifting.

  17. what a lovely hymn! thankfulness is so wonderful…it always calls for a brighter day!

  18. Your posts never fail to inspire me… and today, I needed to be reminded that God IS good. Thank you. For touching my life and for making it better today. ♥

  19. have you seen White Christmas? the old Christmas movie? It's my fave Christmas movie, and there is a song called "counting your blessings" in it, It's different than the hymn, it's really cute. " When im worried and i Can't sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep, then Ill fall asleep, counting my blessings!"
    the movie rules.

  20. Jo

    God IS good! This was a lovely way to start the day! Thank you!! :)

  21. Mmmmmm,thanks for the inspiration to count my blessings!!!

  22. in our family, we used to have
    to sing this and then actually name
    and count blessings if we got caught
    grumbling or complaining
    about something. it worked : )

  23. Miss K

    I'm so glad I found your blog! I love finding people who are also LDS, and this is one of my favorite hymns. Thank you for posting it, I've been singing it all morning!

  24. Micaela

    i absolutely love this song! thank-you for a little pick me up on a monday morning.

    and a constant reminder that God, God is GOOD.

    i always need Him.

  25. Meghan

    What an important reminder. God IS good, and we should be thankful for our many blessings:)

  26. Lovely :) God IS good!

  27. kate.

    great post and beautiful pictures! i love that hymn!

    thanks for having your blog, i love it.

  28. Hanako66

    what a wonderful message!

  29. Kelly

    I love church hymns!

    P.S. you have cute freckles :)

  30. i grew up in a baptist church, but we totally sang this song too. my church now doesn't sing quite so many hymns and i kind of miss them. thanks for sharing!

    p.s. your freckles + red lipstick = super adorable!

  31. *c

    what a beautiful photo! and beautiful words.

  32. Kelsey

    thank you so very much for this wonderful little reminder! one of my favorite hymns. it'll always lift you up! :)

  33. SJ

    You're so gorgeous. I'm so glad you had such a beautiful weekend.

  34. Emmy

    You are so right. You can either always find the bad things, or you can always find the good things. it is a choice.

  35. Amen! :-)

  36. Mandy

    I love this hymn… Thank you for reminding me of the need to do this today.

    p.s. you are beautiful.

  37. Fantastic. I love that hymn, such a beautiful way to remind us of all the things we have to be thankful for!

  38. Martha


  39. when i used to go to church this was one of my favorites! actually, singing hymns, any of them really, was always the best thing about church for me. i want to write my own hymns and sing them in a meadow with my friends. for this exact reason…what a beautiful reminder to pay attention to what is so sweet in life. how perfect that you were outside most of the weekend.

    and your husband is ROCKING the church clothes up there!

  40. nifer

    The more you are grateful, the more you get! If you're not grateful for what you have, the universe thinks you don't need anymore. I believe that!

    Check out my blog this month. I'm doing 26 days of thankfulness leading up to Thanksgiving. It's been nice reminding myself daily of what I'm thankful for!

    ~ Jen

  41. Ohh gosh the weather was AMAZING!!! it's sooo out of place for November but I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves :)

  42. Larissa

    That was just what I needed today.
    Thank you muchisimo :)

    Larissa :)

  43. la

    so good :)

  44. This is wonderful. I'm in bed not wanting to get up for the day but this has called me out for having a bad mood. You're posts are exceptional. I'd appreciate more like this.
    God is so good.

  45. I love the directions to sing brightly. The lyrics are beautiful; you are right :)

  46. amanda

    yes. yes, god is good. couldn't agree more!

  47. brigitte

    Thank you for sharing!

    God is soooo good! :)

  48. {b}

    love that hymn! and i LOVE your pictures! what is the action you use to get that look? love it!

  49. jackiek

    thank you!
    that was the perfect post to remind us to be thankful during this holiday season : )

  50. 7upkels

    oh my goodness what a wonderful reminder and what a BEAUTIFUL PICTURE of the two of you!!

  51. Maren

    yaaaaaay! one of my very ver favorite hymns. You are beautiful, and I love your cute freckles! I want some :)

  52. Abby

    your post was a ray of sunshine in my day- and i couldn't agree more!

  53. Ann

    i'm not mormon, but we have sang this song for generations! it was a favorite of mine as a little girl. thanks for being one of our blessings!

  54. Pretty pictures! Not sure how you do it….but seriously, your hair always looks good.

  55. Mikaela

    I love this song!
    & I love your outfits…especially your hubs jacket.
    My hubs loves herringbone patterned things, he would definitely love this jacket too.

  56. this is a wonderful hymn.
    thank you.

    cute after church pictures. i love.

  57. God IS good. and wonderful. and beautiful. and that hymn is so so so lovely!

  58. jamieliz

    I love your blog and your inspirational posts. I was wondering if you could tell curious readers about your make up (esp. your red lipsticks)! You always look so pretty…how do you do it?!
    Thanks for reading!

  59. You are wonderful. Thanks for this reminder!

  60. I needed that more than you know! You are so beautiful! :-)

  61. janis

    i should try to do more things in my life "brightly"!

    gorgeous picture – you have the most amazing teeth! annnnd i really like husband's blazer! you two are such a good looking couple!


  62. Love this post! I always have to remind myself to count my blessings when i am feeling down or sorry for myself!

  63. CAPow

    you guys are so cute!

  64. cassie

    amen sister!

  65. Whitney

    Oooh. My church sings 4 part harmony acapella, and when we sing this song…it's beautiful! But no matter how we sing it, those words just plain ol' make sense! They're so true and beautiful!

  66. We may not share the same faith, but I find you to be a very beautiful and uplifting person. I admire that a whole lot. People like you come so few and far between.

    We all need to stop and count our blessings much more often. Thank you for the reminder!

  67. Sum

    I couldn't agree more! Thanks for the cheerful message! And it's Thanksgiving, too! Many, many blessings to be counted.

  68. Mandi

    Or, like Bing Crosby sang, "Count your blessings instead of sheep." :) (not to take away from the hymn, of course… I mean, I like hymns. But I reeeeally love White Christmas too.)

  69. Amen darling, AMEN!
    far too often i sigh & complain. we are truly blessed, nah?!

  70. kimberly

    love the song. and i love the pictures of you two in the sun! so lovely!

  71. Amanda

    i remember singing this song as a little girl! :)

  72. This is why I visit your blog.

    You are a dear.

  73. Alisha

    I sent you an email a while back and you sent me a very honest reply. I'm not sure I realized it then but you really put things into perspective for me. I think so differently about the subject now and I really do believe it is because of what you said to me. So thank you. You really do inspire me.

  74. thank you.
    i really needed to remember my blessings today, and this is an excellent reminder!

    and hello.. you two are always so stylish. love josh's brown sunday outfit.

  75. Madi

    I love that song. I always enjoy when we sing it in church. I agree, even if we arent all apart of the same religion the song sends a great message!

  76. sayacate

    naomi, where is your skirt from/what's the name of it? I'm preeeetty sure it's the anthropologie skirt I tried on the other day and am MADLY IN LOVE with…except that I can't find it anywhere on the website! help?

  77. Kenna

    Usually everyday I wake up with a song in my head (Mostly made up ones, ones that I haven't listened to in ages, or ones I just recently listened to.)and this morning it was this one! I read this post yesterday so thank you for helping me start my day off right. :D

  78. Joan

    thank you. i needed that today.

  79. jill

    Very nice hymn, and God certainly is good.

    Also, we (friends and I) have a request- could you post more often with real writing and not 2 sentences and a random photo? It can be hard to stay interested in your blog since it's the same thing all the time. We want to know more about you the person…not just giveaways that indirectly earn you a paycheck/weekly date nights. What about your actual life? Teaching? Does your husband like his job? What stresses you out? You don't have to share serious details (you're trying to get pregnant, or that sort of thing) but just, give us something to make us care. it must be hard for family/friends to stay in the loop since you post so little. However, i do understand why you don't, because you obviously don't NEED to do anything more than you're doing with your sizeable following. I suppose why fix what's not broken? the formula works.

    (sorry for the suggestion, it probably came off kind of rude. But i guess this is what comment moderation was made for!)

  80. The pictures on your blog are incredible! The lighting and the texture are just beautiful.

  81. Brittany

    You know, he is so so good. I love this post, Naomi.

    p.s. you two are just beautiful!

  82. Feelmore

    Really sweet post, you guys make such a happy couple!

  83. One of my favorite Hymns.
    Right after, "If You Could Hie To Kolob." =)

    You are my favorite.
    And kudos for representing! <3

  84. Taza–

    you don't have to allow this comment to show– but I was just reading through these comments and want you to know that people follow your blog because you are positive, inspirational and simply lovely. Don't change a bit. Keep posting your 2 liners, your pics, your date nights… We love them all and were fantastically grateful for your sharing:). To me– you are one of the most brave bloggers. You are thoughtful, positive and don't shy away from talking about what makes you centered and happy– your family and faith. I share your faith, and I am grateful for your bravery and example.

    Way to go lady– probably without trying you are uniting people and faiths with you cupcakes and red lipstick. I adore you. Don't change a bit. This is your life and were lucky to be peeking in:).



    Have a great day. God is good.

  85. this one

    one of my favorite songs!

  86. Alex

    i was just rereading through your whole blog, and count your blessings is LITERALLY my favorite hymn! It always brightens up my day :)