Cultivating hope requires that we count our blessings. As the old hymn goes, count you blessings name them one by one, count your blessings see what God has done. This not only helps us dwell on the positive, it also helps us fix our attention on the many ways in which God is an active reality in our lives. This goes beyond considering the evidence. It is an enumeration of the evidence of how, over time, the Father has richly blessed you with every good and perfect gift you have in your life. I challenge you to set aside one morning to count God’s blessings in your life. As you list each one, consider all the areas of your life, and other’s lives, this blessing has enriched. As you do so, a spirit of joy and thankfulness will well up in your heart. Pour it out to the Lord. Give Him thanks and praise as you realize the richness of His love for you. When you are done, be sure to save the list. This is the Father’s love letter written expressly for you, each and every blessing a special gift prepared by one who knew your heart, your need, your passion as only He could.