John Oatman, Jr., the author of "Count Your Blessings," followed in his father's footsteps and was a junior partner in the mercantile, John Oatman & Son. After his father died, John then successfully led a life insurance business in Mt. Holly, NJ. Some of his well know hymns are "Count Your Blessings," "Higher Ground," and "No, Not One!"
John always wanted to serve the Lord. Early in his life, John longed to serve through song, like his father, but lacked the talent. Then he wanted to preach, became licensed by the Methodist Church, and soon realized that was not his purpose as well. Finally, John Oatman, Jr. began to share hymns he had written and their popularity grew. He had found his purpose at 36 and, three decades later, approximately 5,000 of his hymns were published.
Today, are you counting your blessings? Take a few minutes and count them "one-by-one." The Praise Hymn Fashion's team is counting alongside you and encourage you, this Thanksgiving season, to practice gratefulness.