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give thanks for small blessings

To appreciate small or minor benefits, advantages, or opportunities one is afforded, particularly in the midst of an otherwise difficult, frustrating, or unfortunate situation or circumstance. My car's air conditioning stopped working two hours into my cross-country road trip. The radio still works, though, so I suppose I should give thanks for small blessings. Our son's accident left him without the use of his right eye; we're just giving thanks for small blessings that he still has the use of his left one.
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be grateful for small blessings

To appreciate small or minor benefits, advantages, or opportunities one is afforded, particularly in the midst of an otherwise difficult, frustrating, or unfortunate situation or circumstance. My car's air conditioning stopped working two hours into my cross-country road trip across America. The radio still works, though, so I guess I should be grateful for small blessings. Our son's accident left him without the use of his right eye; we're just grateful for small blessings that he still has the use of his left one.
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count (one's) blessings

To reflect on the good things in one's life and be grateful for them. I know you're disappointed that you didn't come in first, but so many other incredible things have happened to you this year. Count your blessings, my darling. I try to count my blessings every day—it's a great antidote to sadness!
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a blessing in disguise

An unfortunate event or situation that results in an unforeseen positive outcome. Running late for work turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I would have been in the middle of that big multi-car pileup had I left the house on time.
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be a blessing in disguise

To result in an unforeseen positive outcome. Running late for work turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I would have been in the middle of that big multi-car pileup had I left the house on time.
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be a mixed blessing

To have both positive and negative results. My new promotion will be a mixed blessing for my family because I'll get a substantial raise, but I'll have to work longer hours too.
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a mixed blessing

A situation or circumstance that has both positive and negative results. My new promotion will be a mixed blessing for my family because I'll get a substantial raise, but I'll have to work longer hours too.
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blessing in disguise

Fig. something that at first seems bad, but later turns out to be beneficial. Tony's motorcycle accident was a blessing in disguise, because he got enough insurance money from the other driver to make a down payment on a house. Dad's illness was a blessing in disguise; it brought the family together for the first time in years.
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*thankful for small blessings

grateful for any small benefits or advantages one has, especially in a generally difficult situation. (Typically: be ~; become ~.) We have very little money, but we must be thankful for small blessings. At least we have enough food. Bob was badly injured in the accident, but at least he's still alive. Let's be thankful for small blessings.
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with my blessing

a phrase expressing consent or agreement; yes. Bob: Can I take this old coat down to the rummage sale? Sue: With my blessing. Mary: Shall I drive Uncle Tom to the airport a few hours early? Sue: Oh, yes! With my blessing!
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blessing in disguise

A misfortune that unexpectedly turns into good fortune, as in Missing the train was a blessing in disguise, for if I hadn't, I wouldn't have met my future wife . [Mid-1700s]
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give thanks for small blessings

Express gratitude for a minor favor or advantage, as in My bag didn't get on the plane but it did arrive in time-give thanks for small blessings. This expression is usually uttered when one encounters an unexpected bit of good fortune.
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mixed blessing

Something that has both good and bad features, as in Being accepted by the college was a mixed blessing, since she couldn't afford the tuition . [First half of 1900s]
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a blessing in disguise

COMMON If an event is a blessing in disguise, it causes problems at first, but later brings greater advantages. Franklin's illness proved a blessing in disguise, for it gave him strength and courage which he had not had before. The defeat might be a blessing in disguise — she now avoids a quarter final clash with America's Linda Harvey-Wild. Other observers feel the split may be a blessing in disguise for the organization.
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a blessing in disguise

an apparent misfortune that eventually has good results.
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count your blessings

be grateful for what you have.
2003 The Hindu: Literary Review At forty you ruminate. Mostly about life and what it has done to you. At forty you count your blessings. And accept the bitter dollops that have been flung your way.
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a mixed blessing

something good which nevertheless has some disadvantages.
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a blessing in disˈguise

a thing that seems bad, unpleasant, etc. at first but that has advantages in the end: Not getting that job was a blessing in disguise, as the firm went out of business only a few months later.
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count your ˈblessings

realize how lucky you are and not complain: Stop looking so miserable and count your blessings! At least you’ve still got a job and somewhere to live.
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a ˌmixed ˈblessing

something good, pleasant, fortunate, etc. which also has disadvantages: Living in such a beautiful old castle is something of a mixed blessing. Just think of the heating bills, for example.
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Nino, used as a gayuma or love charm, gave me an exasperated look when I asked about the blessing.
Blessing also worked in a number of films like "LBJ: The Early Years" in 1987, "Amos" in 1985 and "Joshua's Heart" in 1990.
To recognize the important role Whole Foods Market, its team members and its leadership have played in enabling Theresa Carrington and The Blessing Basket Project to improve the lives of the people living in Zaare and Nyariga, Brandon was made Nabia (Prince) of Chief Asaana's royal family.
The apparent and hidden blessings and talents are spread on the table of life and nature so that we can get whatever we need in life.
The student whose turn it was had to name the blessing for that food.
In his guidelines, Cowan emphasized that a blessing should not be construed as a solemnization of matrimony in the church.
Growing up Catholic, I knew about blessing things for holy usage like Bibles, scapulars, rosaries, medals, and palms.
He made a quick dash to the ATM, withdrew all his savings, and awaited the priest's blessing that would tell him which horse to bet on.
First, Jacob, posing as Esau, requests a blessing from Isaac: '.
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Then, in 1998, Ron started Blessing Construction, which today offers a variety of services from demolition and excavation to site prep and concrete paving.
David blessed God by pronouncing the blessing formula, and I suspect that what is explicit here is implicit on all the other occasions when humans blessed God.
The pair were the stars of the show when members of congregation were invited to take along their pets for a blessing by Franciscan monks and a priest.
Such was the scene Saturday at the Hansen Dam Recreation Area for the 15th annual Blessing of the Cars, organized by car aficionados as an intersection of the sacred and the sinners, God's men and gearheads.
Robertson's Operation Blessing was placed second on the list, right after the Red Cross.