Happy Thanksgiving month to you, my friends! I pray that you press in to seek our Lord God, and the blessings that accompany knowing Him! Last month, I revealed my vulnerability to you by discussing the “fall” or autumn season, and my propensity to fall into a pit or into a ‘funk’. Well, I’m continuing that message by giving you the recipe to avoid the winter doldrums:
The easiest and most sure way to avoid that pit is to develop an attitude of gratitude. Our God instructs us to ‘give thanks’ at least 48 times in the Word!
“Give thanks to the Lord Almighty, for the Lord is good; his love endures forever.” (Jeremiah 33:11)
“Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20)
So, exactly when should we be thankful? It’s not always easy to be thankful, especially when we are having a ‘bad’ day; or things don’t seem to be going our way. It is during those times, when it is especially important to honor Him and thank Him. That is how we avoid that pit where the enemy is longing to push us into!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
It was during a ‘pit fall’ almost 13 years ago, that I began to write in a journal most every night. Committing to find at least three things for which I was thankful every day was a daunting task, however, I was committed to do it. Some days, the day seemed so rough, I was only thankful that it was over! My journal looked like this:
“Thank you God that I am in my bed, the baby is finally asleep and this day is OVER!” Other days I could write pages of things, people, places, feelings, etc. for which I felt grateful. I love those days, don’t you?!
For what should we be thankful?
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1Thessalonians 5:18)
This is an odd request. Do we like trouble? Do we ask to suffer? Do we really want to thank Him in all circumstances? Now, here is where the truth comes out – we must trust that Our Father, truly has us covered:
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3-4)
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
So, my dear friends, remember that no matter which season of life you find yourself, cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Be mindful of every moment! Every smile you see, every flower you smell, every baby you hear cry, every tear you shed or see, each rain drop or ray of sunlight, every friend you have, ever had, or have yet to meet; every soul you meet whether at a party or at a hospital. Take that moment and thank God for whatever opportunity He has for you in it.
Blessings and Much Thanksgiving!
Enjoy this: Gratitude by Nicole Nordeman [Mp3 Download]