I decided to start posting these “Thankful Thursdays” again. See, it is easy to get out of the habit of practicing thanksgiving, and I need little reminders from time to time. Maybe you do as well.
While doing one of my morning daily devotions, One Thousand Gifts Devotional by Ann Voskamp, I just really became convicted of my lack of daily thanksgiving. I mean, it’s easy to give thanks in the exciting and good things that occur on a day to day basis. Yet, we are commanded to give thanks for the not so good stuff too.
Believe it or not, I actually found myself thanking God today for the not so great things that I face …and it wasn’t that hard after all. When we thank HIM for the yuck, we realize that HE is greater than any circumstance that we may face. We are truly TRUSTING God to be enough. And, isn’t HE really enough?
These words in my devotion today really stuck out to me:
I’m not sure how my life stands. How my inner and outer walls stand, how I make a home. Unless we make it a habit to give thanks, we habitually give our family grief. Unless we consistently speak praise, we consistently speak poison. Unless we are intentional about giving God glory throughout the day, our days unintentionally give way to grumbling. ~ Ann Voskamp (One Thousand Gifts Devotional..Devo 40)
It takes being intentional in order to bring God glory. Gratitude must be continuous. Our words are either pleasant or like poison. POISON. Convicted.
Matthew 12:35-37 really hit home this morning..and really made me want to be more intentional about my giving of thanks to God. Read it and really think on it…This is JESUS talking..
Matthew 12:35-37 (NLT) ~ “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgement day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”
May our words be words of grace…and thanksgiving..bringing glory to God. May we always give thanks in everything..even the yuck. May we think before we speak..and not use words carelessly.
I am thankful for the sweet friends that God has blessed me with..who send me random messages and let me know that they love me and are praying for me. I am thankful for the gift of prayer and that I can pray for others and talk to God anytime and anywhere. I am thankful for healthy children.
What are some things that you are thankful for today?
Colossians 4:2 ~ Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.
Until Next Time,
Category: 1000 Gifts, Ann Voskamp, attitude, bible, Bible study, blessing, blessings, careless words, Christ, Christian, complaining, contagious, content, contentment, convict, convictions, Creator, devotional, Doer of the Word, Doing good, draw near, facebook page, Faith, feelings, focusing on God, Glory, God, God focused, God's will, God's Word, Good, grace, gratitude, gratitude journal, grumbling, Happiness, intentional, JESUS, judge, judgement day, Life Application Study Bible, live for HIM, live fully, live in the present, love deeply, One Thousand Gifts, perspective, Power of Words, pray, prayer, praying, privilege, Provider, putting God first, quiet time, random acts of kindness, rejoicing, remember, saved, Savior, schedule, scripture, shine, SImple Truths blog page, thank you, thanks, thanks-giving, the little things, TRUST, Truth, twitter, versesTags: christ jesus, christianity, daily devotions, glory of god, god, judgement day, religion, spirituality
One Thousand Gifts ~ Ann VosKamp
Unglued ~ Lysa Terkeurst
The Excellent Wife ~ Martha Peace
Crazy Love ~ Francis Chan
Radical ~ David Platt
The 5 Love Languages ~ Gary Chapman
Let's All Be Brave ~ Annie F Downs
Love Idol ~ Jennifer Dukes Lee
Boundaries ~ Henry Cloud & John Townsend
Whole ~ Lisa Whittle
A Million Little Ways ~ Emily P Freeman