“Praise the Lord O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:1-5
A few weeks ago, I embarked on a journey of “decided thankfulness”. To look at everything with eyes seeking the good.
That is hard to do at times. Maybe even down right impossible, especially on Mondays. Tough on Tuesdays too. Wednesdays are a bit better. Sometimes Thursday’s can throw us all the way back to Monday. However, when Friday comes, we get really thankful! That was until “Thankful Thursday” entered the picture.
As I read through the thankful posts of all the participating sisters in Christ, I see all the things in my life with fresh eyes. I see all the benefits I have been blessed with as a child of the King. I see my life that has been forgiven. I see my body that has been healed when I was sick. I see the mercy that has been shown to me time and time again, undeserving as I am. I feel the loving kindness of my Father as He loads me with yet more benefits from His storehouse of good things.
His Word says in Isaiah 40:31, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” In the midst of the difficult circumstances of our lives, if we put our trust in Him, wait on Him, trust in Him,— He will strengthen us. He will give us the ability to rise above the situation and look to Him, and not at our own strength or lack thereof. Instead, He will provide the strength we need to face each day—as each need arises.
I remember many years ago, a friend confiding in me the pain of a failing marriage. She had done all she knew to do. She had prayed as best she knew how. Although she was not a “regular attender” at church, she did know how to pray. She felt she had no one to turn to, and I wasn’t sure why she came to me, but I knew the Answer she needed. The answer was and is Jesus. My heart ached for her. I knew the only way to peace was through Jesus, and her turning the situation completely over to Him.
I shared some scriptures, I prayed, I counseled and I loved. I made myself available as best I could for her to talk. However, there were times when I wasn’t home. (This was life before cell phones.) There were times when I was up to my eyeballs in my own life problems. There is Someone we can go to for our problems that doesn’t require a cell phone signal, nor does it require waiting until He gets home! He is that Friend that sticks closer than a brother or sister! He is always home, He is always near, He is always ready to listen, love and deal with our situation.
However, there is a requirement. We must “let Him”. First, let Him in. Second, let Him clean us. The Bible says in Romans 3:10 “there is no one righteous, not even one”.
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 He looked beyond what the world sees on the outside, and He saw something in us worth giving His life for. When we ask Him to clean us, forgive us from all unrighteousness, from the sin that has invaded our lives, we can have the peace that only He can provide. Then give Him the problem….c-o-m-p-l-e-t-e-l-y. Don’t even hold on to a thread of it. (I am having trouble with this myself!) Only when we give it “ALL” to Him, can He take it and fix it.
Oh friend, I have so many things that needs “fixing”. My attitude (not everyday, just the days that end in “y”), my mind (the battle ground for the enemy), my thought processes (another battle field—especially when I get aggravated). I must continually stay on my knees before Him. Only when I have been on my knees am I then able to face the world around me with a smile. Because, He has replaced the burdens in my life, my heart, my mind with His peace!
The Lord can show us how to live “thankfully”, every day of our lives. He can show us how to focus on Him and His infinite love for us, rather than all the “ever changing issues” in our lives.
So, with all that being said….I am thankful for you—-YOU—-the one that took the time to come here today and read this lengthy post! I am thankful for the breath I breathe—for the plan of salvation —- forgiveness of my sins —– for my family —- my friends—-for good books to read —- for changing leaves and seasons —– for cooler breezes —– for rain that we need —- for responsibility —–for LWG —- for CWO —– for passion and dreams becoming reality —- for clean laundry —-for autumn sunsets—-for brilliant colors in the sky—-for pajamas that are loose fitting—-for nightlights—-for scented candles—– for dishwashers—–for irons and ironing boards—–for clothes that don’t require ironing! Many, many more things could be listed…..but you get the picture…..live thankfully! See everything with new eyes. His gift to us!
To read more “thankful hearts” visit “Crystal at God is in Control“. She will be our sweet hostess until November 15. Thanks Crystal! We will all be praying for Iris and missing her…but we promise to encourage one another and being thankful EVERYDAY!