We get really Thankful! EVERY Thursday. The Lord is prompting my spirit to “think” thankfully. Stop complaining. Live life fully. Minute by minute. That is hard to do. All of it. I mean, think about how many times you get cut off in traffic! You are running late…the person in front of you has a week to get where he is going….and you just fume. Right there in your car….you spit-and sputter–and COMPLAIN. What do we have to complain about??? (Is it just me—or is it getting hot in here?)
Okay, let’s stop right here. I have a job. I have transportation to that job. It has air conditioning. A decent radio. Comfortable seats. No, it’s not top of the line. It gets me where I am going though. Yes, it takes $55 to fill it up. But the Lord has supplied the job so that I can buy the gas to get there….hmmm. And I complain every.single.time I pump gas. The price. The traffic. The time. The travel. And so many times—not all the time—but many times—it is spent complaining. What is the deal here?
My mind got stuck in the “daily living”—and I stopped “living daily”. There are days when I feel like I have pulled myself out of bed by the nap of the neck—kicking and screaming…not wanting to go to work….tired, discouraged at times—just wanted to crawl back in and hide. Easier that way. No pressure there. Just you and the covers. The pillow. The bed. But—that’s not living. That is hiding.
As **Jesus** called Lazarus out of the grave “come forth”—(John 11:43), He wants us to “join the living” as well. Live life. To the fullest. Live it thankfully! It is so much better—and easier to look for the “thankfulness” of life than to concentrate on the gloom and doom.
The Lord reminded me this morning of all the times I have enjoyed fellowship with Him as I drove. As I journeyed to work—I have prayed, praised, sang, cried and worshipped Him with my whole heart!—(clapped my hands even–ssshh–don’t tell that I can drive with my knee when necessary). He reminded me that time passed—and I arrived before I even knew it—when the time was spent in fellowship with Him….rather than complaining my head off! I sound like I am a BIG complainer. I’m not. I really don’t do it very much….but—I have heard much complaining from others—-from work, home, shopping, TV, radio—it is EVERYWHERE.
So, once again—-I “decide” to choose thankfulness. I choose to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in my life. Teach me Lord, lead me, I am Yours, I follow only You. Today, tomorrow—if I live to be 90—and beyond!
Iris chose this verse today. It is full of power! I had used the next set of verses below in my post on “Power of the Wind” on my Laced With Grace devotion this past weekend. I still feel the Power of His Spirit!
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”~ John 16:13-14 (ESV )
“But the time is coming and is already here when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for anyone who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24
I don’t want the Father to have to look for me….I want to be right here…worshipping Him…with a fully thankful heart!
I love you all!!!