Are you feeling grateful?
What about when there’s snow on the ground and it messes up your plans?
What about when you’ve been working like crazy, putting in extra time, and someone else gets the promotion?
What about when your head hurts, your family is counting on you, and all you want to do is collapse?
Giving thanks with a grateful heart is much easier when the sky is blue, the sun is shining, and you’re comfortably sipping your lemonade at the pool on a perfect 75 degree day.
Giving thanks with a grateful heart is much easier when everyone notices your hard work and you get an unexpected raise.
Giving thanks with a grateful heart is so much easier when you’re feeling great, you have the day to yourself, and you can do whatever your heart desires.
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Celebrate always, pray constantly, and
give thanks to God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in.
I like the “celebrate always” part.
I need to “pray constantly” because I don’t do enough of it.
But, “give thanks to God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in.” [sigh]
Maybe you have this whole giving thanks with a grateful heart thing figured out.
I am still working on it.
God has been good to me and I have been blessed beyond imagination more times than I could ever count.
During the times of ease and blessing, you and I need to be constantly celebrating what God has done in our lives. Even more than giving thanks….celebrating. Have you done any celebrating lately? Have you had a special dinner to celebrate ___________? Have you texted a friend to share your blessings?
It’s what comes next in this verse that most of us find a little challenging.
“Give thanks to God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in.”
Did your dryer quit? Give thanks to God.
No, I don’t think you need to thank him for the derelict dryer.
Thank him because he is God, because he will give you wisdom to know what to do.
Plus, it surely is the time to pray constantly. [wink] Though, you need to listen too. He might lead you to ask him to make your dryer work. Yes…I have prayed that prayer. And my dryer started working…on more than one occassion.
The point is, no matter the circumstances, we can always give thanks to God. We can thank him for the promise that he will never leave us. That he loves us with an everlasting love. That every spiritual blessing is ours in Christ Jesus. That he is faithful and trustworthy. That he is our provider, our healer, and our rescuer. That he redeems, restores, and renews. That he is our strength, our shield, our safe place. And so on. Giving thanks with a grateful heart, is always something we can do because we know our loving, caring, heavenly father is always with us.
It’s Joy Day!
The day when we take time to count ‘seven.’ Seven things we are grateful for from the past week….the good and the not-so-good. We take time to list them here.
I’m grateful for…
- losing power on Sunday night and playing games by candlelight.
- fresh, clean, running water…which we did not have when the power was out.
- knowing God is trustworthy to provide for our needs.
- the most views on the blog in a single day, ever!
- being able to serve my friend.
- a husband that makes delicious blueberry banana pancakes.
- the most glorious sunrises each morning.
Okay…it’s YOUR turn!!
Scroll down to the comment section…Share Your Extraordinary Thoughts….and list your ‘seven.’ I can guarantee it will change how you see the world around you. It really does make a difference.
Want even more joy? Take the Joy Dare here.
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