I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all of my heart; I will tell of your wonderful deeds. Psalms 9:1
Having a heart of thankfulness is a choice. We live in a world of instant gratification, and all too often if we don't get what we want, when we want it, we're in a bad mood. Little things get under our skin and can ruin our day.
Like right this minute...I had this entire post written and ready to publish and ***poof*** it disappeared. I haven't had breakfast yet, and my coffee pot is moving at an all-time slow. And I'm facing down another day of wrestling with my children to do their schoolwork when they are SURE it should be summer vacation by now.
But I have a choice, and it affects those around me. I can be grumpy or happy. Simple as that. And the one I choose becomes my testimony. I'm not saying we can't have bad days, I'm saying we can't let those days control us...because only One should have that power, and He talks about JOY, PEACE, LOVE. If He's in us, so are those qualities.
And they begin to peek out when we choose to give thanks rather than complaints. So today, Lord, I thank you for:
~the beautiful light and sound show you're performing outside my window this morning. I LOVE a good thunderstorm!
~the ability to homeschool my children
~a husband who loves YOU
~food in my cupboard
~my warm cup of coffee with lotsa cream...thank you for this daily treat
~your unconditional, all-consuming, never-ending LOVE for me
Simple. Honest. Praise. And the list is endless once you truly get started. So come on, praise Him:)