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:)
I'm sitting in an airport right now after spending an absolutely wonderful week with the MBT team. I sooo love these ladies and the way they bless and encourage not only me, but each other. That's the blessing I'm praising God for today. :)
I can relate, Susan. I'm thankful for the young man who showed up at our house yesterday, knowing my hubby is swamped at work and mowed our grass! I got home and knew something was different and then I texted him b/c just the day before he'd called to get the address of our Creative Arts pastor to mow their yard, just had their 3rd baby).ReplyDelete
I'm thankful for sunshine and cool breezes as I walked before work this morning. Thankful for working at a church where love abounds!
So so much to praise Him for!
Melissa - you looked like you were having fun in your Vlog this morning. Made me smile:) Safe travels home!ReplyDelete
Jessica - OH! Love drive-by blessings like that! And the sun is just peeking out here in time for me to bike...yeah!
Amen! The list of things to praise Him for is certainly endless!ReplyDelete
I'm so thankful that I'm learning to replace complaining with gratitude. : )
Have a blessed day, Susan!
Love this, Susan! You're so right - we choose our attitude! I used to get so frustrated with the children of Israel when they would grumble and complain in the wilderness (notice where they were! The Wilderness!). And then I catch myself doing exactly the same thing, in my comfortable, air-conditioned house in the suburbs! Ugh! Praise is the solution! Thanks for this reminder! Hugs!ReplyDelete