Thought for the Day – Day 23 – Thankfulness


We’ve all had some difficult days along the way, haven’t we? I just experienced one of my more difficult days and was busily traveling down what I like to call “Pity Party Lane.” The trip was a short one, however! My eyes fell upon a notepad on the kitchen counter. It had the drawing of a young woman holding a basket filled with flowers. Written above her were the words:

Thankful am I…

I had to smile. The Lord had just reached down and placed me under the shadow of His wings and comforted me! I immediately began to thank Him for my To Do List! Having this To Do List meant that my beloved was still with me and that I did not lose him to cancer! My To Do List means that we are able to buy groceries! My To Do List means that I have a home to take care of and we are not out on the streets! I openly smiled and my heart began to rejoice!

It is amazing how our vision is skewed when we place our eyes on our own circumstances. But once we begin to be thankful for what we have and count our blessings, we immediately start seeing our lives as the Lord would have us to.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. ~Psalm 100:4

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. ~I Thessalonians 5:18

I believe that being thankful is a frame of mind. We cannot be thankful in all things if our eyes are fixed on our problems and trials. Instead, we can be thankful if we count the blessings God has given to us. Sometimes we are hit over the head, as I was. Other times, we have to really search for a blessing – but you can be sure there are some to be found. If you can’t find anything to be thankful for, look to the heavens and behold the stars. God gives us blessings in each sunrise and sunset. He gives a symphony of song to the birds for us to hear. He places a wonderful fragrance in the air with each rose that lines the path that we walk. He paints a lovely picture with each waterfall, each mountain, and each blossoming cherry tree.

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. ~Psalm 28:7

Therefore, thankful am I…

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2 Responses to Thought for the Day – Day 23 – Thankfulness

  1. Gwen Benedict says:

    I love this, Kate! Makes me THANKFUL! 😉

  2. Vicky says:

    I’LL COUNT MY BLESSINGS!!!

    I lift my heart today in praise
    To Him who loves me so,
    Whose mercy crowneth all my days,
    And makes my cup o’erflow.
    O have I loved Him as I should
    For all His blessings free?
    Praise God who giveth naught but good,
    For He is good to me!

    Refrain

    I’ll count my blessings—
    Count them o’er and o’er—
    I’ll tell my Father’s goodness—
    I will love Him more,
    I’ll count my blessings, bountiful and free—
    Yet I can never count them all—
    So good is God to me!

    I thank Him for unclouded skies—
    For love beyond my ken—
    That when my path in shadow lies,
    The sunshine comes again.
    I thank Him for the hopes fulfilled—
    For every answered plea,
    That though life was not all I willed,
    My God is good to me!

    Refrain

    I go to meet another year,
    With faith no doubt can dim,
    God reigneth, and I will not fear,
    But trust my way with Him.
    Then if that way be bright or dark,
    Let peace unshaken be!
    And let me, like the soaring lark,
    Sing “God is good to me!”

    Carrie Breck

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