As Thanksgiving is upon us, it is always a good time to take inventory of all the things in our life that we are thankful for.
It is so easy to go through each day taking for granted all that we have been blessed with. Every day when I’m praying with my boys, we make sure to thank God for Connor, Dylan, Ethan, Mommy & Daddy, Brad’s job, our home, our food, our friends, our church, for loving and forgiving us, and for Jesus (to name a few). The boys always thank God for everyone’s bikes and have been known to throw in items like BBQ sauce and the dirt pile in the back yard! Sometimes our lives are so routine that we don’t actually notice all that we truly have or how God is working “behind the scenes” (even in our trials and the hardest of days) for our good.
Psalm 100:4-5 tells us, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
What a joy it brings me knowing that I am forever loved because I am God’s child. It sometimes amazes me how much love I feel for each of my boys. Even during our “rough” moments, my love for them is overflowing. I am so thankful for Dylan (my middle child) who, despite his feisty temperament, brings me joy and makes me laugh. I am thankful for Connor who has such a big, kind, caring, loving heart. I am thankful for Ethan who has such a gentle and happy spirit. Yet my love for my boys pales in comparison to God’s love for us. I am so thankful that we have a God that is so big, so loving, so forgiving that he gave us Christ as the ultimate sacrifice as an atonement for our sins.
As I was searching for something wise and inspirational to share with you about thankfulness, I found this from worshiphousemedia.com.
Thankfulness is more than a gesture; it’s an expression of our character. Our perspective must be bigger than ourselves, we must know our history, and acknowledge our dependence on God.
Please use this season of family gatherings and lavish feasts to give praise to your Heavenly Father for all your many provisions. And then make it your prayer that God would lead you in how to bless others as you have been blessed.