Cultivating An Attitude Of Gratitude

As we finish off Thanksgiving weekend, I’m reminded of the things that are truly important. For me it was refusing to play Christmas music and deck the halls until we’d said Thanks for what we have.

* It’s my friend who doesn’t turn the tv on during December so that her kids don’t see all the adverts for toys that her kids don’t need.

* It’s all of you who gave generously to the Operation Christmas Child drive we did so that kids wouldn’t go without.

* It’s my church’s collection for children in this area who don’t have certain items because one of their parents is imprisoned.

David from the Bible said it like this in Psalm 103:

1 Praise the LORD, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases

Sometimes we have to tell our soul: You WILL bless the Lord. It’s not about our feelings. Not about what’s going on. I like to say,
“It’s not the circumstances that determine the Lordship, you do!” In other words whatever is going on today for you, it’s how we react that matters.

It’s tough isn’t it? Cultivating a heart that isn’t about materialism, isn’t about haves and have nots? This year having read The Hole in Our Gospel I’m really struggling. Struggling with the desire to just sell every I own and give it to the poor. My new friend Holly is having a tough time too and told me she wanted to do just that, except she’s not kidding.

It’s saying like David went on to say,

8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him!

With grateful thanks I remember what God has done, how he parted the red sea and delivered His people and how he turned water into wine.

Today I wanted to take a moment to say Thanks. Thanks to you for being on this journey with me, thanks to my Husband and kiddos for being there and more than that to Jesus: Thank you that you died and rose again and give me HOPE every day.

Comments

  1. What a “dee-lightful” read, Clair – a special way to end Thanksgiving and begin Christmas. I will have to check on the book, The Hole in Our Gospel. Blessings

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