A Heart of Thanksgiving

The Bible emphasizes thanksgiving as acknowledging what is right about God in praise and thanksgiving as well as  showing oneself grateful, to be thankful, to give thanks.  1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us “In every thing give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  It’s very much easy to get caught in what we don’t have or what could be going better in our lives.  We focus so much on what could be better and forget to be thankful.  The more we focus on all the things we don’t have we soon find that we no longer experience happiness from things that use to light up our day and we find more things that bring us down.  All this just leads to negativity. In this post i want to challenge you to be thankful, always.  Just as Ephesians 5:20 states, every season should be a season of thanksgiving.
We’ve all been ungrateful at one point in time and we can all be a bit more thankful.  Sometimes we’re ungrateful and we don’t even recognize it.  Not being appreciative shows in more than just our actions and words.  One unfortunate thing happens and we behave as if it’s the end of the world.  We spend more time sulking and feeling sorry for ourselves. We find ourselves fantasizing about what our lives could be like.  These are all signs of lacking gratitude.

The way to combat this unappreciative mindset is by developing a lifestyle of praise.  Praise means to give thanks or confess.  We give praise to God because he is worthy and deserving.  This remains true now, when you’re we’re going through a difficult time, and forevermore.  At times it requires sacrifice to praise God because events didn’t occur the way we wanted them to.  But Hebrews 13:15 reminds us that praising God is something to be done continually: “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.”  When we praise God we  Giving praise to God will lead to us have a heart of thanksgiving and you won’t have to spend your  days sulking and feeling sorry for yourself.

Lately my prayers to God has been to instill in me a heart of thanksgiving.  When i find myself comparing my walk with someone else’s or just feeling down because I don’t have all that I want I say a word to God asking him to give me heart of thanksgiving.  A heart of thanksgiving for the good things in my life and also thanksgiving for his goodness is dying on the cross for me and for being the greatest God.Thanksgiving: close up seated looking to the sideThanksgiving: seated with hands back smilingThanksgiving: seated leaning back on rail

Here are just a few things I’m thankful for:

Above everything thing I’m thankful for my salvation and hope in Jesus Christ.  He is the air that I breathe and because of his loving kindness I am not perishing.

I’m thankful for my family, every single individual.  My mom, dad, brothers, and sisters.  It’s a true blessing to have people like them who care about me and truly love me and want the best for me.

I’m thankful for the moments where God shines his light upon me and I feel nothing but pure joy and peace.

I’m thankful for growth  and change whether it be mental growth, financial growth or spiritual growth.

There are so many things to give thanks for because I remain blessed and highly favoured.

Make a list of all the good things in your life and next time you find yourself being ungrateful read that list and give thanks.  I also want to challenge you to praise God more especially in difficult situations.  The God that we serve is awesome beyond measures and great above all.  1 Chronicles 29:11.  So next time you are feeling down, anxious,  fearful, or whatever, lift up your head and open your mouth and began giving thanks. Give thanks to God for his holiness, his love, and the many blessings he’s poured upon your life.  By dong this you’re lifting God higher than your problems and building a heart of gratitude.  The book of Psalm also has great praises to God.  Thanksgiving: standing with rail looking to the rightThanksgiving: standing with rail looking to the leftThanksgiving: seated with legs crossed on railThanksgiving: seated straight with hands crossedThanksgiving: seated with relaxed legs

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