It’s Thanksgiving Day. ?
“Thanksgiving” has me reflecting on one of the first things God wanted to deal with in me –it was was my hard, ungrateful, complaining heart.
For a time, I had become heavy with dread, was always complaining, there were things I just didn’t want to do anymore because I found no joy in what I was trying to do…
It was like my heart had grown cold again.
It was like my heart had cobwebs all over it because it wasn’t working as it should, it wasn’t “full of life” and beating, “working” and functioning as it should be.
I really don’t know the process of how God worked in my heart, it’s just one of those beautiful mysteries. But I know that He did something. ?
Side note: Heard this just now… ?
“He put my heart in the microwave.” HAHAHAA! ? (I had to say it, too funny!)
(Don’t worry, He didn’t overcook it. He just did some stuff really fast in my heart, microwave was quicker than the oven.) ?
(God You’re so funny! Thanks for throwing that one in there! I love Your sense of humor! I’m so glad that You have a good sense of humor. That’s comforting to me, somehow.) ?
Anyway, here’s the thing I learned during that time the Lord convicted me about some things in my heart around that time…
Giving thanks is more powerful than we know.
Even when we don’t “feel” like giving thanks, it’s still important to get to the place of giving thanks, because in thinking of the blessings, in dwelling on the good, we’ll soon get to the place of true thanksgiving. ❤️
Because the truth is, there is much to be thankful for. So, so much. Always.
There is a reason the Word says to “give thanks in all circumstances”…. because that is powerful, as we obey the Word in faith, it can turn things around, it can transform a heart heart into a living, beating heart that is full of life again.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
God always has a reason for the things He does, and the things He asks us to do. It’s always a good reason, and it always has purpose.
So even when being thankful in “all circumstances” seems impossible…. this is what I will choose to declare:
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” – Psalm 28:7
Thank You, Father. ?I find so much joy in knowing You. Thank You, Jesus.