Thanksgiving Day is next week and we are all seeing daily posts of thanksgiving and gratitude journals are being filled up. It is good to take time to focus on what is good. We have a lot to be thankful for. I have learned to be a woman with a thankful heart. We must have a thankful heart to live a life of significance.
Oh come, let us sing to the LORD;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the LORD is a great God,
and a great King above all gods. — Ps 95:1-3
To have a Thankful heart
Having a thankful heart is not a natural state for me some days. As we head toward Thanksgiving Day, I woke up this morning a tad, well, overwhelmed and stressed. That mood quickly transferred to my husband. It’s not fair, frankly, but the fact is, we are the emotional barometer of our homes.
We are blessed beyond measure. Just the fact that I am breathing, God has blessed me. Having a thankful heart is not just a nice idea in November, it is key to a joy-filled life all year round. Thankfulness is the beginning of a new perspective on life and how to walk through times of troubles. To be a follower of Christ, you can be thankful even during hard times because they are used to make us stronger if we are thankful, we grow in faith and are able to realize, it is not because of anything we can do, but
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. — Php 4:13
When we know who we are in His eyes, it is humbling and leads to a thankful heart. The God of the universe, the God of justice and sits in Majesty has His eyes fixed on each one of us because He loves us. He loves us and has always loved us. He calls us His own. We are called His family, His children. Yahweh calls us His child. This is undeserved and causes for a thankful heart!
Even during this time of struggle, tension, and strife, we have a reason for a thankful heart.