I'm thankful to God today because I’m alive and have an awesome relationship with Him!
The storms still rage on in everyday life all around me. But in the midst of it all, I am blessed to be able to enjoy the peace that only God can bring.
There are so many things I can complain about, worry about, stress about, get frustrated about and even cry about. But, I’m just thankful!
I'm thankful because l know that I’m a part of God’s plan.
That he destined me for a purpose. That He chose me before I was born. That He will never leave me. That He protects and watches over me. That He comforts me. That He guides me. That He listens and actually cares. That He loves me so very much!
This past Sunday, I gave my kids at church 10 minutes to write down the things that they were thankful to God for. I also participated in the exercise. Afterwards, we all shared our answers and it was refreshing to hear them go through their lists.
Of course there were some common items across the lists such as: God, family, home, food, health, transportation and clothes.
There was also gratitude expressed for things that make us happy like: Starbucks coffee, Xbox games, cheer leading, music, our favorite TV shows and bubble baths.
Then there were also the things that tend to get overlooked: the maintenance team for your apartment complex, best friends, education, the weather, God’s protection, intelligence, challenges that make us stronger, and opportunities to help others.
So often, around the holiday season each year, we all pause to give a “lil bit of thanks” to God for all the things we are grateful for. The bible teaches that thanksgiving and gratitude is not only a powerful thing, but in fact it is something that is a part of God’s will for our lives as Christians.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. - I Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)
Let us not only "give thanks" during the holiday season but rather remember to give a "lil bit of thanks" everyday!
After all, God's love is evident all day, every day, in everything, all around us.
We never have to look far to see the goodness of God in our lives.
So often we simply allow the "not so good things" going on to overshadow His greatness in our lives. Lets make it a point to take time daily to give thanks to God and focus on the wonderful things He is doing in our lives - no matter how big or small!