This year I am very thankful for many things. One of them is my marriage to my new husband, Bob on July 13th. This was after many years of watching my first husband, Wayne, deteriorate in his health and then eight years of being a widow. I am thankful also this year for the beginning of a restored relationship with a loved one. Yet for many of you the holidays can be a discouraging time, if you or your family are going through difficult circumstances. It may be difficult to find things for which to be thankful in such a scenario.
Yet a thankful heart opens up blessings from heaven and foretastes of heaven that cannot be attained in any other way. A thankful heart further revives hope and allows us to communicate on a more intimate level with the Lord. A thankful heart does not deny the reality of life's challenges, and life certainly presents a host of problems and heartaches. A thankful heart does, however, recognize the Lord's presence and joy in the midst of those problems.
So perhaps the best place to start is to thank the Lord each day for His presence and peace. Also as you go through the day look for even the Lord's tiny treasures which He has placed on your path. Look with spiritual eyes for His wonders in your life. I have mentioned this before but I remember as a caregiver being challenged to write down each day at least three things for which I was thankful that day. That helped me immensely in persevering in the care-giving role.
It is said that a thankful heart takes the sting out of trials and adversity, Life often facilitates many challenges and trials. Yet we are commanded in the Bible to give thanks in everything. We may not always FEEL like giving thanks, but when we offer a SACRIFICE of thanks in spite of our feelings or circumstances, God gives us joy in spite of our circumstances.
That does not mean we always feel happy. Happiness and joy are not the same thing, but joy in the Lord and grief can coexist. It may seem nonsensical to thank God in and for difficult circumstances. Yet in the measure that we do so we will be blessed, even though the adversities may remain. Thank the Lord today for His blessings!
In the United States we are celebrating Thanksgiving Day this week. It is a day when we especially try to remember to thank and praise God for the blessings of the past year. Life is often challenging and difficult. Yet there are many blessings in our lives even in the most difficult of moments, Thank the Lord for your blessings daily and not just on special occasions. It will lift your burdens and add joy to your life.
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