"I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips." Psalm 34:1
During this season of giving thanks, I want you to know you are a blessing to me!
Did you know that Thanksgiving day became a national holiday in 1789? To this day people continue to gather, to praise God for his abundance, and to celebrate their spiritual freedom.
Whether you've been dreading this time of year, or you’ve been scurrying around trying to find that perfect Thanksgiving recipe -maybe you can relate- I am here to let you know that over the years I have been in both places. But then I remember.
As someone who loves Jesus, every day is to be a day of thanksgiving!
Each morning, I wake up, stretch, breathe in the goodness of God, and sing praises to the Living Lord to begin anew.
Grasping that first hot mug of coffee, gazing at the barren trees, and feeling the warmth, I am mesmerized by the beauty of the rising sun. I smile in peace as “the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19: 1).
Lingering, claiming this moment I discover, “The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes” (Psalm 19: 7-9).
Beginning each day with a grateful mindset, thanking our ever faithful loving Father, even in seasons of loneliness, ill health, conflict, or sorrow his grace is sufficient. We invite God in, and rely on his strength, and gift of divine wisdom to embrace the day.
The great American clergyman, Norman Vincent Peale, once said, ”The more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be grateful for.”
Simply beginning each day with a grateful mindset, thanking God in all situations for the blessings, and people I hold most dear has made all the difference.
I have learned to acknowledge and appreciate what is going well, and to thank God for both the big, and small things in my life.
As I shift my thinking to appreciate the Maker’s omniscient love and holy presence, I know to ask for focus when I ignore what is right in front of me.
I have made a practice of praising and thanking God for the aesthetic beauty He places before me to enjoy. From the glorious sunsets to the scent of a fresh rain, to the kindness of a stranger I am grateful.
Giving thanks makes for a generous Spirit. Grateful for what I have, “I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips” (Psalm 34: 1) even when it’s hard to do.
For everything you and I have ever accomplished comes from above.
This Thanksgiving, let’s take a seat at God’s table of plenty, feast our eyes on Jesus, and with ever joyful hearts sing of his wondrous deeds.
Thank you, my dear friend, for walking with me on this journey, and being part of the Faith First Women family.
I thank God for you!
Until next time…
May the Spirit of God lead you, the Word of God sustain you, and the promises of God grant you the gift of everlasting peace.
Love and blessings.
I’d love to hear what you are grateful for today, and how I can pray for you. Reply below or email firstname.lastname@example.org