So many times my prayers are requests; so many times my prayers focus on what I need; my prayers may focus on the needs of others; but so many times I’ve found myself ranting and raving at God……. But I’ve been challenged by the idea that gratitude can change my attitude!
“We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues. My sincere prayer is that we may, in our individual lives, reflect that marvellous virtue: an attitude of gratitude. “Thomas S. Monson
Jeremiah 33:11 reminds us to: give thanks to the LORD Almighty! For the LORD is good! He is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. He rules over all. His steadfast love endures forever. His lovingkindness is everlasting! His mercy endures forever. (a paraphrase of the NIV, NLT, ESV, NASB and NET Bible)
Since Sept 2016, as a family, we started to record weekly thankful notes. Thursdays are now our ‘thankful jar’ days. At Christmas we got all the notes out and I read aloud each one and we reflected on those moments. It was such a special moment and one that (pun coming……) I will be thankful for!!!!
Since September there have been weeks where my paper wasn’t big enough and limiting the joyous week to a single sentence was hard!
But there were also tough weeks where I really had to push past feelings of failure, exhaustion and despair to find something to be thankful for.
Praising God in all circumstances seemed just impossible! In the depths of despair, how could I possibly praise?
But then I was challenged!
Does my circumstance change who God is?
Do my feelings change who God is?
God is so worthy of my praise in ALL circumstances because of who He is!
His love for me is unending!
His grace is unending!
“Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is gracious and lovely.” Psalm 135:3 (Amplified Bible)
“One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful. We let what was once a miracle become common to us. We get so accustomed to his goodness it becomes a routine..” Joel Osteen
As I delve deeper into God I don’t want my prayer life to become stagnant! I want His presence to permeate every fibre of my being! I also want to remain always grateful, always thankful, always in awe, always astounded, always amazed……. I have found that when I simply worship God for who is He, I truly do find the worries of life fade away. As I connect deeply with His heart and breathe deep of His hope life takes on a whole new perspective!
“Keep your roots deep in him and have your lives built on him. Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always be thankful.” Colossians 2:7 (NCV)
I am reminded that during my sick period of life, I found it EXTREMELY difficult to worship because there didn’t seem much to be grateful about. How awful is that?! How horrible?! But I realise now that worship isn’t about how I feel, or what’s going on in my life! Worship is simply adoration for the One who loves me with an everlasting life-giving love!!!
Whatever you face today can I ask that you please join me in saying thanks to God. Thank Him for who He is – awe inspiring; bountiful in love; swift in mercy; abundant in grace; passionate; relentless in His pursuit for more of us………….
Maybe you could start your own jar of thankfulness or a journal dedicated only to thankfulness?