Thursday May 16 2024

A Week of Thanksgiving

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

Over the years, I’ve learned that in every circumstance that comes my way, I can choose to respond in one of two ways: I can worship or I can whine! When we choose the pathway of worship and giving thanks, especially in the midst of difficult circumstances, there’s a fragrance, a radiance, that issues forth out of our lives to bless the Lord and others.

Are you a grateful person? It ought to be a way of life. But in the reality of our daily comings and goings, it’s much easier to be discontent, to complain, criticize, or even to be bitter.

 


Cultivating a thankful heart will result in speaking thankful words. But it may require a little practice! Why not start the habit by devoting an entire week to practicing thankfulness?

 

Maybe there are some people in your life you’re not thankful for – or circumstances where it’s not easy to be thankful. Make a list of those people or situations. Then, as an expression of faith and obedience say, “Lord, I choose to give You thanks for_______and _______, which you may never give me the privilege of understanding.” By doing this, you’re acknowledging that God is the “Blessed Controller” of everything that touches your life.

A grateful man or woman is a breath of fresh air in a world contaminated by bitterness and discontentment. As you make a lifetime habit of giving thanks, you’ll discover the whole world looks different when you learn to see it through eyes of thankfulness! Want to develop an attitude of gratitude in your own life? Start right now by sharing seven things that you’re thankful for.

Pray this week:
Father in Heaven, help me to focus on You and and be thankful for Your many blessings instead of the problems I face each day.

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth