img_0349Having a thankful heart is something I strive for, but generally fall short. I find it easy to fall into the trap of complaining. I find it easy to get drawn into other’s negativity, as well. As Thanksgiving is on the horizon, it is time for me to focus on what scripture says about a thankful heart then take the complaints and turn them into blessings.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV).

I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High. (Psalm 17:7 NIV).

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:15 NIV),

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (Colossians 4:2 NIV).

There is much to be thankful for in my life including life’s challenges. So often, I want difficult times to be over quickly rather than reflecting on what God is teaching me in the moment. Here is the beginning of my rather unusual list of thanksgiving.

  • I am thankful for the growth in my parenting skills.
  • I am thankful for eyes to see the uniqueness in each of us.
  • I am thankful for the overflow of love that experiences the grief of loss.
  • I am thankful for times of conflict that allow me to continue to let grow from past wounds.
  • I am thankful for a God of grace and mercy who walks every one of these moments with me.

What are you thankful for this season? Are there difficulties that need to be looked at as blessings? Are you noticing God in new places in your life? I encourage you to pause, reflect and see the joy in your life. Then share your experiences here to bring breathe life and bring hope to others.

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