I’ve been on this multi-day journey to Thanksgiving. It started when I asked a group of bloggers to share their best post on thankfulness.
In a season of hectic cooking and cleaning, I was hoping for a little breath of fresh air. What I got was a hurricane. It’s absolutely changed my heart and renewed my soul.
After the first two days, I wasn’t quite sure what God had in store for me. (You may not believe it, but I’ve listed the blogs in the EXACT order that they were given to me.)
It. Got. Real.
Susan at Hope Heart Home started my day by sharing how thankful she is for the TRUTH of the WORD.
The world can quake and split – but THAT TRUTH will live on. God is so bold to say,
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40.8
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. Matthew 24.35
But the word of the Lord endures forever. 1 Peter 1.25
That, my friends, is the Truth I give Thanks for during this season of giving thanks.
OK God. I’m listening.
I doubt Barbara from Worth Doing Poorly meant it to be taken this way (the post is on seven ways to root out Juvenile Ingratitude) but… I was reminded that my own ungratefulness over noisy trucks, lonely boots, and peanut butter has been rather juvenile.
It was if God was reminding me to grow up. I got as far as “If you are still in the midst of the battle against juvenile self-centeredness and thanklessness…” before I went “ouch.”
I’m OK with ouch. Especially when Barbara ends her post with “We are moving into the time of year when everybody talks about thankfulness, but being thankful is not an attitude reserved for Thanksgiving Day. Cultivate it every day in your family and leave juvenile ingratitude and selfishness in the dirt where they belong.”
Lord, change my heart.
I don’t want to be stuck in the middle of juvenile self-centeredness.
Like clockwork, the next blog on the list held an answer. Urailak at Living for God said simply
First of all, let us be thankful that we (God’s children) can freely and boldly approach the throne of God. What a privilege it is!
That’s when I remembered it isn’t just MY heart that needs to be changed. My own ungratefulness has seeped into the pores of my children.
Lord, Teach me to be Thankful.
Ashely at Purposeful Mom gave me three concrete ways to choose thankfulness. Not just for me, but for my family.
Beyond that, she reminded me that “Thankfulness is an attitude of the heart, and a posture where we bend towards another person to really see them. But it’s also something that can grow. Saying thank you is just the beginning towards building a life of response to others, and ultimately to respond graciously to the One who deserves all our thanks.”
Thankfulness and prayer seem intimately tied together.
Remember my notes on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18?
Rejoice always. – joy is a choice
Give thanks in everything. – gratitude is a choice (and a gift)
I have some notes on prayer also.
In his book The Fulfillment of All Desire, Dr Ralph Martin says “Prayer is, at root, simply paying attention to God.” Did you catch that? Did it take your breath away?
Rejoice always. – joy is a choice
Pray constantly. – pay attention to God
Give thanks in everything. – chose to give the gift of gratitude
God, I’m paying attention.
I’ve arrived at Thanksgiving.
Gail at Gail – Friends provided the perfect ending.
He said, “I love you, too.”
Words fail me.
The Bloggers featured in my Journey to Thanksgiving are:
Heather at My Overflowing Cup.
Melissa at Plaidfuzz
Colleen at Blessed are the Feet
Sandra of Sandra’s Ark
Alesha from Alesha Blessed
Jenny from Her View from Home
Asheritah from One Thing Alone
Diana at Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Susan at Fruitful Words
Susan at Hope Heart Home
Barbara from Worth Doing Poorly
Urailak at Living for God
Ashely at Purposeful Mom
Gail at Gail – Friends