Thankfulness has continued to flourish in my mind today as the blessings piled on. When times are difficult, I pray that my mind returns back to moments like these where my heart is filled with great thankfulness to God and all the worries of life seem to just melt away.
Blessings kept filling each moment of the day. I woke up to doggy cuddles, finished a package I planned to send to a friend, received a call from a hiring manager informing me I was accepted for an interview for the job I recently applied for, and my close friends at GR8FRT sent me a perfectly timed gift. I listened to music that planted loving thoughts in my mind, sat outside and soaked up the sunshine, shared some gut-busting laughs with loved ones, and I spent time admiring the beautiful flowers in a gloriously colorful garden while rocking back and forth on a bench swing.
New details popped out at me as I looked at my surroundings. The aspen leaves resembled shimmering sequins as the trees danced in the wind, sunlight was bouncing off of the tiniest blades of grass, the puffy white clouds had so much depth as they gathered together in the endless blue sky. The air smelt so fresh and I noticed my breath deepened while the robins and chickadees sang their tunes off in the distance. There were even hummingbirds and swallowtail butterflies that fluttered so gracefully around the yard.
I noticed myself smiling a lot and finding an abundance of thankfulness in my heart for all the blessings I was receiving. They happened one after another after another! It was so easy to stay my mind on God and to notice His love for me. Whether you find yourself in a similar state of mind, or maybe far from it, feel free to join me in this prayer:
Lord, thank you for the sweetness of a life lived with you.
Your great love transcends all eternity and has so filled my entire being.
You love me through and through and your grace is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. Help me to see how glorious the hope is and help my brothers and sisters in Christ understand to new depths the love you have for them. Break up that fallow ground in my heart and root out the bad seeds. I want my actions and thoughts to glorify you. When trials and temptations arise, help me to remember how sweet your love is and how those troubles will pass. Lead me to that rock that is higher than myself as there is nothing too hard for you. Thank you Daddy for loving me first and showing me how good and sweet it is to be your child.
In Jesus Christ name, Amen.
If you’re in a difficult season of life right now, I pray you find comfort in knowing it won’t always be that way. Our Father has a way of orchestrating these magnificent moments where our hearts are filled to overflowing. God gets the glory. This opened up to me as I read 2 Corinthians 9.
Let everyone give as his heart tells him, neither grudgingly nor under compulsion, for God loves the man who gives cheerfully. After all, God can give you everything that you need, so that you may always have sufficient both for yourselves and for giving away to other people. As the scripture says: “He has dispersed abroad, he has given to the poor; his righteousness remains forever.”
He who gives the seed to the sower and turns that seed into bread to eat, will give you the seed of generosity to sow, and, for harvest, the satisfying bread of good deeds well done. The more you are enriched by God the more scope there will be for generous giving, and your gifts, administered through us, will mean that many will thank God. For your giving does not end in meeting the wants of your fellow-Christians. It also results in an overflowing tide of thanksgiving to God.
Moreover, your very giving proves the reality of your faith, and that means that men thank God that you practise the Gospel that you profess to believe in, as well as for the actual gifts you make to them and to others. And yet further, men will pray for you and feel drawn to you because you have obviously received a generous measure of the grace of God.
Thank God, then, for his indescribable generosity to you!
2 Corinthians 9:7-15 J.B. Phillips
These words continue to resonate in my mind. Right now I’m experiencing the part where giving “results in an overflowing tide of thanksgiving to God.” In place of the doubts and worries I first experienced when we moved to Montana, I’ve found that more of my time has been spent in giving to others and receiving from God. There is so much depth to this scripture. God knows our heart, He knows what will exceedingly bless us, He encourages us to give cheerfully, and it is all to His glory.
I realize that every day will not be like this one, but all these sweet moments planted a seed of thankfulness in my heart. Trust that God is with you in whatever season of life you’re in. He is faithful and He loves you so much. If you’re finding yourself feeling weary and over-burdened, Jesus will give you rest.
Come to me, all of you who are weary and over-burdened, and I will give you rest! Put on my yoke and learn from me. For I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30 J.B. Phillips
I am the Lord your peace, no evil will conquer you
Steady now your heart and mind, come into my rest
Oh, let your faith arise, lift up your weary head
I am with you wherever you go