Encouragement,  Life,  The Mind

Saturday Thoughts: Be Thankful

My thought for today is that we need to learn to be thankful. I know I personally struggle with focusing on my problems instead of focusing on my blessings. Our God is a great, generous, and loving God! Every good thing we receive is from Him.

17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17)

When I start thinking about how I want a nicer home or healthier food or new clothes (my clothes are from about 10 years ago) and I say these things to my husband, Justin, he is quick to remind me of what we have: a roof over our heads, food to eat, and clothes on our backs. Maybe the house isn’t great, the food not as healthy as we’d like, and the clothes old and worn – but we still have them! And there are millions of people all around the world that would love to have what we have.

The more I see people in need, the more thankful I am for what I have. When I see a single woman wishing for a husband, I’m thankful for the wonderful man God gave me. When I see someone living on the streets, I’m thankful for this house. When I am volunteering at the assisted living facilities and see people whose health is so bad that they can’t live by themselves or take care of themselves, I am thankful for my family’s health. When I hear people complain about jobs they hate, I am thankful that Justin and I can work from home and follow our dreams.

There will always be things we don’t have or things we want. No matter how successful you are, how much money you have, or what stage of life you’re in, you will always be looking forward. But we need to learn how to be content and thankful for what we already have instead of looking at what others have. That doesn’t mean we stop wanting better things for ourselves and our families or striving forward in life; it just means we refuse to be unhappy where we are. As Paul said:

11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:11-13)

So, let’s choose to be thankful every single day for the blessings God has given us and not focus on our problems or what we don’t have.

I am thankful for you guys, for everyone who reads my blog and watches my vlogs. I love you guys and pray you have a great day and a blessed weekend!

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  • Karen

    This is why every night or first thing in the morning (if I don’t get the chance the night before) write in my calendar what I was thankful for that day to remind me how blessed I am. God is good and always faithful! I am truly thankful for you and Justin and love you both very much!

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