It’s November! And I’m delighted that we are getting some nice, chilly weather! Which means, a cozy house and lots of hot coffee, hot chocolate, or tea! Whatever warms your insides best!! So grateful for a warm house to live in, while many are suffering in the dropping temperatures!
I’m also delighted that daughter is sleeping off (hopefully) a fever and cold that she has had all week! It’s a blessing to be healthy, and I take that for granted very often too!
I was meditating on prayer this evening and how powerful it is. What a blessing it is that we can talk to God and have the promise that He hears us. I want to never take that for granted. But I suppose I sometimes do, probably because I don’t always utilize prayer to it’s fullest potential!
I read recently the verses from Psalm 31:19-20. They go like this:
“Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.”
What a blessing it is to trust in God. He has goodness laid up for us. He will hide us and keep us in a secret pavilion from wicked men and accusing tongues. Is that what that means? I’m not sure. But I’m so grateful that God has good things laid up in store for us if we fear Him.
Often though, it seems like when we trust God, life doesn’t go all that well. Things go wrong. A 30-something wife and mom dies from cancer. Someone miscarries their baby. Our house doesn’t sell. There’s barely enough funds to make ends meet. And we go, “Wait! God, you promised your goodness if we trust You! How is this being hid in a secret pavilion?”
With thanksgiving coming up down here in the U.S., I’ve been thinking a lot on gratitude. It’s not enough to just thank God when there’s good things happening in our lives. It’s not enough to rejoice when everything is working out just right and all is perfect and kosher. Seriously, how often does that happen anyway? Life sure isn’t perfect around here a lot! I happen to make plenty of mistakes that cause life to become imperfect quite frequently!
But I need to be grateful in the middle of imperfection. In the middle of things going haywire and unplanned in our lives, we have a choice. A choice to complain and worry and fret, or the other option – stand back, look at who God is, what He promised, and be grateful for a God who doesn’t change! Be grateful for the good things that I do have, because there is always something to be thankful for!!
When we are aware that God is still good, even in hard things, then we can rejoice in that and have a grateful attitude every single day! There’s so many quotes floating around this time of year, that are totally inspiring to me!
One we see quite often is “Thankful – Grateful – Blessed”! Do you ever wonder what that even means or if it’s redundant? I’d encourage you to look it up sometime, or head over to Bless Your High Heels on Thursday the 9th where I’ll be sharing about Living Our Thanks!
Here’s some more of my favorite quotes:
Start each day with a grateful heart!”
May our lives be full of both thanks and giving!”
Gratitude turns what we have into enough!”
It is not happy people who are thankful – It is thankful people who are happy!”
It is only when you live the prayer of thanksgiving, that you live the power of trusting God.” -Ann Voskamp
And, I created some printables, just for you! Hang one by your kitchen sink or on your bathroom mirror for a little reminder to be grateful each day!
Praying your heart will overflow with thankfulness for all God has done for you!