Being thankful

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Being thankful isn’t something that comes natural to many of us. In this day and age of social media it’s even more tempting to take to the web to air your current frustration or worry. That is why I am excited about a new trend on Facebook during the month of November.

Many Facebook users are using their status updates each day of the month to tell their followers what they are thankful for that day. Now I know that this is in conjunction with Thanksgiving on the 22nd, but at least for a few weeks we can see some positive posts, right? But what if we were thankful for our blessings not just on Facebook during November, but in our lives 365 days out of the year?

Psalm 30:11-12 (NAS) Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing; Thou hast loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness; That [my] soul may sing praise to Thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to Thee forever.

To me, thankfulness isn’t dictated by our current circumstance — it is a mindset that must be exercised much like an athlete must exercise each and every day. It’s way too easy to just sit in your arm chair and complain. That is our nature. But what if we made the choice that despite our current situation we would find at least one thing in which we could give praise and thanks to God. Even if the only thing you can think of is your salvation.

Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the LORD.”

Now to be thankful in all circumstances is not to be in denial of your surroundings — but it is to be mindful of God and reflective of what He has done for you in the past and knowing He will be here in the present and the future!

Why should we be thankful that the Lord is God?
It is He that answers prayer.
It is He that protects.
It is He that forgives and gives eternal life through His Son.
It is He that says “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”

No matter what goes wrong in your life today, the Lord is God!
No matter who is in the White House, the Kremlin, or Buckingham Palace, the Lord is God!
No matter how you feel the Lord is God!
He is always in control.
He is sovereign.
Nothing gets by Him.
Nothing takes Him by surprise!