Food for thought…choosing to be thankful

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As I woke, the kids were still sleeping, I snuck downstairs got the fire going and thought about what I am most thankful for.  I didn’t even know where to begin.  I am in awe when I look at what God has blessed me with.  But sometimes our vision gets a little blurred, sometimes we (very easily) can look at the downside of everything in our lives.  A heart of love for the Lord will consequently create a heart of thankfulness and gratitude for all that He has done for you and I.  When we have that heart, when we are grateful for Him, His promises, and His blessings…..it molds our entire attitude and behavior.

You and I have a great ability in our homes and in our families to set the tone for everyone’s attitudes.   “A wise woman builds her house, a foolish woman tears it down with her hands”   How grievous to consider the thought that I have the potential to tear down my home. We build and tear down with our words, our behavior, and our attitudes. 

Are there hard times as mothers? No doubt! There are absolutely hard days, hard situations, hard endeavors that leave us feeling miserable and worn down.  Here is the thing ladies, how we react to those things will determine whether we are building or tearing down our homes.  If I am in a wretched mood when my husband and kids get home from school, I can expect that it will infiltrate into them, and it put them into a bad mood as well.  

Here is my point…we all have hard circumstances at times.  We have all had hardships, troubles, difficult circumstances, BUT…when we choose to be thankful to the Lord despite our circumstances, it will change our entire attitude.   He commands us this “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” 1 Thess 5:18.  Do you know what the result is when we are grateful and thankful in our circumstances? Joy. We find joy in circumstances that we never thought possible. 

Each breath that we take is because God himself put that very breath into our lungs, it is a gift.  The abundant joy, love, and peace that we can experience as Christians starts with these two words within our hearts toward our Savior……Thank you.  Say it to Him often and rest assured that it will change your life.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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