Life and other catastrophes · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing

I choose to be thankful

I am grateful – completely and utterly – because today I make the choice to be.

And I do know that ‘counting your blessings’ when everything around is crumbling can seem trite and forced. But when I truly ask God for a spirit of thankfulness… when I seek him and cry out for the ability to praise him for the littlest thing right through to the largest of blessings… it’s amazing what he does. What he opens my eyes to…

I like this quote:

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

— Thornton Wilder

May our hearts be truly alert and awake to the treasures in our lives right now.

I believe gratitude, praise and worship is powerful and life-giving. Let’s speak out our thankfulness, because each day will bring forces which threaten to steal it. Each day we can choose to look at the negative – or we can boldly give voice to all the good that comes from the hand of our Heavenly Father.

I’d like to finish with a prayer:

Dear Lord…

Each day brings with it surprises which aren’t all good. Each new day I am met with challenges and the potential for fresh heartache and fear.

But nothing in my life is news to you. You know every part of my story, and have proven that your light shines bright in even the darkest of valleys… You are aware of my secret doubts and uncertainty, and you remind me daily that my heart and my hope is hidden in you.

I praise you for this new day. For the joy that’s available to me. For the promise you give me that you will always walk beside me, carrying my burdens with me. I praise you for the abundance of blessings right in front of me, and the incredible happiness yet to come. You are a GOOD God, and that will never, ever change.

I love you, and praise you, my Lord and my Redeemer! The stronghold of my life…

* Image courtesy of surrenderedforchrist.blogspot.com
* Image courtesy of surrenderedforchrist.blogspot.com

Psalm 146 (NLT) says:

“Praise the Lord! Let all that I am praise the Lord. I will praise the Lord as long as I live.  I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.”

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20 thoughts on “I choose to be thankful

  1. Hi Ali.
    Thank you for touching on thankfulness. We have a choice to be thankful and grateful. I love that because it is so true. We are commanded to be thankful but as Christians we tend to forget. How can we not be thankful when God has done so much for us….
    Thanks again Ali…

    Rolain

    1. So true Rolain! It is a daily choice isn’t it… and when we begin with the cross, and the resurrection, we realize the spiritual blessings far outweigh anything else we could find on earth..
      Thanks again for dropping by. Blessings,
      Ali

  2. great daily reminder and encouragement for each day. When I look back on my life, I see that even during the tough times, I’ve never missed a meal, always had plenty of clothing, a roof over my head and a bed to sleep in. Go from there and you’re already miles ahead of millions in the world. Giving thanks each morning and through out the day affords us the opportunity to see the ways God takes care of us. great post!

    1. So true Joy… just starting at the basics we realise we are already so well off. What a great God he is, hey – and we often ‘miss’ remembering all the many ways he provides.
      Thanks for your encouraging comments.
      Blessings,
      Ali

  3. I like your heart-felt prayer. I couldn’t agree more that gratefulness is a choice (and I think, a necessary ingredient to contentment.) We could all bemoan what is wrong in our lives and what we don’t have – but there here more joy to be found in rejoicing what we do have – no matter how small.

    1. Thanks Janna. I agree – may God give us all hearts and minds to delight in the good in each day, no matter how challenging our circumstances.
      Hope all is well with you and the move ahead. Ali

  4. Amen – what a beautiful thought to start off my day – I will make it my choice too be thankful in all circumstances, thanks for the reminder! 🙂

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it Patty – may God encourage all our hearts as we remember all the blessings and look for the good that exists in each day 🙂

  5. Thanks for today’s post… I loved the quote: “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” Amen…

  6. hey Ali, what a great reminder, that all of life is about choices… we can either choose to be thankful or we can choose to be negative… we should all choose to be thankful… for this is the will of God for us.

    1. Thanks for your words Walter. It’s good to remember that it’s His will – thanks for that reminder. And thankfulness is a choice we can make daily, by His grace. Be blessed as you remember all His blessings today.

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