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:
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…
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.”