I mean, it's obvious. Just go a few posts back, and you get a glimpse into my life and how far my focus is from where it should be. I don't want that to be my life story. I want to be someone who can truly be thankful in every situation.One of my goals this year was to become a radically thankful woman. I know in my heart that thankfulness is key to true joy in this life. I know that I could truly experience the fullness of life when my heart chose to purposefully focus on the good. I know my life could bring honor and praise to my Creator, and attract a watching world around me, when I was thankful and did not take for granted the precious gift of this life. This is my quest.And yet so often, I falter in depression. I stumble into focusing on my little daily troubles – the ever growing laundry pile, the messy toys thrown here and there, and the financial struggles of staying within our budget. I loss sight of the good…I loss sight of the beauty all around me.
It's really quite amazing how many wonderful reminders God has brought into my life since my depressing post last week. From my friend Renee's blog, to Lindsay's blog, to 19 Kids & Counting. Seriously. I was watching the special on Sunday night, and Anna Duggar said something that just really hit me. She was sharing with some women in a prison about how she had miscarried a baby a couple months ago. She said “One thing that really helped was thanking God, thanking him in the good times and thanking him when things don’t go the way we expected them to … If you thank God it really, really releases you and helps you to be able to go on with life.”
I think that choosing to be thankful is hard. But I also think that it is what God wants. These verses say it well.
Colossians 3:15-17 (New International Version)15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
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