Don’t you just love all of the pictures of the #30daysofthankfulness? I love seeing the smiling families, sweet animals, pretty scenery, and coffee cups. It isn’t a secret being thankful changes our hearts. It gives us a peace and joy we might not always see.
Don’t get me wrong, if you are posting your 30 days of thanks, it doesn’t bother me so much as it has stirred a longing in my heart. I’ve never participated in the challenge. Maybe a part of it is because I don’t like to brag, or post personal pictures on Facebook. Another part of me, thought: “What if I didn’t have a good family? What if I was unhappy with my life? How could I still give thanks?”
As the week of Thanksgiving approaches, I wondered how to tune my heart towards thankfulness? I was feeling crummy and irritable. I needed to find the heart of thanksgiving. How do I cultivate thankfulness in my heart, instead of just looking on my outward circumstances?
I found the answer in Psalm 105-107. Before you jump onto Bible Gateway and read the entire passage, let me just show you Psalm 105:5: “Remember the wondrous works that he has done.”
That’s it. Remember. Thanksgiving is about remembering. We are thankful people when we are remembering people. Ann Voskamp talks about this in her book, and I’m ready. I’m excited to be remembering again.
Remembering His faithfulness.
Remembering His love.
Remembering His mighty answers to prayer.
Remember all of who He is and what He has done. As Psalm 105 moves in Psalm 106, we find the author remembering God’s amazing miracles during the Exodus of Egypt. He recalls the ten plagues, and the crossing of the Red Sea.
In Psalm 106:1 I read my favorite thanksgiving verse this year: “Praise the LORD! O give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
Even when my bank roll is small, God is enough. Even in the broken relationships, God loves me. Even with injustice, God is good. I can be poor, desolate, and lonely, but God is steadfast in His love. I can be in rebellion and shunning Him, and He still remembers His promise to me. He is faithful.
Where are you? I love Psalm 107 because no matter where you are, God finds you. Read these verses:
Some wondered in desert wastes.
Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death.
Some were fools through their sinful ways.
Some went down to the sea in ships
God still sees us. His love never fails! I encourage you to read all of Psalm 107 and read how we can give thanks, no matter where our hearts are this thanksgiving.
To help my heart remember, I’ve created a 5-Day Write the Word set of Thanksgiving Printables! Download a copy here. I find just writing God’s Word can tune my heart to truth. So write the God’s Word in paper, maybe it will write itself on your heart and you will find yourself remembering.
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