Monday, 27 June 2011

Living a life of Thankfulness - Part 2

God wants us to live a life of thankfulness.  I think if we do, it demonstrates that we

  1. acknowledge Him as our Lord and Savior, and the source of all good gifts, and
  2. It keeps us humble as we don't look to pat ourselves on the back.
For example:  Instead of me saying to myself - 'awesome veggie soup Tracy (it is winter here)', I say , 'Thanks Lord, for all the veggies I can put in this soup and for how nourishing it is.'

Simplistic, but it makes the point.

Ps 50 v 23:  He who brings an offering of praise and thanksgiving honours and glorifies Me; and he who orders his way aright, to him I will demonstrate the salvation of God.
God says in His word that He prefers thanksgiving to sacrifice of material things.


He says for us to give thanks always.
Eph 5 v 20:  Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Even when you pray to the Lord, He wants you to give thanks.
Phil 4 v 6:  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with THANKSGIVING, let your requests be known to God.




The picture I have in my mind is of a pot on the stove (God), and we are in the pot and we need to cover ourselves with the juices of thanksgiving.  We need to keep topping the pot up with thanksgiving and stew in the juice, so as God puts the temperature up, we absorb thankfulness into every cell of our being.  We should be so steeped in thanksgiving that the pot never dries out, never gets burnt on the bottom, and we become flavoured with thanksgiving.  So flavoursome, so as to draw others - to Christ!

Col 2 v 7:  Rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with THANKSGIVING.



I think the most important times to give thanks is when you least want to.  Kids driving you insane?  Thank God for them, it changes how you feel about them in that moment.  Work boring you to death?  Thank God for it, and thank Him for what He may be bringing your way work wise in the future, etc.  I think the times of true testing of our faith are the times we most need to give thanks.

I am starting to realize how life changing a thankful heart and attitude can impact my life.  I had no idea.  I sat in church, have heard it often, but putting it into practice - gives thankfulness and my relationship with God a whole new dimension.

God is amazing!

How has being thankful to God changed your life?



God bless
Tracy

22 comments:

  1. Very very true. It's easy sometimes to miss how truly blessed we are. Great post :)

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  2. We hit a deer a few minutes ago and I'm thanking God for protection --

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  3. Wow Pamela - I'm glad you are ok!
    Thank you Lord for your protection.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  4. We had a great service at church today and I am thanking GOD for that! I'm also thanking GOD for great friends. He has truly blessed me! Because of my church and the friends HE has given me there, I am growing in my walk with HIM.

    I also want to thank HIM for all my bloggy friends! You are all great!

    Have a blessed day in HIM!

    Chelle

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  5. Hi Chelle. I appreciate you too.
    God bless - He is good - all the time
    Tracy

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  6. I am thankful for the school holidays and not having to watch the clock and be time conscious.

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  7. Hi Stefanie. I soooooo agree.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  8. I've learned to start off all my prayers just listing reasons why I am thankful. This always quiets my heart and seems to direct my attention to the foot of the cross. Thankfulness changes your whole outlook.

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  9. Lovely post! We really do have it good, we are blessed beyond many. When I look at other countries who don't have what we have and yet they can praise and worship God with everything that is within them. And we sometimes don't give God praise and worship for we act like He owes us something. I wonder will we ever get it and see how blessed we really are? If He does nothing else for any of us will be still praise His name will we still say we are blessed, will we say we are grateful/ I wonder what we would do. Being thankful is much more then saying it with our lips it's a life style that one leads and live every day. That is why Jesus says He looks within the hearts of man, for we can say it all day with our lips and people can believe it but they don't see what is really in our hearts, thank God that He looks at our hearts and not just what we say with our lips. AMEN

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  10. Tracy, I was talking to my daughter as I was reading your post. My daughter is a nanny and was complaining about her job. This part really spoke to her - "I think the most important times to give thanks is when you least want to. Kids driving you insane? Thank God for them, it changes how you feel about them in that moment."
    Thanks for your words about being thankful.

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  11. When I did my A to Z blog challenge, I made it one of thankfulness and it really made me appreciate the little things and to LOOK for things to be greatful for.

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  12. I love your pot analogy! I will "stew" on this today:)

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  13. Hi Eileen - I also find to start prayer with thanks feels right.

    Hi Desiray - yes I feel blessed too and I know when times are tough I also have with held my praise of God because of not understanding His ways. Great comment

    Hi Lisa. God is so good - placing words just where they need to be seen. Your daughter is a far braver woman than I.

    Hi Shanda - I should do and a-z challenge on myself - I'd probably get stuck.

    Hi Kristin - I felt foolish typing that up so I'm glad you liked it!

    Tracy

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  14. Being thankful even in the bad times, reminds us of Who is in control, it gets our minds off ourselves and makes us look up to realize Who is our protection, Who is our shelter, being thankful reminds us that we are truly blessed.

    Blessings.

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  15. I can always find so much to be thankful for! But, sometimes, we tend to want to step in our own cow patties(self-pity), instead of look to our blessings. I'm just thankful to be able to talk, think and write about His awesomeness! Be blessed!

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  16. Hi Kandi - I agree, being thankful reminds us how blessed we really are.

    Hi Cynthia - if all self-pity smelt like cow-patties, maybe we'd hold on the self-pity.

    God bless
    Tracy

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  17. Beautiful post, Tracy. It isn't easy to give thanks during difficult times, but God's word tells us to do so. It certainly changes our perspective when we thank Him for the things we have rather than focusing on what we do not have.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  18. Tracy,
    Being thankful has made me much less pessimistic...I'm not always looking for the negative, it makes me search out the positive.

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  19. Being thankful for the small blessings through our big storm is the only thing that got us through. It's when we look beyond our circumstances and see God for who He is and what He's done for us, that the peace that passes all understanding shines through!

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  20. God is teaching me constantly about a life of sacrificial thanksgiving. I think I've got it figured out and he strips back another layer. Praise is a privilege and a necessity!

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  21. Hi Joan, Amy, Becky and Beck. Thanks for your comments. Thankfulness definitely is changing my outlook to being more positive and more appreciative of all God does, the big and the small.
    God bless
    Tracy

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