Monday 03 September 2012

Thankful - no matter what!

Today I want to focus on all that I am thankful and grateful for because right now, my attitude is terrible and I need to focus on what is good and real and true in my life.


So, I am thankful and truly grateful that God's mercies are new every day (Lam 3 v 22-23).  Without this awesome gift, I would be done for.

I am grateful that even though the Lord knows my thoughts , He loves me and blesses me anyway.

I am thankful for each day.

I am thankful that although I am finding it hard to trust people, I can trust HIM.  He is trustworthy and true and He will never let me down.


Today my heart's desire is to give praise and thanksgiving to the One who created me, to the One who loves me enough that He gave a huge sacrifice for my salvation.  My heart's desire this day is to focus on Him and love Him and look up and make Him my focus.  Today, I want to constantly bring to mind those things for which I am thankful and make my own list so I can look back on it before I go to sleep at night so I go to sleep thankful.  It is in doing this, that my hope and joy will be restored, my faith and peace will be renewed.

After all, many are His thoughts about me (and you).  Ps 139 v 17:  How precious are Your thoughts about me.  They cannot be numbered.

I will remember today that it is not about what is going on around me, no, it is about the Lord and only about the Lord.  In changing my focus to Him, I know all that is around me and my perspective on it will change too.


My encouragement to you is that you remember how much God loves you and that He chose you long before you were aware of Him and His great love for you.  Remember His unmerited favour and undeserved grace that He pours out on us.  He does this because He first loved us.

God bless
Tracy

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29 comments:

  1. Sending love and prayers your way for a cheerful attitude Tracy! :) Thankful that you are embracing God's everday blessings regardless of what you are facing and feeling inside, you are truly an encouragement!

    Blessings and hugs dear one!
    Denise

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    1. Hi Clint - yes and amen and when I fail to go read His word, I forget those promises. Time to go read
      God bless

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  3. Amen Tracy! Thankfulness is so important. Praising and thanking the Lord for everything is so important. I am so thankful today that GOD loves me and chose me!

    Have a blessed day today Tracy!

    Chelle

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    1. Hi Chelle - You too and I am praying for you my friend
      God bless
      Tracy

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  4. I needed to hear this today!! My mood has been somewhat of an irritated one and this is a GREAT reminder!!! Great post my friend!!

    Blessings~
    Stacey

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    1. Hi Stacey - thank you, a reminder for me too.
      God bless friend
      Tracy

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  5. I am very thankful for friends like you....Does that count too?

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    1. Hi Stefanie - of course!!! and I am thankful for you, you make me laugh and you let me blow off steam! A good friend all in all, and the sense of humour - bestest ever
      God bless
      Tracy

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  6. Amen Tracy! I have days when it's hard not to let a bad attitude build and get worse. But you are right...the best thing to do is to focus on Him! Look at what's going well instead of what's going wrong. And who knows, what seems to be going wrong may end up being a provision from God...we just won't see it right now.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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    1. Hi Laura - unfortunately I sometimes let my attitude build up for too long and instead of reading the word which diffuses that frustration, I explode! But, God is patient with us, thank goodness
      God bless and thanks for the encouragement
      Tracy

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  7. Tracy,
    I have found that recognizing those blessings of each day, as you've done, helps me to focus on God more and the situation less. I'm praying that God will give you peace soon!

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    1. Hi there - amen! this is my goal and I'm glad that others do it too
      God bless
      Tracy

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  8. Hi Tracy,
    Your post made me smile. Often times when I don't feel like rejoicing, being thankful, or praising the Lord, if I just begin anyway, the clouds disappear and His Sonshine and peace come pouring in! (Phil 4:4-8)

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    1. Hi Esther Joy - this is so true. It is really our choice to take that step towards God as opposed to sitting around waiting for our attitudes to change. An act of the will right?!
      God bless
      Tracy

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  9. Dank je wel Tracy. Wij lijken op elkaar. Jouw bemoediging is zo goed. Glad with it!

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  10. This is so encouraging! To focus on His love for me puts everything into perspective. What does anything else matter? The God of the universe loves me! Amazing! Thanks!

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  11. Choosing to be thankful today! Thanks, Tracy.

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  12. Always a timely post! God has been highlighting the rewards of thankfulness to me lately! You are a blessing Tracy. Always!!

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  13. I recently wrote a post about grief and anger causing pain.
    It is best to let it go and not to hang on to what has happened. Playing it over and over like a movie will not change the event. You might enjoy this post:
    http://hazel-moon-blog.blogspot.com/2012/09/grief-anger-and-pain.html Your encouragement to find things to praise God for in important too. Thanks for sharing at Tell me a Story.

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  14. We are SO blessed to be loved by Him, King of Kings and Lord of Lords! That is ONE BIG THANKFUL on my list! Being thankful is one of the best attitude adjusters I know ;)

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  15. We are SO blessed to be loved by Him, King of Kings and Lord of Lords! That is ONE BIG THANKFUL on my list! Being thankful is one of the best attitude adjusters I know ;)

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  16. I could probably say lots of other things, but mostly I would like to say, simply, AMEN!!!

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  17. Thank you for this posting. Gratitude is key to finding joy in all situations. Bless you my friend.

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  18. A change in focus can really help turn our mood. So easy to get caught up in all that's wrong that we lose sight of the goodness in our lives that's why I like the idea of counting the gifts.

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  19. A great reminder for eveyone. Be thankful always. God is really good.:)

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  20. This resonates deeply and seems a little like a "sacred echo" to my own post. thanks for sharing! :)

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  21. I am just guessing about that. It is good that you are thanking god for everything. God always fulfill our wishes so, we have to thanks god for that.

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