A Thankful Spirit

Let my mouth be filled with Your praise and with Your glory all the day.-Psalm 71:8

Do you have a thankful attitude? Do you catch yourself griping about something, rather than thanking about the opposite? Do you thank God for the days you are healthy rather than pray to Him when you’re sick?

God laid this on my heart earlier today. He’s reminding me of something He’s been nudging me along about for a few weeks. I’m learning alot in the Bible studies I’ve been participating in this summer, but I’ve also grown and been encouraged by the fellowship with other believers. I’ve not been thankful for all of these individuals He’s brought into my life as of late. Trust in that I am so very thankful and full of praise to God for them all. They are amazing people who bless me in various ways. They are uplifting, understanding, enlightening, welcoming, and encouraging.

Looking past the currency of my life, I see things I should be grateful and thankful for in my life that I hadn’t seen as means to give thanks before now. I’ve struggled with my career path since I got my Bachelor’s degree-due in part to not praying for God’s insight for my vocation. I’ve also struggled with the attachment of a monetary value to my career, especially once I took on a student loan. A woman said to me last week at church, “You impact so many young people in your job.” She may not have realized this, but that one sentence blew me away. I realize I interact with America’s brightest future daily in my job, but I guess I never really saw myself as impactful. I took for granted the role I have. I love what I do and I am not sure I’d trade it for anything else. I work with amazing students who are passionate and full of life. Thankfulness washed over me for what I do and the people I work beside. Times are tough in our industry right now, but I know through prayer and supplication my God can provide. He already has, more than I could ever hope for.

I’ve taken for granted friendships I once had, and wish I had back. But I know God puts people in our lives at certain times for certain reasons that we may never know. I’m thankful I don’t know. A lady in our women’s group on Mondays said “If we knew all that God had planned for us, we’d turn and run in the opposite direction.” I think that sums it up quite well. I’m thankful God only gives me what He knows I can handle. And I’m thankful that I don’t get what I deserve….which I learned today is the definition of mercy.

Most of all I’m thankful for a great church family to call home. They are a blessing. I’m learning and growing in God, fellowshiping with God’s people, and praising Him through it all. I pray you’ll be encouraged by this blog and find something in your own life to be thankful for that you haven’t been before.

Verse of the week: 1 Corinthians 10:13

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