Well. That was quite a break. I almost forgot that I have a blog. That’s okay, though. I had a lot of family things going on, and family > blog. Right now, I am sitting in a hotel room in peace. and. quiet. I came along with Stephen on a work-trip, and he has given me the gift of two hours alone. I am loving it.
But on to thankfulness.
A song has been on my mind lately, with all these thoughts on thanksgiving. It goes like this:
I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart.
I will enter His courts with praise.
I will say, “This is the day that the Lord hath made.”
I will rejoice for He has made me glad.
Has God made you glad? This really is a trick question, because He should make you glad. Usually though,, other things make us glad. A new gadget. A good meal. A warm, sunny day. Things that go our way. We don’t really rejoice in God, Himself. We rejoice in what He gives us, as we should. BUT do we ever just rejoice in Him alone? In who He is? I challenge you to think about Him and His person this week. When we dwell on Him, we can be glad and thankful in any circumstance. The things around will not seem so important. It’s like the old hymn, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus…
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face.
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
Now, I’ve got some thanksgiving to give myself.
On day 12 I am thankful for my parents. They are hard working and always there when needed. They are wonderful grandparents – the kind that actually like their grandchildren instead of put up with them.
Day 13 has me thankful for God’s provision right when needed.
Day 14 I am thankful for Meredith, my second oldest. She has a beautiful, dimpled smile. She can be moody, but it is a good challenge for me to undertake. She loves to be like mommy or her sister. The things she comes up with make me laugh everyday. I love her very much!
Day 15 I am thankful for health care workers and medication. I got an infection this week, which was miserable. The doctor was able to pinpoint it and give me the right medicine. Are you thankful too, that we live in this medical age, instead of a time when people often died because they went to doctors? God is good!
And today, Day 16. I am thankful for God’s truth. There is truth, and that is a wonderful thing to rest my head upon every night. I do not have to wonder if any thing is certain- and I have wondered that at times- because I know that God and Hid Word are certain. To serve a God who embodies truth is a confident place to be, isn’t it?
I Will Enter His Gates written by Gwen R. Shaw
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus written by Helen H. Lemmel.