Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Giving Thanks

What are you thankful for? The truth is, when someone poses that question to me I often can’t answer right away. For me it’s the kind of question I don’t want to skip over with a pat answer like, “Oh, I’m thankful for my family and friends.” Who isn’t? That kind of thankfulness just goes without saying. No, what I’m talking about is that deep swell of gratitude that floats across your heart when you realize you have been on the receiving end of God’s favor.
One Thanksgiving I was not feeling thankful as my family had just endured a season of challenge I thought we would never recover from. My heart was burdened by the heaviness of battle and I felt abandoned and alone. Looking back on that time I’m startled to see the coldness in my heart and the sadness in my demeanor. The contrast to who I am today is mind boggling and can only be explained by the truth spoken in Titus 3:3-4, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” Now I can testify that my family has been restored in ways my human brain could never have imagined.

God is acutely aware of our suffering and knows the reality of our pain. Because He is committed to loving us freely He lays some of His authority aside allowing struggles so that our faith will grow and we will know more of Him. The challenge for many of us is to face our struggles with faith. When we successfully stand on the foundation of our faith God’s kingdom is magnified. I’m thankful that as God’s child I can go boldly to Him with my needs, casting them at his feet with confidence, knowing He will provide me with the grace and mercy that I need.

Taking Action:
Reflect for a moment on what challenges you are facing at this time and then answer the following questions.
· What would you like to see happen?
· What steps can you take today to move towards your goal?
· What are you thankful for? Tell someone.

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Blessings, Ally Johnson

1 comment:

Diane Markins said...

My thoughts were in the same place this week approaching Thanksgiving. I spoke at a conference last weekend about Depression and Faith. Looking into some of those hurting, heartsick faces I was reminded of how purposeful we sometimes must be in our gratitude. It isn't easy when our whole world is in turmoil or pain. Your suggestions are wonderful tools.