Thanksgiving is here. Our lives are full of things we can be thankful for whether it be small acts of kindness and generosity, words of hope and encouragement, gifts of love and caring. All we have to do is look around us and start counting! I am thankful for the best husband I could ever want or need. As I’ve been recovering from my knee replacement, he has been patient, loving, and attentive to my every need. He’s set his phone clock more times in the past couple of weeks than he has all year just to give me my pain pills, hook me up to my CPM machine, or get me my ice pack. I’m thankful for our children, our grandchildren, our parents, family and friends. Our church friends that have brought us dinners and just given us their time of fellowship since I got home has been an example of how God has taken a difficult circumstance and turned it into a blessing.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name. PSALM 100:4
Perhaps you stopped somewhere for lunch and when you got to the drive-up window, you were told that the person before you had paid for your lunch! Or your spouse gave you an extra long embrace before leaving the house. It could even be that your Grandchild cried for you when he was told that the Dr. was taking out your staples. Yes, Benjamin did that! We need to recognize God’s presence and the part God plays in every detail of our life.
There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and saw that she had only three hairs on her head. “Great,” she said. “I think I’ll braid my hair today.” So she did, and had a wonderful day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. “Hmm,” she said, “I guess I’ll part my hair down the middle.” So she did, and had a wonderful day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only one hair left in her head. “Wow,” she said. “Today I get to wear my hair in a ponytail!” So she did, and had a wonderful, wonderful day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that there wasn’t a single hair left on her head.
“Thank God,” she exclaimed. “I was running out of things to do with my hair!”
When we make a conscious effort to see God working even in the difficult circumstances turning them into positive ones, we nurture an attitude of gratitude, which is everything! Let’s be grateful for the things God has given us and ask Him for one more thing. A thankful heart, which takes time to notice those small precious gifts. If you are thankful for even the little things that come your way, let God know.