give thanks

 

Give thanks . . .  

Flashbacks… memories are flooding through my mind.  Thanksgivings past.  Family gathering.  Aromas filling the air.  Sounds of children playing and generations talking.  Handprint turkeys made by little children displayed on the fridge.  Football games that dominated time for dinner.  Sharing around the table our thankfulness.  Granddaddy’s blessings of the food —-passing the honor to July son [oh how I miss hearing him pray to his Abba Father].

Looking around this year, a part of me has been dreading this day set aside for “thanksgiving” —- how do you bow your head and give thanks when a part of the Mom heart is crushed?  When Daughter calls with tears in her voice not understanding a hard goodbye to Brother?  When April Son faces the challenge of being a single dad?  When a student has unexpectedly loss their mom to cancer?  When a friend has been admitted to the hospital with a stroke?  When another friend’s husband has walked out, leaving her with two young daughters?  This list could go on … and does.

Counting gifts  . . . that’s what makes me lift my head and my hands to give thanks.   The heart may be crushed, but I know my God hears my prayers every single day for my Prodigal. HE hears my prayers for eyes to be opened, for ears to hear the calling of the Spirit, for the chains of the lies and deceit to be broken.  For Divine Restoration.

I have so much to be thankful for, even when it seems hard.

So I can wring my hands or I can extend my hands.  I can confess my anger, my hurt —- I give thanks.  This is what my heart has been learning —- give thanks, in all things.  Not just today, but everyday–all day.  

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your Name
[Psalms 92:1]

About beegee10

I am a follower of Jesus on the journey of discovering His real, lasting joy through God's grace and thanksgiving. Several years ago, I married my best friend, whom I met in kindergarten many years ago. Life choices took each of us on separate paths, but Divine Appointment brought our paths back together. It's exciting to share this journey with my sweet man - a man who loves God more than he loves me! What a gift!! As a young woman I prayed for God to send a godly man like my daddy to pursue me. I just wasn't listening and abiding when I should have been. Good news in HIS time and in HIS grace, HE did! Not only does my sweet man love me, but he loves my three grown kids as if they were his own. He shares their joys and he hurts when they hurt. I love to hear him pray for each of them daily as we begin and end our days. View all posts by beegee10

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