Thanksgiving was a beautiful day spent with family and friends. I had an opportunity to give thanks to God for all that He has done in my life, the food, my family, health and all that He is still yet to do. But as I reflect on my journey of “giving thanks”, I am learning that gratitude is an attitude in my heart that must continue to be cultivated, and it only grows out of a continual grasp to find beauty in all things.
In ALL things.
How is it that I can give God thanks for a cancer-stricken friend?
How do I muster up the strength to thank Him when depression rears it’s ugly head?
What about during this season of financial lack?
As I continue on my journey, I am learning that gratitude is not always birthed in a season when all is well. But it is most often birthed in a season of lack. It’s roots go down as I set my face like flint and purpose in my heart to stand firm on the Rock, Christ Jesus and to not be moved when the winds and storms rage. It blossoms through seasons of intense pain and discontent. It flourishes in a heart that yearns and longs to be filled.
But the Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame. (Isaiah 50:7)
Do you see?
My pastor often speaks about beholding. “What you behold, you will become.” When I set my eyes on my circumstances and choose to allow them to become my standard for living, I am truly missing out on all that God has for me. I want to learn to behold Him. To behold His beauty. For it’s only when I behold Him that my eyes will be opened, and then I will truly see beauty.
One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple. (Psalm 27:4)
I am so thankful that God is with me on this journey. It’s been a hard few days of looking to see the depth of the goodness of the Lord despite what my natural eyes show me. But I choose to trust. I choose to lean into Him. I choose to see with new eyes.
Grace gifts 374-385
374. Spending Thanksgiving with unsaved family and sharing the light of Jesus.
375. No fuss shopping on “black Friday”.
376. Sales on “wish list items”.
377. Chocolate mousse.
378. Glimpses of red in the sky, reminding me of God’s love and forgiveness.
379. Strawberry lemonade.
380. His Word, which reminds me of His promises toward me.
381. His forgiveness. I fail so often. But His love never fails.
382. The tender hearts of my children towards the Lord.
383. Cleansing tears.
384. Watching Christmas movies with my family.
385. That He continues to draw me by His loving kindness.