God knows the world you and I live in... He lived here. And He knows that it can be a very difficult and painful place. He knows there are seasons when giving thanks can be a challenge as our blessings are overshadowed by our burdens. He also knows how we can so easily take our blessings for granted and fall into a bad habit of murmuring and complaining. Is anyone else guilty of this besides me?
The good news is that as we make God the focus of our thanksgiving, we become increasingly more aware of His presence... in the pleasant, as well as the painful, circumstances of our lives... and the more we become aware of God in our everyday lives, the more we are blessed... and thanksgiving becomes not just something we do but a lifestyle we live that brings glory to the Lord.
I believe God is calling us to make thanksgiving a habit, and as it is with developing any habit and having it become a way of life, it will require practice and encouragement. So every week on Thankful Thursday, I look forward to sharing more about what God has to say about thanksgiving to encourage you, as well as myself, to give thanks to the Lord every day... in all things... and in God's way. I hope you'll join me on this journey!