Thankful Heart by Sonya

 

As Thanksgiving is just around the corner, God has given me prospective on a lot of things and showing me all the things I am to be thankful for and to have a thankful heart. If I’m being real, this last month I was tested a lot in my faith because it seemed like nothing was going right. In two weeks time, my computer, my phone and my refrigerator stopped working. That wasn’t that bad but to find out all three of my daughters had head lice and dealing with that for two weeks was a toll. But to top it off was finding out my youngest daughter needed to have elbow surgery and my husband has Barrett’s esophagus. These things overwhelmed me as a mom to take care of my whole family and be strong in my faith. I wanted to just cry a lot of the times because I felt like I wasn’t getting a break from life. Have you ever felt like that in your life where everything around you was not going right? I fell to my knees and prayed and, with the Holy Spirit as my guide, He changed how I was looking at life. God showed me to look to Him and His Grace and not our circumstances. I love how 2 Corinthians 4: 15-18, “And as God’s grace brings more and more people to Christ, there will be great thanksgiving and God will receive more and more glory.” This why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we cans see right now; we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.”  The joys from above and all of who God is will last forever, which spoke right to my heart as I went through these troubles. Yes these troubles are short lived and it kept my eyes off the joy of the Lord and all He has done. God had to show me His glory by opening my eyes to all the things I do have and the good gifts God has given me. We are rich when we look to everything we have to be thankful for. I realized I have a daughter that is still healthy and doesn’t have a serious sickness or disease, and I have a husband that is strong in his faith and doesn’t have cancer. I realize life could be a lot worse and I am thankful for what I have and truly thank God for all His blessings. This Thanksgiving, hold tight to what God has given you and thank Him for it because we don’t know how long we are here. I am thankful I have my family to celebrate Thanksgiving with because I have dear friends that don’t have a daughter or mom to celebrate with this year. Give God the glory in all things especially when we go through hard times and when life can get messy. Having a heart of Thanksgiving puts our eyes off of ourselves.  I am so thankful God has shown me that through my troubles and prayer He will open my eyes to Him as well! I love you ladies and I am so thankful for each of you!

 

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