Monday, October 3, 2011

October Thanks...being deliberate

I thank the Lord God Adonai, YWHW, Jehovah...etc.......

Did you ever notice......... does it make you grieve as it does me, how so many  people "give thanks" but not to someone, specifically The Father of Heaven and Earth?

So many are willing to say his name [and all the derivatives of it] with accursedness but so few attribute their thankfulness to HIM.

It is a deliberate thing....thanksgiving ....... and it should be done with deliberateness.  Particularly at this time of year and through the next few months you will hear questions  and comments and requests to relate , 'what are you thankful for?' or the statement of 'I am so thankful .......' but listen closely, these have become catch phrases for our secular world where they leave out the TO WHOM are you thankful.  Humanly, I would like to hear how much someone enjoyed a gift I gave from the other room but so much more I would like to hear the person deliberately say, "Thank-you"  TO me.

So Thank you Lord Jesus, Heavenly Father and Holy Spirit for pulling me out of the miry clay and setting my foot upon the Rock of Salvation.  Sometime in the fall of 1976, 35years ago I took on a new attitude about God.  I asked You to show me the right way and You did!  And it changed my life completely.  And you used a girl very confused in life, one who was running her life into a ditch nearly every day to tell me, a confused girl running my life into a ditch [and not even knowing I was in the ditch] which way to look.  I looked, can't really say I understood, but I asked and You answered, and God how thankful I am!


Robin's Developments said...

I thought of you this morning when we were reading our devotional. It said, "When many things seem to be going wrong, trust Me. When your life feels increasingly out of control, thank Me. These are supernatural responses, and they can lift you above your circumstances. If you do what comes naturally in the face of difficulties, you may fall prey to negativism. Even a few complaints can set you on a path that is a downward spiral, by darkening your perspective and mind-set. With this attitude controlling you, complaints flow more and more readily from your mouth. Each one moves you steadily down the slippery spiral. The lower you go, the faster you slide; but it is still possible to apply brakes. Cry out to Me in My Name! Affirm your trust in Me, regardless of how you feel. Thank Me for everything, though this seems unnatural-- even irrational. Gradually you will begin to ascend, recovering your lost ground.
When you are back on ground level, you can face your circumstances from a humble perspective. If you choose supernatural responses this time-- trusting and thanking Me--you will experience My unfathomable Peace."
References: Psalm 13:5; Ephesians 5:20.

I was thinking about the choice to be thankful in all circumstances, even when it does not make sense. I am going to start trying to put something on my wall each day. Today I put "So thankful I can trust Him who is faithful in all things." Even on a hard day, He is still faithful.
Love you, friend.

Robin's Developments said...

Sorry I forgot to mention that this devotional is from a book called, "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young. I received it this summer and it has been a blessing.