It’s a cool, dreary, rainy, wet-leafed day.
Words must have slipped beneath those rain-soaked fall leaves covering my backyard. So I dug back in the recesses of a couple of old posts and yanked out some words.
Because the only word I can think of right now is…
No funny tales or deep-studied thoughts.
So many things in this world attempt to shoot arrows at our lives. Anger. Hate. Heartaches. Trials.
It all jams up that pipeline of thanksgiving.
But it’s also that time of year…
Thanksgiving! Oh, how we love our Thanksgiving feast. To fill our mouths with all yummy things. And fill our bellies full of goodness and delight. *
Thanksgiving is not a once-a-year, special holiday for being as overstuffed as the turkey. Thanksgiving is an eternal season of the heart, an overflow of the heart’s gratitude for all that God has done, is doing, and will do, and for everything one possesses, no matter how much or how little that may be. **
But what if circumstances offer us no festive fare to fill our stomachs? What if our difficulties bring us nothing but heartburn? What fills our mouths? Grumbling and complaining?
We need thanksgiving therapy. We need to push out “foolish talk” with thanks and praise, as Paul exhorted the Ephesian church, that there be “neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.” (Eph. 5:4 NKJV)
Oh, to have our spiritual belly filled with goodness and delight that it would overflow in praise and thanksgiving! Jesus said, “Whatever is in the heart overflows into speech.” (Luke 6:45b TLB) *
Therefore, every day of our journey through life should be Thanksgiving Day.
I desire to have the same attitude of gratitude as Habakkuk. In his prayer, the prophet asserted his faith in God and promised to praise Him, even if all else failed, “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vine; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation.” (Hab. 3:17-18 NLT) **
If nothing else, we can be thankful “to the Father who has made us fit to share all the wonderful things that belong to those who live in the Kingdom of light… For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.” (Col. 1:12 TLB, Col. 1:13-14 NLT)
May your heart, your soul, your spirit, and your mouth always be filled with thanksgiving!
Only one word I can think of right now…
Yours in thanksgiving, Lynn