Though I try to be intentional about practicing the art of giving thanks throughout the year, it seems like November is the month when life finally slows down a little bit and I can really, truly think on the nuances of gratitude.
This month, I’m going to keep things a little shorter and share quotes that mean something to me. I hope you’ll share quotes and your thoughts on gratitude as well.
What kinds of moments are you living right now?
I’ve been living in busy moments, especially over these past couple of weeks. I attended a retreat, and then I made the five hour drive to cheer on my oldest’s marching band at the state competition. And that on top of preparations for these and daily life.
I find it’s in the busy moments that I most need to fix my heart on God. My focus tends toward doing the next thing. I drive myself hard to complete everything. And I end up drained at the end.
And a drained Jeanne tends to lead to . . . unpleasantness all around.
I love the exhortations in this quote. It covers about every kind of moment we live. When we’re happy? Let’s praise God. When we lift praise to our Father, we’re acknowledging His presence, His love manifested in our lives. Something happens in hearts that worship Him.
When we are living in difficult moments, let’s seek God. It’s only as we seek Him that we find peace in the not-understanding, in the wearying times.
When we are in quiet moments (and honestly? I’m trying to remember what those are as a mom of teen boys . . .), let’s seek God. When we have hearts and souls and spirits that are still before Him, we’re able to hear His voice, His promptings more clearly.
In painful moments—in those seasons when we want to ask, “Why, God?”—let’s choose to trust Him. He knows the plans He has for us, and they are for our good and His glory. Even when we don’t see the good or the glory.
When we trust God in our pain, He draws us near to Him and reassures us with His presence. When we choose trust in the not understanding, He deepens our faith because He shows Himself faithful.
And I love the last part of this quote: “Every moment, thank God.” Gratitude is a choice.
It’s easy to thank God when everything is going as I planned (that might be a bit of my inner control-freak peeking out). But what about when the kids make really, really bad choices? Or there’s a diagnosis? An unexpected loss? When we choose to find things to thank God for in every moment, our hope in Him deepens.
I’ve discovered that, when we look for things to be grateful for, God opens our eyes to see how He’s worked in the situations we face. And somehow that deepens my gratitude and my love for Him. And, maybe even enables me to know His love more intimately.
What about you? What moments are hardest for you to thank God in? What are some things you are grateful for right now?
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