14.4

Day 4 of the “14 Days of Thanks” – a countdown to Thanksgiving

thanksgiving leaves

I will give thanks to the Lord with My whole heart

I will recount your wonderful deeds

I will be glad and exult in you

I will sing praise to your name, O Most High (Psalm 9:1,2)

I will give thanks… with my whole heart

my whole heart

It is so easy to do something half heartedly.  A song is sung in church and we just mouth the words, or we are given a time to personally express what we are thankful for and we do it like a child who’s made to go to his aunt to thank her for his birthday gift.

Sometimes it is hard to be thankful let alone with our whole heart.

In those times where our heart is just not in it, we should stop and take time to think and meditate on the “wonderful deeds” of God.  Not only the things He has done for the human race but the individual things He has done for us personally. For regardless of how dark your moment right now maybe, no matter how difficult, God is still at work in your life in the darkness and He’s doing wonderful things…

we just need to take time and force ourselves to see them

and once we do we become “Glad”

not in a way that ignores reality, or puts a smile on things where their should be tears, but we become “Glad” that we have a God that continues to work for us in the dark times with wonderful deeds beyond what our ability can achieve.

“Gladness” that brings us to “rejoicing” or “exulting” in God, who He is and His willingness to stick with us in the tough times and not just the good.

A “Gladness” that opens our hearts to singing

a gladness that opens our whole heart to Him…

in thanks.

I will give thanks to the Lord with My whole heart

I will recount your wonderful deeds

I will be glad and exult in you

I will sing praise to your name, O Most High (Psalm 9:1,2)

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