Thankful Heart

 

Girl holding a heart-shaped boxI want to have a thankful heart no matter what my circumstances.

I want to have a thankful heart in the middle of crisis.

I want to have a thankful heart in the joy of victory.

I want to have a thankful heart in the depths of grief.

 

A thankful heart can’t co-exist with a hateful heart.

A thankful heart can’t co-exist with anger.

A thankful heart can’t co-exist with selfishness.

A thankful heart can’t co-exist with greed.

A thankful heart can’t co-exist with envy.

A thankful heart can’t co-exist with jealousy.

 

A thankful heart CAN co-exist with giving!

A thankful heart CAN co-exist with love!

A thankful heart CAN co-exist with joy!

A thankful heart CAN co-exist with peace!

A thankful heart CAN co-exist with patience!

I think you get the picture – a thankful heart stands on its own and needs to be the foundation of everything good inside my heart.

I’m trying to commit this to memory this week. Check this out… 

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things,
    and desperately wicked.
    Who really knows how bad it is?
10 But I, the Lord, search all hearts
    and examine secret motives.
I give all people their due rewards,
    according to what their actions deserve.” (Jeremiah 17:9-10 NLT)

I want to have a whole thankful heart every day for the rest of my life.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Thanksgiving Sacrifice

 

Thank You Blue MarkerWe are just over a month away from the Thanksgiving holiday in the USA. We stop our work and connect together to celebrate around a meal with grateful hearts. This holiday event started out as a celebration of the harvest. The first US President, George Washington celebrated this holiday by proclamation in 1779. It was made a federal holiday in 1863 when President Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”, to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November”. The holiday today has morphed into the start of the Christmas shopping season.

Moses was giving the regulations for the fellowship (aka peace) offering. This was an offering that was presented as an expression of thankfulness. It reminded me a bit of our Thanksgiving meal. Check this out…

11 “‘These are the regulations for the fellowship offering anyone may present to the Lord:

12 “‘If they offer it as an expression of thankfulness, then along with this thank offering they are to offer thick loaves made without yeast and with olive oil mixed in, thin loaves made without yeast and brushed with oil, and thick loaves of the finest flour well-kneaded and with oil mixed in. 13 Along with their fellowship offering of thanksgiving they are to present an offering with thick loaves of bread made with yeast. 14 They are to bring one of each kind as an offering, a contribution to the Lord; it belongs to the priest who splashes the blood of the fellowship offering against the altar. 15 The meat of their fellowship offering of thanksgiving must be eaten on the day it is offered; they must leave none of it till morning. (Leviticus 7:11-15 NIV)

I believe that a thankful heart reflects humility and gratitude combined. I believe it appears to be a position of weakness by some, but I believe gratitude is a position of great strength. In our humility, the Power of the Greatest Giver – God is acknowledged and our perspective is changed dramatically. I have really been actively trying to start each day with a grateful heart before the Lord. He has blessed me in so many ways. He has provided for my family and me. He is always present to give me strength when I’m tired. He gives me wisdom and discernment when I’m at a crossroads of decision. I can’t possibly do justice to express to Him my thankfulness. The very least I can do for all He has done for me is to genuinely thank Him for Who He is and what He’s doing in my life.

Gratitude positions my heart to connect with the Lord and it touches every area of my life – especially my attitude!

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Give Thanks

 

Pretty girl praying.I’ve grown up “saying Grace” before all my meals.

“God is good;

God is great;

Let us thank Him for our food, Amen.”

I learned later that I was doing more than just reciting some ritualistic saying. It is actually a time to pause and thank the Lord for His provision of food for me. I’ve recently decided to cultivate a grateful heart for all the blessings the Lord provides.

Moses was giving instructions from the Lord regarding offerings. To me these were tangible ways to say thanks to the Lord. Check this out…

1 “‘When anyone brings a grain offering to the Lord, their offering is to be of the finest flour. They are to pour olive oil on it, put incense on it 2 and take it to Aaron’s sons the priests. The priest shall take a handful of the flour and oil, together with all the incense, and burn this as a memorial portion on the altar, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord. 3 The rest of the grain offering belongs to Aaron and his sons; it is a most holy part of the food offerings presented to the Lord. (Leviticus 2:1-3 NIV)

Giving thanks should be a part of the fabric of my being. I should be grateful for the simplest of provisions as well the blessing of abundance. Being thankful can change my entire perspective because the Lord provides all my needs. I was reminded recently that the word Gratitude has “attitude” in the middle of it. A grateful spirit will cultivate a great attitude in every area of my life. I think the Lord knew exactly what He was doing when He instructed Moses to have the people give offerings first from all their blessings. It was meant to shape their heart with gratitude.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Thank You

Thank You Blue MarkerThese are two very simple words that bring a certain level of understanding and gratitude. I understand that someone helped me. I also have a heart of gratitude for the help that others give to me. There are people who thing they are “owed something” or that they “deserve to be helped”. I’m not much on helping people who are ungrateful of my help or demanding of my help. That level of arrogance pushes me sideways a bit. Asaph had a proper perspective of gratitude. Check this out…

1 God, we give thanks to you.

    We give thanks because your Name is near.

    People talk about the wonderful things you have done. (Psalm 75:1 NIV)

 

Every good gift comes from God. He is the Source of Everything good. He does not give bad gifts or bad advice. He is close by as I walk through uncharted roads of life. He is always providing for me. He is always protecting me. I have a deeply grateful heart for the things He does for me.

He gives me perspective on how to reach out to others…helping is something He specializes at. As I speak my gratitude to Him – it turns into praise for all the things He’s done. He is worthy of my praise and gratitude and it does my heart good to bless His Name.

Thank you Lord for saving my soul.
Thank you Lord for making me whole
Thank you Lord for giving to me.
  Thy great salvation so rich and free!  
                           © 1940, renewal 1968 by Seth Sykes
 Pressing On!
Dwayne

Thank You

Thank You Blue MarkerThese two words carry some kindness and gratitude packed inside. These two words acknowledge that someone else blessed me. I learned at an early age to say “thank you” when someone did something nice for me. It can be really simple, like filling my glass with water at a restaurant, or as big as blessing me with a big gift. Those two simple words express something much bigger – a grateful heart.  Check this out…

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[b] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:11-19 NIV)

There are times when someone has blessed me so big that these two words seem so very small – I will thank them anyway. I need to thank my friends for being my friends. I need to thank those who help me at work. I need to thank the person who lets me go in front of them.  I really need to cultivate a thankful heart toward others.

I need to remember what it’s like to be lost and thank the Lord that He saved me. I need to be thankful today – all day – everyday!

Pressing On!
Dwayne