In Luke 6:45 (NLT) reads, “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” I want to place an emphasis on the last sentence of that verse. “What you say flows from what is in your heart.” Put another way, what we say out of our mouth comes from our heart. Is thankfulness in your heart? Are you grateful for your portion? Do you see how God has blessed you? Your family? Your job? Your career? Your health? If thankfulness is in your heart, the words will flow out of your mouth. However, if you are not speaking words of thankfulness and praise, it will flow out of your mouth. What words have you been speaking? Are they words of thankfulness?
Week of Reflection
During the week of Thanksgiving, reflect on if you have been thankful throughout the year. It is easy for us to say that we are thankful as we attend a Friendsgiving surrounded by friends and family. It is not too hard to have a thankful heart when our life plans go the way we want them to. When life seems just peachy. Your marriage is all that you prayed it would be. Your toddler is having fewer tantrums. Your teens or preteens are actually acting ‘normal’ these days. But, what about the other 364 days of the year? What about if you are not where you thought you would be at this stage in your life? Do you have unanswered prayers? Have you been on the battlefield for your marriage? What if you have been fighting on your knees for your kids or lost loved ones? What if you suffered a loss this year? Are you alone for this holiday? Have you or a loved one received a bad report from the doctor?
Be Thankful in All Circumstances
I want to offer you encouragement because I have been in some situations where the last thing I wanted to say was a word on thankfulness, gratitude or praise. My heart was not in a place to formulate those words of gratitude, thankfulness or praise. But, that’s when I pulled out my Bible to read verses on contentment, or being thankful. You see I needed to plug into the Word in order to uplift myself. Other times, I would turn on my praise playlist. Friend to friend, I know what it is like to spend a holiday without loved ones. Through marital separation, I found myself celebrating Thanksgiving without my family. Nevertheless, I chose to look at the bigger picture and be thankful. I want you to do the same thing! You can find scripture verses like this one to encourage yourself, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT) “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” AMEN!! You see the first word in this verse? It is a command, not a question but a call to action. It is telling us to be thankful in all circumstances.
A Few Secrets to Share
Did you know that God inhabits our praise? And even more so, it defeats the enemy? The enemy thrives in our ungrateful hearts. He enjoys our pity-parties. When the enemy tries to plant seeds of doubt, lack, or any other lies, say out loud, “I will be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for me who belong to Christ Jesus.” This is a secret to thwart the enemy’s attack on your heart. The word of God is powerful and is one of your spiritual weapons, use it to your advantage! Remember that when it is hardest to praise God, that is the moment you need to praise him the most.
As you enjoy your family and friends (and food, of course!), check your heart to see if it is full of thankfulness.
Tell me, out of all that God has blessed you with this year, what is the one thing that you are thankful for?