Grace to be thankful...

Last night I wrote an email catching up a friend about how my husband’s parents are now living with us.  I didn’t think I had written a “waahh, waahh” note but rather was just stating the facts.  You know, I talked about how I am learning to be a nurse’s aid, staying overnight in the hospital with Mother so she would eat and drink, little tidbits that would tell her about my life. 
In her sweet note back she very graciously reminded me to be thankful.  What?  I wasn’t complaining, I was just telling her how it is going with me.  God gently reminded me of the theme He has been putting on my heart from Scripture in the month of August – the importance of thankfulness.  Here are a few things I have written in my journal this month:
Psalm 95:2 – “come into His presence with thanksgiving”
Colossians 1:11 – Please strengthen me with Your glorious might so that I will give thanks to You, my Father.
Psalm 100:3 – You want me to know You as LORD and God through thanksgiving and praise.
Colossians 3:16-17 – As I let the word of Christ be at home in me, thankfulness to God will overwhelm in my heart and whatever I do will be done in His name (not mine) and I will give thanks to God the Father through Jesus.
Colossians 4:1 – continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving
Hebrews 6:17 – thank you that it is impossible for You to lie (me exercising that truth)
I had already forgotten!  Yes, without being thankful to God my letter did have a “waahh, waahh” feel to it.  If it had come from a heart of overwhelming thankfulness, the reader would have known.  Ok, this may not be a new thought to you but it is for me.  I was thinking there is some neutral ground where I could talk about what is going on in my life without being thankful and I still wouldn’t be complaining or grumbling.  Now I see that this is not true.
New food for thought this week.  Today, I am asking when I don’t feel thankful I am going to ask God to show me something to be thankful about in that circumstance.
Verna McCrillis, 8/29/2012