I need more.
This morning, I needed more thankfulness.
I woke up late, probably due to my asthma giving me trouble.
I’d neglected to open the house last night, to allow the cool evening air to circulate and cool down the house.
As I moved around trying to get the lamb’s bottle, make my husband’s coffee, and open the house, I found myself struggling.
(I have so much compassion for elderly people!)
Yet, as I did the required things, the Lord spoke to my heart.
“Lord, thank You for this beautiful day. Thank You for my husband, please be with him at work and help him in all he does.”
After feeding my lamb, I went to open the chicken coop.
The outside door had been difficult for me to open, so last weekend, my husband fixed it.
As I hooked it open I praised God for His blessings, specifically my husband and an easier chicken door.
My sluggishness began to return as I headed to water the garden.
Our hose is newer and often causes me trouble, this morning was no different.
I began to grumble in my heart and the Lord spoke again.
“Yes, Lord. Please forgive me.”
“Lord, thank You for this hose, as difficult as it is, I am so glad I’m not carrying buckets of water.”
“Lord, thank You for Your provision, how You are making our garden grow. Thank You that even with the loss of so many plants, You have given us much. Lord, I lift up my day and thank You for Your blessings. You know what is in store, please help me to hear Your voice and trust in You completely, waiting upon You for direction.”
I setup the sprinkler, watering the corn, and heard my husband.
He was headed to work, but came out to kiss me goodbye.
We briefly talked and he left an image of his warm smile on my heart.
“Lord, thank You for my husband. I’m so blessed.”
By the time I returned to the house, my attitude had lifted greatly, the physical restrictions were no longer able to rob me of joy.
After all, God is good, His mercy endures forever, what, in this life, compares?
If I suffer, it is a reminder to pray, praise, and be thankful.
Psalm 30:12 KJV — To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your patience with me, such a slow learner. Thank You for Your mercy and grace which never fail! Lord, thank You for reminding me to be thankful. It has been such a joy to turn all things back to an opportunity to praise You. For You are worthy of all honor and glory. Lord, thank You for supplying my needs, especially this week. You know I was not looking forward to our schedule, yet You have stepped in and carried us through. Lord Jesus, You know what is required for today and I rest in Your provision, trusting Your Sovereignty. Lord, please continue to remind me to be thankful, especially when I stray into self-pity. Guard my heart against the temptations of self focus and continue to teach me how to see as You do. Lord Jesus, I praise Your holy name! Amen.