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31 Days: Gratitude on Purpose – There is Always Something to be Thankful For.


Days 8 & 9 Combined

Thankful … sometimes we have a hard time feeling thankful for things because the circumstances are not optimum.

This morning I woke up, after a day of not “feeling” right/good, in which I didn’t do my usual routine. A change of season cold has been traversing the household and while I refuse illness things are what they are. So to say the least things were not Optimum.

But ….

Thankful

This 31 Days of Writing has evolved into a Focus on God and His things … where I thought I would be focusing on a few of my favorite scriptures He, Father God, has had me on a quest of gratitude for things that don’t always evoke thankfulness in us.

My day to day is in transition. My adult children are living their adult lives, finally, without my interference and this feels as though I am no longer needed. This doesn’t evoke gratitude in me … but I find I can be thankful that they are independent and successful, something I’ve always wanted for them, what mother doesn’t right? Yet I had a vision of what that independence and success looked like, and I was apart of it, and frankly that cannot be.

I find that I am thankful that God is showing me the wholeness of these things. I don’t necessarily like what I see, having your eyes opened wide to what God’s doing is not always a comfortable thing … thus this warning: Be careful what you ask for … God will open the doors and windows and show you upon request!

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you fathers, if your son asks fora fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” – Luke 11:9-13

This scripture is such a comfort … we can ask and God will provide what we are seeking, providing it is something within His will.

In it I can be thankful that if I ask for something that is outside of His will it will be refused. There is this saying that …

Not all good things are good for you.

So I am seeking God in all things … in thankfulness I praise Him for all I am and have. I am thanking Him for things like my day yesterday where I just rested and prayed, and it made that day productive. While I sat around and felt not quite great, each time I thought of something I found a way to thank God for that thing, good or bad.

I see this new routine improving my productivity, relationships and just my day to day.

I see this Gratitude on Purpose becoming a rote in my life as praying in tongues. Something I do purposely throughout my day without necessarily thinking about it. Really, it would be the Holy Spirit causing me to see the reason for my gratitude and just thanking God right then and there for things and people.

I will not quench the Spirit.

Rejoice always,pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19

This scripture says it so much better than I did … it is the essence of what I am trying to say and for that I am thankful. 🙂

Blessings.