Circumstances have a way of getting up in our face. They distort our vision and blind us to the reality of everything else around. When I'm struggling with a trial, whether it's a dirty house, a child's bad attitude (or mine), a difficult relationship, or a real crisis, my emotions tend to forget that anything else exists. And in the forgetting, I become delusional.
Giving thanks reveals reality. It puts God's good gifts on display where they stand as evidence of His intimate love and care for our hearts.
Consider this quote from my favorite devotional "Daily Strength for Daily Needs":
Gratitude consists in a watchful, minute attention to the particulars of our state, and to the multitude of God's gifts, taken one by one. It fills us with a consciousness that God loves and cares for us, even to the least event and the smallest need of life. When this feeling is awakened, the heart beats with a pulse of thankfulness.
Every gift has its return of praise.
It awakens an unceasing daily converse with our Father, -- He speaking to us by the descent of blessings, we to Him by the ascent of thanksgiving. And all our whole life is thereby drawn under the light of His countenance, and is filled with a gladness, serenity, and peace which only thankful hearts can know.
What might giving thanks reveal about your reality?
So thankful for . .
2. Rainy, fall days
3. Steamy mugs
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