Always and for everything
Some days it's easy to be thankful. Some days are just overwhelmingly good and I can't help but give thanks.
But most days I have to make myself be grateful. Most days I have to intentionally focus on giving thanks. It's not that most days are bad. It's just that most days are just days, not extremely good or extremely bad...just days. And it's just super easy most days to just be apathetic and not especially grateful for anything specific. At least that's how it is for me.
The Bible says:
"I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds" Psalm 9:1
"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" 1 Thessalonians 5:18
"Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" Ephesians 5:20
Always. And for EVERYthing. In ALL circumstances. With my WHOLE heart.
I so wish I could say that I was always thankful, instead of just sometimes thankful.
I wish I could say that I gave thanks for everything, not just the really good things or the obvious things.
I wish I could say I was thankful in all circumstances, but there are some circumstances that it's just plain hard to be thankful in. (Though I do think it's important to note that there is a difference between being thankful for all circumstances and being thankful in all circumstances.)
And I wish I could say that I give thanks with my whole heart, and not just some half-hearted thanks that is more like checking a box off a list of things I should do than it is like soul-deep gratitude for God's grace. (Can I be real here?...I honestly can't remember the last time I thanked God for our dinner meal with my whole heart...that prayer I say before a meal is so automatic and almost robotic...do I even think about what I'm saying? Or am I just saying the words out of habit? Sigh.)
Maybe it is just me, but thankfulness is something that I seem to forget and neglect far too easily...it's something I must relearn and remember, again and again...counting and recounting and recounting again His gifts, His grace. And not just on the really great days or even on the really bad days, but it's on all those in-between days when I need to make thankfulness my whole-hearted habit.
So I made a little print to hang up and remind me to give thanks, in ALL things and at ALL times. It's one that will be coming to the Little House Studio shop soon, so stay tuned! (I am shooting for a grand opening date of August 20th...that's just 2 weeks away!! Yay!!) But as a special treat, I will be giving this little design away as a part of next month's monthly freebies, which will go out on August 31st to everyone who has subscribed to Little House Studio by that day. Have you subscribed yet? If you haven't, all you have to do is click here and give me your email address! (I'll also be sending out some Grand Opening deals and surprises in the next couple of weeks...so go ahead and subscribe so you don't miss anything!)
Today I am reminding myself to Just. Give. Thanks. ALWAYS. With my WHOLE heart. What are you whole-heartedly thankful for today?