poetry

May I Be Found Thankful

May I Be Found Thankful

I’m going to be grateful for the rest of the year.

So I have a challenge

To all who are reading

What if we become thankful

Instead of pleading

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May I be found thankful

While I am praising You

Even when I don’t feel

Like it’s what I want to do

Today I choose to be grateful

I am so amazed

Because without Your grace

I couldn’t be saved

So while I do wait

Promises yet afar off

I will give thanks to You

And never ever scoff

I am eternally thankful

Yes I am without excuse

Lord Jesus so wonderful

Loving kindness we can deduce

This season of Thanksgiving

I am going to sit and trace

The love You freely show

From Your amazing grace

So much to say

So much to share

Gratitude is the key

My soul I’ll bare

Oh God in Heaven

The Faithful and True

How can I extol

A heartfelt Thank You

I am more than grateful

I am totally enraptured

I’m encircled with grace

I am caught and captured

Your love so infectious

Your love so resounding

I lack intelligible words

To share how astounding

What was I thinking

Who could count or trace

Your Goodness and Love

It is unending never effaced

So I have a challenge

To all who are reading

What if we become thankful

Instead of pleading

We could count our blessings

I’m sure we would all agree

That our blessings reach higher

Than the tallest redwood tree

O let us become more thankful

Make your list if you can

Because being more thankful

Is The heart of Fathers Plan

For when we are grateful

We share The Good news

It is Fathers good pleasure

In His Kingdom to put us to use

The ministry of hope

Is needed so much today

So begin by being thankful

First when you pray.

An attitude of gratitude

So contagious I hear

How about we just be thankful

For the rest of the year

© laurette laster 2018 November

There are times when it seems like being thankful is hard work. Or like gratitude eludes us and it is out there somewhere yet we can’t seem to reach it and tap into it. Isn’t this strange? Why is that? If we have received and accepted the gift of salvation our Lord offers to us so freely, we have more to be thankful for than we could think or imagine. Salvation alone is enough to be thankful for into eternity and to last an entire lifetime, wouldn’t you agree? So why is it then that there are times when being thankful is a chore? How can weather, sickness, circumstances, or situations cause us to be less thankful?

Could it be because we have attached feel good emotions and feelings to things. We believe we must feel a certain way or have an emotional tinge or charge before it is real gratitude. I am so thankful that I love all the seasons, but I do know there are those who do not like the cold winter days. I have a family member who says to me often, “You know I am solar powered.”

Isn’t it true, that it is quite the opposite? When we purpose in our hearts it is done according to scripture. We make a decision or decisions prior to having emotional feelings, and then we are to speak to our souls, just as king David taught us. “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my savior and my God.” (Psalm 43:5 NIV)

And again in this verse, “Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on God – soon I’ll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He is my God.” (Psalm 42:11 MSG)

Being thankful l is the key to health and happiness. We do not need to be thankful for every situation, but we do need to be thankful in every situation, just as we are instructed. “ Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard you hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)

On cold dreary days like today I am reminded that the late fall and winter time is indeed root season. We cannot expect to have a harvest of new growth without root time.  This is the time for us to press into the things of God and nourish our roots with His word.

Dear Heavenly Father, in these changing turbulent times I pray we purpose to keep our minds and our souls set on the things of You, and be found by You, to be thankful grateful believers. Help us Lord God of our souls, to keep our minds focused on whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- that we think on such things. Thank you Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd and overseer of our souls. Amen.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. laurette