Giving Thanks


I am sitting back in awe of God, overflowing with thankfulness, overflowing with joy. Starting this journal of thanks has been life changing. I am serious. Is it a coincidence that I am having blessings poured upon me this week? There must be a connection here. In John 10:10 Jesus said that he came to give us an abundant life. Is this what he was talking about?



Recent excepts from my journal:

76. Thank you for the sun shining, the birds twittering their constant praise to You, the sound of the lawn mower in the distance coming through on the cool scented breeze at my bedroom window.

77. Thank you for the three year old boy, my ninth child, asleep on my lap. Asleep, after insisting that "I AM NOT TIRED!"






78.Thank you for family.

79.Thank you for the smell of bread baking in the oven.

80. Thank you for using me, for giving me a spiritual gift. It is the best part of my life.

81. Thank you for the opportunity to open our house to strangers this week.

82. Thank you for fellowship and encouragement and blessings that cannot be contained.

83. Thank you Lord, for people.

Be thankful in all circumstances, 
for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:18


Jesus says when we obey his commandments we can expect to be filled with overflowing joy. John 15:9-11

Giving thanks is HUGE. It has changed my focus. Somehow, through me giving thanks, God is overflowing my heart and my life with himself. Love is pouring into me. As I am receiving, then he is able to use my life for his glory.

I am learning that joy is a fruit cultivated by thankfulness, produced by the Holy Spirit.

Giving thanks is like fertilizer?

All day long, looking for things to give thanks for, has caused these words to come to life in me:


Turn my eyes from worthless things,
and give me life through your word.
Psalm 119:37 



Love,
Renee

P.S. I am linking this post with several other women taking the Joy dare over here:

Comments

Aritha said…
I love your thankful blog and the nice photos. Thanks.

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