Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I Wanna Be...

So last week during VBS we taught the kids four songs that we sang every day. By the end of the week, we all had our favorites, but mine was most definitely "Thankful". The chorus begins: "I wanna be thankful, I wanna be grateful. I wanna remember all the things that The Lord has done." So I was singing that with Trinity the other day while we were doing some housework and as we started singing that song, it hit me. I haven't been thankful. I haven't been grateful. I haven't taken time to remember all of the things that The Lord has done for us (and trust me- there is soooooooooooo much!!!) Instead, I have been negative. I have been really distracted by the issues with Timothy that I haven't really stopped to see all of the good God has done and to really be thankful.

John 10:10 says this: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

So this week I have a new perspective. I realized that a heart of gratitude is a choice- my choice. Rather than dwelling on what we are going through with Timothy, my heart is thankful. God is such an awesome God and has done so much for our family. Satan would like nothing better during this time in our lives than to steal any joy we might find. He wants us to believe that we should sit down and pout during this time rather than praising God. Matt Redman put it best when he said: blessed be your name on the road marked with sufferring, though there's pain in the offerring, blessed be your name. So, while it's not super easy to be thankful and to praise God, I choose to bless His name. I choose to praise Him. I wanna be thankful.

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