I love Thanksgiving.
And I am increasingly loving gratitude.
Not that I didn’t love gratitude before, I’ve always loved having a grateful heart. Still lately God has been bringing me on such a journey of gratitude. I’m not saying I’m very good at it yet, it is very much a practice and I am very much in transition.
It is incredibly hard to have a heart of gratitude when you don’t have what you think you need.
Of course, when your mind is consumed by what you think you need your mind isn’t on the right thing anyway, is it?
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2
Are earthly things so bad? Is it so bad to want cars that work? A bit of cash in your account for bills and groceries? You might even get a bit righteous about it saying, “If only I had more, I could GIVE so much more.”
At least, that is the attitude I can so easily have. In fact, I think I’ve said that last line a few times just in the past few weeks.
Earthly “things” aren’t necessarily bad, but setting your mind on them is. Because setting your mind on them robs you of all you have to be grateful for.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. John 15:9
We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
Love. That’s a thing above isn’t it? We all know it. And we were given His love, freely, in the greatest possible way. I am so grateful that I can remain in His love. I am so grateful that I can turn around and give that love away to others, to my husband, my friends, my daughter.
The opportunity to love. Oh how grateful I am for it. Grateful for every person God has brought into my life so I can give my love to them.
I am rich, so rich, in love.
Bring joy to your servant Lord, for I put my trust in you. Psalm 86:4
For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. Psalm 92:4
He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, Luke 1:14
Here is another thing from above, and one I can take for granted, even though it is my very name.
He is my Joy! How can I forget this and be ungrateful? His deeds are all over my life! His touch and His plan and His design. And it does bring me such joy!
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15
Love, Joy, Peace.
Are they clichés? Or the most precious of treasures?
I sit and watch my daughter and feel the tugs at my heart strings and I know.
These are the greatest treasures: the treasures in a heart.
The treasure of loving each other, and cuddling a little one to your heart.
The treasure of the joy in her eyes and the smiles in the very skies.
The treasure of peace in my heart, even when life is hard.