“Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place. Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lotd the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him: Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth; yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns!’ Let the sea roar, and all that fills it’ let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. Oh gee thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” 1 Chronicles 16: 23-34
Today is a day. to pause and say Thanks! Yet the past couple of days I have had people in my sphere who are hurting and sick and I have spent a lot of time the past couple of days storming the throne on behalf of people I love a lot! Yet today, this morning as I sit quietly on the sun porch before the sun comes up, my mind is focused on my blessings and the things I am grateful for. I am grateful that some of the sick people I know are still in recovery mode and that we still have hope for that recovery. I am thankful for my family that even though we aren’t all together this year, we are all healthy and safe and happy. I am thankful for my son and his family who are asleep in my home as I write this, especially those little people who make life so fun! I am thankful for my home in this beautiful place and all that God has gifted and blessed us with. I am thankful for my extended family of sisters and nieces and nephews and babies and children growing up and that I may not see them daily but there are ways to keep up with them. I am thankful to live here in America! Even though it is not perfect, it’s pretty darn close in my book, and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
Most of all, I am grateful for my Savior, for Jesus who died on a cross for my sins once and for all. I am grateful I don’t have to bring a blood sacrifice but that the sacrifice of my praises to him, while they are not enough and never will be enough, they are still enough! He tore the veil, He fulfilled the blood sacrifice so that I can come boldly and thank Him and praise Him and ask for petitions from Him and all that He requires of me is my praise and my worship and my obedience to Him. I am thankful that even in the midst of this very extremely hard year, I can still say that the Lord is good and that His love to me endures forever!
So today, I challenge you, even if you have some extremely hard circumstances or if it’s the everyday hard of just simply trying to make it to the end of 2020, pause and tell Him thank you! Give thanks to Him, just because He is good and He loves you!