" Give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. " Psalm 107:1
I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by. The holidays are upon us and I cannot help but think of all the things I have to be thankful for.
First and foremost I am incredibly thankful that the Lord Jesus Christ was sent to us as a savior. So thankful that he loved me enough to sacrifice himself on the cross so that I may be saved. I certainly don't deserve it. I have let him down on more than one occasion but he loves me anyway.
I cannot thank him enough for all the many things he has blessed me with. I may not have a big house or a nice car but I have them. I have a job. I have a wonderful husband and happy, healthy children. I don't see myself as any better than anyone else. I do not have money or the finer things but I am certainly blessed and consider myself a very "rich" woman.
It took me a long time to get here. I was stubborn and hard headed. I didn't want to reach out to God for the help he was offering me. I am so very glad that I finally did.
I would give anything if I could reach out to certain people and make them understand that life doesn't have to be that way. That you can be blessed beyond measure.Unfortunately I can only do my best to be an example and let Christ's love shine through me. I am just thankful that he has given me a heart to even want to help these certain people.
I recently took it upon myself to help a person in need. Up until this point if you had asked her she probably would've told you she hated me - immensely. Although, I still to this day can only speculate as to why.
Anyway, after I did some things for her I get the feeling that her heart may be softened. Although I can't be sure. I have noticed some subtle changes and I find myself some days wanting to reach out to her and tell her all the reasons why I understand what she's going though. What she has already had to endure. I want to tell her how much better her life will be if she will just simply say "help me Jesus".
I am thankful for this experience. It has taught me that it isn't that hard to love your enemies. That even if you never get the chance to witness to them personally, your loving & thoughtful actions are ordained by Christ and he is accomplishing something wonderful.
So be thankful. Thankful for all of your blessing, all of your trails, all of your accomplishments and yes, even thankful for your enemies. Oddly enough, they are blessings too. Some of the best ones you'll ever have.
Thank you our gracious Heavenly Father for loving us and caring for us. Thank you for our blessings and the people that you place in our path. I pray that we may have the wisdom and the courage to follow your teachings and become blessings to others. I pray that as the holiday season quickly approaches we each find something every day to say thank you for. In your Holy Name, Amen.
Be blessed everyone! Enjoy the weekend!