There is a time to love, hate, kill and hate (Ecclesiastes 3). I am a firm believer that however you feel it is ok to feel it. The key is to remember that there is a season for negative emotions or elements, however they should not reside within us. Have the feeling, understand where it comes from, and take the necessary steps not cross that bridge again. One of the things that I have found helpful when I am in my lowest moments is to remind myself to be thankful.
I learned a long time ago that worry, a defeat, anger, and other negative feelings can’t exist when I am in a state of thankfulness. I choose to be thankful. This is no easy task, I remind myself daily and during the beginning, middle and end of every challenge to focus on saying thank you. I see it in the lives of my family, friends and coworkers and thanks to folks on cellphones I hear it from passersby. My response is always to thank God that the person is in my life even for that passing second. I do believe in intercessory prayer and I am thanking for those who have interceded on my behalf.
Many of us “say grace” because that’s what we were taught to do. The Bible commands us to pray without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17). Simply prayer is communication with God. God is not an ATM. So a part of prayer requires us to be thankful for who God is in our lives. We have to thank Him for being the I AM that I Am (Exodus 3:14).
Most of us do a good job at thanking God, but sometimes we can get forget how much we have to be thankful for. We get caught up in our day and start eating without saying grace, the alarm doesn’t go off, we forget to thank Him for waking us up, busier at work and before we know it we have gone all day without talking to God. A day like this leaves us disconnected from the source of our life.
We have to remember to tap in. Praying is not about being seen or heard by others. Thankfully God is omnipresent and we can always talk to him. By saying thank you to Him we win. Thank you wipes away thoughts of depression, we start to realize all that God has done for us and all off the promises God has for our lives. Both the old and new testament (Deuteronomy 31:6 and Hebrews 13:5) make it clear that God is with us.
On today I pray that you remember to be thankful!
Today I am especially thankful for Girlfriends Pray. Their daily posts are incredibly inspirational. I am also incredibly thankful for LaKeisha Rainey-Collins who runs Beauty for Ashes and LRC Editing. Today she posted a free guide that challenged me to remember why I started this blog.