It feels like it's been a long, long time since I've done a Thankful Thursday. Truthfully, it's been less than a year and I have put together some lists in my journal... but, considering they were a weekly thing when I first opened Forget Not His Benefits, it's still quite a long time! I am hopeful that I'll be able to do Thankful Thursdays weekly again in November, but I really wanted to put one together today... so why not?! You can never thank the Lord enough for the many blessings that He has given you, and I think that sitting down to write out some of the things He has given is wonderful to help you do that.
This week, I am especially thankful for...
-Hope. And endurance. And the promise that in Christ, we have everything we need.
"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe." -Proverbs 18:10
-Beauty. Beautiful words, beauty for our eyes to see, beauty for us to feel.
"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end." Ecclesiastes 3:11
-Smiles. Isn't it amazing how just seeing a smiley person can make you feel like smiling :)?
"A joyful heart makes a cheerful face." -Proverbs 15:13
-Daily encouragement to dig into God's word. Accountability is great!
"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing." -1 Thessalonians 5:11
-These videos by The Bible Project (this one is for Matthew). Mama recently found these and we are going through them as we reach a new book in the bible in our read through, and they are amazing - I love them!
"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness." -2 Timothy 3:16
-Kindness. It takes so little for your whole day to be made brighter by a word or an action from others. God has given us the duty of being His representatives, and this is one way we can build relationships with others that allow us to share His truth more meaningfully!
"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." -Ephesians 4:32
-Water. Have you ever thought about the fact that every time you find yourself thirsting for water, it is a physical, tangible reminder of how desperately we need Christ, the Living Water?
"On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, 'If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said,"'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."'" -John 7:37-39
What about you? What are just a few things that you are thankful for this week? Sitting down and remembering your blessings doesn't have to be a long chore or something you put on your to-do list. Even just making the decision to look for one or two blessings you have been given, randomly, can help you cultivate a heart of gratitude, and give you an extra chance to worship our worthy King above all kings!
Rejoicing in Hope,