We live in a fast paced culture. We are all exhausted. We are filling our bodies up with chemicals that keep us up while we try to set a rhythm among the chaos.
How do we weave into our lives an attitude of gratitude when we are moving so fast? The demands of this life shout so much louder than our hearts that want to be glad. So what’s the art of a grateful heart? The word of TRUTH.
Psalm 28:7- “The lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with Joy.”
Psalm 9:1-2: “I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O most high.”
The word of God is consistent in telling us what happens when we have a grateful heart. First of all, having a grateful heart makes us happy, joyful, satisfied, and renewed. But having a grateful heart is a choice. So do you want to be grateful? Make a decision and once you’ve done that, start speaking it or writing it down. Books have been written about this. Make lists of things you’re grateful for. Keep a notebook or journal on your night stand and write every night at least 5 things your grateful for. That’s a good start.
For me it’s speaking it. I am learning everyday to have this kind of heart. I love it when I get a close parking or the line at the bank is short. I begin to thank him. When you thank him in the small things, you will be over flowing with joy in the big things.
Your grateful heart is more than just being thankful. Your grateful heart becomes an attitude of worship,the heart that begins to see the character of God. It’s saying more than just “Thank you lord”. The heart is saying,”God, I know you love me. I know you’re near and I know your plans will work out according to what you have already decided is best for me. Having a grateful heart in the midst of pain, loss or hardship is most challenging. Again it’s not about just being thankful, it’s about seeing God with the eyes of your spirit. In the midst of all we go through he goes with me and therefore my heart is deeply glad.
The enemy comes to do his job: kill, steal, and destroy and he does it very well. When we focus on our hardship, our joy is stolen. When we allow the lies of the enemy in our thoughts, then our dreams are destroyed. When we lay down our armor in exchange for a pity party, he comes in to kill. Decide today what kind of heart you will bear, so in doing this you will be able to freely share the heart of God that wants to pour into everyone you meet.
Just the other day I was thanking the lord for my hands. Silly as it seems I’ve never liked my hands. I would find myself tucking them in my pockets when I would be around women with lovely slender, beautiful hands so perfectly manicured. I would try to manicure mine but that didn’t take away the fact that they are thicker and less feminine. I felt the lord nudge me in that moment. He reminded me that these hands have done great things.
My hands have held my precious grandchildren minutes after they were born. I felt the Lord love me in such a way that spoke to my ungrateful heart about these hands of mine.
“Jamie those hands have brought comfort to your children. Those hands have gently touched the face of your husband, loving him deeply. Those hands have massaged countless clients as you prayerfully made their tired bodies feel better. Those hands are strong and gifted and have folded countless times to pray and I love them.” Talk about a tearful moment with my father.
Forgive me for being ungrateful in so many areas of my life. I choose to have a grateful heart Lord, and Holy Spirit would you keep reminding me, when I’m in an attitude of gratitude, it’s a whole lot easier to see the things you have for me, and to allow you to complete your work. I choose to be grateful. In Jesus name I pray, Amen
His Mercy is Alive,
Jamie Williams ©2015