I just wanted to share a few thoughts.
- This morning as I was kneeling on the floor taking washing out of my machine and putting in a second load, amazed that two people can still produce so much laundry, I offered up a silent prayer - "Thank you Lord for this washing machine". Then the thought, 'what about running water came into my mind', and I paused and said "Yes, and for running water, I am grateful".
Later after cooking breakfast and returning to my room to have my quiet time with the Lord, those thoughts of water and gratitude returned to me. I offered up prayer for those in our world who may not have water close at hand let alone a washing machine. But even more urgent, that they would know the Lord, the Living Water, who would be their peace, joy and strength through life.
J. R Miller wrote:
Christian thanks giving is the life of Christ in the heart -
transforming the disposition and the whole character. Thanksgiving
must be wrought into the life as a habit - before it can become a fixed
and permanent quality. An occasional burst of praise, in the midst
of years of complaining, is not what is required. Songs on rare
sunshiny days; and no songs when skies are cloudy - will not make a
life of gratitude. The heart must learn to sing always ...
Thanksgiving has attained it's rightful place in us, only when it is
part of all our days and dominates all our experiences.
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Dear Lord, may a grateful heart lead me closer to your heart .
May I cherish every simple thing as a gift,
and every challenge an opportunity to grow.