"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you O Lord my rock and my redeemer." Psalm 19:14
The word of God mentions the word "thanks" 111 times in the bible, and thanksgiving 32 times (from the KJV.) I would say that these words are pretty important, wouldn't you? My favorite definition of the word "thanks" that comes from the Hebrew word "yadah" is to shoot with arrows. I hope I am not taking this too far but I see this as a picture of us being so overwhelmed by thankfulness that it shoots out of us to everyone around and back to God.
Another definition from the same word "yadah" of "thanks" is "praise." By thanking God, we are praising Him, worshiping Him with our lives.
Of course, if you know me, you know there is LOTS more to say about this topic, but I promised myself I was going to keep it short (or shorter) today. :)
All of this being said, the Lord really did lay it on my heart to start making lists of things I am thankful for often. Like I said in the beginning, this will help me to take my eyes off of my sometimes somewhat undesirable situation and help me focus on His goodness to me.
I am thankful for:
2 beautiful little girls
A husband who loves me dearly
Spending Easter with the Fulks Sunday
Adelyn is mostly over reflux
I got another good night's sleep last night!
A house that not only meets our needs but our wants
My van! :)
God's never ending grace
His beautiful words to me
Getting to stay home with me kids
See, that was so good for me to focus on what God has given to me. I cannot help but include some of my favorite scriptures on the topic.
Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say REJOICE.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto him and bless his name.
And let the peace of God rule your hearts, to which you have been called in one body, and be thankful.
I would love for you to link up or if you don't have a blog, just to comment with things you are thankful for. I would LOVE for anyone to link up and do the same if you would like to!! I feel like by reading or hearing what others are thankful for, it encourages me too! Please don't listen to the "other side" telling you it's dumb or cheesy. Thanking the Lord for what He has done is pleasing to Him and biblical.
1 Chronicles 16:8
Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people!!