Scripture Sunday: Be Thankful Out Loud and Intentionally

Last week Sunday I went to a church that was recommended to my by the AirBnb hosts I am staying with. I loved it, as I knew I would, and it was such a great message.

The service after Thanksgiving and leading into Christmas pointed out that gratitude is not something that is inherently known, but taught. As children, or now as parents, we are always reminding kids to say thank you, to show thankfulness, and to have gratitude.

Pastor talked of gratitude and that it is not always felt. Throughout life it must be practiced to be learned and truly felt. Do you practice gratitude? I love that it can be learned because that just means everyone has to potential for gratitude, and that it can be a part of your life, even if it isn’t in the present moment.

We were reminded to be thankful, in the good times, and the bad.

Give thanks in all things. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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We were reminded that giving thanks invites God in and that we didn’t get where we are without Him.

Along with Him, who are the people who have held you up, during good times and bad? Who has been there for you, no matter the circumstance?

It is so easy and loving to thank the people in your life. It’s free and quick, too. So really, what is there stopping you from loving those in your life and thanking them?

And to wrap it up, he told us that we are our story and what we make of it.

I am constantly saying, “Speak life,” and I love that as a thought process. Speak the good, what you want to happen, and the positive you foresee for yourself and your future. There is negative all around you but you don’t have to focus on that, or let that be a part of your day.

You are your thoughts. If you change everything from “have to” to “get to,” how will that positively impact your day? How will that change your mood?

Being thankful in everything we have is something so many take for granted. Not everyone has a car to drive, fresh water to drink, a safe place to live, or a job to go to. Turn having to drive into getting to drive. Be thankful for the water bill you pay that ensures you have running water to use. Have a grateful heart for the house you get to clean and the bed you get to make. And you get to go to work, to a job that you worked hard for and chose. If you don’t like it, work hard, and choose something else. These are all things we get to do.

But in the meantime, be thankful for what you get, all that you are blessed with, and the people all around you. There is always something to be thankful for!

If you’re reading this, I want to pray for you:

Dear God, Thank You for everything You have done and everything You will do for us. We know we are not here because of what we ourselves did, but because of the grace and opportunities You have given to us. We thank You for the people in our lives. We praise You in the good and the bad. We will remember to be thankful today and everyday, and turn what we “have” to do, into what we “get” to do. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Scripture Sunday: Just Cry By Mandisa

If you love Christian music like I do, chances are you have heard and like Mandisa’s music. I love this song. It really spoke to me and I just had to share it with you!

The thing is, God is always there for us. He is there when we are sad, happy, torn apart, and even as we sleep. Not only will he take on everything we ask of him (and more) but he wants us to cast our cares on him:

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”  Peter 5:7cast

This means that instead of holding onto fear, sadness, anxiety or worry, we can hand it all over to God. Instead of having these bad feelings and thoughts, we can enjoy the day, choose peace, live in joy and be thankful for and live with His promises.

But the thing is, life can be tough. It can get you down. People will hurt you. Situations will upset you. And it’s hard not to let these things get to you, or not to beat yourself up about them. And this is why I love this song.

Just Cry by Mandisa is such a great reminder that it is OK to cry. It’s OK not to always fake it until you make it. You don’t always have to be strong and brave and act as if you’re OK.

Sometimes, you NEED to have a good cry. Crying is OK! It’s a release and it can be therapeutic. God won’t judge you, shame you, or think less of you if you let go and cry.

‘Why you gotta act so strong
Go ahead and take off your brave face
Why you tellin’ me that nothing’s wrong
It’s obvious you’re not in a good place
Who’s tellin’ you to keep it all inside
And never let those feelings
Get past the corner of your eye’

This song is a reminder that you don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to hold onto your emotions. We can trust in Him and feel better when we hand our stuff over to Him, but sometimes we just need to cry. And He understands that, He is there with us, and He is glad to let us express our emotions.

The most important thing is DON’T STAY in that sadness. Yes, let it out. Cry it out.

But then, let go and let GOD!

Do you love this song, too? What are your favorite Mandisa songs? What about other Christian songs?

Happy Sunday friends XOXO