Today I'm thinking about feeling thankful. So often it's tempting to wait to do something till we feel it, or to excuse bad behavior in ourselves because of feelings. How many times have thoughts like these crossed your mind?
"It's ok that I was impatient with the children - I have a lot on my mind and am very stressed."
"I was up sick all last night, I'm exhausted, so it's ok if I complain and don't have the best attitude."
Or, "he was unkind to me, so I don't really need to make an effort to be nice to him....."
You get the idea. In the same way it's easy to wait to give thanks because I don't feel very thankful. I love how the Bible doesn't say we have to feel it to do it, rather there are so many verses where it talks about the sacrifice of praise - I take that as meaning we may not want to, and it won't always be easy to do! But we can choose to be thankful and that is pleasing to the Lord - in fact it pleases Him more than any other sacrifice (Psalm 69). Below I shared a few verses on this that I found. I hope they encourage you to give thanks today.
"Therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD."
"I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs. The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God."
"Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing."
"I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD."
"Again there shall be heard in this place....the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD."
"But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD."
"By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased."
Before you go - I'd like to share a wonderful blog post, from one of my favorite blogs, on giving thanks.
"In the silent times : seek God
I hope you all have a blessed day!