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A Thankful Heart

Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Ephesians 5:20 ESV

“Give thanks with a grateful heart” surfaced in my memory as I sat on my veranda on a glorious spring morning.

I had heard the lyrics in church. Now, I watched the sun peek over the horizon. The air was cool and calm, the birds sang their sweet melodies, and the hills displayed the glory of their Creator. As I rested in the stillness and beauty around me, I suddenly realized how blessed I was to awake to this each morning. 

Thankful people are generally happy, and a cheery person is always grateful for the good in their life. They have allowed the Holy Spirit to renew their thoughts and attitudes by fixing their minds on things that are worthy of praise. When we’re thankful, we demonstrate trust in our heavenly Father to care for us. The result is peace and joy.

In life, we will have situations that cause frustration. We may be tempted to let loose with an angry outburst, complete with a string of profanities. We need to put those away and replace them with thankfulness. This is never easy, especially in the heat of the moment, but Father God never asks us to do something without providing the power to achieve it.

We should be thankful we have our heavenly Father to help us in times of need, provide for our needs, heal our bodies, and protect us from harm. We should be thankful for the good things in our lives, such as a house to live in, clothes to wear, food to eat, the warm sun, a cool breeze, refreshing rain, and the list goes on.

At times, life can bring fear and anxiety. God’s Word encourages us to give our troubles to the Father in prayer and then to thank Him for all He has done. His glorious peace will envelop our souls, even during turmoil.

Our lives are never perfect, and we will have trials, but we also have much for which to be thankful.

Look for the good in each day and rejoice with a thankful heart in the blessings from your heavenly Father.

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Melissa Sturt

Melissa Sturt is a mother of three children. She lives in Queensland, Australia, with her wonderful husband, Mat. She loves bush-walking, reading, growing flowers, writing, and sharing coffee with her friends. She hopes her articles will bless and encourage others.