Thanksgiving Produces Joy
What God Says:
I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders. (Psalm 9:1)
I will praise the name of God with song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. (Psalm 69:30)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
In many ways this chapter is a continuation of the previous one. The difference is chapter three discussed thanksgiving more theoretically, while this one is very practical. As I read, I was challenged to thankfully enjoy each moment, and to focus on God while doing it.
I am very thankful for my husband. He is not perfect, but neither am I (to be honest, sometimes I’m not thankful enough). We have some friends who are having some serious marriage problems right now, and I have become still more thankful. I am thankful for his care for me, for our enjoyable togetherness, for his expressions in music, for his care of Little Man. And I have been analyzing my own proneness to discontent.
However, as I was thinking about how thankful I am for Benjamin, I realized that I need to not focus my thankfulness on him (the “gift”). After all, he is human and will fail me at times. I much focus my thankfulness on the Great Giver. God is the only one who can satisfy me, and only in Him can I achieve true thanksgiving. He has given me my Benjamin, and it is He who should receive my ultimate praise and thanksgiving. When I am securely rejoicing in my faith in and thanks to Him, I will be able to properly express my thankfulness to Benjamin.
A favorite quotation from the book:
“We have learned that all of life is fun and needs to be shared with our best friend, playmate, and lover. This, then, is the rule of life for wives: Live with thanksgiving, forgiveness, and joy, and enjoy all your moments as if they were your last. Someday, soon enough, they will be.”
Practical goals for this week:
~Focus on the Giver first of all.
~Think an abundance of thankful thoughts and remember to actually express them verbally instead of assuming that Benjamin can read my thankful mind. ; )
~Think of creative ways to be “fun” in appropriate times and ways.