A Thankfulness That Doesn’t Stop
This time of year always makes us remember the things we need to be thankful for—family, friends, health, faith and many other things we sometimes tend to overlook. It’s always a wonderful reminder as we gather around the table with the people we love the most and recognize together just how wonderful it is to have each other in our lives. But why is this something we only do once a year?
I can tell you right now that I’ve been blessed beyond my wildest dreams with so much this year. Hope for Women has grown in ways that truly amaze me, and I am still praising the Lord for the incredible work He did in making the Live. Dream. Inspire. Conference come to life and all of the BIG things He did in a room full of passionate women that weekend. Blessed doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel.
What I wish, though, is that I would be more thankful the entire year round. It’s wonderful that we have the Thanksgiving holiday to bring our families together and allow us to spend quality time with people we don’t get to see as often as we’d like. But it’s not just about that time—it’s also a matter of the heart. There’s something to be said for a grateful heart, and I want to make sure I’m living my life—every single day of it—thanking God for all He has done in my life. I’ve come a long way in my journey, and there is no way I could have done it without Him.
Yesterday, when I sat down to a beautiful meal prepared by people who mean more to me than I could ever express with mere words, I couldn’t help but smile at how completely fulfilled the Lord has made me. My purpose is for Him, and the people He’s put into my life have helped me to see that. And I want to praise Him every day for all He’s done. I won’t limit it to the fourth Thursday of November each year. He deserves so much more praise than that.
Christmas will be here before you know it, and the hustle and bustle of the season will slowly die down. But I don’t want to let the spirit of the season die down with it. May we always be thankful. May we always be kind to others. May we always praise our Lord for giving us more love and grace than we could ever imagine or that we could ever deserve.
May our hearts be so completely full of thanks beyond the months of November and December, and may His joy fill us entirely.