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Thankfulness is a Choice

Thankfulness is an attitude from the heart
That is the only place where it really starts
More than another celebration once a year
Gathering with friends and family so dear

Not based on emotional feelings my friend
But counting all your blessings without end
Most importantly for His greatest gift of love
In sending Jesus to us from the Father above

Many people are homeless, lonely, and poor
Shelters get full and are unable to hold more
They can become bitter and give up all hope
Or thank God for providing ability to cope

Others live on welfare with families to feed
Disabilities cause hardships and added needs
They can complain in the midst of desperation
Or trust God to be the source of their provision

Holidays are especially hard in times of grief
Waves of depression creep in with no relief
Many shut others out because of the deep pain
Or seek God in prayer for His comfort to gain

God never said that our life would be carefree
But He promised to always be with you and me
As we learn to trust Him more in every situation
Then His peace will fill us with inner satisfaction

We all have a choice in the ways that we respond
When times of deep trials and suffering prolong
Remember Jesus experienced all that we endure
He is our only source of unending hope for sure

Thankfulness is a choice because of free will
But it is wise to search our inner motives still
We may be angry at God if He seems to be unfair
Or instead be thankful He knows best and cares

If we have misconceptions of God from the start
How can we know the benefits of a grateful heart
Gratitude draws us closer to God through praise
It is a sure path to peace and obeying His ways

Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be
content with what you have, because God has said,
"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

Hebrews 4:15-16 (NIV)
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to
empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who
has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet he
did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God's throne of
grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy
and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Psalm 107:1 (NIV)
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love
endures forever.

Psalm 100:4 (NIV)
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your
requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends
all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds
in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:17 (NIV)
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in
the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father
through him.

© Carol Salter 11/24/10

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