I Give Thanks
I visited our new Goodwill the other day and found a book called Grace:
An Invitation to a Way of Life
, by John Ortberg, Laurie Pederson, and
Judson Poling. I appreciated the following words I found on page 19 of
"I will try to have eyes that see God's gracious daily provisions, even in the ordinary--a warm bed, a closet full of clothes, a comfortable pair of shoes, a hot shower, the ability to see, hear, walk, think, feel."
I know that I often do not ponder at all about such ordinary blessings.
Oh, sure, occasionally I might consider the horror of the loss of
sight. And when the water goes off, I miss the pleasure of a hot
shower. But I don't consciously maintain a heart full of gratitude for
the ordinary gifts of God in my life the way I know I should.
When I discussed my thoughts on this with my husband, he reminded me of a verse in the Bible.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
As I got to thinking about this verse and the words from the book and
began applying the lesson to my life, I noticed an amazing change in
myself. Everything I did brought more joy. An afternoon sitting in the
sun with my daughters and grandson became more precious. A kid's meal
from Chick Fil A tasted better. Even the intimacy I share with my
husband pleased me more.
The sun is brilliant today--the sky a gorgeous blue without a cloud in
sight. My younger daughter carries my second grandchild within her. My
older son and my husband both enjoy new jobs. My younger son happily
goes to college. My older daughter excitedly looks forward to finally receiving the coveted title "aunt." God in heaven provided all these
blessings! And I give thanks.
Tina Collins Dozier
March 18, 2009