We all have so much to be thankful for in our life, but many times we get bogged down with the trials and challenges of life and because of this we forget about the great abundance that we have been favored with. What we should always choose to do is see the good instead of the bad. When we focus on our blessings which can be counted in a multitude of ways such as our children, our spouse, our health, our family and friends, our employment and whatever else we can think of that brings joy to our hearts and gladness to our souls should be thought upon more often so that when the challenges come our way our focus is already steadfast on the good that we have been bestowed with. The Bible declares in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” It doesn’t say give thanks for everything, but rather give thanks in everything which means in the good and in the bad we should be thankful because everything that happens to us will be to our benefit in the end if we allow ourselves to have the proper perspective. (Ephesians 1:3-5) (Psalm 121:1-8)
We should always remember and keep in mind that our outlook on life will dictate how our days will go. The Bible makes this evident as we read in Proverbs 15:13 “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” A similar scripture in Proverbs 17:22 declares “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” How we think will dictate how we feel and how we feel will dictate the path our life will take. That is why I have always chosen faith over fear, joy over sorrow, gladness over misery, trust over uncertainty and confidence in God over any worry that the enemy tries to infiltrate my mind with. I believe if we have this kind of mentality on a consistent and daily basis then nothing will be able to make us fear, worry or question what our tomorrows hold. We will have an assured foreknowledge that all things will work together for our good because we love God and are called according to His purposes. (2 Corinthians 4:8-18) (Romans 8:28)
Be encouraged to change your mindset if you have been one who is quick to worry, murmur or complain. Don’t allow yourself to be shortsighted, but through your eyes of faith see your life becoming better, rising higher and fulfilling the destiny that God created you to fulfill. Be a believer and not a doubter, be a doer of the word and not a forgetful hearer because God is faithful to meet your needs and to use your life in ways that you never thought or imagined would be possible. God is able to do it, but will you stand up with Him to allow your life to go from ordinary to extraordinary? I pray you will. (James 1:22-25) (Luke 22:42)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to make it a daily habit to think of the good that you possess so that you can see how blessed you are and be thankful for all that you have been favored with.
There is a whisper that comes to us all in countless ways every day. Sometimes it is soft and sometimes it is loud. Sometimes it echoes in our mind, sometimes it tickles our ears, but it can always be heard most clearly in our hearts no matter what form it takes.
This whisper came to me in a lot of ways today. It started out with a thump and a slurp as my beeping alarm clock inspired my beagle pup to jump on my chest and lick my face until I sat up in bed. Next it came to me with a purr and a nuzzle as my big, gray cat refused to eat her breakfast until she had gotten her morning head scratch. The whisper came down the hall with a "good morning" and a hug from my son too. Then as I went out to get the morning newspaper it came through loud and clear with a dazzling sunrise and a chorus of birdsong. Later in the day I also heard it hiding in the sweet music coming from the radio and the not so sweet sound of my own voice singing along. As I was bringing my boys home from school it came to me once more this time in the smile and wave of my friend and neighbor who lives down the hill from me.
This whisper was the gentle voice of God saying, “I love you my child”, and every time I heard it I could feel my heart grow warmer and my soul shine brighter. It took me a long time to see just how much, how often, and in how many ways God whispers His love for us every day. His love for us is everywhere, in everything, and flows through all of us as well. His love is what created the universe and His love is what can help us to become who we were meant to be.
Open your ears, eyes, mind, and heart. Listen carefully with them all, each day of your life. Hear the gentle voice of our Father telling you just how much He loves you. Then joyously say, “I love you too God and I thank you for my life.” God’s love whispers on the winds of everything in this world. Let it whisper through your voice and your life as well.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed.”
Psalm 8:3-5 “When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him? For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.”
Romans 8:35-37 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.”
Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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