I don’t know about you but when my kids are greedy, demanding and act unthankful it doesn’t make me want to do much for them.
When I feel unappreciated, undervalued or rarely receive a thank you it does not motivate me to give more of myself to them.
Yet many times we often find ourselves still serving our family. Still giving ourselves to our family whether they deserve it or not.
We do our best to train the correct behaviors that we want to see but we don’t stop giving of ourselves to them based on their behavior.
Why? Why are we mother’s like this?
Because we love them.
No matter what they do or don’t do, their behavior doesn’t change our love for them.
Mothers serve out of love.
This type of love reminds me of the Lord’s love towards us.
We sin against Him on a daily basis. We wander away from Him all too often. We take His love and blessings towards us for granted. We forget to thank Him for even the simple things that He has done for us.
Yet he still loves us. He still gives to us. He still leads us along this walk in life.
That, my friends, is amazing.
It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
I find that comforting, honestly. He is so gracious with us. Just as we are with our children.
When we stop to praise Him it magnifies God.
He is glorified in our gratitude to Him. That is one of the main reasons we stop to praise Him and thank Him.
I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30
Gratitude and thanksgiving aren’t about making ourselves look good but to make other people look good. The same thing is true of God. He looks good when we tell the people in our lives about how He is blessing us.
Unsaved family members, backslidden church members or discouraged spouses need to be told often how good our God is. They need to be reminded that He is at work in our lives.
That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. Psalm 26:7
People lose sight of this fact too easily when they are focused on themselves, focused on getting ahead in life or focusing on their hardships.
In 2 Corinthians, we see that our weaknesses magnify God.
When we are weak we are more dependent on His strength in our lives.
When we are weak we are more aware of God’s presence in our lives.
When we are weak we take the time to praise Him. We take the time to magnify Him.
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
I love the month of November. Not because of Fall, ya’ll, I am definitely not a fan of Fall. But because it’s the time to intentionally reflect on the blessings in our lives; to remember to thank God for the things He is doing each and every day.
Each day, we each take time to think of one thing to be thankful for. We write it down on a leaf and hang it on our thankful tree.
We make this a month long tradition in our home because it is such an important lesson to learn in life. Because let’s face it, life isn’t all roses.
As the month continues we can see so many ways we are blessed. By the end of the month, we have a beautiful, colorful tree to admire.
We humans can be so forgetful! I love this tangible way to reflect on being grateful.
Gratitude takes our eyes off ourselves, off our circumstances, off our achievements, and in return magnifies the goodness of God the Father.
Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. Psalm 97:12
We need to be intentional about remembering. It’s not always going to come naturally to us. This, my friend, is why I love November. I love this time to slow down and remember His holiness and goodness to me.
It’s the start of November, I hope you will set up some way to focus more on gratitude this month as we head into the holiday season.
Your turn! Does your family have any traditions for the Thanksgiving season to remember God’s blessings?
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