As I head into the week of Thanksgiving, naturally gratitude is on my mind. And not for the usual reasons. Gratitude is on my mind because I have encountered so many who are hurting so badly the past few days. My heart aches for them. So many places and pieces only God can heal. But what I am seeing in addition to the obvious cause of the pain is the mental battle it is raging. As I sit quietly and pray about it, I sense God saying...Be Thankful.
It may seem an odd and unhelpful response, but it is so powerful in its renewal potential. We need a renewal of the mind. We need a focus away from our pain and onto the Healer. And I get it, it is HARD to be thankful when you are drowning in sorrow, anxiety, depression, uncertainty. It isn't the natural response for sure. So, we have to be intentional about it.
What if from now until Thanksgiving, we commit to do the following...
It is only five days...we can do anything for five days, right?!
I will be praying for a renewed mind and soul. Comment if you are in and would like me to pray specifically for you as well.
Click and save this photo as a background and lock screen for your phone. It will serve as a reminder to be thankful every time you open your phone.