The Thankful Focus

I love Thanksgiving, both the holiday and the attitude, because I’ve learned how thankfulness can change my perspective from what I don’t have to what I do. It doesn’t magically bring back those I love who’ve left this world too soon or fix all my problems, but it does do something to my heart. Somehow thanksgiving gives me joy and strength.

A friend told me that her problems were running neck to neck with her blessings. That’s probably the case for many of you reading these words. If so, can I share with you a secret–something I’ve learned to do during the very hard days? I’ve learned the power of thankfulness. It does seem magical, but it’s so much more.

Thankfulness is not some sort of magic formula; it is the language of Love, which enables you to communicate intimately with Me. A thankful mind-set does not entail a denial of reality with its plethora of problems. Instead, it rejoices in Me your Savior, in the midst of trials and tribulations . . . .  ”

Jesus Calling

Thankfulness is the Language of Love

Oh my friends, please read that quote one more time, maybe out loud. Thankfulness doesn’t change everything, but it is the door to intimacy with the Father. It enables us to communicate with the Lord, the One who loves us more than life itself.

I’ve written about the blessing of this focus and the 3 things to do if your heart hurts. Join me over on Inspire A Fire. And if I don’t get to tell you before Thanksgiving, I pray as you cultivate this focus, this year’s holiday we’ll be even more meaningful and sweet.

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