Both of the devos I read this morning dealt with being thankful in the midst of trials. I have been intentional about cultivating an attitude of thankfulness in spite of my circumstances over the past few months. I can say with 100% certainty that maintaining a grateful heart and thankful thoughts have helped me tremendously over the past few months.
Wanted to just share some of what I read in my devos this morning:
Streams in the Desert – L. B. Cowman – June 23
Sing . . . to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything. (Ephesians 5:19-20)
No matter the source of the evil confronting you, if you are in God and thereby completely surrounded by Him, you must realize that it has first passed through Him before coming to you. Because of this, you can thank Him for everything that comes your way. This does not mean thanking Him for the sin that accompanies evil, but offering thanks for what He will bring out of it and through it. May God make our life one of continual thanksgiving and praise, so He will then make everything a blessing.
I once saw a man draw some black dots on a piece of paper. Several of us looked at it yet saw nothing but an irregular arrangement of dots. Then he also drew a few lines, put in a few rests, and added a treble clef at the beginning. Suddenly we realized that the dots were musical notes, and as we began to sound them out, we were singing,
Each of us has many black dots or spots in our life, and we cannot understand why they are there or why God permitted them. But when we allow Him into our life to adjust the dots in the proper way, to draw the lines He desires, and to put rests at the proper places to separate us from certain things, then from the black dots and spots He will compose a glorious harmony.
So let us not hinder Him in His glorious work! – Charles H. Parkhurst
Many people owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties. – Charles H. Spurgeon
Jesus Calling – Sarah Young – July 24
Thankfulness opens the door to My Presence. . . . I have placed a door between you and Me, and I have empowered you to open or close that door. There are many ways to open it, but a grateful attitude is one of the most effective.
Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me. (Revelation 3:20)
Thankfulness is built on a substructure of trust. When thankful words stick in your throat, you need to check up on your foundation of trust. When thankfulness flows freely from your heart and lips, let your gratitude draw you closer to Me. I want you to learn the art of giving thanks in all circumstances.
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