Thankfulness is a funny thing. Our level of it seems to rise proportionately to our understanding of forgiveness. The more we feel forgiven, the more thankful we become – even for the smallest things.
Recently, I’ve realized just how much God’s faithful love has flooded my soul with an unexpected, and greatly undeserved, measure of grace. I’ve become increasingly aware of just how much and how often His grace needs to cover me. For that, I am profoundly grateful.
Perhaps, I’ve become a bit of a nuisance to my friends and family to whom I find myself constantly expressing my gratitude for their love and forgiveness. Sometimes, I just sit and watch them as they go through their day thinking how truly blessed I am. I stay amazed at the intricate and painstaking ways God brought each of them into my life.
I can no longer go for a walk without being completely overwhelmed by the natural wonders that surround me. We’ve all been blessed with such an amazing creation!
Surprisingly, I now have a clearer picture of the purpose of my struggles. Yes, it is Satan who tempts, but God tests. He gives us tests just big enough to strengthen us without completely undoing us. He takes us to end of our strength so we will rely on His. His arms are so much more powerful than ours! Now, because I’ve seen His power at work, when I realize Satan has me in his crosshairs I am learning to let God fight for me. His willingness to do that fills me with thankfulness.
I’ve become increasingly more and more thankful for you. Each week you pay me a visit here when I know you could be doing a thousand other things. But, you take the time to walk a few steps of your day right beside me. I fully understand the preciousness of your time. Some of you brave hearts even post comments with words of encouragement and love, and I thank you for those.
Understanding just how much forgiveness we have received from God, family, and friends causes our thankfulness to swell beyond containment. We need no extra reminders. Everything becomes a reminder. Thank you, God, for your grace and love!
May you more fully understand His grace this year, and may He continue to bless your family. Happy Thanksgiving! God is good!
“For the Lord is good, and his faithful love endures forever;
his faithfulness through all generations.” (Psalm 100:5, CSB)