I invite you to read the following scripture with passion and emphasis...
O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
6 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
8 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
And THIS is how we want to end the iTHRIVE series. In addition to all that we have discussed throughout the series, this final step in your quest to THRIVE must be to GIVE GOD THANKS and PRAISE! Actually, today is the last day of the year 2015 and what better way to end this year and cross into a new year than to GIVE GOD THANKS and PRAISE! I pray that through it all, you have learned to GIVE GOD THANKS and PRAISE!
Friends, I have learned that when I GIVE GOD THANKS and PRAISE in every situation, I am transformed, calmed down, comforted, sustained, and blessed. There is something about refocusing your energy to GIVE GOD THANKS and PRAISE even in the darkest moments that gives me light to see and hope to believe that all things WILL work together for my good.
I have been reading through so many "end of the year" posts and I came across one lady who talked about a new personal tradition she was continuing. Everyday, since January 1, 2015, she has placed a note of thanks into her Gratitude Jar. She re-purposed an old mason jar to create her Gratitude Jar and everyday for the last year, she has written something for which she was grateful. And to help her to think of something everyday, she chose to make sure that her thanks was for [P.O.E.T.] people, opportunities, experiences, or things. And for the last few days of this year, she has been pulling out of her Gratitude Jar to reflect on all the people, opportunities, experiences, and things she has been grateful for throughout this year.
I do think that this is one creative way to GIVE GOD THANKS and PRAISE! And I am not suggesting that you follow her example but I do hope that YOU would know that in order to THRIVE, you cannot avoid being thankful everyday. Thanksgiving Day is not just the fourth Thursday in November. Thanksgiving Day is everyday. Can you imagine a world where everyone carried THANKS and PRAISE in their heart to God first, and then to others for their impact and influence in their lives? Can you imagine how much different YOUR attitude, perspective, interactions, and outcomes would be if YOU would carry THANKS and PRAISE in your heart? BlogFam, you may not create your own gratitude jar, box, or journal BUT today, you have the blessed opportunity to fill your heart with THANKS and PRAISE for the innumerable things that God has done for you...for the people, opportunities, experiences, and things that God has allowed to bless you. Friends, it is right to GIVE GOD THANKS and PRAISE!
So, SHOUT IT OUT! I dare you before the end of this day to release your own shout out to God and to your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, classmates, teachers, employers, store clerk, mail carrier, restaurant server, and anyone else who will listen! I dare you to close out 2015 with a SHOUT unto the Lord because you have been redeemed! Your prayers have been heard! By faith, a way has already been made! You are delivered and you are on the right path heading toward your destiny! SHOUT IT OUT! SHOUT OUT your gratefulness to God and to others for the growth, the challenges, the victories, the defeats, the ups and the downs, the coming together and the breaking up! GIVE GOD THANKS and PRAISE for everything you have been through in 2015 and for how it has all worked together to make you stronger, wiser, and better! GIVE THANKS and PRAISE to God for everything that made you laugh and made you cry, that made you stand up and sit down, that made you open your heart and open your hands, open your eyes and open your ears! GIVE GOD THANKS and PRAISE for everything!
THIS is the critical key to sustained forward movement in a thriving direction... GIVE GOD THANKS and PRAISE all along the way!
And today, I pray that your heart would be filled to the brim and overflow with Thanksgiving! I pray that you would Praise the Lord for being good to you and for always keeping your best interest in mind...even when you go through things that hurt. I pray that you would be intentional about the frequency of your THANKS and PRAISE to God. I pray that your attitude of gratitude would make your day brighter and your mood better. I pray that you would always look for a reason to say THANK YOU LORD! I pray that when you are in the company of negativity, your first inkling would be to refuse to participate and you would initiate a redirecting of the conversation toward positive words and praise. I pray that you would be open to GIVE GOD THANKS and PRAISE so that you will position yourself to THRIVE!
And so we close, as we began...
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is... and GIVE GOD THANKS and PRAISE everyday! [Ephesians 5:15-17]
GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!
THANK YOU for walking through this series with me!
We will THRIVE together! TGBTG!
Blessings! Glory! And Sunshine!