Give Thanks!

1 Thess. 5:18  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

These days of isolation can be difficult to endure.  The loss of familiar comforts and the absence of the presence of friends and co-workers can push us toward depression.  One of the most essential and life supporting practices God ever commanded us to follow is the practice of appreciation.  Our Father in heaven was being extremely kind and loving when He commanded us to give thanks in all circumstances.  When we give thanks, we can renew our minds and lift our attention into His presence. 

Take some time now to quiet your heart.  Get in a quiet place, turn off the devices and focus your attention on God.  Ask the Spirit of God to bring back to your memory a time in your past that was very good for you.  Take time to thank God for each detail of the memory, the location, the people, the circumstances.  Remember how you felt and appreciate each detail.  This gratitude memory can change your brain chemistry and bring you to peace.

Now, take some time to consider all the good things you have right now.  Do you have food?  Thank Him.  Do you have a roof over your head? Thank Him.  Do you have a friend to call and talk to?  Thank Him.  Do you have your health?  Thank Him.  As we thank and praise Him, we invite His healing, loving presence into our situation and that always makes things better.I recommend that you spend at least fifteen minutes today and each day just giving thanks.  Turn your pre meal “thanks” prayer into a real rejoicing over the details of your day.  Turn your evening family time into a community thank fest.  God, in His love for us, has given us a key to redeeming each day and inviting His presence into our midst, thanksgiving