Do you, as a kid, remember being taught life manners? It seemed so hard to practice and remember them!
While living as a Single Mom, God taught me great perspective on the same principles of manners. PLEASE join me over the next few weeks as we discuss MANNERS that will bring us God’s peace, joy, and fulfillment.
There were days, I sat in my chair with a box of tissue finding it hard to be grateful. My heart and my home was broken, and I wondered what on earth I could be thankful for. It wasn’t a good space to be in and each time I had an important decision to make. Sit in sadness or sit up, wipe my tears (had a good cry first!) and choose to be thankful for what I had.
- My precious girls
- A roof over my head
- A job that helped pay the bills
- A car that chug, chug, chugged me back and forth to work
- A bright future giving me opportunity to move ahead in positive ways. God promised He would never desert me.
One of my favourite Bible verses is, “I am creating something new. There it is! Do you see it? I have put roads in the deserts, streams in the thirsty lands. Isaiah 43:19
Do you have court appearances dragging on, your finances are in a state of emergency, or your heart is desperately lonely. The word, THANK YOU, can have a hard time being in your life’s vocabulary. I understand.
Can you for a moment think of one thing you can be truly thankful for? It may mean holding a good, steaming cup of coffee or tea despite the wade of tissue surrounding it. Maybe a friend called to check in with you? Your child ran up to you and gave you the warmest hug ever? Remembering the promise that despite everything around you, God is wanting to help.
God wants to create something new within your soul as the verse says, “There it is! Do you see it?” I claimed that promise and little by little, God opened new roads for me. For that I was able to say THANK YOU again and again.
- My precious girls. We made memories by laughing, crying, and moving ahead.
- A roof over my head. Every house we moved to, we were safe and we made it home.
- A job that helped pay the bills. I had to be very careful how I spent my money.
- A car that chug, chug, chugged me to work and back. It wasn’t the newest car in the neighbourhood, and one car even had a ding in it, but my girls and I had many journeys singing, talking, and making memories gliding on those four wheels.
- A God who said He would never desert me. My relationship with God is what made me breathe and move forward. (See my page called, Relationship with God)
Being thankful gave me a bright future: I chose to move ahead in positive ways with God as my Guide. Debbie Macomber’s book, Knit Together: Discover God’s Plan for Your Life! (Linda’s Library Tab) suggests writing 5 things to be thankful for each day. It puts things in perspective when it is easy to forget one manner called Thank You!
Sing Joyful songs to the Lord, Praise the mighty rock where we are safe. Come to worship him with thankful hearts and songs of praise. Psalm 95:1-2
- Think of 5 things to be thankful for today.
- Believe that God is saying to you, I am creating something new. There it is! Do you see it? Thank Him because it will happen.
- At the dinner table or in the car, ask your kids what is one thing they are thankful for. Be prepared to smile and wipe your eyes!
- Ask God, in thanksgiving, for something positive in your life this week.
YOU CAN DO THIS! THANK YOU for reading this!