I just got back from a short trip with the family and I have to say that even though we had some great moments and lots of fun there was somewhat of a battle going on inside of me. I had to work really hard at times to keep my joy.
As I was unpacking tonight and talking to God it hit me that maybe the problem I was having came down to not being very thankful. As I began pondering that thought and realizing the truth of it I remembered my dear friend had left a gift for me on my front porch while I was gone.
When I opened the door this is what I saw.
Wow!!!!! When God shows up He really shows up. He is so near and just waiting for you to open the door ( literally sometimes) that He may come in and speak straight to you.
As I flipped through the book I landed on this page and it is so PERFECT for thanksgiving. May it penetrate your heart. With all my love. Geri.
VISIBLE MATERIAL BLESSINGS
Therefore, as Charles Spurgeon said, “ Let us daily praise God for common mercies-common as we frequently call them,and yet so priceless that when deprived of them we are ready to perish.”
Bath soap. Toothpaste.
Hot water. Dishwashing detergent.
Air conditioning. House plants.
Birthday cards. Blue skies.
Family Photos. Fresh fruit.
Measuring cups. Warm clothes.
Beautiful music. Clean sheets.
Autumn leaves. Sticky notes.
If we take it all for granted, if we think life just shows up with this stuff already in place,if we trick ourselves into believing that everyday household items come from the grocery rather than from a gracious God, we walk right past countless reasons for worship without even knowing it.