Some years ago, our family chose a Bible verse to guide our days and our steps, to help us focus on who we wanted to be and how we wanted to live. [1 Thessalonians 5:16-18]
pray without ceasing,
in everything, give thanks.
Simple words that pack a powerful punch. Easy to recite but not always easy to live. What I’m learning is my heart attitude has a direct relation to how I live out these words. Am I looking for joy? Am I taking time to pray? Am I stopping for a moment now and then to pray for guidance, discernment, to give thanks?
Recently we enjoyed an unseasonable warm, rainy day. I watched out the window as the raindrops fell from golden leaves. The sun began to shine through and those little drops began to glisten. The leaves shimmered and looked almost translucent. Then the clouds rolled in and the wind began to blow. It whistled through the window panes and so I pulled my sweater closer round my shoulders. And then it calmed. I felt a chill in the air and poured another hot cup of comfort.
I paused to ask myself, am I giving thanks with a grateful heart? Am I looking for the silver lining behind the rain clouds? Am I trusting the Lord to guide my steps, to bring comfort and strength?
In those few moments, I was reminded of all the seasons of life — some are warm & rainy, some are bright & brilliant, some are windy & cold. When my heart aches to hold my far away children, I change my thinking about the love they have within their own families, and I’m thankful. When I get frustrated with the dirt and mess and piles of laundry, I wonder what life would be like without those who contribute to the mess. When I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and wonder how I got so old and fat, I celebrate the days God has given me and the days still to come.
Rejoice. Pray. Give thanks. If you want a formula for a happy, content life, this would be it. My friend Rebecca created the watercolor at the top of this post so I could place our verse in a prominent spot in our home. I want each of us to see it daily.
This week I am joining others from Happy at Home Blogging Network, sharing posts in which we Giving Thanks with A Grateful Heart.