It is no coincidence that the timing of this news came just a few days before the Thanksgiving holiday. It's a God thing. Instead of focusing on negatives we have really, really, been trying to focus on thanking God despite what we feel on the inside (easier said than done, but does get easier the more I am proactive and practice).
I have been especially blessed by the Jesus Calling entries this week. All have focused on this very topic. One day specifically talks about the marvelous things that happen when we actively decide to thank God, despite our emotions or circumstances. As we thank the Lord it is as if "scales fall off your eyes, enabling you to see more and more of his glorious riches." - love that. Sarah Young hit the nail on the head with that one. Exactly the visual I needed this week. Because I have a few scales lingering on my eyes if you know what I mean.
And a few verses from the entries this week that spoke to me. . .
Psalm 118:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Psalm 89:15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord. (I have hand written beside this verse "takes effort and work to have a relationship with God, but with relationship comes thankfulness and peace.")
Psalm 4:7-8 You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts . . . and be thankful.
Psalm 100:4-5 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Psalm 107:21-22 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, everyone! Time to bring on the family, food, and fun!