Giving Thanks In His Word

Giving thanks In His Word- 6-9-14
How often do you actually thank the Lord? I don’t mean when you say, “Well thank God you didn't eat that burrito ‘cause it was old!”  I mean honestly and truthfully, wholeheartedly thanked God for your day. I know some times we wake up and say thank God I have time to get ready for work, or thank God the baby is still asleep!
Have you told Him ‘thanks’ today? Have you really knelt in prayer, or even sat in prayer or laid down face to the ground and thanked Him for all that He has done for you?
You may be thinking, :What have I got to thank God for? What has He ever done for me? Personally He has done what?
If that is you I can tell you he gave you the means in which to read this little article. He gave you eyes to see, now pray that He will give you ears to hear and a heart and mind of understanding that you will know that He has one everything for you.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Though and army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident.
One thing I have desired of the Lord,  that I will seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
Psalm 27:1-6

God created the world, added companions, animals to love and enjoy, beautiful flowers, beaches to relax on and enjoy the magnificence of… He did it all for you, for me!
He gave you a job, even if you hate it, He provided it to build the person He wanted you to be; He sees your potential even when we fail to stand up to our own or other peoples idea of what kind of person we should be. God made you that person who loves to watch your children laugh, play and even when they fall down you love the fact you are there to hold them when they cry. That’s how God is! He is there for you and I every day, every night but we just have to realize it. Once we realize it then what?

Then we talk to Him, aka prayer. We tell him thank you for the beautiful daughter, or handsome son, the smart ones, the silly ones, the people in our lives that bless us; then what?
Thank Him for helping you through the bad times; He was there keeping it from being even worse you know? When I first realized who God was, I looked back in my life at so many near calamities that just turned into dramatic trauma instances instead of deadly or worse. He stopped me from driving onto a freeway with my little cousin Michael in the car one day with a wheel that was about to fall off!
 I knew to turn onto the on ramp but drove by it as if it were not possible to turn there. Then when I went to turn around I just happened to turn around at A&A Automotive repair shop. A woman came running at me and then a man waving their arms to get me to stop. I was hesitant as it was kind of a deserted location, but I lowered my window a tiny bit and she said; “Your wheel is about to fall off!” I was still hesitant, but told Mikey to day there and I slowly opened the door ready to fight for my life if I needed to.
When I saw the wheel I was surprised it had not dropped off! Only one lug nut was partly in! If it had not been for that ‘happenstance’ of not turning when I knew to turn I would not have gotten off the entrance to that busy freeway! As soon as I accelerated I would have crashed horribly. I thank God for stopping me and sending me someplace to be cared for and my car fixed!
Another time I know God helped me; I was driving my daughter for a recheck at the hospital in Walnut Creek, California. Just before the left hand turn lane my car shut off. It would not restart. I had a baby and preschool child in the car so there was nothing I could do. This was before we all had cell phones to call AAA for help so I said “Lord, help me, I don’t know what to do!” Just as I was being honked at and at my wits end a man showed up in the turn lane at my window.
He told me to put it in neutral he would give me a push. Okay my car was a light truck Ford Broncho II and not that light really! Still this gentleman pushed my car all the way into a parking lot and through it to find a space. As soon as we parked I turned off the car and turned to thank the man. No one was in the parking lot but a bunch of empty cars. No one was moving, driving or walking! The Word of God tells us that we should be careful how we treat people because we never know when its an angel. I think that was an angel.
God helped us out.

When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Psalm 27:8

Twice in my life I could have drowned. Several times I was hit by cars, not my fault! Yet I am still here to thank God for it all!
In and through all that we go through we grow as a person, we become the God loving, fearless people that He intended us to be.

What will you thank God for?

One of the accidents I was in, as a pedestrian. In this not only did God send all the right people to check me out, He also used the incident to spur my now husband of 26 years to propose to me! It is a long story but had he not proposed that very day I would very likely have said no!
God knew my heart, and He used a bad circumstance to bring my sweetie to realize how much he wanted me as his wife. I am not saying He caused the car to hit us in the cross walk with the light on our side… just that He used the bad to bring about good.
If you think for even a moment today I bet you can find something to thank God for; even if it’s a bottle of water that someone handed you, or a parking space you found just in time for work. He did something special for you today, and He wants to hear your praise for it.   
Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He will strengthen your heart; wait I say, on the Lord! Psalm 27:14
Thank You Lord, You ask us to seek Your face and here we are seeking You! In Jesus’ name, amen

Suggested reading Psalm 27:1-14, Psalm 28:1-9, Psalm 29:1-11, and Hebrews 13:1-25.